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Blog Archive

Photograph of cheerleaders and Blue Hen mascot in a car at homecoming. Undated.

Photograph of cheerleaders and Blue Hen mascot in a car at homecoming. Undated.

This section includes blogs maintained by the staff of University Archives and Records Management (UARM). Blogs are updated every two months.

Technical Details

Technical Details covers issues encountered in the handling and use of records, records management activities, and digital records management questions and problems.

Lets Get Meta

Lets Get Meta

What is metadata? Put simply metadata is data about data. It is underlying data that provides context and describes a subject such as a car being a sedan, all-wheel drive, or colored red. Metadata is not only one of the most important parts of archiving in today’s...

Ashes to Ashes Rust to Rust

Ashes to Ashes Rust to Rust

The most common hurdles to long term preservation of physical collections of paper are small but insidious little items we often use every day in our filing practices. They help us in the short term by wrangling our files together in cohesive collections but when it...

Slouching Towards UD

Slouching Towards UD

Unfortunately, sometimes expediency supersedes care when it comes to our filing habits. One need only look at the desktop screen of our computers and often you will find a cluttered mess of current and past projects littered throughout, a mess that we periodically...

A Voice from the Vault

A Voice from the Vault discusses topics in the history of the University of Delaware and its predecessor and related institutions. Often, this story is told through images and objects pertaining to that history.

The Only Black Undergraduate on Campus

The Only Black Undergraduate on Campus

In September 1949, Elbert C. Wisner transferred to the University of Delaware from the University of Colorado, entering the School of Engineering. While a single transfer student may not seem noteworthy today, Wisner’s entrance to the university marked an important...

Study Abroad Started Here

Study Abroad Started Here

While the University of Delaware currently offers more than 100 study abroad programs in over 40 countries, just over a century ago, no such programming existed anywhere in the United States. Some early 20th century students did travel internationally for education,...

Poultry on the Side … Lines

Poultry on the Side … Lines

For current members of the University of Delaware community, it seems nearly impossible to think of the university without YoUDee. Our bright blue and gold ambassador can be seen at sporting events and campus celebrations, on t-shirts, hats and banners, in various...