The Last Post

Wow, so it is a bit insane that this school year is coming to a close. It’s been a trip for sure. Although this wasn’t my first experience with grad school, it was definitely a different experience from anything I have done before. First of all, it was great to take history classes again. Despite ...

Meeting news 2

I finally had my committee meeting this week, well, my partial committee meeting, that is since Dr. Gitre won’t be joining us until the fall. Dr. Halpin and Dr. Quigley were of great help, though. I think I have really ended up with a fantastic committee. We all seem to be on the same wavelength ...

Another week down 1

I don’t have much to report this week. My revision process continues. I’m really trying to target that historiography section. Thankfully Spenser gave me some excellent suggestions about beefing up my frontier studies portion. I also decided I am going to wait to send Dr. Gitre my proposal when I have finished my revisions. I ...

Updatin’ 6

Dr. Halpin and Dr. Jones gave me some very useful and insightful comments on my proposal draft, which I am currently figuring out how to utilize them in my second draft. I actually will be meeting with Dr. Halpin this Tuesday to discuss his comments more in depth, so that should help me even more. ...

Adventures in Proposal Writing

The proposal writing process was eye-opening for me in a really good way. It was very intimidating before I actually sat down to write it, but when I did, it came pretty easily. Although I may have felt unprepared, I don’t think I was as much as I thought. I feel that I am getting ...

It’s been quite a week 6

Bertoti From my standpoint, I think the conference went pretty well. Granted this semester my primary responsibility was making sure the two days of the conference were well photographically documented since I did most of my organizational work with the budget committee last semester. I haven’t gotten a chance to go through my images yet. ...

Y’all ready for this? (focus statement) 3

Ok, so I still don’t feel entirely ready to start working up arguments, but here is my first attempt at a focus statement and argument. Please be gentle. I am researching female photographers, specifically female photography studio owners in frontier towns on the Pacific coast of North America from 1850 to 1880. Although the economy, ...

Break Update 4

To be honest, I did not get to do much extra work on my thesis project outside of the class assignments for this week.  I had to use my break to prep to present at the Civil War Weekend, catch up on some other class assignments, and unfortunately also deal with a very sick cat ...

Some Secondary Sources 6

I don’t have much to report on my project this week. I did work up a preliminary bibliography, which was useful for getting me organized. It did, however, make me realize how much reading I’ve stacked up for myself. I guess I know how I’ll be spending spring break. The two secondary sources I looked ...

Daguerriean AND Midwife? 8

So I want to provide a quick update on where my project is at the moment. I actually have switched my focus to female studio owners on the American frontier. There were a great deal of early photographers in California (dating to the 1850s). I think the frontier provided some unique entrepreneurial opportunities for women ...