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Harvard University Library Notes / July 2007 / No. 1338
A Year in the Archives for AFP's Claudia HolguinThe year is passing quickly for Claudia Holguin, who traveled from California to join the staff of the Harvard University Archives as a visiting administrative fellow last September. Holguin's fellowship in the Archives is part of the University's Administrative Fellowship Program, or AFP (http://www.oap.harvard.edu/afp), which provides an opportunity for professionals from underrepresented groups to gain administrative experience in an academic setting.
Holguin had already practiced law as an international business attorney and taken time off to raise her children before she enrolled at San Jose State, earning her MLIS in 2006. She developed a strong interest in archival collections during an internship at the UCLA Archives.
When she applied to the AFP, she was eager to build on the interests and professional skills she developed at UCLA. Holguin sees her fellowship as an opportunity to examine and enhance collection development by highlighting underused archival collections to better reflect the evolving nature of a research community and the society it represents.
Holguin has been working to prepare a research guide to Native American resources in the University Archives. Her other accomplishments during the past year have included the creation of an iSite guide to electronic records initiatives, the selection of primary documents from the Archives' collections for the Open Collections Program's new project on contagion, and project development for a collection of faculty papers. During the summer, she plans to organize and catalog records of student organizations such as the Harvard chapter of the Progressive Student Labor Movement.
Robin McElheny, associate university archivist for collections and public services and Holguin's supervisor, finds her a welcome addition to the Archives staff. "Claudia's interests and skills fit well with our goals," McElheny said. "She has worked on a number of projects that help us to reexamine hidden corners of our collections and to explore new areas of archival activity. This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden our perspective on what we do and why we do it."