A very odd thing happened when I was doing some research on Phillis
Wheatley. I found a letter from George Washington to Phillis Wheatley
thanking her for the poem she wrote about him and inviting her to visit
(charming letter). But I didn't find anything else. I was very surprised
when one of the search engines I used (perhaps dogpile) turned up
information on Phillis Wheatley at the Library of Congress site! It was in
American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Imagination under A Voice
of Her Own. Is there some way I could have found this information by using
the Library of Congress Home Page or some other method? I feel I'm missing
something here and would like to be enlightened.
According to Judith K. Graves:
> Hi Y'all,
> Two cents, that's what I'd like - just two cents (okay, maybe five cents
> with inflation).
> We are creating a web-based course on how to search American Memory
> collections. We are really excited about doing this. But to make this a
> really valuable tool for everyone, I'd like to ask for input from our front
> line troops - you!
> All of you are painfully aware of all sorts of problems and pitfalls with
> searching and finding stuff in AM. You've all probably said, "Why didn't
> someone TELL me this before?" Or "I wish I had known X before I used this
> with my classes." or "#@$$%**** search engine"
> So, please give me your two cents or five cents, if you are really
> passionate about searching).
> 98 Fellows had access to two workshops about searching and the collections
> that 97 Fellows did not. We'll be using some of that material, but there's
> nothing like being in the trenches to teach you what you'd wished you'd
> learned before you really NEEDED it.
> Tell me your strategies for searching, your pet peeves, your tricks and
> tips. Give me a wish list of things you'd like to see taught in a workshop
> about searching AM.
> Yes, it is the beginning of school for many. Time is precious. Still,
> many 97 Fellows have been there and done that and could offer some great
> advice to the '98 Fellows as they embark upon their first forays into
> American Memory with their students.
> Thanks to all,
> Judy, m.h.
> Judith K. Graves
> Education Resources Specialist
> National Digital Library Program
> Library of Congress
> Washington, D.C. 20540-1320
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