April (2018)— As you recall, the Winterthur University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, received funding to coordinate five fully-funded 2018 eight-week summer internships in library and archives preservation at five nationally recognized library preservation/conservation laboratories.
Thanks to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the University of Delaware College of Arts and Science, the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (DE) for funding this internship project. Thanks to Board member Debbie Hess Norris, University of Delaware, for securing this funding.
Twenty-seven (27) applications were received from undergraduate students! After much consideration and deliberation, the following students were selected and have accepted summer internship placements.
The five (5) students and host sites are:
- Alicia Bush, Florida A&M State University
The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, TX
The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.
- John Gabriel Davies, Fisk University (TN)
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Wilmington, DE
Winterthur Library collections promote the interdisciplinary study of American material culture, including art, architecture, decorative arts, and everyday life, dating from colonial times into the twentieth century. Its resources include printed books and serials; trade and auction catalogs; manuscripts, diaries, letter books, and family papers of artists, craftspeople, and merchants; design and architectural drawings; historic photographs; printed ephemera; a large collections of modern photographs; and institutional archives.
- Layla Huff, Morgan State University (MD)
American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia, PA
The American Philosophical Society Library is a major national center for research in the history of the sciences, early American history, and Native American ethnography and linguistics. The Conservation Department provides complete collection care (ranging from preventive care to single-item treatment) for all books, manuscripts, photographs, and works on paper and parchment held by the Library – numbering 350,000 bound volumes, 13 million manuscript pages, and 250,000 images.
- Erin Matthews, Hampton University (VA)
Yale University Library, New Haven, CT
The Gates Conservation Laboratory at the Yale University Library opened in the fall of 2015 and is home to the conservation and exhibitions services program for the Yale Library’s collection of 14 million books, manuscripts, archival documents, photographs and artifacts, held in 16 libraries or collections on campus. The collections of the Library, especially those of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, document much of the human record from Egyptian papyri to early Civil War photographs; and archives of writers, artists, and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance to those of student organizations on the Yale campus.
- Phebe Pankey, Winston-Salem State University (NC)
Duke University Libraries is committed to diversity in its patron communities, services, collections, staff and spaces. Significant collections include the University Archives, the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, the Human Rights Archives, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture.
Interns will work on a range of possible projects, including:
- surveying the condition of library collection materials;
- conservation stabilization and treatment of historical documents, such as humidification and flattening, surface cleaning, and mending tears;
- historical research;
- digitization projects;
- environmental monitoring;
- constructing custom storage enclosures for fragile archival materials.
Interns will then use their new expertise to implement a library preservation project designed in collaboration with their mentor and their home institution’s library staff, building on the success of their summer experiences with an opportunity to perform meaningful work preserving significant HBCU library collections at their institution.
My interviews with students were amazing! They spoke to the value of their library, their institution, and to using their new skills to impact their library.