Finding Aid for the Jay Frierman papers, 1890-1998

Here’s my finding aid for the Jay Frierman papers on the Online Archive of California.

In a previous post on this website, I described processing the papers of former UCLA history and archaeology professor Jay Frierman. The collection is held with UCLA’s Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), which is part of the Young Research Library’s Department of Special Collections. The CFPRT is dedicated to processing UCLA’s “hidden collections,” with the goal of making primary materials more accessible for scholarly research.

Professor Frierman was an expert on ceramics and glazes from the Middle East and he conducted numerous archaeological excavations throughout the Middle East in the 1960s and 1970s. Frierman was also an expert on the historical archaeology of Southern California and, after his retirement from UCLA in 1980, he served as a consulting archaeologist on excavations and construction projects throughout Southern California. Most notably, he worked extensively throughout much of the 1980s and early 1990s as a consulting archaeologist in LA’s Chinatown and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument.

I had the amazing opportunity to gain some great hands-on processing experience as a Fellow with the CFPRT. As noted above, I produced the finding aid for the Jay Frierman papers that recently (and finally!) appeared on the Online Archive of California. For the most part the collection is described at the folder level but I did provide some item-level description for interesting and rare items in the collection. I have to say, it’s really exciting to finally see my work on the Web and to have an online finding aid that I can show to prospective employers. I can has job now?

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