Intern Spotlight – Leo Wong!

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives

Please welcome Leo Wong!

Leo will be working as the Project Archivist Intern for the recently acquired George Harding Sr. papers. He has a bachelors degree in history from St. Joseph’s University and a graduate degree in public history from La Salle University. Leo has volunteer experience at the Camden County Historical Society working on cataloging and inventorying projects for their audio collection. He has a strong desire to gain more experience on how to process archival collections.

The Center is happy to offer Leo a chance to take a lead on processing an archival collection that includes a variety of records (correspondence, photographs, diaries, sketches, and art) from start to finish. PAFA’s Director of Archives, Hoang Tran, will serve as his mentor during this internship.

Leo hopes to stay in the nonprofit/museum field and continue working on paper and object based collections.

Intern Spotlight – Mustafa Adil Özturk!

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives

Please welcome Mustafa Adil Öztürk (Adil)!

Adil is an MFA student here at PAFA. He has dreams of pursuing a PhD and wanted to gain more experience in the research process. What better way than to research PAFA’s rich history? The archives has a unique collection of student records (not protected by FERPA) that contain a wealth of information. If you examine the the student files separately, they provide rich biographical information and personal insights. However, if we examine the collection as one large dataset, we are able to uncover never before examined trends and stories. For instance, the project will require recording a number of information from the student files–name, gender, location, race/ethnicity, start and end dates, and if they are veterans. When all the information is gathered, we can begin to tell a data-driven narrative which is what Adil will be working on for the summer.

Don’t forget to check out Adil’s Instagram to see some of his art!