A professor emerita of history at George Mason University, Paula Petrik is the author of No Step Backward: Women and Family on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier (1990) and a coeditor, with Elliott West, of Small Worlds: Children and Adolescents in America, 1850-1950 (1992). A recipient of Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Smithsonian fellowships as well as an Apple Computer Faculty Internship, among others, she has published articles on women in the American West, the U.S. toy industry, and new media. She is currently working on a history of the Helena, Montana, banks and the Panic of 1893.
Based on twelve disparate documents and images, this lecture demonstrates how various documents can be used to reconstruct a biography and how the reconstruction fits into the secondary literature. (This presentation is particularly suitable for undergraduate and graduate research classes as well as a general public audience.)