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Archival Summer Residency for Manuscripts Division Collections
Carolina Meneses (UCLA) worked remotely to assist with researching and updating born-digital processing guidelines related to disk imaging and remote acquisitions; conducting web archiving crawls and quality control; and completing EAD data cleanup work in support of a project to dedupe and standardize EAC-CPF name records. She also completed a project for the Inclusive Description Working Group to research and identify women in Princeton’s Latin American manuscript collections who had previously been referred to by only their husband’s name or another familial association. She also curated a digital exhibition titled “Tourism in Cuba: From Colonial Past to Culinary Present,” and contributed to public service efforts by answering reference questions and addressing suggested corrections to finding aids from users.
Post-residency, Carolina accepted a position as Digital Archivist at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Alice Griffin (Pratt Institute) processed and created finding aids for the Peter Bunnell Papers and the Elizabeth Dodge Clarke Collection of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Postcards and Photographs, processed born-digital media in the David Wilkinson Papers, and assisted in processing the Weidenfeld and Nicolson Records and additions to the Carlos Fuentes Papers. She also processed Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse Villenave's Collection on Alina d'Eldir and wrote about her experience working on this collection in a post on the RBSC Technical Services blog.
In addition to her technical services work, Alice contributed to public services efforts at Firestone Library by answering reference questions and addressing suggested corrections to finding aids from users.
Post-residency, Alice returned to New York City to begin a new position as Digital Asset Content Administrator at Clinique.
Sara Rogers (University of Texas at Austin) processed materials and created or updated finding aids for the Charles F. W. McClure Papers, the Charles W. Millard Correspondence, the Albert Bensoussan Correspondence with Latin American Writers, the Oliver Stromberg Collection of William Beebe Book Collecting Files, and the Grace L. J. McClure Papers. She also processed born-digital content from floppy disks and optical media, including from the Toni Morrison Papers and the Neil Goldstein Collection of Working Files on Moe Berg; conducted quality control for a vendor-sourced video digitization project; answered reference questions; and served as an instructor for the inaugural Archives, Research, and Collaborative History (ARCH) program.
Sara also made significant contributions to the Manuscripts Division’s born-digital processing infrastructure and workflows by configuring the team’s KryoFlux floppy controller to work with both 3.5” and 5.25” floppy drives; coordinating with Center for Digital Humanities staff to 3D-print a case for the KryoFlux board; and drafting documentation of disk imaging and optical media processing procedures. She also collaborated with Mudd Library’s summer fellow, Michelle Peralta, to compile information about the myriad hardware and software tools used in Princeton’s digital curation workflows into a comprehensive “Glossary for Born-Digital Processing.”
Post-residency, Sara moved to Massachusetts to accept a position as the Digital Archivist at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Kathryn (Kat) Antonelli (University of South Carolina) was the Manuscripts Division’s inaugural summer archival fellow. Working alongside the manuscripts processing team, Kat processed and created finding aids for the Albert Bensoussan Correspondence with Latin American Writers and the James P. Kimball Papers and processed portions of the John Ennis Papers. She also processed born-digital content from floppy disks in the Toni Morrison Papers and optical media in the Juan Gelman Papers; surveyed legacy audiovisual media from Manuscripts Division collections; and conducted quality control for the Latin American Collections audiovisual digitization pilot project.
In collaboration with Mudd Library’s summer fellows Valencia Johnson and Will Clements, Kat also conducted a survey and research project concerning access to born-digital records. The fellows discussed their findings in a lightning talk at the SNAP (Students and New Archives Professionals) roundtable meeting at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Post-residency, Kat traveled to Hawaii, where she was the 2017 Roselani Summer Intern at ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawai‘i. Kat currently resides in Philadelphia and is completing her Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina, with a focus on Archives & Preservation and Digital Image Management.