Its annoying that I can find multitudes of info on ranching in the early 1900's but hit a wall after the 1930-1940. I would prefer anecdotal but all I can get are charts and tables on the economics of the practice. Frustrating to say the least. Its been about a month since i've seriously engaged in this research and its a bit disheartening to see so little of what I need out there. I have a list of material that i need to get at the Archives in Edmonton, the Galt Museum and the Glenbow to get to, which at my current financial state is next to impossible. But I've managed to get access to a number of online archives and libraries which has given me some hope, and my local library seems to have some good information although the 3 books by Hank Pallister would really help but VPL doesn't have them.
I am embarking on what is probably my fifth attempt to read Ayn Rand's seminal work Atlas Shrugged (aside: I think a new word needs to be invented to take the place of 'seminal' since its more of a medical term and it seems strange to attach it to a woman's work). I'm not sure what has kept me from getting into her work before and I've been trying since Highschool. She's very conservative, against all government interfearance in a free market economy but I can't imagine that being what has kept me from diving into her fiction since I've been able to read to much work that I don't agree with. This time I've made it farther then before and its starting to grab me. Its helped that i've needed a distraction from exams.
So far my impressions are limited seeing as I've only reached page 81
- Dagny Taggert is a woman with much potential and hopelessly stuck in man's world in era where her values and beliefs are being left behind by all those around her.
- Hank Rearden is possibly a high functioning autistic
- What is the anti-dog-eat-dog rule's real life listing and has it been introduced by lefties or righties?
So I have embarked on a historical fiction novel, not the easiest project I could have picked. Especially since most of my research will have to take place digitally because the place of research - southern alberta - is currently so far away. Its hard, the libraries out here have very little to offer me and most museums and archives are a little slow to catch up to the digital age. I've managed to find some information on the Mormon operated Ancestry.ca (for a small fortune) as well as there are some amateur genealogists in Edmonton who will send me family Homestead Records that could help but my current location, while inspirational, is presenting some unique problems. I guess this just means a trip back to my roots is needed in the near future. I need a day or two at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge to really dig into their archives, and the U of L has some wonderful collections as well. (Too bad I didn't think about all this 5 years ago, when I was living and going to school there).