There is always more work to be done in Special Collections than can be done by the full-time staff. To complete some projects additional short-term staff is needed. Below is a profile of a part-time librarian, Anne Moore, who has been often seen in Special Collections in the last year.
I am a recent Library Studies graduate from Drexel University and currently working in Haverford College Special Collections Library on my second project. The first project took place during the spring of 2009. I worked with Manuscripts Librarian & College Archivist Diana Franzusoff Peterson, updating and encoding a finding aid for the Baltimore Yearly Meeting records.
I returned in December of 2009 to work on a digitization project about Quakers and slavery with Digital Collections Librarian David Conners. This is a joint project with the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. Materials relating to Quakers and slavery have been digitized, transcribed, cataloged, and uploaded to Triptych, the Tri-College Digital Library. In addition to the digital library, an exhibit webpage is also being created that will highlight featured resources, a timeline, and scholarly essays on various topics related to Quakers and their role in abolishing slavery and the slave trade.
When I first joined the project, I spent my time digitizing and transcribing manumissions books from Philadelphia Meetings. These manumissions document the freeing of slaves. Entries include the name, age, and date of the release of the slave as well as the Quaker releasing them. Another interesting and noteworthy item is the first organized protest against slavery in the Americas from 1688. More recently I have been coding webpages and providing materials for the Quakers & Slavery exhibit website (coming soon!)