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  • Jodie Castellani

Beginning to Look Like Home

Publication: Al-Ayyam Al-Jamilah, Spring 2020, 24-27.

Nothing makes me happier than having the opportunity to work on an archival project, particularly one that involves family history and photography. This project, “Beginning to Look Like Home,” is extra special to me because it features the photographic and memorabilia collection of my own family – including my parents’ collection as well as one that I developed as a child. Known collectively as The Sutton Archives, this collection features historical images from 1920s-1960s life in the American South with a focus on vintage Daytona Beach, Florida, East Tennessee, and coastal Virginia; post-Manhattan Project life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1945-1966); expatriate life in Saudi Arabia (1960s-1980s), international travel (1960s-1970s Iran; 1970s London, 1980s Austria); and US life and travel (1980s-2010s).

This present project from the archival collection, “Beginning to Look Like Home,” focuses on my mother’s 1967 diary that she created to document her move 10,000 miles away from her Tennessee home to a new life in Saudi Arabia.

I’m grateful to Arthur Clark, of Aramco Americas, for publishing my piece in Al-Ayyam Al-Jamilah, and for the excellent job with the editing, graphics, and layout. It exceeded expectations and I could not be more thrilled to have this work memorialized in such a thoughtful way. The essay and diary are featured below, and here is a link to learn more about the beautiful, award-winning publications produced by Aramco:

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