A Summer in the Stacks: High School Interns at Hoover Reflect on First-hand Archival Experience

Monday, August 7, 2017
Hoover Archives 2017 high school interns, Sydney Durden and Ava Rose

By Sydney Durden & Ava Rose

During the summer prior to our senior year of high school we worked as interns at the Hoover Archives. We mainly worked on a barcoding project, contributing to the online database inventory of the archival materials housed at Hoover. During this project we were able to work with other interns, giving us the opportunity to explore the different collections the archives have. Some of the most interesting things that we saw included: General Stilwell’s diary and uniform from World War Two, rare photographs of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, a 1939 print of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, and POW bracelets from the Vietnam War. After taking history classes in school, it was fascinating to have a hands-on experience with materials related to our studies. Our experiences were unique and special as we were able to learn about history beyond the pages of our textbooks and see firsthand accounts of events in the past.