Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Research Update

Generally, you can assume that a lack of posts means that I'm engaged in work on the Disneyland Compendium. (Well, that or my master's thesis--it doesn't appear to be writing itself!) The past couple of weeks I have focused on publications: Disneyland Line, Disneyland Holiday-Vacationland, Disney News-Disney Magazine, Backstage Disneyland, Disneylander, Cast Member Reference Guides, guidemaps and souvenir guidebooks, mainly. I've created a spreadsheet to track what I have immediately available to me (either a hard copy or a digital original or surrogate) and feel I now have a much better grasp of that. I still don't completely know what I'm missing because lists of these publications mostly don't exist! This work doesn't include the thousands and thousands of newspaper articles and advertisements, either. (Yes, I realize it's a bit... obsessive.)

I have a hair under 800 Disneyland Lines now (thanks to Kevin Yee sending me a couple hundred in the mail last week). From about twenty issues I've pulled out information for more than a thousand terms! There are some excellent articles in the Line about how the Park works, and I'm very excited to sift through it all.

Kevin and I still plan to have the first part of the Compendium available in about two years. Right now I'm thinking that might just be a print encyclopedia, but we haven't ruled anything out. Heck, we won't even be doing any writing for at least another year. I'll still be spending untold hours collecting the documents, making contacts, and building the thesaurus. If I disappear for brief spells, you can just think of the time you would have spent reading the blog as deferred to the publication!

3 comments:

Will Robison said...

Yes, but I have to PAY for the publication. ;) I'd much rather spend my time here, not only because the price is right, but mostly because I'm too damned impatient to wait for you to write it. I want my compendium and I want it NOW! ;)

Progressland said...

Hey, I like my information free, too! :) I'd like to do more "research articles" for the blog, but because we have over fifty years of Resort property history to document, I haven't focused much on any one area. So, I may come across an interesting article on the Main Files department at Disneyland, but I can't provide any context with just the one article. Now, if something confuses me, like the Tencennial summertime entertainment, I may go to the trouble of figuring it out and posting about it. I expect such articles will be easier to write when the research is further along. I commend anyone who can draw a lesson from what I just wrote.

Matterhorn1959 said...

You forgot Disneyland Insider which was an employee publication sent out monthly in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Let me know if you need copies as I have an almost complete set....