(July 17, 2013) – Allison Tschiemer, a senior history major from Dallas,
Texas, first visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum as a sixth grader.
“We listened as
a survivor told us about her experiences as a child during the war years,” she
said. “It’s a very powerful site with a story which must continue to be told,
even after those who bore witness to it are gone.”
she’s back as an intern.
many small-medium sized archive collections across the
nation were organized the old-fashioned way with manila file folders.
The Holocaust Museum has a
couple of digital versions of its archives but, with all the information
scattered about, it makes for inconvenient for researching, said Tschiemer.
Tschiemer is responsible for the
reorganization and reformatting of the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s accession
files in Past Perfect digital archives. Past Perfect is software that automates
accessions, exhibits, condition reports, repatriation, and incoming and
outgoing loans in addition to cataloging archive, library, historic object, art
object, natural history, archaeology, and photograph collections.
Tschiemer is assigning new accession and ID numbers (call
numbers for archives) and a new location in the appropriate catalog file
folder, and updating anything else that the item might need in Past Perfect.
Tschiemer took Comparative Genocides, a history course that examines the major
genocides that have occurred during the 20th and 21st
centuries. In this course, Tschiemer worked on research papers about the
Holocaust and completed research in the archives at the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
“I felt like it was my turn to give back to the
archives by understanding the process behind it all,” said Tschiemer.
While researching at the museum
last year, Tschiemer met Pam Barnes, a 2004 Hendrix graduate who is the museum’s
development and volunteer coordinator.
in the content, Tschiemer admits to not being the most efficient archivist, spending
time reading the narratives and documents in the archives.
photographs, and objects there carry so much meaning, and I've enjoyed
immersing myself within it this summer,” she said.
uncertain what she’ll end up doing after graduation next spring, Tschiemer
thinks there is a good chance she will find her way to a museum.
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