Introducing our summer interns!
I’m happy to introduce our San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Records Summer Graduate Interns! Abra Schnur and Gina Watts will work together over the summer months to arrange, rehouse, and describe SARA collection additions totaling approximately 170 boxes! The additions to the collection were donated in 2011 and 2014 and include material from the San Antonio Channel Improvement Mission Reach Project, engineering photographs, the Salatrillo Reuse Improvement Projects, among others.
The internship provides current archives graduate students with practical, hands-on archives experience and the opportunity to learn from professional academic archivists.
Abra Schnur is currently enrolled in the University of North Texas’ master’s program in information & library science with a focus on archival management. Her expected graduation date is summer 2017. When asked what interests her about this internship, Abra says, “I’m excited to gain hands-on experience in making the SARA collection available to users. The collection also provides the opportunity to gain — through a historical perspective– insight into how an organization with a very specific charge , such as managing a watershed, can over time incorporate itself into the community through partnerships, education, and development of a region.” Upon graduation, Abra will pursue a job as an oral history or audiovisual archivist. When she’s not studying, she works on an ongoing oral history project www.flyingvoices.org and fostering her love of mid-century modern and kitsch design.
Gina Watts is currently enrolled in the School of Information at the University of Texas, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in information science with a concentration on archives. Her expected graduation date is December 2017. When asked what interests her about this internship, Gina says, “I’m very excited to work with such a large collection from an organization that seems to have a lot of community ties. I also can’t wait to get to the historical photographs!” Upon graduation, Gina will pursue a job as an archivist at a research library or special collections. She would particularly like to be involved in social justice/community archives. When she’s not studying, she really enjoys listening to blues music and is “looking forward to checking out the San Antonio music scene this summer.”
Welcome, Abra and Gina!