The Society of American Archivists has announced the winner of the I Found It in the Archives essay contest. Julie Dressser of Sycamore, Illinois, wrote about her research at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

It’s fascinating what 50 bucks will get you at the county recorder’s office” is one of my favorite lines from the movie Sneakers. The same can be said about the under-utilized archives across our nation that are teeming with the diaries, letters, invitations, bills of sale, receipts, deeds, etc. of countless individuals. Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to discover that my fourth great grandmother left sixteen extant letters and that they were available at the Benjamin F. Feinberg Library, Plattsburgh State University, Plattsburgh, New York. Eunice Jones wrote these letters to her sister and brother-in-law between the years 1853 and 1859, and thankfully they were saved.

For more about Julie’s award-winning trip to Plattsburgh, visit this link.