What do you do?
I am a Reference Archivist—I conduct research and reply to inquiries about our collections received via e-mail, telephone, mail, and fax. I also assist patrons who visit the Archives to review our collections.
Favorite spot in DC to recommend to visitors
United States Botanic Garden. Any time of year, inside or out, it is a peaceful place for contemplation.
Also, The Great Hall located within the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building—it is a breathtaking entry to the wonders within.
The holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives represent a microcosm of Institution’s broad interests. For example, the Columbian Institute Records, represents some of the oldest materials we hold. Among these records you will find hand-written correspondence of John Quincy Adams, Thomas Law, and Edward Cutbush, to name a few. One unremarkable morning I happened upon a letter from Thomas Jefferson, and instantly the day became noteworthy.
Record Unit 95, our Photograph Collection, is also a favorite. This collection includes images of the Smithsonian and the National Mall in Washington D.C. from the 1850’s to the present. I find it fascinating to view the development of the Institution and the evolution of the landscape over more than 150 years. A small sample of the images in this collection may be viewed here.