Journalist Paul Lukas talks about a treasure of school records from the Manhattan Trade School for Girls he found in a discarded filing cabinet in New York City. What incredible data did these 1920s and '30s report cards and records contain? What stories did he find when he researched the lives of these young women? We'll also talk about the ethics of using school records in our work as historians and genealogists.
Paul is a journalist and media artist who specializes in the inconspicuous. His work has appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Fortune, Gourmet, Saveur, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN The Magazine, Spin, and The Financial Times, among many other publications. He currently works as a columnist for ESPN.com, where he writes “Uni Watch,” the sports world’s foremost (okay, only) column devoted to uniform design. His investigation into the stories behind some very evocative 1920s and ’30s report cards that he found in a discarded file cabinet resulted in a 10-article series for Slate.com, entitled "Permanent Record."