The Museum of Modern Art hosted a thoroughly modern gathering of librarians, archivists, curators, and preservationists this month. Archive-It NY--the local network of partners and friends of the web archiving software service Archive-It--met for the very first time, and its members got to know the faces and personalities behind some of the region’s most ambitious and technically challenging collecting efforts.
I have always admired my grandmother’s handwriting. It appeals to my inner Luddite who periodically gets the urge to leave the city and head to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. To me, the tight lettering and flourishing loops of her “f”s and “g”s are time stamps of an older era that say “I was here.” It is from her that I trace my interest in palaeography and in Classics, of which italic script represents an ideal nexus.