The CLIR Pioneers of Wilderness Conservation team is pleased to introduce Brittany Kenny and Ben Mountain as our new Student Archives Assistants for the summer.  These two exceptional students have been hired under the umbrella of Union College’s Summer Research Fellowship Program.  For their twelve weeks with the project Brittany and Ben will be performing research within the John S. Apperson, Jr., papers, with the assistance of both the Project Archivist and Schaffer Library’s exemplary Reference staff.  Brittany and Ben will then use this research to create digital exhibits and high-level description highlighting the digital surrogates created in the course of this project.



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Brittany Kenny, a native of Toronto, Ontario, is expected to graduate Union College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with the aspiration to attend Law School.  She has been named Captain of the 2015-2016 Union College Swim Team, serves her sorority’s executive board as Membership Vice President, and helped found the Union College chapter of Democracy Matters.




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Ben Mountain is expected to graduate Union College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and Psychology.  In the past Ben has worked for multiple non-profit organizations. Ben is a member of both the varsity Track and Field programs at Union College and a contributing writer to Concordiensis.  Ben hopes to either become a clinical psychologist or to do non-profit work abroad.




In addition to working within the papers themselves, we expect Brittany and Ben to meet with volunteers

from the collections’ past in order to garner legacy knowledge.


In this exciting venture of archival practice and digital humanities, the students are afforded the opportunity to partake in research from a large archival collection in tandem with over 200 digital surrogates.  During this process the students are assisted in their research by both the PA and the exemplary reference librarians at Schaffer Library.

The whole team excited to see the fruition of the work these two outstanding students are going to create in our scholarly website launch this fall!