My last week of being an undergrad!
This week was essentially spent finishing the last few things up, mostly with the Arbogast collection, so there isn’t really a whole lot of exciting things going on.
Thursday was spent mostly finishing the organization for the Arbogast collection into series and subseries and then proceeding with the organization within each subseries and the beginning of labelling the files. I have no idea who was there, but someone was looking through some boxes in the reception area, so I cleared off half of the table so they could do their stuff too. It was actually funny because I am so used to normally being alone in there, or people just walking past me, that my groove was thrown off since I was not listening to my normal killer-themed podcast to cut the silence.
Things returned to normal on Friday, however, when I had the entire half of the floor to myself. I finished the labelling for the files first, then worked on organization of the subseries as I tidied up the container list. I finally snagged the Arbogast I.D.’s from the Sheehan collection since Commissioner Sheehan said she thought it was a mix-up anyways, and added that to the Arbogast collection. The rest of my Friday was essentially spent working on the finding aid for his collection and wondering if I want pizza or Chinese food for dinner tonight.
I was worried about not getting the chance to finish the collections I’ve been working on by the time my internship ended. Unfortunately, most of the supplies did not make it to the GLBT museum in time for me to finish transferring everything into their proper homes, but I did get to finish up everything else. I wish I had a bit more time to do edits on the Arbogast collection’s finding aid, though, and I hope I can still get to see the oral history I did with Commissioner Sheehan!
Overall, I think this has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve gotten the chance to connect with so many people and to learn about a career field I knew absolutely nothing about until January. I definitely had to go beyond my comfort zone in communicating and leading specific projects, but I feel like they made me grow the most and I can be more comfortable with outreaching under professional and personal settings. Where I probably grew the most is in my confidence that I know I am doing my best job. A lot of archiving has to deal with self trust that you are organizing things in the most beneficial and logical way for a future researcher, and self-doubt will get you stuck on the same items for too long.
Although this is my last blog post for this internship, I’m actually attending my last board meeting this Sunday since the Easter holiday pushed back last week’s meeting. I’m excited to tell everyone about how far I’ve come in the collection processing and I’ll get to say goodbye!