The Practice of Straight Pining for Drafting
Before electronic word processors there were straight pins. Both Mary Roberts Rinehart and Hervey Allen exhibit a practice of early 20th century manuscript drafting in which parts of pages are cut and pinned to other pages with straight pins. This early, manual version of cutting and pasting allows visitors to witness early to mid-20th century manuscript draft making. Objects from Rinehart’s desk, which include a pair of scissors and a container full of straight pins, showcase the materials Rinehart utilized and surrounded herself with while she wrote on her desk.