Introducing the Armstrong Browning Library’s Graduate Research Assistant, 2022-2023

The Armstrong Browning Library has a new Graduate Research Assistant this fall. A graduate research assistantship provides a student insight into the day-to-day operations of a special collections library and the uses and importance of primary source materials. Graduate Research Assistants receive practical experience handling, processing, and preserving rare books and manuscripts. Additionally, they have the opportunity to digitize materials, develop and install exhibits, and prepare and participate in delivering instruction sessions for classes utilizing Armstrong Browning Library materials.

Anna Clark

Hometown: Jackson, MI

Major: History

Why are you completing an MA in History?
I am interested in teaching and writing about different historical perspectives. I am especially passionate about US and British history, more specifically transatlantic relations between the United States and Great Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My interest in transatlantic relations has largely been influenced by my study-abroad experience at the University of Oxford where I had the opportunity to study various British perspectives of the American Revolution. I hope to continue my education and eventually earn a PhD degree to become a college history professor.

What do you hope to learn while working at the ABL?
I hope to learn more about nineteenth century writers such as the Brownings and other literary figures whose work is featured in the Armstrong Browning Library and Museum. I am interested in writing my MA thesis regarding foreign policy, particularly the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Great Britain from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War, and I hope my exposure to nineteenth century archival materials at the ABL will inspire and assist me in my own historical research.

What are you looking forward to about working at the ABL?
I am excited to work with the staff at the ABL and to assist others in their research inquiries as well as contribute my own research to the institution. I am also looking forward to learning more about the nineteenth century through historical study of the Brownings and their contemporaries.

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About Anna Clark

I am a graduate student at Baylor University pursuing my MA in history with a focus on eighteenth and nineteenth century transatlantic relations between United States and Europe, especially Great Britain. I earned my BA in history, summa cum laude, from Hillsdale College in May 2022, and I spent 7 weeks studying abroad at the University of Oxford in the summer of 2021, which influenced my interest in transatlantic relations. At Baylor University, I am a graduate research assistant at the Armstrong-Browning Library and Museum where I process print and archival collection materials, prepare materials for digitization, develop and install exhibits, and assist with events. In my free time, I enjoy competitive swimming. I was a Division II swimmer and team captain at Hillsdale College, and swimming has been part of my life for the past 15 years.

2 thoughts on “Introducing the Armstrong Browning Library’s Graduate Research Assistant, 2022-2023

  1. Good to have you with us! BTW, I know the Technical Services Librarian at Hillsdale College–Maurine McCoury. Not sure if you ever met her, but at least there’s a Hillsdale connection there. Best wishes at ABL!

    • Thank you for the kind welcome! I do know Maurine McCoury; in fact, I worked at the Hillsdale College Mossey Library as a student worker for two years before coming to Baylor for graduate school.

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