Blog Post Round-up: 2021 AHHA Interns

This is a guest post by Diana Gibbs, program manager for the AHHA Internship Program. For more information on the opportunities, visit AHHA Remote Internship 2022 and AHHA Onsite Internship 2022. Applications for the 2022 Fall AHHA internships are due April 25, 2022. Click to watch the video below featuring our 2021 AHHA interns!

A young Black man with a beard and glasses on the left, an image of a historical Black baseball team on the right.

Intern alumni share their experiences with participating in the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program.

At the Library, we like to celebrate the accomplishments of our interns! In this post, we’ve rounded up the blog posts that the 2021 AHHA interns wrote during their time here.

Learn more about the lives of the enslaved workforce of our first president in Joseph Mitchell’s blog post, “I Require No More of Them Than Others Do,” George Washington’s Weekly Productivity Reports and the Lives of the Enslaved.

A nineteenth-century painting of Washington, portraying him in his frequently forgotten role as a farmer. His enslaved field hands are depicted at work behind him.

“Life of George Washington–The farmer,” painting by Junius Brutus Stearns, c. 1853, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Sarah Shepherd offers a window into Black Nationalism of the early-20th century by discussing a 1913 letter from Elizabeth Sykes in

“Send us back home”: Early Black Nationalism in a Letter to President Woodrow Wilson.

Four essays, written by Sarah Shepherd, explore civil discourse in the Woodrow Wilson Papers on women’s suffrage, the early civil rights movement, anti-Japanese immigration policy, and Prohibition.

In Race, Gender and More in the AFL Records, Mills Pennebaker discusses her experience researching issues of race, gender, regionalism, and class in the recently digitized American Federation of Labor Records.

Jay Baker explored Walt Whitman’s views and writings pertaining to ethnicity and race, identified relevant documents in the Library’s collections for a future online resource guide, and assembled information on poets of color influenced or inspired by Whitman.  Jay shares his analysis of Whitman’s handwritten draft of An American Primer in “What beauty there is in words!” Walt Whitman’s An American Primer.

Apply Now for the 2022 AHHA Internship Program

Applications are open today, March 21 through Monday, April 25, 2022 for the Fall 2022 session of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship Program. This year, AHHA will be a hybrid program that includes both onsite and remote projects. Interns from near and far are able to participate. For more information, visit AHHA […]

LOCI Intern Spotlight: Xiomara Chinn Griffin

On this blog, we plan to regularly feature the interns whose hard work positively impacts the Library. Today’s interview is with a 2022 Spring participant in the Library of Congress Internship program (LOCI), Xiomara Chinn Griffin. Describe Your Background. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I was not more than a few months old before […]

Blog Round-up: AHHA Fall 2021

This is a guest post by Diana Gibbs, program manager for the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship program.   The Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) Internship program wrapped up its Fall season in November 2021. The cozy cohort of 14 remote interns worked on the Library’s digital collections and wrote blog posts and […]

Blog Round-up: Junior Fellows Program 2021

The 2021 Junior Fellows were busy for every minute of the ten weeks of their intensive summer internships, and below, you’ll find the blog posts that they wrote during their brief time in the program. On top of their project work and the many blogs they published, the Fellows produced videos and infographics to showcase […]

2021 Junior Fellows Program Begins

The Of the People blog will publish a series of interviews featuring the Library’s summer interns. This is an announcement of the Junior Fellows Program, one of the Mellon-sponsored programs. Forty-two undergraduate and graduate students recently began their participation in the Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program. The 2021 cohort marks the 30th class of Junior […]