In late July, four graduate students under the direction of Dr. Theresa Gaul were featured on the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s blog for their work on transcribing the museum’s 200-year-old collection of Andrew Bulger Papers.
After working on these manuscripts in Dr. Gaul’s American Literature Graduate Seminar, students were able to uncover the past while gaining valuable experience in the field of archival recovery. The semester-long project entailed transcription, analysis, research, and public writing in the form of a blog post.
“This project was based on ideas of recovery, going back and finding texts, people, and voices that have been lost over time and rendered invisible,” Dr. Theresa Gaul said, “this was a valuable experience for students to engage as public intellectuals and distill scholarship into broader audiences.”
Dr. Gaul’s graduate project was the first time that the Andrew Bulger Papers had been worked on in the history of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Students were able to gain experience working with timelines, deadlines, and partnerships. Their work will also be available to future scholars through the Museum’s digitized archives.
“The Amon Carter Museum has an educational mission, so they want to work with universities and students. They were happy with the partnership, and so were we,” Dr. Theresa Gaul said.
The Amon Carter Museum blog featured posts by Diana Bueno, Abigail Fransen, Sarah-Marie Horning and Whitney Lew James about their experiences with the Andrew Bulger Papers. To read more about their projects, check out the blog posts on the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s website from July 7th-26th, 2017. You can also access each student’s individual blog post through the links below.