As an English student at Florida A&M University, I was attracted to this internship because it granted me an opportunity to really explore an archival library. As a writer, I have learned that research is an important part of my process, and I thought it would be really interesting to spend my time learning preservation and conservation methods for research materials.
I was completely new to this field. Learning bookbinding was one of the most rewarding parts of my internship. There’s just something fascinating about learning how something is made, especially because I have so many books. I also really enjoyed working in preservation and helping with the sink mats for David O. Selznick’s storyboards and rehousing the large photographs by Carleton E. Watkins.
Now I’ll be able to impact my own campus library and continue learning how to preserve items that will be beneficial to future researchers.
Alicia Bush’s internship was made possible by the HBCU Library Alliance and the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. It introduces interested students attending historically black colleges and universities to the field of preservation and conservation.
This story originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of Ransom Center Magazine.