It’s hard to believe that our 2014 Archival Fellows have already come and gone… Katie Jakovich and Matthew Hicks finished their fellowship on Friday after spending the last two months here with us in the Memphis Room, and we miss them already. In addition to processing several collections and taking a short field trip to pick up another collection, they also managed to listen to ALL of the Harry Potter books and The Hobbit. It was a magical summer, indeed.
Their big project – and I do mean big – was to process the Benjamin L. Hooks Collection (more details to come soon!). True students of Hogwarts, they are masters when it comes to sorting. Katie’s photographs below show the progression of the collection, from piles to well-organized boxes. Thanks to them, the collection will be publicly available very soon.
Thank you both for your great work and wonderful enthusiasm! Don’t forget to come back and visit soon!
Each summer, our Archival Fellows from Rhodes College are required to write a brief reflective essay on their time in the Memphis Room. This year, Regan Adolph submitted the following essay to her professor. She has given us permission to post it here, and we do so because she does such a wonderful job of capturing the excitement and variety of experience that working in the archives can provide.
Tomorrow is Regan’s last day, and though we are sad and will miss her (as we already miss Lanier!), we are so glad that we had the opportunity to play host to these two wonderful young ladies and to help them learn to apply their knowledge and skills to preserving Memphis’ history. We are so proud of both of them and we cannot wait to see what they do next!
Walking into the Memphis Public Library and Information Center for the forty-sixth time this summer, on the tenth Monday of my fellowship, I realized that I was just as excited to start my day in the archives as I was on that first Monday in May. I genuinely looked forward to working on my current project, seeing everyone in the history department, and being responsible for something in the Memphis and Shelby County Room that would be the authority on a certain topic. Knowing the importance of what I was accomplishing, utilizing my passion for meticulous organizing, and working alongside someone of considerable similarities made for an incredible experience as an Archival Fellow. Continue reading
Today is a somber day in the History Department, as we have to say goodbye to our two incredible archival fellows from Rhodes College. Lauren and Jordan have been with us for the past 8 weeks and have made an impact that will be felt for years and years to come.
In addition to expertly processing and digitizing the Perre Magness and Arthur Webb collections, they have processed three other collections that will be unveiled shortly. That is an unbelievable amount of work to accomplish in one summer. But perhaps what the staff here in the Memphis Room will remember most is that they remained enthusiastic, good-natured and genuinely fun to work around. We simply loved having them here.
Best of luck to you both, as you move on through school and into the rest of your lives. And remember, you can always stop by for a visit… (We won’t make you index a single thing!)