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Vol. 10 No. 7, Newsletter of the Maryland State Archives, April 8, 1996



STAFF NEWS

On March 12, Ed, Mimi, Elaine and Archival Intern Emily Oland attended the Women's Hall of Fame ceremony of the Maryland Commission on Women. Mary Digges Lee, wife of Governor Thomas Sim Lee, was one of the women honored. Her story of raising funds and clothing for the Revolutionary War troops and her correspondence with General George Washington about her work were discovered by Emily in the course of her research on First Ladies and Official Hostesses of Maryland. Emily suggested that we nominate Mary Digges Lee for inclusion in the Hall of Fame. Ed nominated her on behalf of the Archives, and the nomination was supported by Frances Hughes Glendening.

At the ceremony in the Legislative Hearing Room, Ed accepted the award for Mrs. Lee, and Emily was presented with the silver bowl that was given to each inductee. Following the ceremony, there was a reception at Government House. At the reception, Emily presented the bowl to Mrs. Glendening so that it can be displayed in Government House.

Emily has been an Archival Intern since last June. She spent last summer researching first ladies and official hostesses, a project which was initiated at the suggestion of Mrs. Glendening. By the time that the intern program ended in August, Emily had become so absorbed in her research that she stayed on as a volunteer to continue her work. Emily is studying for a Masters Degree in History at UMBC, and she is writing her thesis on Maryland's First Ladies and Official Hostesses.


RECORD TRANSFERS
by Kevin Swanson

ANNAPOLIS MAYOR AND ALDERMEN (Charter Amendment Petitions) 1995 [MSA T2690]
ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION (Case File) var.d. [MSA T1260]
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, CA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (Adoption File) 1990 [MSA T2348]
DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, CA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (Foster Care File) 1990 [MSA T2349]
GOVERNOR (General File) 1980-1994 [MSA T2685]
STATE ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD OF ELECTION LAWS, AA SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS (Voter Registration Record) 1990-1991 [MSA T265]
ANNAPOLIS MAYOR AND ALDERMEN (Ordinances and Resolutions) 1959-1981 [MSA T2389]
ANNAPOLIS MAYOR AND ALDERMEN (Contracts and Agreements) 1980-1994 [MSA T2390]
CARROLL COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Land Records, Image Files) 1996 [MSA T2644]
WASHINGTON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Adoption Papers) 1986-1990 [MSA T1989]


STATE AND LOCAL RECORDS REFERENCE REPORT
by Kevin Swanson

Rebounding from the negative impact of the "Blizzard of '96", the February total of 925 reference requests represents a 7.6% increase over the February 1995 total of 860. Not surprisingly, this increase in requests was accompanied by a more modest 4.4% increase in the number of records circulated, 1408 compared to 1349. The overall picture is mixed. There were 25 more vital record requests in February 1996 (432) than in 1995 (407). Circulation of district court records decreased by 15.2%, 256 compared to 302. Requests for records of the circuit courts and other agencies increased by 12.5%, 720 compared to 640.

Overall, the judiciary continues as the largest single user of SLR reference services. While the number of reference requests received from the courts increased by 8% (230 compared to 213), the number of records serviced decreased by 4% (429 compared to 447). Court requests accounted for 24.9% of all requests received and 30.5% of total record circulation.

Requests received by phone increased in February (323 compared to 308) accounting for 34.9% of the total. The number of requests faxed to the Archives increased from 55 to 61. Overall, fax requests made up 6.6% of the February total, while accounting for 6.4% of the February 1995 total. Fewer requests were generated from the search room (85) than had been the case last year (97). Search room requests accounted for 9.2% of February 1996 reference activity as compared to 11.3% last year, a decrease of 2.1%. We also received 15 requests handled in the lobby without requiring the patron to register for the search room. The number of phone/fax requests (384) fell short of the number of requests received through the mail (441). Phone/fax requests accounted for 41.5% of total requests, with the mail accounting for 47.7%. Revenue from reference activity was up 9.7%, $6919 compared to $6309.


RIGHT MINDFULNESS
by Lee Evans

Watch out how you lose,
Watch out how you win:
The kind of things you do
You're going to do again.

Everything you say
Can never be unsaid;
Every word you weigh
Is as your daily bread.

Every thought you think
Relays a consequence
Postponed perhaps, and linked
To fortunes ages hence.

Every move you make
Tiptoe as on a wire;
Every breath you take
Mindfully respire.

Watch out how you lose
Watch out how you win:
The kind of things you do
You're going to do again.


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