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June 13, 2017

I first stepped into the Morgan Library & Museum with a job to do. Prior to this step, I'd only ever glimpsed the library's famed ornate reading room on a mentor's Instagram feed. I understood the Morgan to be an institution of canons, of antique materials whose significance to Western culture and curiosity would not be contested. Banners for the new Thoreau and James shows greeted me at the entrance. 

But for my job, I wouldn't be working with rare books and journals, nor 18th and 19th century paintings. As a summer curatorial fellow in the photography department, my archive exists in 1970s negatives, all belonging to an elusive Do...

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