Hello! My name is Melanie and I am a Fortenbaugh Intern in Special Collections. This is my third week in Special Collections, and I have to say I am loving the experience! I have been giving the task of cataloging the Potuchek Papers. I personally find college history to be very interesting, so I am having a great time going through these papers and examining how past courses were taught. There are also many materials having to do with college committees, and I am getting to see how these different organizations helped make Gettysburg College what it is today.
I will admit that as excited as I was to start working in Special Collections, I was also a bit intimidated. This is my first time working with archives, and I was not totally sure what to expect. However, since I have been working in Special Collections the staff has been very friendly, supportive, and encouraging. They really pushed me to dive right into my work and see what I could do. Even after just a couple of weeks I feel much more confident and excited about the work I am doing.
I feel extremely lucky to have been given such a unique opportunity. The Special Collections staff has indicated that they have several projects lined up for me to work on over the semester, so I have a lot to look forward to!