Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Intern Profile: Anne

Anne is completing a 3 month project to survey the museum archive and establish system by which the papers are digitally linked to the artifact collection through the Past Perfect database. In her most recent position at the Huntington Public Library on Long Island, NY, Anne completed a preservation report on the condition of 500 books from the Mary Talmage Local History collection, a collection dating back to the 1600's.

For the New England Conservatory in Boston, she improved the accessibility of the Jordan Hall archive collection. This collection of fragile pamphlets dating from 1903 to 1956 features the musical performances of college and professional groups and lecture series on topics ranging from why women should vote to the "latest" scientific health trends. The most interesting aspect of the programs, says Anne, are the advertisements. The content of the ads changed from war time provisions to funeral parlors during the influenza epidemic. Anne re-housed, preformed preservation cleaning, and developed a database to make the contents digitally searchable. For the first time in decades the programs can actually be used as a research tool.

Anne received her Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives from Simmons College in Boston. She received a BA in Ancient History magna cum laude from Lake Forest College in Illinois and in New Orleans, where she is originally from, Anne lead education programs geared toward instilling a love of volunteering in 9-12 year olds through the LA/SPCA's Care Cadet Program. 

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