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Deep in the Archives

Posted on October 22, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

Daniela with her advisor Alison Oswald who has worked in the Archives Center for 22 years. Photo by Rudy Mondragón

Daniela’s work box and preservation kit that she uses when processing collections. Photo by Diana C. Bossa Bastidas

María Daniela Jiménez (Daniela), a fellow participating in the Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP), spent her summer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) in the Archives Center. As a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Daniela is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies as well as a Masters in Library and Information Science specializing in archives.

Daniela’s practicum was titled “Documenting Spanish-Language Media through Archives,” under which she focused on U.S Latinx archival collections such as the Hector and Norma Orcí Advertising Agency Records, which chronicles the origins and work of an advertising agency founded by U.S Latinxs. During her time in the Archives Center Daniela worked on processing collections. Her responsibilities included looking through collections to make sure that they were in good shape, organizing materials in the collections and creating a ‘table of contents’ of sorts to aid researchers in finding the right materials for their research. Through her fellowship Daniela was able to combine her interests in Ethnic Studies and Library and Information Science.

In an article recently posted on the Smithsonian Latino Center’s tumblr page, Daniela documents and reflects on her fellowship with LMSP.

You can read about Daniela’s experience for yourself here.