Today was our first day participating in the summer semester internship program. After getting our ID cards, we made our way to the Department of Mammalogy Archive, the home of the Museum’s original library. Throughout the summer, we will be exploring the archive to inventory and record the contents of the collection. Today we worked on phase one of the project. We found some nicely processed collections containing departmental correspondence, administrative files and Richard Archbold files. The photographs from the Archbold expeditions to Arizona, Cape York and New Guinea are stored in black rolling cabinets with pull-out racks with pictures sleeved individually. The Field Notes Collection proved more challenging: what to do with them and how will they be entered: as one record or broken down by expedition? We also found some unprocessed collections: B. Elizatbeth “Betty” Horner papers and the Marie Lawrence papers. Most of the collections we encountered were well organized allowing us to get familiar with the working conditions and the cataloging worksheet. At the end of the day, we had a chance to look around the rest of the archive and brace ourselves for the upcoming challenges.

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