Browse Exhibits (2 total)

Lists: Organizing Everyday Life

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To-do lists, reminders, schedules, and shopping lists help individuals remember tasks to be completed, items to be purchased, upcoming meetings and events, and the order in which these things all need to happen. 

As these various examples demonstrate, list-making is not a process that happens once and is then finished. Whether composed in print or digitally, lists are meant to be viewed multiple times, and altered as needed with each viewing. Some writers do this with checkmarks, others by crossing items out. Some items appear in lists multiple times, as tasks from a previous day remain incomplete and need to be added to a later date. Still other lists are adjusted to show progress made on a task, or to approximate how much time or work still remains to be done before the item can be fully "checked off the list." 

This exhibit is organized into three categories: schedule lists, task lists, and shopping lists. Though each category serves a distinct purpose, all three categories demonstrate the writers' needs to organize their thoughts and their lives by writing things down. 


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Summer Camp Chronicles: Everyday Writing from Camper to Counselor

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This exhibit is an in depth anthology cataloguing the writing involved in summer camp; from being a camper to a counselor. In places where technology is almost nonexistent, the writing of summer camp forms the core bonds between the people there and functions as the main form of communication. Everyday writing is the crucial infrastructure for any summer camp to operate, whether it’s getting things done on site or keeping kids connected to their families and “the outside world” everyday writing is an everyday practice over the summer. This exhibit includes letters, notes, schedules, plane tickets, and much more. It serves to bring a sense of nostalgia to a digital age. In today’s world tweeting, texting, em ails, and the internet in general takes over daily life to a point where everyday writing has become something people don’t recognize because it’s turned into second nature. Taking thetime to disconnect by choice or by force brings everyday writing into the forefront of people’sminds because it’s turns the necessity to communicate back into a process that takes time ratherthan an instant message.

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