Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
The SCA applicant selected for this internship will gain valuable experience in museum collections and archives management while also proving public access to the historic photograph collection of Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Speciﬁcally, the intern will have opportunities to digitize, complete missing catalog information and assist with research requests relating to the photograph collection which includes over 11,500 photographs and negatives ranging from 1840 to 1970 and encompassing a wide range of photographic processes and topics. The historic photograph collections provide critical information about all aspects of the history associated with Longfellow House and its inhabitants from roughly 1850 to 1950. In addition to depicting the people associated with the house, the photographs include information about their associations with other famous ﬁgures (e.g., Charles Dickens), nineteenth century fashions, architecture (including important changes to the Longfellow House and grounds), aspects of Longfellow family life, and important images of foreign travel collected by family members. The applicant selected will also be asked to identify an area of interest for a small research project to enable the intern to discover some of the connections inherent in the park’s collections. Each week, the intern will work in partnership with the NPS Curator, Archives Specialist and Museum Technician to care for the collections, rehouse textiles, monitor environmental condition and ﬁll research requests.
Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (NHS) is located in a large and active metropolitan community where many cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities as well as other amenities are available.
NPS History and Mission, primary source research, ﬁeld experiences at area parks and museums for career exploration and networking.
The internship includes opportunities to visit and learn about area museums, historic sites, and NPS units. The site is proximate to the ocean, mountains, and an array of natural and cultural gems.