As much as I hate to say it, the New England Patriots have won another Super Bowl.
*Insets yawn for dramatic affect*
Sidenote – I am extremely salty because:
- The Cowboys should have been in the Super Bowl (this will be my sentiment every year they are not a part of it).
2. It would have been supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to be able to say that I went to the same college as a NFL head coach who won a Super Bowl.
So, what does any of this have to do with archiving? A lot. According to the readings and working definitions we have established, an archive has the ability to accomplish a number of things, three in particular: documenting an event creates an exchange for the subject being documented and the person documenting it (for archiving events without direct person-to-person exchanges, the wording of my statement changes, but you get the idea), the process of archiving affords just as many opportunities over time for people viewing the archive as it pays homage to the event, and archives make an unbelievable or unfathomable idea possible because of the proof.
Here at Salisbury, I am a football manager – that means I basically the Tom Brady for collegiate athletes – I (in addition to a few other people) make it happen! I document more than enough film for roughly 125 players (not including coaches, professional staff, family, friends, other institutions that are sent the film, and the people those institutions make the video available to) to be able to recall their lives at their prime and share their stories, not the stories we hear all the time, but the stories about the players who make everyone else’s success possible. Their film = the physical archive.
For someone who is not interested in sports or could care less about our football program, I sound like a groupie, which to a certain degree I am and very proud to be, but the exchange that Larsen alludes to when archiving the moment is true. When the team wins a game, I feel the same excitement as if I was on the field with them, when all I really did was position a camera and brave the elements for the perfect shot. Without me, their success would be impossible, meaning their stories would never be told.
With regards to the amount of people my work reaches, it goes to show how important archiving is. At a team meeting, our head coach played film from his prime, back in 197? maybe early eighties. The people recording their game probably intended for only the team to study and learn from the film (I will not be able to go into a discussion about the technology between then and now, but I’d be happy to discuss elsewhere). By archiving it, years later, students who were in the same position as our head coach are able to learn how to execute on the field. As long as Salisbury University has a football team, coaches and players will be able to pull from the archives and learn how to be better players than those who came before them. So me sacrificing ten hours a week to record drills will mean more to future generations than I will ever be able to imagine.
Lastly, it’s like when an elderly person tells you something you refuse to believe without evidence. So, when your grandfather pulls out a picture of him winning a bodybuilding competition and all you ever know is a beer belly, you appreciate the archivist (I know this has nothing to do with football, but stay with me).
It is in those moments when archiving moves past the idea of a museum housing old documents, or any depiction of a physical archive. Archives are living, breathing, systems that allow for so much discovery that is still to be appreciated.
*Salisbury University Football after winning the 2015 New Jersey Athletic Conference Title game against Frostburg State University. If you look to the left of the picture, that’s me – The Female Tom Brady*