Eastern Washington University Archives and Special Collection
I worked as a library assistant in the university archives and special collections for two quarters in 2019. While there I worked on projects focusing on the digitization of photo collections, inventorying accessioned materials, processing collections, and digitizing documents of historic significance. I also assisted researchers in acquiring materials, scanning research material, and finding other resources that may have been of use. Through these duties, I learned the basics of archival management and processing.
The most notable project I worked on was the processing of the Lloyd and Amy Bell Papers. In the process of sorting and filing the collection I created the inventory, rough draft finding aid, and biographical note.
The finding aid and biographical note can be found on archives west through the link here.
The other major project I worked on was the digitization of the Douglas Beck Photographs on Smokejumping Collection. This was actually the project I was hired for. Douglas Beck photographed smokejumpers their firefighting efforts in California during the 1970s and asked the EWU archives to add his photographs to their digital holdings. Using the original film negatives I scanned nearly 600 images and learned about the variety of scanning techniques and standards during the process. I also applied basic metadata to the images during the process.