National Archives Interns Share Their Stories....
I spent my graduate internship for my Masters of Library & Information Science degree at the National Archives at Atlanta, and it was a fantastic experience.
My internship project focused on records involving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is a tremendous wealth of civil rights history residing in the boxes in the stacks in the National Archives at Atlanta, and I found many court cases that were packed with historic moments. I enjoyed and learned a great deal from my entire experience.
In my internship work, I have only “scratched the surface” in my research and review of the records available. Our National Archives provides us with a view of history that is truly unedited. The records bear out the evidence of how well a truly balanced judicial system works.
Anyone interested could spend 3-5 months at the National Archives at Atlanta and still not see everything related to civil rights. There is a virtual treasure trove of materials that tell an anguished and poignant story of the history of the movement across the Southeast, involving a wide cast of people and places.
My experience at NARA only solidified my commitment to education, preservation, and access as an archivist. Our unedited national history is free and available to us, just for the asking, through the records at the National Archives. There is more material at NARA than the writer, journalist, film maker, historian, legal professional, researcher, educator, genealogist or the curious could ever hope to find.
University of South Carolina
School of Library and Information Science