Chick History is a 501c3 women’s history nonprofit based in Nashville, TN. Chick History is currently undertaking a long-term, statewide project (Protecting the Legacy) to document and digitize early African American women’s political history in Tennessee. This is part of a humanities project to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020.
Over the past two years, we’ve hosted a series of Digitization Events in which the public brings in original documents and materials related to our scope. During the events, appropriate items are scanned and historical/archival metadata is collected in the field for each item. The final digital collection will be donated to a housing archives, and made public via an online portal, for research and educational purposes. The practicum student will assist with data curation, research, and editing of this digital collection to prepare it for donation to a housing archive.
The majority of the practicum work can be done remotely, but students will need to be able to make a small number of visits to site-specific locations in Tennessee (such as historic sites or libraries) to complete some research. Preference will be for students in Tennessee. Regularly scheduling meetings will be done online in a virtual meeting room.
Tasks the student would be expected to perform:
Under the supervision of project staff, the practicum student will be responsible for the following core work:
– Researching, verifying, and correcting the historical data taken in the field, such as genealogical information, names, and dates.
– Reviewing data fields for formatting, and ensuring all information is consistent and in proper formatting according to Tennessee State Library and Archives Metadata Guidelines
– Researching proper nouns from data fields to expand the historical context of the entry and making sure each description entry is complete.
– Conducting authority searches and controlled vocabulary to determine the appropriate LOC Headings
– If the core work is completed prior to the end of the practicum, the possibility to conduct user testing on the digital collection exists, and can be coordinated with assistance from the project staff.
– Student will have completed INSC 520 and 530
– Able to demonstrate familiarity with historical resources for researching people and places in historical context, such as the US Census, city directories, newspapers, and other archival research.
Type of mentoring you will provide to the student:
The student will work directly with two project staff, one from Chick History and one from the University of Memphis to achieve goals, receive feedback, and contribute to the research process and success of this critical community outreach program.
Level of interaction the student will have with others in the organization:
We are a small team and this will be a combination of collaboration and individual work. As the practicum advances, there is possibility that other project members from other partner organizations will be brought in for virtual meetings and consulting. Students would have the opportunity to network and meet these professionals across the state.
In which semester(s) is this position available?
Staring date: January 2019
Is this an opportunity for more than one student per semester?