I began working in Special Collections in the summer of 2008 after my freshman year at Haverford. I worked with Manuscripts Librarian and College Archivist Diana Franzusoff Peterson on two projects. The first was a light conservation of the Hartshorne family papers. The Hartshorne family is a prominent Quaker family in the Philadelphia area. I also looked through the archives of the Haverford and Bi-Co News to look for connections between Haverford and China for an exhibit on Haverford’s relationship with China.
During the 2008-2009 academic year I worked with Quaker Bibliographer and Special Collections Librarian Ann Upton on a number of projects. The first was an inventory of the William Jenks collection, a collection of early Quaker writings from around the time of the founding of the Society of Friends. The second project was a re-housing and inventory of the Quaker Broadside collection. This project has led to the on-going digitization of the collection. Upon completion of the inventory, I displayed some of the work I had done on the collection and gave a presentation to the Haverford Corporation/Board of Managers describing the project. I also regularly worked with Ann checking in Serials and keeping our Serials group collection up to date.
During the summer of 2009, I again worked with Diana Peterson to create a finding aid for the William Warder Cadbury and Catherine Jones Cadbury collection. For most of the summer I dealt with the numerous unsorted photos in the collection. Many of these photos were from their stay as Quaker missionaries in Canton, China at the Canton Christian College. I sorted them into folders, performed some light conservation on them, and ultimately created a finding aid so they can be easily available to scholars.
This fall, I have continued working with Ann Upton on the Serial groups and now the Pamphlet groups collections. In addition, I have been working on an inventory of the Quaker Rare Books Collection, a collection substantially larger than the Jenks Collection I worked with last year.
Outside of my work in Special Collections, I am a Philosophy major at Haverford and a Political Science minor at Bryn Mawr and am interested mostly in political philosophy. I also run on the cross country and track teams here at Haverford.