THE SOCIETY OF CALIFORNIA ARCHIVISTS' annual conference was held in Ventura on Friday and Saturday, providing us with an opportunity to catch up with our archival neighbors at the Getty Center, Skirball Cultural Center, USC and ONE Archives. The Mount has connections to the Museum of Ventura County, which has memorabilia from the family of Mary Irene Vujovich Ohlfs '46, and we're curious about what they may have on the Doheny "hacienda" near Santa Paula's oilfields.
The keynote speaker was Bill Deverell of the Huntington Library, who is pursuing intriguing research on how the West, especially California, became an emblem of physical healing for gravely wounded Civil War soldiers and their doctors. The restorative powers of a visit to a newly created national park like Yosemite or Yellowstone is a deep theme in the United States' western advancement.
Women of the War by Frank Moore (1866) tells their story.
Gatherings of archivists are invigorating for us in the profession, because they remind us that future researchers like Deverell are counting on us. Yep, all that paper is indeed important. (So is that digital stuff, and everybody's having trouble with it.)