Jessika Castillo-Rivera ’14

Major: History and Classical Studies. Hometown:Munster, Indiana.


Small Fellow in Museum Studies

African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Week 8:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


July 16, 2013 | Monday-Tuesday: Staff meeting on Monday. It’s my last week, and since finishing the entirety of the documents of the Virgil Powell Collection, I now start working on linking them in Past Perfect. I spend the entire day doing this, since linking also means editing the photos and adding titles/descriptions/any other confirmable information. Wednesday-Friday: Africa!, a Summer […]

Week 7:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


July 9, 2013 | Monday: No staff meeting, Claire and I are in Chicago visiting/touring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra archive. Talking to another archivist, and someone who is pursuing archival studies, about how much we love…well, the stuff, organizing, playing detective, and helping people find the information they need. It was great. Maybe I like the technology implementation side a little […]

Week 6:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


July 2, 2013 | Monday – Wednesday: Staff meeting on Monday, as usual. After finishing the Virgil Powell Collection photos, I can start on his papers. Now, that’s a very vague term because those six colored tubs of materials I mentioned last post? They were full of his papers. This means everything from invention designs and newspaper clippings to a fingerprinting game […]

Week 5:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


June 25, 2013 | Monday starts off with a staff meeting, the rest of the week I keep chugging along sorting the Powell Collection photos. I end up finishing on Friday, and even get to go home a bit early, which was fantastic, because an archivist’s job is never done! It’s a double edged sword. Cornell alum (and previous […]

Week 4:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


June 18, 2013 | Monday: A staff meeting is implemented by our new director Michael. We use this time to catch up with everyone working, to see where they are in their projects, what kind of events the museum might be hosting this week, etc. Afterwards, I return to the back and get to work redoing all the work I’d […]

Week 3:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


June 11, 2013 | Okay, remember when I said I digitized over 900 photos for the Virgil Powell Collection? According to my digital output (sometimes you scan the backs of images too, if there is important information written on them, but for this collection that was a rare thing), I actually digitized over 2,000. When you spend 8 hours […]

Week 2:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


June 1, 2013 | Week two at the museum was cut a bit short. Monday was Memorial Day and Friday because of flood warnings, I was told to stay home. So in this short week, I took far more photos to give everyone an idea of what the museum is like. Those are found at the end of this […]

Week 1:
African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa


June 1, 2013 | I can’t believe two weeks of my internship area already over. I’m going to split each week into a blog, for simplicity. The first week I spent the majority of my time between several projects. I worked on updating the museum’s traveling exhibits and website, fact checking, researching, and editing. I also worked a bit […]