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HBCU LIBRARY PRESERVATION PROGRAM

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A Collaborative Initiative Between WUDPAC and the HBCU Library Alliance

In 2017, the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance began planning for a summer internship program which would introduce undergraduate students to careers in library preservation and conservation. This internship program supports the HBCU Library Alliance’s mission to “to transform and strengthen its membership by developing library leaders, preserving collections, and planning for the future,” and seeks to benefit the conservation and library fields by introducing a pipeline for under-represented communities.

The HBCU Library Preservation Internship Program, co-coordinated by HBCU Library Alliance Executive Director Sandra Phoenix and Winterthur Associate Conservator for Library Materials/ Affiliated Assistant Professor for WUDPAC Melissa Tedone, launched a pilot in the summer of 2018, thanks to generous funding from the Kress Foundation, the Peck-Stacpoole Foundation, and the University of Delaware. A competitive application process placed six undergraduate students at six different, nationally recognized, library conservation labs for an eight-week, paid summer internship. These students worked on a range of cultural heritage materials, from centuries-old wallpaper fragments from the Dennis Farm (arguably the oldest farm in the U.S. owned continuously by a free Black family), to early 19th century American newspapers, to Norman Bel Geddes blueprints, to a mid-19th century circus poster.

​Left: Alicia Bush, a rising senior at FAMU, spent her summer at the Harry Ransom Center at the UT Austin. Center: Miranda Clinton, a rising sophomore at North Carolina Central University spent her summer at the Library of Congress. Right: John Davies, a rising junior at Fisk University, spent his summer at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library.

Alicia Bush, a rising senior at FAMU, spent her summer at the Harry Ransom Center at the UT Austin. Read about Alicia’s summer experience on the UD Art Conservation Student Blog here.

Miranda Clinton, a rising sophomore at North Carolina Central University spent her summer at the Library of Congress. Read about Miranda’s summer experience on the UD Art Conservation Student Blog here.

John Davies, a rising junior at Fisk University, spent his summer at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. Read about John’s summer experience on the UD Art Conservation Student Blog here.

Layla Huff, a rising senior at Morgan State University, spent her summer at the American Philosophical Society Library. Read about Layla’s summer experience on the APS Blog here.

Erin Matthews, a rising sophomore at Hampton University, spent her summer at Yale University. Read about Erin's summer experience on the Yale University Library Conservation and Exhibition Services Blog here.

Phebe Pankey, a rising senior at Winston-Salem State University, spent her summer at Duke University. Read about Phebe's summer experience on Preservation Underground Blogs here, here, and here.

​Left: Layla Huff, a rising senior at Morgan State University, spent her summer at the American Philosophical Society Library. Center: Erin Matthews, a rising sophomore at Hampton University, spent her summer at Yale University. Right: Phebe Pankey, a rising senior at Winston-Salem State University, spent her summer at Duke University.

Fundraising efforts continue, as the HBCU Library Alliance and WUDPAC plan to continue this internship program through 2022. Harvard University and the University of Virginia will join the program as new preservation internship sites in 2019. The program coordinators are grateful to the dedicated internship site supervisors and their talented staffs for making the pilot year of this program a success, including Anne Downey at the American Philosophical Society, Beth Doyle at Duke University, Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, Jake Nadal at Library of Congress, Melissa Tedone at Winterthur, and Christine McCarthy at Yale University.

For more information about the HBCU Library Preservation Internship, please visit the HBCU Library Alliance: http://hbculibraries.org/students.html

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HBCU LIBRARY PRESERVATION PROGRAM
  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489
  • art-conservation@udel.edu