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Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, TN
Type of practicum : 

In Person

Description of Practicum Site: 

   The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge owns a collection of papers from prominent Oak Ridge scientist Alvin Weinberg. These papers have significant historical importance both locally and nationally as Weinberg was involved with the Manhattan Project. He is famous for coining the phrase “Faustian Bargain” in relation to the research being done in Oak Ridge with nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

This collection of papers has never been properly archived so the Weinberg Collection Project was started to correct this oversight. The project seeks to rehouse the materials and create a comprehensive finding aid.

Y-12 is partnering with the project to digitize the collection offsite and host a digital archive. Students joining later than August 2018 might have an opportunity to create metadata files for this collection.

Description of Practicum Duties: 

   Any student who chose to work with the project archivist would develop routine paper and some multimedia preservation skills; learn archival processing standards; become familiar with the creation of archival finding aids; see archival software in action; and develop an understanding of EAD and DACS.

A staff member will always be present, working in the same room while students are working. Therefore, they will always be present for questions and guidance. A comprehensive processing guide has been developed that each student will receive so they can reference that information whenever they need it.

Level of Interaction:
As far as the archives work is concerned, the project archivist will be the only professional interacting with the student/s. This archival project is separate from all other museum operations and therefore we will be operating as a team. However, if the student/s have any questions or curiosity around museum operations, they could be potentially connected with knowledgeable museum staff.

This is a recurring position open for multiple students and multiple semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) through Spring 2020.