Welcome back to my blog!
I am still working on My To Do List and I am making some progress on number one and two.
1. Rewriting up my salesmans’ visit to Boston and thanking my Massachusetts Scholar
2. Compiling a list for permission to use quotes from the RG Dun & Co. collection I've done this before- it just takes time and I respect their rules (between us, it is the best resource I have ever used...shhhhhh....well worth the two hour drive one way and tank of gas to use) GuideI printed out my salesman's journal and it is 12,800 words. I will be reading and editing it and revising the section in Boston this week- (keeping my fingers crossed).
Also, I finally emailed an introduction letter to Ms Fox notifying Harvard Business School (Baker Library, Rare Books) of my request for permission for quoting the RG Dun & Co - After I get approval I can begin writing up my consignee drafts. It is important to learn how to write letters. I am not the best letter writer, but I keep at it until its right.
Two of my mentors were my father and Dr. James M. Furukaw. My father was a teacher and said it didn't matter what subject it was he taught- he graded on the ability to try and keep trying- that was an important skill to continue when you keep failing. My second mentor was my statistics professor at Towson State University and I was one of his many teaching assistant in Child Psychology. His Ph.D. study at Johns Hopkins was that normal IQ students went further in College than those with high IQ's - he proved just like my father believed, if students are used to not succeeding on the first try, they won't give up.
I've outgrown several other mentors, but never these two and I guess their philosophy makes me the person I am today and reminds me when trying to find a specific document, I told Mike Myers at the National Archives, "It doesn't matter how many times I am wrong, I only have to be right once."I Googled Dr. Furukaw and posted two articles at the bottom of this blog- the first in the Baltimore Sun newspaper abt his method teaching reading and an interview for the Library of Congress' about his experience in WWII as a Japanese America and how he looked at everything that happened in a positive light. I never knew he was just a construction worker and struggled supporting his family and the GI Bill allowed him to go to one of the top ten schools in the nation. I miss him dearly and although I knew he was in the WWII, it gave me lump in my throat.
Enjoy reading my letter to Ms Fox.-
Elizabeth B Isenburg
Associate Director, Public Services
Baker Library Historical Collections
Harvard Business School
Boston, MA 02163
May 24, 2010
Dear Ms. Fox,
I understand that you are the liaison between Harvard Business School and Dun & Bradstreet firm and again I need to request permission to use citations from the R. G. Dun & Co. Collection. Previously, I was granted permission for quotations by Nicole M. Hayes and Timothy Mahoney for an article in the 2004 Daguerreian Annual, titled McAllister, Crane & co., An 1850s Chain Store on the Emigrant Trail. Pg 277-295.
Because of the vast use of the R G Dun & co. collection for my project, they advised me to continue requesting more citations back in 2003 to avoid a long delay. So, rather late, I am following their suggestion and ask for your opinion how your present contact at Dun & Bradstreet prefers the request submitted (number of citations), besides the full quote and citation format (Ohio, Vol. 3, p. 29, R.G. Dun & Co. Collection, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School). I am under no deadlines but would like to complete these requests in six months, if possible.
My research pertains to documenting 1850s businesses involved with the Steamboat Arabia and these will be published in a book and kept on file at the museum for use in future exhibits. The Steamboat Arabia Museum is located in Kansas City, Missouri and the 200 tons of merchandise is considered the best random sample going to stock 51 stores at 17 landings stretching 600 miles up the Missouri River. My research at Harvard Business School began about 1995 exclusively using the R.G. Dun & Co. collection and I greatly appreciate the ledgers are available for scholarly research.
I expect it will take several weeks to prepare my request and I will have to make several visits to Baker Library to verify I am asking for the correct pages since these early records are often renumbered. I can be reached at MY PHONE NUMBER if you have any questions or would be happy to meet you at Baker Library to discuss my project further.
Historian for the Steamboat Arabia Museum