Summer projects underway in Special Collections @ Redwood City

June 26, 2018
Glynn Edwards
Photo of a car's wheel from the Road and Track Magazine records

This summer Department of Special Collections @ Redwood City is host to seven students – two of whom have been working on longer term projects. They are each working on a specific processing and metadata (description) projects in order to make our collections accessible and, in some cases, more discoverable online.

Hannah Waleh is from Duke University and is working with Franz Kunst and Brian Bethel (our Silicon Valley assistant) on the Kathleen Hennessey papers

Joshua Warnock is at Cal and is researching cars and events for approximately 250,000 scanned black & white negatives from the Road & Track Magazine collection (working with Sally DeBauche our new digital archivist) as well as re-housing and describing an Robert Fowler Underground Comics collection – which has been used in classes already (working with Franz Kunst).

Alyssa Tou is at UCLA and will work with Malgorzata Schaefer on the Webster Wilkinson immigration archive to start.  She is with UCLA’s Digital Programs and Metadata Development.

Raleigh Daniel is a student at the iSchool at UW-Madison. She's working with Michelle Paquette, our metadata guru, on creating descriptive metadata for audio-visual materials from the Allen Ginsberg papers and the New Dimensions Media records that are being reformatted.  She will also be doing some bulk metadata cleanup and shadowing various Special Collections staff.

Brian Bethel, a student at Simmons College, has been working in Special Collections since last fall on various collections associated with Silicon Valley. So far he has completed processing for:

Paul Lowood, a student at CSU East Bay, has been working on the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis collection – focusing specifically on the letter campaign from East Germany. He is working closely with Kathleen Smith, Curator of Germanic Collections and Franz Kunst. Along the way, he has uncovered many artifacts that are being rehoused and described. A Stanford graduate student, Jamele Watkins, has been working with the collection in Redwood City as part of her research.