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Feinberg Library's Special Collections Contest Winner Announced

The prize for the winning entry in the 2012 “I Found it in the Archives” contest went to Julie Dresser of Sycamore, Ill.

In the contest, Special Collections at SUNY Plattsburgh invited individuals who have found something noteworthy in Special Collections to share their discovery in the form of a video or essay. The public was then allowed to vote for its favorite entry.

In her winning essay, Dresser discussed finding family documents in the collection.

“It’s not often one is able to find the firsthand account of the death of an ancestor," she wrote.

“I’ve discovered many wonderful things in many different archives across the United States, but these letters, with their firsthand accounts of different events, are my greatest of the great.”

As the contest winner, Dresser will receive a plaque and a voucher worth $50 in free photocopies and scans of Special Collections materials.

Her essay was also entered into the national “I Found it in the Archives” contest, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists. The winner of the national contest will be hosted by the SAA at its annual awards ceremony in San Diego in August 2012.

Dresser, who works as an elementary teacher's aide, has been an avid genealogist for the past 30 years. When she is not researching, she loves to read and travel.

For more information about Special Collections or the annual contest, contact Debra Kimok, special collections librarian at 518-564-5206 or [email protected]

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