2019 Capstone Presentations

We are thrilled to be sharing the work of our graduating Master’s students in Archives and Public History on Tuesday, May 14th at 6 pm in the King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium. This event is open to the public and we encourage you all to join us for an educational evening!

poster for 2019 capstone presentations

Scholar & Feminist Conference: The Politics and Ethics of the Archive (Barnard College)

This Friday (2/8/19) and Saturday (2/9/18) the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) will be hosting the 44th Annual Scholar and Feminist Conference entitled “The Politics and Ethics of the Archive .” This even will be held at the Diana Center (3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027). The event is free and whilst registration is not required, it is preferred. Please see below for details:

  • Where: Diana Center (3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)
  • When: Friday (2/8/19), 4 pm – 8 pm // Saturday (2/9/19), 10 am – 6 pm
  • Description of Event (taken from the event website): “This year’s Scholar and Feminist conference builds on BCRW’s close collaboration with the Barnard College Archives to address the complex questions that circulate around the politics and ethics of archival work. Central to traditional scholarly work in reconstructing and interpreting the past, archives are perhaps even more crucial to the preservation of the stories and legacies of marginalized communities and political movements.”

For more information, please visit the event website: https://www.socialdifference.columbia.edu/events-1/2019/2/8/scholar-and-feminist-conference-the-politics-and-ethics-of-the-archive 

Margaret May’s Internship at the American Irish Historical Society

This past spring semester (2018), APH student Margaret May worked at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. Below you’ll find Margaret’s blog post about her experience.


I completed my archive internship at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. I worked with two collections: the Daniel P. Cohalan Papers (1897-1971) and the Harry Fairtlough Post Card Collection (1888-1984).

Daniel P. Cohalan played an active role in the American Irish Historical Society. He was a  significant leader of Irish-American nationalism and the Friends of Irish Freedom- an organization founded right before the 1916 Rising to promote the cause of Ireland in the United States. The bulk of his papers consist  of correspondence, articles, newspaper clippings, speeches that pertain to the historical events leading up to the Easter Rising and its aftermath, between 1916-1926.

The Harry Fairtlough Post Card Collection (1888-)  consists of 1,200 postcards from around the world that he collected during his lifetime. Fairtlough was an Irish patriot, local historian and amateur archivist from Drogheda, Ireland. He played a significant role fighting in the IRA, in the struggle  for a free Irish Republic.

The predominate content of the post cards  I worked with consists of brief correspondence between family and friends, as they traveled  throughout the counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland; on holiday, business or everyday travel, visiting the  various geographical and cultural sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland, represented on the images of the post cards.  

The internship  culminated with the creation of an online portal,  presenting a sample of the Harry Fairtlough Post Card Collection to the public, utilizing  Omeka software. I selected five sample post cards, to create a mini- collection and highlighted them through an exhibit, sharing the  various fascinating, Irish stories that were represented on the images of the post cards.

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