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May 19, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I work as a processing archivist. Day-to-day, I prepare and process collections of records and papers for research use. This includes physically rehousing collections in archival folders and containers (this helps to preserve collections) and creating catalog records and collection guides (this increases the discoverability and usability of collections). Processing work also helps establish a framework for digitization of collection materials. 

In addition to my processing work, I’m also the...

April 25, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I am one of two Reference & Outreach Archivists on staff here at PHS. I spend most of my days responding to reference questions over the phone, through email, or in person. On other days I meet with students and professors from Community College of Philadelphia to help facilitate class visits. I also give tours to visitors and sometimes participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars to share information about the Presbyterian Historical Society with Presbyterians and non-Presbyterians alike. ...

April 4, 2023

In February, PHS welcomed BKBB Archives Intern Matty Marrow. Read a reflection on their internship below and click here for an interview with Matty.

Throughout my internship, I honestly have grown so much more than I thought I would. I came in expecting to get some general knowledge of how an archive operates, and explore the ways that different...

April 4, 2023

In February, PHS welcomed BKBB Archives Intern Matty Marrow. Read the interview below to hear about Matty's experience at the Presbyterian Historical Society and click here for their full reflection.

What initially interested you in an internship at the Presbyterian Historical Society?
M: I was initially interested because I grew...

March 19, 2023

What is your role at PHS? What do you do from day-to-day?

I’ve been Records Archivist here since 2011, and the role exists to accession incoming archival collections. That means that any box of stuff that comes in, I’m the person who unpacks it, separates out non-permanent stuff for return or disposal, describes the permanent stuff, takes some very basic preservation actions (usually pulling vinyl binders or old plastic, adding acid free folders or sleeves) and gets the new collection on the shelf.

More than a third of our incoming collections come...

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