Me to a Grad Student: I’m so geeked. Even tho’ I can see some of the stuff online, I can’t wait to touch some archival papers at the University of Florida’s Smathers Libraries again.
GS in so many words: I hear you, Dr. Green. I have held in my hand the thinnest folder containing a mere 12 documents that I could see online, but oh, to touch them and arrive at questions the online experience simply cannot prompt.
This is a student after my heart.
The physicality and sensory experience of old documents, whether old means 60 years ago or 600 years ago. It cannot be beat The chance to walk or drive where people long ago walked and drove is also priceless.