Archives/Museum Work

Archives of American Art: Independent Contractor (Digital Operations Specialist), September 2015 – April 2016

  • Search collections and document the physical box and folder location of over 10,000 digitized items in order to link to finding aids
  • Error and usability reporting for Collection Information Systems, finding aids, item records, and archival collections


National Museum of American History: James Lollar Hagan Intern, September 2014 – March 2015

  • Created NMAH’s “Women in World War I” online object group/exhibit in custom-built Object Group Management Tool (OGMT)
    • Surveyed NMAH and other Smithsonian collections for related objects
    • Compiled list of over 800 items relevant to project
    • Created and updated object records in CMS (Mimsy XG) for multiple divisions
    • Coordinated with DAMS, EDAN, Registrar, and Collections Processing divisions to prepare objects for the web and public accessibility
    • Performed media and textual content preparation for publication on NMAH website by creating and copy editing textual content and obtaining media:
      • Wrote web descriptions for each object, including background information and research on related topics, and cited sources; Updated Mimsy XG records; Designated preferred web media for each object and assisted with digitization of objects
      • Researched and wrote 19 sections for the object group (12 historical content, 7 resources) with digital media and cited sources
  • Assisted with digitization of archival materials related to the Colonial Dames Collection
    • Located and identified women’s WWI uniforms and related materials
  • “How did animals (even slugs) serve in WWI?” blog post (November 14, 2014)
  • “Embroidery under fire” blog post (March 5, 2015)
  • “At home and ‘Over There’: Women in World War I object group” blog post (January 4, 2016)

“Women in World War I” online exhibit
“How did animals (even slugs) serve in WWI?” blog post (November 14, 2014)
“Embroidery under fire” blog post (March 5, 2015)
“At home and ‘Over There’: Women in World War I object group” blog post (January 4, 2016)


Papers of James Monroe: Transcriptionist, January 2012 – June 2016

  • Transcribed over 1,000 documents written to and by James Monroe
  • Created a partial key for the Barlow cypher
  • Traveled to organizations and obtained digital/photocopies of manuscripts


Smithsonian Institution Archives: Archives Division Intern, June – August 2014

  • Item-level cataloging in custom-built SQL CMS
    • Documented the physical box and folder location of digitized archival materials; created or modified item records
    • Catalogued over 300 architectural drawings and over 75 A/V assets
  • Assisted reference archivists with answering patron queries, pulling materials, and reference work


Smithsonian Institution Archives: Institutional History Division Intern, May – August 2013

  • Researched collections for postcards, digitized and cataloged over 200 postcards
  • Researched and wrote short histories and informational pieces about postcards
  • Created image galleries and webpages for online exhibit about postcards

“Greetings from the Smithsonian: A Postcard History” online postcard exhibit
“The Mystery of the Undated Postcards” blog post (July 23, 2013)
“New Year, New Postcard Exhibit” blog post (January 28, 2014)


Historic Kenmore: Archives Volunteer, September 2012 – December 2013

  • Inventoried, cataloged, and rehoused over 300 manuscripts for the Henry Howell Lewis Papers
  • Inventoried the research papers of historian Paula S. Felder
  • Inventoried collections; set up exhibitions


Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia: Intern, May – August 2012

  • Digitized, organized, and updated collections and accessions records in CMS
  • Researched Marian Anderson gowns for the Black History Museum and the Smithsonian
  • Researched other objects in BHM collections


Virginia Historical Society: Web Resources Intern, May – August 2012

  • Close-captioned educational videos produced by the VHS


Historical Research and Technology: Student, September 2008 – June 2010

  • Transcribed World War II letters, World War II veteran interviews, and United States census records
  • Created digital content for the Longendyke letter collection: transcribed and organized the letters, coded the webpage, captioned each letter, and wrote textual content for collection’s webpage
  • Created digital media for class site It Took A War

“A Community Analysis of Trenton, NJ in 1900” — Received the Bobby Chandler Student Research Award from the Virginia Historical Society