Edward Connery Lathem '51 Special Collections Fellowship
The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Special Collections Fellowship offers recent Dartmouth graduates an opportunity to work in Rauner Special Collections Library and gain valuable experience with archives, manuscripts and rare books. The fellow will work on a major project tailored to his or her skills and interests while gaining a general overview of special collections librarianship.
Past fellows have done a wide variety of projects that included processing collections, conducting surveys of materials in Rauner, working on exhibits, and assisting with teaching and outreach. A recent fellow had a major project to reprocess the Robert Frost papers, another conducted a survey of digital materials in the collection, and a third focused primarily on teaching and outreach efforts (including the creation and maintenance of our Instagram account). In addition to working on projects and getting a sense of working with archives, manuscripts and rare books, fellows are encouraged to attend professional meetings related to the field, or to a specific aspect of the work they are conducting.
Successful applicants will be highly motivated individuals with an interest in working with libraries, archives, or museums. Intellectual curiosity and strong interpersonal and communication skills are the most important qualifications for this position.
This fellowship is open to recent Dartmouth graduates. Please note: candidates must have completed their Dartmouth degree (graduate or undergraduate) before July 1, 2017.
Compensation, Benefits, and Tenure
This is a one-year, full-time paid fellowship with Dartmouth benefits. The term of employment is July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.
Please submit the following materials via e-mail to Morgan Swan, Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian.
- Cover Letter describing how this position will help you meet your future goals; contributions you can make to this position and the Dartmouth College Library; and qualifications you bring to the position.
- Names and contact information for three (3) references
First consideration given to applications received by March 21, 2017
If you have any additional questions regarding this fellowship, please feel free to contact Morgan Swan, Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian.
Past and Present Fellows
Hannah Chung '16 was a history major at Dartmouth with a focus on 20th-century imperialism. She became interested in working at special collections library after participating in Dartmouth's Foreign Studies Program in London where she conducted a research project using archival materials from different libraries across the city.
As a Lathem Fellow, Hannah initiated the Uncatalogued Realia Project, in which she is using a digital media management platform to create visual finding aids for hundreds of previously undiscoverable realia items. She has also organized events for the local community, both within and without Dartmouth, and has designed and facilitated undergraduate active learning sessions that utilize Rauner's primary sources. She has also overseen the Instagram account, improved finding aids for several student letter collections, and curated both one-case and three-case exhibits. In her remaining months, she will be completing a digital project related to the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. After completing the fellowship, Hannah plans to pursue a master’s degree in education.
Bay Lauris ByrneSim '15 was a History and Art History double major at Dartmouth. She didn't have one major project at Rauner, but instead initiated and maintained a number of successful tasks, including assisting the Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian with primary source education, creating and assuming primary responsibility for the library's Instagram account and designing and implementing an online exhibits page and then managing the student workers assigned to data entry for the project. She also curated and installed both a single-case and three-case exhibit. In addition to these many responsibilities, Bay contributed significantly to a digital humanities project using Rauner's Brut manuscript.
After her time at Rauner, Bay has spent the past year traveling and researching John Heartfield, a German communist photomontage artist, and his exile experience in Prague and London after he fled from Nazi persecution. She has researched in art archives, museums, and the national archive in Berlin, and soon will be heading to London and then on to Prague. She is funded by the H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship through Dartmouth's Scholarship Office. Bay intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Art History beginning in the fall of 2017.
Maria Fernandez '14 graduated from Dartmouth with a major in History and a minor in Latin American Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked as a circulation services student assistant at Paddock Music Library and an archives student assistant at Rauner Special Collections Library. As a fellow, Maria was able to continue processing the Grenville Clark papers (ML-7), a project that she had begun at Rauner as an undergraduate. She also completed a survey of all born-digital materials found in Rauner’s archival collections and assisted with the library’s education and outreach program by designing and facilitating several undergraduate class sessions.
Maria is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a dual master's degree in Information Studies and Latin American Studies, and working at the Benson Latin American Collection as a Digital Scholarship Graduate Research Assistant. In this position, she is conducting research for the Reading the First Books: Multilingual, Early-Modern OCR for Primeros Librosproject, an NEH-funded digital humanities initiative developing computational tools for the automatic transcription of all surviving exemplars of books printed in the Americas before 1601 found in the Primeros Libros de las Américas collection. This digital collection reflects a range of textual production in early colonial Spanish America written in multiple languages including Spanish, Latin, Nahuatl, Mixtec, and Zapotec. Through her work on this project, Maria has had a unique opportunity to merge her academic interests in archives, rare books, sixteenth-century Latin American history, and indigenous studies. Prior to joining the Reading the First Books project team, she was a Public Services Graduate Research Assistant at the Harry Ransom Center and intern in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Division of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Maria says, "The flexibility and open-ended nature of my fellowship at Rauner allowed me to pursue and further develop my interests in history of the book, archives, digital preservation, and teaching with primary sources. It also exposed me to how archives and special collections libraries carry out their missions to serve both general and academic audiences. But the most valuable aspect of this fellowship was the unparalleled mentorship I received from incredibly insightful and compassionate colleagues. This mentorship from leaders in the fields of archives and special collections has helped me forge the professional and academic paths I am currently on."
At Dartmouth, Shermaine Waugh '13 majored in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and minored in psychological brain sciences. As a fellow she had the chance to take charge of a number of projects, from curating an exhibit on Elezear Wheelock’s Moor’s Indian charity school, to the digitization of a series of 19th-century travel journals by George and Anna Ticknor. Shermaine produced an EAD-encoded finding aid for the journal series to help make them accessible in the collections for future use. She also learned about the art of the reference interview, and how what a patron says they want isn’t always what they need, and how asking the right questions could help broaden their use of our collections.
Inspired by her year at Rauner, Shermaine recently went on to receive her Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from City University London, in England, and wrote her dissertation on how best to design to support serendipitous discovery in library OPACs. Currently she's pursuing a second master’s in Human-Computer Interaction, and works part-time as a freelance User Experience Architect for a digital design agency in London, and as a UX consultant for her university’s interaction lab. There, she conducts usability studies and produce deliverables such as wireframes, site maps, personas, and user journeys which help inform the design of digital technologies.
Shermaine says, "Rauner’s fellowship gave me a taste of how the work in libraries - forms a larger part of how needs, emotion, and technology can come together to satisfy user goals. I’ve now become an advocate for innovative library and catalogue design – these spaces are more than just repositories for information, and the way they are structured and how they make users feel is just as integral to learning as the information they hold."
Crishuana Williams '12 focused her time at Rauner on processing the Erskine Caldwell collection (DO-92), all ninety boxes of it. She also worked with the College Archivist to curate an exhibit on the history of skiing at Dartmouth that helped her connect her love for design with her interest in information curation.
Currently, Shan is working as an associate reference librarian of Adult services for the Nashville Public Library. She primarily helps with career and resume guidance by connecting young adults with higher education and technical education resources. Most recently, she has begun to work on programs for wellness and healthy living for underserved communities that focus on mindfulness practices, active habits, and whole foods. Also, serving as the Seed Librarian for the North Nashville region, she encourages patrons to grow their own food from free seeds donated by local farms.
Shan says, "By far, my favorite experiences as a Rauner intern were working with the Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian to teach primary source investigation and working with the Oral History Librarian to add some underrepresented voices to the 'Dartmouth Communities' oral history project. As a part of that effort, I worked with the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association to collect interviews from some of the founding members about their time at the college. This collaboration led to a peak in interest about the history of black students on Dartmouth's campus and I had the opportunity to work with Woody Lee '87 to help complete a working timeline of black students at Dartmouth. Both allowing underrepresented voices to tell their stories through oral histories and helping to encourage scholarship at the primary source level gave me a strong set of skills to work with in the public libraries in Nashville."
Anne Peale '11 was an English major and Spanish minor during her undergraduate days at Dartmouth. As the inaugural Lathem Intern, she primarily worked on processing the Robert Frost collection (MS-1178), a daunting task that required her to locate and bring together all of the various Frostiana items that until then were strewn throughout the collections.
After her year working at Rauner, Anne moved to Scotland for a master's degree in Material Cultures and History of the Book, followed by pursuit of a Ph.D. in Historical Geography at the University of Edinburgh. She studied the publication of books about travel and exploration in the later 19th century and is the midst of completing her dissertation. While in graduate school, Anne also worked a few evenings a week supervising the University's special collections reading room, and helped a local private collector manage his books and cataloguing. Currently, Anne is a special collections librarian at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.