In my History 328 class (Modern German History), we have the coolest assignment EVER.
My professor received a grant that gave him some micro-reels which document the correspondence between the American ambassador in Berlin and Washington. And we get to view these micro-reels, make them into PDFs, and transcribe them!
People, this is cool.
There were people in my class getting dispatches from John Jay in Vienna! And dispatches from the Franco-Prussian War! And from the siege of Paris!
I don't know what mine will have in it yet (my professor didn't tell me), but I am sooo excited to find out.
That blue thing is the micro-reel from the National Archives.
Me being a super-happy nerd.
Seriously, folks, this is like Christmas for history nerds. I just need 4-5 hours in the library to find out what's in store!