Archival Experience

Bexar Archives Online
As a Student Digitization Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, I am currently preparing metadata and digital images for this online project. The Bexar Archives Online provides web-based access to a major collection of thousands of manuscript documents related to the Spanish and Mexican history of Texas from 1717 to 1836. Working on the project has enabled me to gain valuable metadata and digitization skills and affirmed my interest in exploring digital archives careers. I am currently enrolled in the School of Information's Survey of Digitization course, which is enabling me to strengthen and expand the knowledge I am acquiring on the job.

Archival Enterprise I Processing Project
When I have completed my archival processing project for Archival Enterprise I at the Harry Ransom Center a few months from now, you’ll find a description of the project and a link to the finding aid here. Through this project, I will acquire a foundation in current archival practice, from arrangement to description using EAD finding aids.


“Get the Manuscript!”: Arranging and Describing the Literary Imagination at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1965-1992
I wrote this research paper--which investigates the history of archival arrangement and description practices at the Harry Ransom Center--for Dr. David Gracy’s course on the history of archives. The process of researching (through interviews with current and former Ransom Center employees) and writing the paper required me to delve into the evolution of arrangement and description theory, which, in turn, helped me to contextualize my own archival practice.

"To render it:" Acts of Structural Passion in Levertov's "An English Field in the Nuclear Age"
I wrote this analysis of a Denise Levertov poem while I was a literature student. The paper received the Boothe Prize for Excellence in Writing and was published in Boothe Prize Essays: Excellence in Writing at Stanford. I believe this paper conveys my strength as a writer, as well as my passion for literary materials. While working in Special Collections at the Stanford University Library, I was fortunate enough to encounter materials from Levertov's papers, which the University acquired in 1993.


This blog is an exploration of my personal experiences with digitization theory and practice, created in conjunction with my work in Quinn Stewart’s Spring 2011 Survey of Digitization course. Although I have experience blogging in a professional capacity (in jobs prior to graduate school), this is my first experience with blogging for personal intellectual exploration. I hope to use this blog as a forum in which to investigate problems and possibilities in digitization and current digitization efforts in repositories around the globe.