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English Graduate Students Become Archivists for a Day

As part of Professor Jean-Christophe Cloutier’s graduate seminar, ENGL 799: Literary Papers and Beyond: The Archive in Theory & Practice, graduate students received minimal training in archival processing and were able to help chip away at the Penn Libraries backlog. The course culminated in a day spent processing three small, unique uncatalogued collections (see below). This initiative was made possible through the enthusiastic collaboration of Penn Libraries’s rockstar Manuscript Cataloging Librarian, Holly Mengel, who was on hand to assist the group. These collections are now open and available for researchers in the Kislak Center. Check them out!


- European and American comic books with depictions of India (a collection of comic books depicting adventures in India and India in the 20th century, both before and after Indian independence),

            [Finding Aid by: Ann Ho, Jenna Nordness, and JS Wu]


- Frank Weise collection of Helen Weiss papers, (Helen Weiss, born in 1920, was a composer and musician who died tragically young),

[Finding Aid by: Jamie Foo, India Halstead, and Jane Robbins Mize]


- Monument Lab records (The Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia),

            [Finding Aid by: Cassidy Holahan, David Buchanan, Audrey Jaquiss, and Evan Curtis Charles Hall]