Washington State Archives Eastern Region Branch and Digital Archives
During my two years in the MA program, I worked as a GSA intern at the Eastern Region Branch of the Washington State Archives. During that time I built on my previous archival experiences and improved my skills in reference, processing, digitization, and descriptive writing.
Archives Treasures and Newsletter: In order to promote the archives and assist in pointing researchers towards new or interesting records I wrote several Archives Treasures and was given the role of selecting which stories from the backlog of treasures would go onto the digital archives front page. I also wrote the main HTML code to upload the stories when ready. Most of my own stories are unpublished as of this time. I also researched and helped to write stories for the Archives newsletter.
Grand Coulee Dam Treasure – Note: A line of code got reused rather than updated so there was a mistake when this story was uploaded and it was attributed to a co-worker
Pardon Story – While credited as having researched this story, I did contribute a few paragraphs as well.
Digitization projects: Two projects I worked on during my time at the WSA were the digitization of property record cards and the inventorying and digitization of Walla Walla County Territorial Court files which is the first part in a much larger project to digitize the records for the whole Territorial Court system.
Walla Walla Territorial Court Records – I worked on the previously created images for WAL-1 through WAL-2700 checking them for quality and creating multipage tifs to prepare the images for upload to the digital archives. I also created the procedures to use the imaging equipment and software to image the remaining 20 boxes of records. Due to the nature of the project and recent changes in the equipment and software available in the archives several procedures were made; one using photoshop and a desktop scanner, two using irfanview and a desktop scanner, and one utilizing a camera and copystand to image the documents. By creating a guide for the different procedures and when to use any set of procedures I hope to ensure that whoever takes over the next stage of the project can begin effeciently.
Other archives work: In additon to the long term projects I performed basic archival duties such as fulfilling reference request, processing new collections, and retrieivng and assessing material for assession from local agencies. I created two new surragate files for visitor and classroom use, and assisted in review of tools for classroom use.