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Welcome to our Graduate Assistant

February 25, 2010
Special Collections happily announces an addition to our staff: Graduate Assistant, Melissa Gohlke. Back at UTSA after a twelve year hiatus, Melissa is wrapping up her first year in the Master’s of History program. Her area of expertise is LGBT studies within an urban history context. Melissa is currently conducting research for her Master’s thesis which focuses on how San Antonio’s LGBT community has carved out corridors and planes of existence which have been instrumental in shaping the city’s urban landscape.

Melissa has jumped right in at UTSA and has been processing the 2008 additions to the Aline B. Carter Family Papers. She has also begun work on digitizing a portion of John Philip Santos’s video projects. In addition to her current work UTSA, Melissa gained valuable archives experience in fall 2009 when she served as an intern at the Happy Foundation GLBT Archives. Working with Foundation archivist Gene Elder, Melissa cataloged the collection helping to make it more easily accessible to researchers. Melissa’s future aspirations are to research, write, and publish and ultimately teach history at the college level.

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