On display May 20 through July 26, 2013: our first-ever exhibition curated entirely by the Department of Archives and Special Collections’ work study student assistants.
From Their Perspective: Student Assistant Discoveries in A&SC
Our undergraduate student assistants have helped the department to process, preserve and make available a number of interesting special collections over this past academic year. Their ongoing work helps to ensure that our legacy collections have a chance to survive into the future, to be used by hopefully many generations of LMU students to come. We are truly grateful for our student assistants and the important contributions they make to Archives and Special Collections.
So we thought we’d ask our students to share some of their thoughts on their work experience, picking, perhaps, one or two special collections items to display and writing up a very short summary statement. A “small and easy exhibit,” we thought, nothing that would stress out any of our students in their final weeks of the semester.
Where we were thinking “small and easy,” however, our student assistants turned out to have other ideas. They went “big and creative!” A&SC work study students seized our exhibit concept and plunged into it whole-heartedly, taking the opportunity to dig around our department’s holdings to discover objects and collections they hadn’t had a chance to see or work with during the year. The resulting exhibition isn’t just about what our student assistants worked with in their day-to-day jobs with us. This is also an exhibition about the intriguing materials they have discovered in the library’s vault, rare or unique items that particularly appeal to them, artifacts that struck a resonant chord.
The exhibition items selected by our undergraduate curator team include a wide spectrum of materials, from art works and archival papers to rare books, manuscript screenplays, and audio-visual materials. They did not simply write a summary statement, either, but described each of their artifact choices with engaging captions that reveal their personal taste, scholarly leanings, and appreciation of the world.
We love the enthusiasm with which our student assistants created the current exhibition. Our student assistants have been true explorer-curators. We invite you to come see the artifacts they connected with, and to read their captions.
From Their Perspective is on display Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 p.m.
Please contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.