Ello! My name is Emily Johannes and this is my second year working up here in the Archives. The Archives is a great place to work 1) because it is so fascinating to learn about the history of Concordia and 2) because of the wonderful people who also work here. I first visited the Archives while working on a speech for my Oral Communications class taught by Lisa ;). I found it very interesting and when Lisa offered me a job up here, I was really excited!
When I first started working here, I was mostly completing random jobs here and there and my nickname was “Jill of all Trades.” Since then, I have moved into the photo division of the Archives. I started out by making file listings of all the photos in all the files that we have in the Archives (which still is not complete because there are LOTS of files). Now, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work on DROBO! YAY! Drobo is a digital database where I get to make new files of photos that are stored on our Archives drive, but not organized yet. This job is never –ending, but I do enjoy it. I have the opportunity to look up people and events from the past while creating new records for these photos. Sometimes, I even come across some pretty funny pictures, like a photoshopped picture of the Belltower with a dogsled team. I have no clue where it came from, but I think I laughed for about 20 minutes after finding it. I have seen endless photos of the Belltower, turkeys on campus, and the infamous campus squirrels, along with photos of past presidents of the college and the construction of campus buildings. There’s always something new to uncover when working with Drobo!
With all that being said, the people I work with up here in the Archives are absolutely wonderful. I love working for Lisa because she is the nicest, sweetest, most caring person that I know. So if you do not know her, you should really come up to the Archives and say hello. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you find what you are looking for, so do not hesitate to trudge up to the fourth floor to do research. You may be pleasantly surprised with the information you find up here!
Concordia's Celebration of Student Scholarship is coming up in two short days: April 9, 2014. Students are showcasing their excellence through poster presentations and concurrent sessions during this event. Two interns from the Concordia College Archives will be among those presenting their work: Tessa Wakefield and Sam Mersch. Both Tessa and Sam are presenting their posters from 8:50 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Memorial Auditorium. We are very proud of their work and hope many will stop by and enjoy their posters. Here is a sneak peek of the content Tessa and Sam will be presenting:
"Animating Archival Collections: Sharing a Civil War Soldier's Experiences"