Realizations of Archives

I never got the rush of exhilaration that many have when entering the archives.  I believe this to be an interesting observation about myself because I have a deep appreciation for history.  I love learning what had happened in the past, what the significance is, how it still impacts us today.  I   live with the belief that history repeats itself, and I am active in watching for examples of this. The archives had all of the things that I like, but it was like stepping into slow motion.

Be careful with what you’re touching.

Do not eat or drink.

When you have a running list of 101 things to do, errands to run, and appointments to attend, the archive can feel like the equivalent of burning money. It is a backwards effort.  But this feeling can reflect today’s world, where it is difficult to slow down and think, and where time is more valuable than it may have ever been.

Working on the Aspect Magazine project was a new experience for me.  Most important about it was that I had never taken a piece of writing and studied it on an outer level.  Usually, when working with a piece, I am scrutinizing, studying, searching for the author’s intent and a deeper meaning. It is a very rare occasion where I actually stop, and look at how something is put together- again a reflection of how I value time, although the components that make up a piece are often as important as the actual material found within.

Twenty-one.  Twenty-one people helped write this magazine that is only fifty-two pages long, cover-to-cover. On top of that, many pages are reviews of other texts by other groups and people.  It is a reminder that you do not have to write a three hundred page novella to be considered a real writer, although it is easy to fall into that trap.  It brings us back to the question, what makes an artist? And beyond, what determines success?

If you produce beautiful canvas art and sell it at a price ranging from $15-$50 are you an artist, or do you have to sell for hundreds, or thousands of dollars?  There are countless examples of this.
When you google Edward J. Hogan, not much shows up. We can learn a little about a track star at Notre Dame and a little more about the Hogan Family Foundation, but there is no reference to Aspect Magazine until Keene State College or Aspect magazine is added to the search. But people bought Aspect Magazine.  It was in print for years, and expanded from a small paper into a full blown magazine.  Decades later, we are archiving it, in the hopes that it will be easier for others to use, and in the process gaining a new found appreciation.