So, I finished Spy Television today. I think I have close to 70 notecards written, and I intend on photocopying the chapter on the McGoohan spy shows for future reference.
Last week, I requested four books through Inter Library Loan for the project–only one of which is in a library in my homestate. So, after some minor complaining and wondering how I was to get two of these (I’m just going to bite the bullet and purchase one), my mom made a brilliant suggestion:
Go to the Library of Congress.
So, in August, if all goes well, I’m going to Washington, DC to do some research for this project. It may end up being only slightly more expensive to make this trip as opposed to buying all of the books that I need. The LoC has all of the books I need. Not to mention the International Spy Museum, which really won’t help my project much, but it’s a fun museum. 🙂
This may be slight overkill, but it will be fun. And it will make my project-overseeing professor laugh. And in the end, it’ll be totally worth it.
On a semi-related note, I picked up Defend the Realm, the Authorized History of MI-5 (just for intelligence work in Cold War info, more for my own enjoyment than background material). My god, that thing is a CORNERSTONE. It’s massive, weighs more than my AP Euro History book in high school.
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Remember, I think you have to make arrangements/reservations to use the LoC, if you do decide to go. You can’t just show up and go inside like you might at your local public library. Last time I was in DC, three or four years ago, I tried to visit but was only allowed admittance into the museum portion. I wasn’t able to browse the stacks, which would have been fun.
Yep! It’s going to be at least a two day trip. I know I need to get my LoC card before I can get any reading material from the Library.
I will definitely look into making reservations, etc. Thanks for the suggestion!
Sounds like it should be a fantastic trip. Especially the visit to the International Spy Museum. 🙂
I went there the last time I was in DC–it was a blast! I wish I could still remember my cover…