Right now I’m an archival sponge, excited about trying new templates, organizational techniques, and coding.
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The New York Public Library prides itself on providing researchers with the best access to their collections possible. The Archives and Manuscripts Department provided me with an extensive workbook of terminology, processes, and formats so that my transition was seamless. The archival processing staff assigned to the interns were communicative, constructive, and encouraging, which represented their enthusiasm for creating a usable product the first time around. I was able to finish organizing three complete collections which were promptly coded by the staff, and added to their website for users worldwide.
The American Museum of Natural History library’s Hidden Collections Project aims to connect the archival collections housed throughout the physical museum in a solitary digital space. Expeditions throughout the museum’s history included team members from several different departments, and the resulting field notes, photographs, and artifacts were separated once they returned to New York. Since then, the full stories of these expeditions have been lost to hidden materials and subsequent incomplete finding aids. By inventorying these departments and connecting their contents digitally, researchers will finally fully understand the scientific breadth of each individual journey into the unknown.
The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs.