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Hope Hawkins: Mammoth Cave National Park, Archives

Hope Hawkins
Mammoth Cave National Park, Archives, 2012

Hope, at computer, enters archival information into a database.   Hope looks through documents in a filing cabinet

Hope enters information into the National Park Service's collection management system and sorts through paper files. 

In the summer of 2012, I interned at the Mammoth Cave National Park archives. Western Kentucky University and the National Park Service received shared grant funding to hire an archivist to catalog backlogged materials, as well as give the opportunity for interns to work under the archivist. I was the first intern under this grant.

The internship consisted of sorting, boxing, and entering the documents into the National Park Services collection management system. The archivist, Amy Lundell, and I worked on the Science and Resource Management documents, some of them having been backlogged some 40 years. During my internship I learned many ways of cataloging, organizing and proper storage of archival materials. This is a tedious process, but the outcome is very rewarding.

My supervisor taught me many important processes included in the preservation and organization of archival materials. I feel that this would be a wonderful experience for anyone interested in collections management, and that the internship added even more depth to my well-rounded education I have received at WKU.

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