same process was applied when it came time to use Elizabeth Siddal’s hair. The
hair was first frozen to make sure there would be no problems with pests, then
the hair was sewed onto the board, the envelope hinged, and the window mats
cut. The completed package will be put on display in the National Portrait
Gallery in London this fall.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to spend my
summer at Winterthur learning from so many amazing professionals in my future
field. I gained several useful skills and will now to be able to further help
maintain my institution’s archives. My plans are to continue to preserve Morgan
State University’s archival material, including creating enclosures and mending
tears. I also intend to advocate for our library more, building bridges with institutions
like John’s Hopkins University and Winterthur. Hopefully, a few years from now,
I’ll be qualified to apply to graduate conservation
programs and become a fully-fledged conservator.
— Layla Huff, HBCU Library Alliance Intern, summer 2019