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In spring 2019, I started an internship in the Special Collections department in Ingram Library at the University of West Georgia. I worked with Dr. Michael Camp, and learned the basics of archival processing while working with two collections of documents donated by Congressman Mac Collins (R-GA, 1993-2005). When I started the internship, I had already worked for more than a year in the Circulation department at Ingram. The internship was, for me, a bit of professional cross-training, as well as a requirement for the post-baccalaureate Certificate in Museum Studies offered by the Public History program within UWG’s History department.

I started working with miscellaneous documents and artifacts that were transferred by Congressman Collins when he left office, and later moved back in time to process documents from his final term in office. The first set of documents and photographs I worked with were part of a larger series of Collins’s Washington, DC office files. Then I processed, from beginning to end, a complete series of awards and certificates. Finally I processed a series of invitations received during the 108th Congress, 2003-2005.



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