The end of spring term at Wright State is fast approaching. For some lucky students it may already be over, but I still have to get through finals week next week.
This has been an enjoyable term. I’ve learned so much in my archival technologies class. We have had the opportunity to experience a little bit of everything that we might be asked to use as an archivist; from building a website using Dreamweaver to writing blogs.
I think my favorite part was creating the encoded archival description (EAD) for the Paul Webb Collection. I worked with another student, Kasey Eichensehr, during winter quarter to process Dr Paul Webb’s research papers, notes and charts dealing with human calorimetry. Putting our finding aid into a digital form that people will be able to search was a great skill to learn. It was also rewarding to see this collection that we worked to hard to organize through to this final step.
I went to Detroit, MI, on a field study trip. There we visited the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and the Motown Museum. Not only was this a fun learning experience, but a fun social experience, as well. It was a chance to get to know a few fellow public history students outside of class. I think we are a pretty fun bunch!
I’m taking a history of architecture class, as well. I’ll admit I signed up for it not so much because I like architecture, but because I needed the credits and it fit into my schedule. However, I’ve really enjoyed the class. I’ve learned a great deal and now I look at buildings in a new way. It has truly increased my level of appreciation for historic buildings.
Now, on to summer and the start of my internship at Wright State’s Special Collection & Archives. Wish me luck!