Freda S. and J. Chester Johnson Civil Rights and Social Justice Endowed Archives FellowSHIP
Victoria Fernandez is a Dual Master of History and Library Science (MLS/MA) degree
candidate at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College. She graduated in May 2018 with a Dual Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science at the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. Victoria works part-time as the Administrative Coordinator at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, where she helps develop and edit exhibition content, instructs student programming, and facilitates a monthly Holocaust survivor support group. Her most current research that was conducted for LBSCI 709 focused on exploring experiences related to vicarious traumatization among archivists, as well as identifying and acknowledging various archival content areas that could potentially be considered traumatic. Some of her other research interests include examining the effects of post-war communist Poland (1945-1980) on collective Holocaust memory and analyzing parallels between the dissolution of civil liberties during the Third Reich and contemporary representations of prejudice and racism in the United States.
As the Social Justice and Civil Rights Archives Fellow for for 2020/21 funded by the Freda S. and J. Chester Johnson Endowment, Victoria will help coordinate and participate in the “Student Help: Lived Experience” project, a collaboration with alumni to document civil rights activities of the early to mid-1960s through oral histories, written submissions, and digital collections.
PRIOR FellowS & Interns
Kuba Pieczarski, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Internship, fall 2020
Kuba catalogued and uploaded the Queens College COVID-19 Collection which highlights the experiences of Queens College faculty, staff, students, and alumni during the pandemic.
Tomasz Gubernat, Digital Projects Fellow, fall 2019-spring 2020
Tom processed collections and helped develop a new Memory Lab for campus and community engagement (funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation).
Jeanie Pai, Processing Fellow, fall 2019-spring 2020
Jeanie processed collections and helped develop a new Memory Lab for campus and community engagement (funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation).
Reign McConnell, SEEK History Project Intern, fall 2019-spring 2020
Reign processed archival records and oral history transcripts for the SEEK History Project.
Max Thorn, Instruction Fellow, spring 2019
Max partnered with Professor Carol Giardina of the History Department to integrate archival materials and instruction into the class History 392w: America in the 1960s.
Abby Sumner, Processing Fellow, spring 2019
Abby processed the papers of Leo Kraft, an American composer, teacher, and writer who taught at Queens College from 1947-1989, and published a finding aid for the collection using ArchivesSpace.