Diary of a Special Collections Intern: Week Four

A really interesting blog from one of our Hope Graduate Interns. “The best part of this internship are the many opportunities I have of learning from the texts that I am cataloguing, and every day brings new knowledge on topics as varied as library terminology, British monarchy, religious laws, and Irish history.”
It’s amazing what you can learn and gain from an internship!

This week marked the halfway point of my internship at Liverpool Hope University’s Sheppard-Worlock Library, and week four brought fascinating manuscripts, some beautiful ephemera, and the return of an old friend. To recap, my main task is to sort through the uncatalogued pre-1900 material that is housed within the Special Collections department and research anything that could be useful for History undergraduates during their dissertation research. This information is then entered into a database in the hope of enticing undergraduates into the department, and to encourage them to consider archival research for a more unique and original dissertation topic.

My main task for this week was to finish cataloguing the Talbot Collection which included both printed volumes and manuscripts, before checking and correcting my entries next week. I began the week by tackling the final printed volumes in the Talbot Collection, which are some of the largest books housed by…

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