Final word from the Old South interns
It's almost the end of the semester, so I've had Dan and Veronica sum up their experience. These will be the last two official interns on this project, which started in the winter of 2010. There's been a total of 11 interns including this semester, which is the most ambitious internship project I've ever been involved in. Veronica has volunteered to continue working this summer to get things ship-shape.
As our time at the Old South Church comes to a conclusion, we have made considerable progress in the collection. We have reorganized the different series into a working collection in which relevant material can be located for future use. With the assistance of a spreadsheet that illustrates the contents of each box, specific documents can be retrieved easily and efficiently. The shelves have been organized by color-coded series that allows for general items to be effortlessly browsed through. The next step in the process is the creation of a refined finding aid under the guidelines of DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), which Veronica will do this summer.
Some things that we found particularly interesting is the vast amount of outreach work the Old South Church conducted both in the United States and globally. It is important that this information not be forgotten but preserved in an archive to serve as a great example of humanitarian work. The Old South Church's inclusiveness is also well documented and serves as a great example of community support to all groups. This experience has provided us the opportunity to gain valuable archival knowledge while at the same time assisting with a very important project.
~Dan and Veronica