An #ArchivesMonth Word from Our Student Assistants

We really appreciate all hard work that our student assistants do for us here in Special Collections and Archives — everything from helping researchers in the reading room, to digitizing, to arranging and describing materials, to cleaning records. So of course we wanted to include them in our #ArchivesMonth poll of the staff!

We asked our student assistants: What’s something interesting you’ve seen or done while working here?

And here’s what they told us:


Megan, Special Collections & Archives student assistant and Public History graduate student

This is from SC-34, Frederick Meyer Papers. The lone ledger in the collection was packed with personality, featuring doodles, drawings, and creative penmanship. It documented the odd jobs the jack-of-all-trades creator had done, from running a clubhouse, to selling plants, to raising chickens. (The last of which, of course, meant that he had to doodle tiny chickens in the margins!) I had way too much fun exploring and describing it when I updated the finding aid. 🙂

Ledger from SC-34: Frederick Meyer Papers (photo by Megan)
Ledger from SC-34: Frederick Meyer Papers (photo by Megan)

Delaney, Special Collections & Archives Assistant

If I had to choose one interest thing that I’ve found, it would probably be the historical medical equipment. Medical history is a long standing interest of mine, and getting to see some of the equipment I’ve read about in person, is a very cool experience. Also good for spooky season!

Early medical equipment from our collection, mostly 19th century
Early medical equipment from our collection, mostly 19th century
(photo by archives staff)

Thanks so much to our wonderful students for all they do, especially “other duties as assigned,” such as the info in this blog post.

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