Work in the archives is something I had already had a taste of before this internship. My Historical Methods paper was based almost entirely of off work done in the school’s archives. This was work I remember enjoying much more than any other typical mode of research.
I had not given this a second thought until I began work in the museum’s archives. The work in this lonely room does not appear as exciting, but I immediately took a liking to it. Work in the archives can include some items that you may know very little about, but it can involve items that you know very well. Because of this I learned more from the newspapers, photographs, and maps I handled than I ever would have thought. This constant stream of new information from the archives is another reason I preferred working there. Working in an organization’s archives is now something that I know I’d like to do, and it is something that brings me more joy than I once would have thought.