Readers, when I told my colleagues I was headed down to Pensacola for a week to do work on Emmett’s book, and that I was thrilled and antsy to get there and get going, this was the picture they had in their minds of my ‘research’ setting:
In reality, this is what is on my desk at the John Pace Library at the University of West Florida this morning:
Look at all that great material! Yes, you have to dig through page by page, and read the material closely. There were several excellent ‘finds’ in the files. It’s like mining for gold, people. You do have to dig and read. Time and labor intensive, yes, but it is worth it!
I’m also meeting up with the head archivist of the Pensacola Historical Society this morning to visit historic buildings — many of which Emmett either worked in or lived in — around the city.
More to come later today.