Since the start of 2017, several new staff members have joined the Digital Services Section. All of us will be making regular blog posts on History For All the People, so we thought it would be nice for each of us to introduce ourselves, describe our roles in DSS, and preview the projects we’re working on.
Introducing Anna Spencer: Summer Intern in the Digital Services Section
Hi! I’m an intern with the digital services section through the State of NC Internship. The State of NC Internship is run by the NC Council for Women & Youth Involvement. The internship provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in state government workplaces, by placing students in a variety of positions across the state for a 10-week period.
I am currently a graduate student in the dual degree archival program between NC State and UNC. I will be at State until this spring working on a Master’s in Public History, and in the spring I will go to UNC to start working towards a Master’s in Library Sciences. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in History with a concentration in Public History in May 2017 from Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian State, I worked at a historic house and community center, which provided many opportunities to interact with the public and learn more about local history. This internship is my first professional foray into archives, and I have been enjoying it immensely.
I am working with the African American Education Digital Collection, digitizing files from the Division of Negro Education. So far, I have digitized the correspondence of the Director of the Division of Cooperation in Education and Race Relations and the papers of the State Supervisor of Elementary Education. It has been very interesting to see how race relations changed during the mid-twentieth century, as well as seeing how involved universities in the Triangle were in these efforts. My research focus is postwar African American urban history, so learning more about the history of African American education in the state has given me new perspectives to consider as a researcher.