Summer Fellowship in Archives and Special Collections
The Archives & Special Collections maintains the University of Puget Sound’s rare books, artists’ books, and manuscripts, as well as materials documenting the university and its history. The Summer Fellowship in Archives & Special Collections Grant was established in 2012 to promote student research, scholarship, and creativity through the use of primary sources. The Summer Fellowship will provide students with an opportunity to work with primary sources and assist in making these materials available for future study and research.
Applicants may choose to apply to one of the following projects or design their own. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their interests with Archivist & Digital Collections Coordinator, Katie Henningsen.
- Wikipedian in Residence
Through Wikipedia's GLAM-Wiki project (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) the Wikipedian in Residence will increase access to the Archives & Special Collections holdings and services while strengthening the relationship between the Archives & Special Collections and the Wikipedia community. Adhering to archival and Wikipedia best practices, the Wikipedian in Residence will: promote new or existing Wiki projects related to the University’s holdings; work with staff to digitize, compile, and organize resources that can be shared with the Wikipedia community; and advise staff on Wikipedia best practices.
- Ephemera Collection
The Ephemera Collection contains event flyers, programs, invitations, posters, dance cards, and other material documenting campus life and student activities. The Fellow will arrange and describe the material in accordance with archival best practices to inventory the collection. A visual and historically interesting collection, the Fellow will have the opportunity to explore the collection in depth and develop a creative method of documenting and sharing their findings.
- The Trail
The student newspaper, originally known as Ye Recorde, dates back to 1895. The Fellow will select a decade of The Trail to index and will document the people and events that appear in each issue. Utilizing Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), this information will be uploaded to the Collins Memorial Library’s institutional repository, Sound Ideas. The Fellow will develop an understanding of the events on campus as well as the local, regional, and national events that concerned the student body during the decade they index. Depending on the Fellow's interests possible outcomes may include a research paper, blog, or other creative platform to document their findings as the project progresses.
- Oral History
The Faculty Oral History Project documents the experiences of current and former faculty at the University of Puget Sound. The Fellow will research and compile data on oral history best practices and management, which they will use to create a proposal for the future development and management of oral history projects. In addition, the Fellow will transcribe a small number of interviews from the Faculty Oral History Project and create descriptions of these interviews for researchers.
- Design your own
Is there a project utilizing the Archives & Special Collections that you are interested in, but is not listed here? Submit an application! Be sure to complete Section E on the application form. You are encouraged to make an appointment with Archivist & Digital Collections Coordinator, Katie Henningsen, to discuss your project prior to submission.
This opportunity it available to any University of Puget Sound student in good academic standing; including those who have graduated in spring 2013.
Students who receive summer funding agree to:
- Spend 350 hours in the Archives & Special Collections;
- Submit a written report of the research no later than September 24, 2013;
- Submit an electronic copy of the research report to the Collins Memorial Library for publication in Sound Ideas, an online repository of Puget Sound academic materials, by September 24, 2013;
- Present a poster at the Fall Student Research Poster Symposium held in early September 2013;
February 27, 2013 – Optional Archives & Special Collections Open House. Meet the Librarians, look over the collections and discuss the summer research projects. Stop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
March 15, 2013 – Application Due.
April 12, 2013 – Awards announced.
A stipend of $3,250 will be provided for one intern, based on 350 hours completed over the course of the summer.