Starting this fall we will be hosting two new volunteers: Edith Martinez and Seth Cotterell.
Edith will be working with Kelsi Evans and assisting with processing collections in the NHPRC grant, Evolution of San Francisco’s Response to a Public Health Crisis: Providing Access to New AIDS History Collections, an expansion of the AIDS History Project.
She is a graduate student at Wayne State University concentrating in Archival Administration. Edith graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in History. While at SJSU, she volunteered at History San Jose where she got interested in archives. Previously she interned with the Santa Clara County Archives and helped with the Santa Clara County Fair photo project. Currently she works at the Redwood City Public Library as a Library Assistant and enjoys helping patrons. Edith was born and raised in Santa Clara, in her spare time she enjoys gardening, baking, and trying new cuisines.
Seth completed a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2011, but has been working in another career field ever since. He’s excited to get back into a field that aligns with his passions and is eager to refresh and enhance his on-the-job understanding of archival standards and best practices, learn new archives management systems, and utilize other archives technologies. He will assist the archives staff with collection processing, cataloging, digitization, outreach, and other projects.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, where he earned undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Business Management, Seth moved to San Francisco in 2001. Hobbies include reading, stop motion animation, and nature walks. He lives with his husband and one fur baby.
This is a guest post by Anida Hodzic, UCSF Archives Intern.
Being an intern is hard work, especially at the UCSF Archives and Special Collections. During my summer internship, I was assigned the difficult task of helping my supervisor (Kelsi Evans) prepare for the Archive Your Pride Button Making Pop Up at the UCSF Makers Lab. To begin, we searched for images that would work on a button. I know what you’re thinking, that seems easy enough…The difficulty came in the amount of amazing images, posters, pamphlets, and other ephemera we came across.
My collage of some of the images from the collections.
UCSF digital collections on Calisphere, including the AIDS History Project Ephemera Collection and the Bobby Campbell Diary, were full of relatable and interesting content. We also went down to the vault and sifted through some un-digitized material. After we selected the images, we tried to make a few sample buttons. One of my fellow interns and I spent about an hour in the Makers Lab trying to make buttons without reading the directions. Thus we made a simple task complicated and confusing. Once we finally figured out that following directions was a good thing, the pride buttons came pouring out of the button maker.
The event the next day was worth all of our hard work. The turn out was awesome and people loved our images, glitter, and stickers. It was great fun to see everyone support Pride, the Archives, the Makers Lab, and each other’s creativity. The buttons were cool, the atmosphere warm, and my summer internship was fun and successful.