Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Getting to know my great aunt

My grandfathers sister Jennie Korsnes Hartmann was a volunteer for the University of Washington Special Collections. Seven boxes of her papers are now located in the archives there. I recently looked at two of them. It was fascinating to read her reflections of going to Seattle's fifth avenue theater when it was new, and of her explorations of Vancouver British Columbia in the 1920s. She had a strong interest in people, and also recorded interviews with Norse Home residents. I intend to do more exploring of her papers. It is helpful before going to the archives to look online before arriving. You may not take anything into the reading area. Staff will ask you to fill out paperwork explaining your project.

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