Over the past several weeks we have continued to process the Gabrielle Giffords collection. In particular we were able to finish processing the legislative aspects of the collection which include staff files, committee files, speeches, and other materials. The aspects of the collection related to the January 8th shooting are now being processed. The bulk of January 8th material consists of newpaper clippings and correspondence.
Processing the Giffords collection has allowed me to partake in archival processing in a new and exciting way. Because of the experience I have gained over the past year I have been more active in planning how to process the collection. I have conducted research into other congressional collections and using my new skill set I’ve participated in conversations about processing in a much more integral way. I have been able to provide input on how to process the committee work Giffords completed as well as how to handle post-January 8th materials.
The end of spring semester provides an opportunity to reflect on a year of unique work experiences. When I look back on having processed the Clarion Records in August I realize how much my knowledge and skills have improved over the year. I have had the opportunity to create archival exhibits, learn to process notoriously challenging congressional collections, participate in outreach, and contribute to the special collections blog. Each of these experiences has provided opportunity to gain new and valuable skills as well as learn more about the archival profession.
The majority of my time this year has been spent doing congressional collections processing. The Jim Kolbe collection allowed me to learn the skills I needed to take a stronger role in planning how to process the Gabrielle Giffords collection. This exemplifies how pivitol my time at UA special collections has been to my growth in archival processing. Each collection I have processed has allowed me to gain more skills that I can then use to take a more active role in processing other collections.