Hey, I’m Eva Fineberg and I will be the new webmaster at the Oberlin College Archives!
This week concluded my third week of working part-time at the Archives under my trusty mentor James Scott. As a computer science major, when I was first hired as Assistant Webmaster I expected the job to be coding intensive. And while James has patiently been showing me the ropes of the website I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the variety of tasks this job entails.
For starters, the volume of the collection is huge. Who knew how much history was stored away in a quiet section of 4th floor Mudd? After getting a quick and exciting tour of the system of shelving I was anxious to see more of the history actually stored inside the boxes. Soon enough a project required James and I to search for a photograph of a young woman who graduated from Oberlin in 1909. The photographs in the collection of graduates from 1909 say a lot about the time – the fashion and the poise of the graduates emulate the more formal feel Oberlin once had despite its history as a forward-moving, progressive institution. In fact, the woman whose photo we were searching for was a Women’s Studies major, yet almost all group photos were divided by gender. The search was an insightful glimpse into some the history Oberlin’s Archives hold and I look forward to doing more things just like it.
The photograph we searched for is for a student project for History 213. History 213 is a class titled First Wave American Feminism taught in Spring 2013. All of the projects for that class, can be found at: http://oberlin.edu/archive/teaching/projects/hist213.html
Check it out!