This semester the Byrd Center was lucky enough to have more interns and volunteers than normal. Six students from the Introduction to Public History course completed their service projects under the supervision of Dr. Jay Wyatt, the Center’s Director of Programs and Research. These projects consisted of research on a variety of topics, which the students then wrote a short summary about in the form of the “Student Edition” blogs on our weekly News From the Grey Box postings. More of their blogs will be featured on our website during the upcoming weeks.
Two of these students stayed on to become full-fledged interns, joining two students from my own course,Introduction to Archives, which is wrapping up during this week of final exams. These interns have been focused on digitizing records from Senator Byrd’s collection, including his newspaper clipping scrapbooks and political cartoons. Other projects involved cataloging artifacts and processing the topical files which will soon be fully processed and have a finding aid online.
Several of our current interns are staying on until next semester, but there’s always room for volunteers who want to get some hands-on experience working in the archival field!