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HBCU Library Alliance Summer 2021 Conservation/Preservation Intern Program

The Winterthur University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, received a fourth-round funding to coordinate six fully-funded, virtual six-week summer internships in library and archives preservation during 2021, at nationally-recognized library preservation/conservation laboratories. Winterthur’s Melissa Tedone, Ph.D., Associate Conservator for Books and Libraries, is Primary Investigator for this project.

Thanks to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the University of Delaware College of Arts and Science, the Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware, and the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (DE) for funding this internship project. Thanks to Board member Debbie Hess Norris, University of Delaware, for securing this funding.

Summer interns will participate in synchronous, interactive, weekly group seminars that will give a broad overview of library preservation activities. These sessions will be open to interns from previous years, so they may share their experiences and expertise. Under the mentorship of an assigned site supervisor, each intern will virtually conduct an independent research or practical project for the host site.

The six students and host sites are…

Joy WatsonJoy Watson, Elizabeth City State University (NC)
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas
Joy Watson is an English junior with an archivist career goal. She is excited about using her previous experience working at a library and love for history to learn more about researching, interviewing and producing visual documentaries that examine historical experiences.

The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. The Center’s Preservation and Conservation Division provides a full range of preventive and conservation treatment options for the long-term care of its collections.

Justus JenkinsJustus Jenkins, Claflin University (SC)
Duke University Libraries
Justus Jenkins is a sophomore majoring in English who previously served as an intern at Brown University (RI). He took part in the First-Year Research Experience (FRYE) with the Brown University library archives with a focus on under-represented people and narratives. Justus believes that taking part in the internship program will provide him additional experience needed to pursue a library science degree.

Duke University Libraries is committed to diversity in its patron communities, services, collections, staff and spaces. One of its guiding principles is to build, maintain, and provide access to an international and multilingual collection, representing the broadest possible spectrum of cultures, ideas, and information. Significant collections include the University Archives, the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, the Human Rights Archives, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture. The core mission of the Conservation Services Department is to ensure that library materials can be used by patrons both now and in the future.

Paul SpringerPaul Springer, Fisk University (TN)
University of Kansas
Paul Springer, a junior majoring in History and Psychology, has been exposed to advanced research methodology. As a 2020 Mellon Mays Fellow, his research interests include African American history, civil rights history, pop culture history and film history.

Kansas University libraries have more than 5.6 million print items in seven campus locations, which see more than 1.2 million visits every year. In 2016-17, patrons checked out nearly 130,000 items and accessed more than 3 million articles online. Through their resources and expertise, Kansas University Libraries work to advance discovery, innovation and learning for Kansas University, the state and a rapidly expanding community of world scholars.

Payton MurrayPayton Murray, Hampton University (VA)
Harvard University (MA)
Payton Murray, a Criminal Justice senior has spent the majority of her college education researching topics such as police reform and the origins of the criminal justice system. On Hampton’s campus, Payton has preserved history through photography for multiple campus organizations. As an artist, she understands the importance of preserving paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

The Harvard Library holds the largest academic library collection in the world. The Harvard Library Preservation Program comprises state-of-the-art facilities and staff committed to ensuring that library materials remain secure and usable by employing a variety of strategies for conserving materials, digitizing physical collections, preserving library content in digital formats, and providing robust education and outreach programs.


Sierra BurrisonSierra Burrison, Hampton University (VA)
Brown University
Sierra Burrison, a Psychology junior, has recently completed two internships with the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Psychology Research Department. Through these experiences, she was able to practice data analysis while conducting research. Sierra has developed a deeper understanding of how to properly and more efficiently conduct research which will transfer well to project activities at host site Brown University.

The Brown University Library is a dynamic physical, virtual, and intellectual hub for furthering the University’s global mission of leadership and academic excellence. Brown University Library preserves the past and innovate for the future. Brown University Library advances instruction, learning, and research in the University by providing critical expertise, curated collections, and responsive technology and spaces in an environment of creativity and inclusivity.

Tempe StewartTempe Stewart, Spelman College (GA)
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Wilmington, DE
Tempe Stewart, a junior majoring in Art History has had multiple experiences working in the library environment, including the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (GA), the Atlanta History Center and the Getty Research Institute. She has developed a strong passion for handling, preserving, and processing archival materials. During her time at the Atlanta History Center, Tempe served as the Visual Archive Intern and assisted with the processing and digitization of visual culture, capturing the essence of Atlanta history.

Winterthur Library collections promote the interdisciplinary study of American material culture, including art, architecture, decorative arts, and everyday life, dating from colonial times into the twentieth century. Its resources include printed books and serials; trade and auction catalogs; manuscripts, diaries, letter books, and family papers of artists, craftspeople, and merchants; design and architectural drawings; historic photographs; printed ephemera; a large collection of modern photographs; and institutional archives. Winterthur’s Library Conservation Lab is located within a larger Conservation Department with additional specialties in paintings, textiles, objects, furniture, works of art on paper, and scientific research and analytics.

Congrats to these distinguished HBCU interns!