We have one last introduction to make for the year as part of our library interview series. Joining us as part of the Public History Graduate Intern program with the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives and the Findley Congressional Office Museum, we are glad to welcome Liz Papp to campus! Her time with us is made possible through a grant with the Davee Foundation. She will be on campus through December.
Who are you, what is your title, and how do I get in contact with you?
My name is Elizabeth Papp (call me Liz!), and I’m the Fall 2017 Public History Graduate Intern for the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives. You can reach me at email@example.com, or visit the Archives on the bottom level of Schewe Library.
How long have you been at IC, and what led you here?
My first day at IC was August 21. I came here to finish fulfilling an internship requirement for my Master’s degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Before coming to IC, I interned at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, IL, and I have worked at various historic sites throughout Illinois.
What do you do at Schewe?
I work in the Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives (and occasionally the Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum in Whipple Hall). I do a little bit of everything; research, writing, caring for archival collections, and some special events and outreach. If you visit the Archives with a question or research request, there’s a good chance I’ll be the one to help you.
Any exciting initiatives you’ve got planned in the next little while?
In the words of our fearless Archivist and Curator Samantha Sauer, we’re still a baby archives. So a lot of my work will be with inventorying and rehousing collections, getting them in a better position for researchers to access. We’ve also just established regular reading room hours in the Archives (Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm, Wednesday 3pm-5pm) and open hours for the Findley Museum (Monday 2pm-4pm), so be sure to stop by!
Tell our readers something interesting/exciting/unusual about you…
I have almost a decade of experience with public history, speak French, and once accidentally went to Canada.