Part of my summer internship here at the Michigan Tech Archives has been processing the Grace United Methodist Church records. ‘Processing’ generally entails inventorying a collection, organizing it, and writing a finding aid that provides an overview of the contents. Usually a finding aid will also give a brief history or background of the people or organizations that created the material.
Here at the MTU Archives we help people with a wide variety of research topics. As a recent graduate and summer intern in the Archives, working at the reference desk has been a great learning experience. I didn’t quite know what to expect when I started here, but one thing my education prepared me for was the range of knowledge of what an archive is among patrons.
As the summer intern in the Michigan Tech Archives I’ve been tasked with a variety of projects, one of which I just finished in time for the Class of 1961’s 50th reunion. I compiled a list of interesting Michigan Tech facts and notable happenings from that year (full list below) and if there’s one thing I can say about the Class of ’61,
Sawyer Newman is a student assistant in the Archive and is in her 3rd year at MTU. She is majoring in Anthropology and is a member of both WMTU and the Photo Club. Sawyer also enjoys broomball and tennis, and has a Samoyed (a fluffy white dog breed) named Monty.
Jamie Jarvi is also a student assistant in the MTU Archives and is majoring in Computer Network and System Administration.