Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kenton Jaehnig and I am the new Project Archivist/Cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library. I assumed my duties on July 6th from Emily Cottle, whom as you may already know, left us to become the University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian at Delaware State University. I feel much honored to have been chosen to continue the processing and cataloging of the Vinson Collection. I am truly excited to be granted the opportunity to work with this very significant collection of transportation materials.
A little bit about my background. I received my B.A. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and earned my M.A. in history from Wright State University, with a concentration in archives and historical administration. Professionally, I have over twelve years of archives processing experience and have processed a number of large twentieth-century archives collections over the course of my career. I arrived at Hagley Museum and Library in March 2011. Before coming to Hagley, I held processing archivist positions at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Virginia. At Hagley, prior to accepting the Vinson position, I served as the William Pahlmann Project Archivist.
In addition to my archives background, I have a longstanding personal and scholarly interest in automobiles. As with Vinson, my fascination with automobiles dates back to childhood. In recent years, I have developed a scholarly interest in imported cars that started arriving on American shores in the years following World War II. I am the author of a scholarly article on this subject entitled “History of Foreign Cars in Wyoming: 1946 to 1963,” which was published in the Spring 2006 issue of Annals of Wyoming.
We will continue to use the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection blog to highlight unique items, discuss our methodology, and to keep everyone informed of the progress of the project. We will also continue to update this blog on a weekly basis with features submitted by myself, interns, and volunteers. So stayed tuned for the latest developments on the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection project!
Alas, it is now time for me to get back to work on this ever-fascinating collection. Before I do, I would like to thank Emily Cottle for all of her hard work on Z. Taylor Vinson Collection project and to wish her the best of luck at Delaware State University. Emily’s contributions are, and will continue to be vital to the success of this project. For my part, I will strive to complete the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection project in accordance with the high standards established by Emily. I am also looking forward to hearing your responses to the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection blog.
Kenton Jaehnig is the Project Archivist/Cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.