In yesterday’s post, I collectively thanked three graduating seniors for all they did for the University Archives. The series of posts today will feature some of their individual contributions.
Elenore first came to the University Archives as an intern in Fall 2013, then stayed (except for that one semester when she interned at the Durham). She will start a graduate program in Museum Studies next fall.
The list of projects and ways that Elenore has improved the University Archives is too long to recount here. Instead, I offer a few projects as examples of the good she has done.
The Creightons: Selections from the University Archives
In December 2013 the University Archives installed a small exhibit about the Creighton founders (Creighton’s Attic, December 13, 2013). Elenore was involved in researching the topic, writing labels, and selecting images and artifacts. What I appreciated most, though, occurred during installation. Elenore had already done more than was expected of her for the internship, but she came in on her own time and volunteered several hours to complete the project – and to make sure it was done well.
Arthur F. Mullen Papers
Arthur F. Mullen was a Nebraska attorney with national influence in legal and political circles in the first few decades of the 2oth century. When I came to the University Archives in 2007, the many boxes of Mullen papers were stored offsite. As we came to realize how rich the collection is, Elenore agreed to tackle the collection. She organized over 45 linear feet of files, transferred the materials into appropriate archival housings, and entered information about these into our data management system. Owing to her efforts, researchers now can (and do) use the collection.
I have fond memories of Elenore rushing in excitedly to show something she had found in Mullen’s files. You may recall a March 2014 post about artifacts Elenore discovered from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inauguration.
She also arranged Mullen’s legal materials, including the items related to his role in an the Meyer v. Nebraska case. The image above shows the first page of a pamphlet that quotes from his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Omer Madison KemWhile working through the Arthur F. Mullen Papers, Elenore located some missing items that were misfiled in the Mullen collection, including an unpublished autobiography written by former U.S. Congressman Omer Madison Kem, a Populist who represented Nebraska in the 19th century. Elenore introduced Kem to us at the 4th Annual University Archives Lecture – which you can watch here – and to other academics with a conference paper. She also has been doing the bulk of the work to edit his manuscript, which we hope to publish.
See today’s other entries for Beth and Katherine.