My Experiences Interning at the Western Regional Archives

Beginning in the summer months of 2017, I had been given the privilege of interning at the Western Regional Archives through until the end of the subsequent fall semester. The Western Regional Archives (WRA) is a branch of the State Archives of North Carolina and serves as a government facility that collects and preserves historical…

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23rd Week

This previous Monday, the first draft of Dr. Bruce and I's Virginia Bryan website was due. Considering everything, I am quite proud of the product that we were able to come up with. It is a little rough around the edges and there is plenty left to work on, but I am pleased for the…

22nd Week

The deadline for the first draft of the Virgina Bryan website for my independent study is due on November 13th, so I have been dedicating the bulk of my time this week to it. It has been an ordeal, but now that the website has been coming together, I find that it has been worth…

21st Week

I am becoming nervous about the amount of work I have done on the transcriptions for the Western Regional Archives, versus the amount I have to show for it. It really is quite a long process. For every 15 minutes of audio, I have been spending anywhere between one to three hours writing and reading…

20th Week

This week, I would like to take a closer look at the programs I am using for my internship at the Western Regional Archives and the Virginia Bryan website. For my transcriptions for the archives, I have been between using oTranscribe¬†and Transcribe.wreally. oTranscribe is a free website that allows you to use one program to…

19th Week

This week I have made both the transcribing for the Western Regional Archives and the creation of the website for my independent study my focuses. The due date for the first draft of Dr. Bruce and I's website on Virginia Bryan is a month away and I am becoming concerned about what the finished product…

18th Week at the WRA

At this point during the semester and reviewing the remaining hours required, I can see the end of my internship approaching. I have been devoting more hours to transcribing the Basil King interviews, which I fear I may not finish before the end of my time at the archives. Perhaps I will volunteer there to…

17th Week at the WRA

This week I have been spending the majority of my time interning devoted towards transcribing the Basil King interviews. It is an extremely long process and very difficult to catch everything said, but I have been able to get through the first few audio files. There are sixteen individual audio files, which I have been…

16th Week at the WRA

I had been very busy this week preparing for the ReViewing Black Mountain College Conference that Dr. Pearson, Kristen, Kendall, Heather, and I presented in just earlier today. It was a nerve-wracking experience, but very well worth it! I am very glad to say that the panel went very well! Though I was only able…

15th Week at the WRA

This week, I was able to help Heather sort some of the larger collections, such as Advantage Wester, and help with some of the patrons. I was also able to get some transcribing done! Heather has asked for my help particularly concerning the interview of Basil King, who had donated another on of Heather's collections--but…