With the aid of digital resources such as, ProQuest, the digitized New York Times and the ColumbiaUniversity digital collection– have allowed nonprofessionals to become local micro-historians.
The Albert Hotel Addresses Its Myths, by Christopher Gray published on April, 15, 2011 in the Real Estate section of the NYT, discusses the creation of work that lead up to the creation of the official “History of The Hotel Albert” website. The history was compiled by the likes of long time residence Arlene Goldman and the superintendent– along with the guidance of architectural historian Anthony W. Robins. Together they have created a rich history and dynamic digitized collection, much of which is downloadable.
This is an example of how ones own personal fascination, collection and oral history– could easily become a historical document for future use. The Albert Hotel’s history reveals a past, a building–the inhabitants- the painters — the rock stars — in an iconic place– The Village.
This microhistory project is a method of DIY archiving, preservation and curation that we will see more of.