Archiving Experience: NMAH Archives Center Interns and Fellows
On July 17, National Museum of American History (NMAH) Archives Center interns and fellows gave a tour to showcase the projects they’ve been engaged in over their time at NMAH.
Intern Tyler Stump from the University of Maryland iSchool has helped process the Heinz Joseph Gerber Papers and the Gerber Scientific Instrument Company Records while documenting Gerber’s inventive life in the development of computer-aided design CAD/CAM systems. Tyler’s blog “Broadcasting the Story of Invention” provides a more in-depth description of his work.
Fellow Lucy Mensah from Vanderbilt University has processed and researched the Scurlock Studio Records as material that will be used in her dissertation on Post-War America and Black Urban Street Life.
Fellow Aysha Preston from Florida International University has worked on research in the Scurlock Studio Records to support her dissertation work on the Black Middle Class in Washington D.C. and surrounding suburbs.
Intern Sara Dorfman from Queens College has researched and processed the Bil Browning and Jerame Davis Papers while documenting Browning’s and Davis’s activism on behalf of LGBT rights in Indiana.
Intern Jakob Dopp from University of Michigan iSchool has prepared Archives Center digital images for upload to the Smithsonian Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) by creating and editing image embedded metadata.
Intern Morgan Kolakowski from Western New England University has answered public inquiries via telephone and email, performed background research for the NMAH Archives Center team, assisted researchers in their work, and aided staff in paging and re-shelving collection materials.
Intern Maggie Drain from Kenyon College has worked to answer public inquiries by telephone and email, performed background research for the NMAH Archives Center team, assisted researchers in their work, and aided staff in paging and re-shelving collection materials.
NMAH Archivist Alison Oswald has mentored interns since 1996. In fact, she keeps her own personal archive that includes photos of all her previous interns.