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Department of Media Relations and Events
The Department of History at the University of North Florida
was recognized by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission with a 2010
Historic Preservation Award for its student internship program with the
Jacksonville Historical Society. The award was presented May 6 during a
ceremony at the Jacksonville Main Library Auditorium.
“The Department of History has been expanding its
community-based internships over the past few years and we are honored to have
been selected to receive this award from the Jacksonville Historic Preservation
Commission,” said Dr. Dale Clifford, an Atlantic Beach resident and chair of
UNF’s Department of History.
Internships give history majors at the University a chance
to apply their historical skills in an off-campus setting. UNF and the
Historical Society began their partnership in 2009 and the relationship is
vital to sustaining the society’s mission of preserving and cataloging Northeast Florida history.
“This collaboration between the
Jacksonville Historical Society and UNF’s history department has been a dynamic
and mutually beneficial partnership,” said Jacksonville Historic Preservation
Commissioner Richard Moore. “Students are given the opportunity to work with
important collections that increase their knowledge base, while the
Jacksonville Historical Society is able to offer public access to countless
significant resources as they are discovered, cataloged and scanned.”
The 2010 Historic Preservation Award honors the work of two
UNF history students, one a graduate student and the other a recent graduate,
who have worked with the Jacksonville Historical Society on a long-term project
to update and maintain the society’s archives.
Lauren Swain, a Riverside
resident and UNF graduate student, began her internship this spring and focused
her attention on the The Archibald Collection, which is comprised of rare
pre-fire property records that include mortgage records, deeds, official record
books, minute books and abstract books. Her work with The Archibald Collection
is the first known inventory for this voluminous collection. Swain will continue
her internship this summer, tackling the remaining numerous boxes to be
The first intern, Robyn Bertram, who
graduated from UNF last fall, completed her hands-on experience during the fall
2009 semester. She worked extensively in the archives, where she was able to
gain insight on how an archival repository of mass volume is maintained.
Bertram, an Intracoastal resident, also cataloged several family collections
donated to the society, including maps, photographs, scrapbooks, and family
diaries from the Merrill family associated with Merrill-Stevens Shipbuilding
Company. Her work scanning and placing these items into the society’s Past
Perfect system is a crucial step in allowing these objects—some of which date
to the mid-1800’s—to be viewed by hundreds of people on the society’s Web site.
All of the history department’s internships
are individually tailored to suit both the skills and interests of the student
and the needs of the agency. Eligible student interns must complete The Craft
of the Historian methods course and have at least a 3.0 grade point average in
their history coursework.
Previous UNF history interns have worked with the Timucuan
Ecological and Historical Preserve, Kingsley Plantation, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Historical Society, St.
Vincent’s Hospital archives, Museum
of Science and History and
a host of other public history projects.
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