An undergraduate student studying within the Department of History, I accepted an internship position with the Drawings + Documents Archive at Ball State University late last spring. My term as an intern, now in its second half, will last through the greater portion of the fall semester during the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The archive is located within the College of Architecture and Planning on Ball State’s campus, and currently houses over 130,000 architectural drawings, photographs, and other items pertaining to the history of Indiana’s built environment, making it one of the largest resources for the preservation of sites and structures within the state. Ms. Carol Street, Archivist for Architectural Records, kindly welcomed me aboard as I began my internship Monday, 18 May, saying “Mitchell is one of our brightest students and I’m thrilled he chose to fulfill his internship requirement at our institution.”
I am a native of Bright, Indiana, a small town in southeastern Indiana, a 2012 graduate of East Central High School in St. Leon, Indiana, and a senior Honors student at Ball State, where I also study minors in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development. As the archives’ intern, I am responsible for processing the collection of the firm formerly known as Wright, Porteous & Lowe, Inc., a prolific architectural firm which operated out of Indianapolis throughout the mid- to late-20th Century. Thus far, a major component of my internship has been the creation of various digital resources for the collection, including an online catalogue and a number of digital scans. As mentioned, completion of my internship service should come by late 2015, with subsequent plans to graduate from Ball State with my Bachelors of Science in Public History this coming May. In the meantime, I am currently considering graduate school options in the field of Historic Preservation.