This semester seems to have passed quicker than most, and the past couple weeks have been especially rushed. This is final exam week on campus; and many graduating seniors are taking their final final. (Okay, that’s a bit lame, but I was encouraged to include it for you.)
For this end of the semester post – and a few posts next week* – I want to highlight the students who have done so much for the University Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections Department.
* Three of my graduating seniors have been with me for multiple semesters. I will feature those three next week.
Sydney has done an enormous amount of work this semester, most notably to put together a list of the buildings that have been on campus over the years. She plotted locations on a map, and she identified the various names each building has had over the years. Sydney had her work cut out for her since many buildings have had multiple names; the same name has been used at different times for multiple buildings; and some buildings physically were moved on campus.
Sydney helped on many other projects, too, but I especially appreciate all she did on our buildings project. I am very glad she will be back with us in Fall 2015.
In her honor, I present a couple photos of significant Creighton buildings.
An early photo of St. John’s Church with the main building (now Creighton Hall) in the background.
The observatory in the 1890s. (To answer two frequent questions: Yes, the building still exists. It is in the Jesuit Garden. It is now two stories. No, you are not allowed in the building.)
Cat holds the honor of being our first intern for the rare books collection. The addition of rare books and special collections to our department presented some new challenges, not least of which has been gaining familiarity with the rare books entrusted to us. Cat has patiently verified lists, identified treasures and problems, and done a variety of tasks to help us improve access to collections.
Cat will not be interning here next year, but I am so pleased that she will be a student worker for us when she returns from summer break. In her honor, a photo of two books from the Willa Cather Collection.
Our first intern from the Department of Communications Studies, Quinn is also the first person to create his own internship position with us – by which I mean: Previous interns have applied for positions created by the University Archives, whereas Quinn approached us to ask if a position could be created. Quinn’s contributions hit all three areas of our department, helping with development of policies, procedures and forms (still to be finalized) for archives, rare books and special collections. He also cheerfully pitched in for a variety of other projects. In his honor, a couple of images to show his versatility:
When the Rare Book Room was selected as the site for a photoshoot and video interview of Creighton’s next president and his brothers, Quinn donned the “ghostbuster” vacuum as we got the space ready.
Quinn also did a lot of work so that we will be able to feature some of our special collections, such as the Dr. Sidney Stohs Mortar and Pestle Collection. Our website will begin featuring specific collections in the near future.
Quinn graduates this semester, so he will not be returning. Please join us in wishing Quinn well as he heads to law school in Chicago.