While it won’t officially summer until June 21st, it sure has felt like summer as of late. And summer quarter at Wright State started today. I’m looking forward to this summer. I’m not signed up for any lectures or seminars. Instead, I am starting my internship at the Wright State University Special Collections & Archives. I started today.
I spent the first part of my 5 hour shift getting acquainted with the reference desk in the reading room. The last part of my shift was the exciting part. I started processing a collection! Is it weird that I like processing collections? I don’t know. I think I like to organize things, so maybe that’s why it appeals to me.
I was given some of the boxes containing the George “J.R.” Wedekind Aviation Collection, to start assessing. Wedekind was one of the organizers of the Dayton Air Show who helped to turn it into a major event. So far I have found a lot of aviation magazines, books and pamphlets, numerous VHS tapes of air shows and other aviation-related titles, some slides, and Wright Brothers materials. I think I’ve only looked through half of the collection. I’m curious to see what the other half contains.
I think this is going to be a great summer. No studying, I get to put a nice dent in my 300 hours internship ( I can only work at the archives 10 hours/week, but in this 10 week summer term, that will be 1/3rd of it completed), and I’m thinking about getting back to my art roots with some charcoal drawing and photography at Cox Arboretum. Life is good!
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!
According to the calendar it is Spring. Mother Nature doesn’t seem to know this or doesn’t seem to care, as it has been unseasonably chilly and we’ve even had a little snow fall this week. But it is most certainly spring on the campus of Wright State University. The parking lots are packed, the geese are back, and week 1 of spring quarter is coming to a close.
I’m always rip-rarin’ to go at the start of the quarter, but lose steam as the weeks go by. I hope this is not the case this quarter. While I always seem to get it together by the end and get a good grade, the stress feels awful! I’ve heard other students say they do the same thing; they work well under pressure, so maybe I’m not a bad student. But I’d like to try staying ahead of my assignments and work with less stress this term. I’ll bet that feels pretty good!
I’m on track with my archival technology class homework. I’ve assessed the Sidney Peerless Photo Collection and chosen my photos for a metadata assignment.
I’m trying to choose a paper topic for my history of American architecture class. I thought I wanted to do something with farmhouses, since I grew up in an old farmhouse. Then I found some books on slave and African-American architecture that are very interesting to me. And to complicate things more, in class we talked very briefly about how the rise of the automobile changed the landscape and influenced architecture. I love road trips and discovering old tourist traps, mom & pop joints, and such. Now I’m wondering if I can find an angle and write a paper on that. Oh, decisions, decisions…