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Secretarial Musings

I often wonder what kind of employee or boss Emmett was? Was he considerate and competent? Quiet and hardworking? A lunch-stealing backstabbing jerk, perhaps? An excellent source of information on Emmett-as-colleague would be the office records — a desk calendar, case files, or even an office journal. I don’t doubt […]

A Galaxy of Stars

  I found this book on Alibris, a book reseller website. I like to check back for obscure Florida texts and anything that has Emmett’s name listed. This one’s been out of print for awhile. It was purged from the Dickinson Memorial Library in Orange City, Florida. It was cheap. […]

Why This Is Taking So Long, Part IV

Want to know why writing Emmett’s book has been taking so long? I submit: I found this during my ‘go back and check databases for updates’ routine. Something I do every other month or so. The Chronicling America database is huge, which is why one would want to limit the […]

Rebirth & Eclipse

I haven’t been much in the mood to write over the past few weeks. It has something to do with it being August and the feeling of things coming to an end, as it always does to me at this time each year. For most folks, the feeling of Auld […]

Spring Cleaning

On Tuesday, I posted final grades for the spring semester of my classes. Typically, I take the week in between spring and summer semesters to clean out files, finish last minute prep work, and and prepare for the next set of classes. In addition, I decided to do some Emmett […]

Heirlooms United

Here is an absolutely wonderful treasure trove of vintage autograph albums, photo albums, calling cards, journals — everything I would love to have about Emmett Wilson or any other of Emmett’s friends. I stumbled across it in search of information on one of Emmett’s roommates for his second book — […]

Patchwork, Progress, Petersburg!

It has been a crazy, patchwork kind of existence in Emmett Wilson Land over the past two weeks — a lot of writing, a lot of teaching, a lot of deadlines. My writing life has felt cobbled together, much like Dr. Frankenstein’s creature: It works, but it looks (and feels) […]

Medium, Message, Context

As promised in the last post, I’ll now walk you through the process I use to review artifacts that inform my research on Emmett Wilson. Here’s a document I received from Emmett’s grand niece, Elizabeth, who is the granddaughter of Katie Wilson Meade. Elizabeth’s original note with this document said […]

Finite Windows; Precious Artifacts

Over the next couple of entries, I’d like to talk about the research process involved in gathering information about an obscure historic figure, and explain the process of reviewing artifacts for use in my research. Most of the time, when I’m visiting an archive to collect documents or artifacts, I […]

Manuscript Progress & Publication

Good news — the first complete draft of Emmett Wilson’s book is done. Is it in publishable condition? No. It needs a clear-headed, objective edit, which I’ll start in three or four days. I find I do my best paring-down of copy after I’ve set it aside for awhile. I’d […]