Welcome to ARCHIVES DESK SET, a behind-the-scenes peek at the desks of @archivesamerart staff and the work they do. #ArchivesDeskSet #FromTheArchives #ArchivesOfInstagram #BehindTheScenes #BTS NAME: Elissa Jerome
JOB TITLE: Contract Archivist for the Assessment Survey of Photographic Materials.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE ARCHIVES? I completed two archival processing internships at the Archives in 2016 and returned as a contractor in 2017 after graduating with my MLIS.
WHAT DO YOU DO? From my “rolling desk,” I collect data relating to the extent, condition, and types of photographic materials found within the Archives’ manuscript collections.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING WHEN YOU SIT DOWN AT YOUR DESK? I start out the day at the desk in my office and sip a tasty coffee from Dolcezza while checking email.
WHAT IS THE MOST USEFUL THING ON YOUR DESK? My iPhone. I use the camera to document preservation concerns and unique formats. Some of the photographs discovered during the project are included in the Pop-Up exhibit which is on view through July 30 in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery. (For location and hours, search Fleischman at the link in the bio.) WHAT IS A FUN THING YOU’VE FOUND IN THE COLLECTIONS? While surveying Anton Refregier’s papers, I discovered a gelatin silver print by Max Yavno. The street scene immediately reminded me of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “the decisive moment.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSEUM, ARCHIVE, OR LIBRARY OTHER THAN THIS ONE? Currently, the Image Permanence Institute. IPI’s online print and photograph identification tool “Graphics Atlas” is an invaluable resource for archivists.