CAPSTONE PROJECT
Austin Music Documentation Initiative: Developing and Funding a Collection Aggregation Portal
Capstone Draft Poster
This project resulted in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program grant application. This grant was sponsored by UT Libraries and submitted to the NEH in July 2015.
Field supervisor: Jennifer Hecker
Austin Music Documentation Initiative / UT Libraries
Austin, TX
Spring 2015

PANEL PRESENTATION
Represent! Challenges and Rewards of Documenting Under-Documented Communities”
In This Subbacultcha: Crowd-sourcing Zine Metadata, Jennifer Hecker (Chair), Austin Fanzine Project
Towards a Framework for Aggregating Local Music Archives, Susan Floyd, Austin Music Documentation Initiative
Tags, Stickers & Paint: Controlling the ‘Uncontrollable’ Art, Rachel Panella, Austin Graffiti Project
Out of the Closet and Into the Archives, Samantha Bruner, LGBT + Archives Project
Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting 2015
Arlington, TX
May 2015

PRESENTATION
“‘The sight of your letter pricks my heart through’: Digitizing the Brownings’ Correspondence at the Harry Ransom Center”
Browning 24x7 presentation title slide
2015 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
Austin, TX
April 2015

INVITED TALK
“West Campus: Evolution of an Austin Neighborhood, 1815-2015”
West Campus: Evolution of an Austin Neighborhood opening slideNeill-Cochran House Museum
Annual exhibition opening reception talk.
Austin, TX
April 2015

EXHIBITION
West Campus: Evolution of an Austin Neighborhood
Annual exhibition at a small house museum, organized by myself with assistance from Executive Director Rowena Dasch.
Neill-Cochran House Museum
“When you join us for a tour of the museum, our focus is on the collection, personal histories, and architecture of the 1856 house. In this exhibit, we expand our view to the people, politics, and places that have defined and re-defined this neighborhood over time. While the area has undergone a significant transformation in the last decade as a result of the UNO plan, it is not the first time that life for people living around present-day 24th & San Gabriel has changed dramatically.

“In this exhibit, we put the recent shift towards higher density and mixed-use design into the larger context of the significant shifts in the character, demographics, and economy of the neighborhood. Using information now unavailable to us in the sights and sounds of West Campus, we remind ourselves that in Austin’s early years, white settlers radically changed the ways of life of the original inhabitants of this area, the Tonkawa, eventually excluding them from Central Texas entirely by the 1850s.

“Throughout the following decades, West Campus remained well outside the scope of life in the city. It consisted of suburban, plantation-style homes and it also included, north of 24th street, the town of Wheatville, one of a handful of Freedmen’s towns in Travis County. We trace the rise and flowering of this community from its founding in 1867 through to its decline in the 1920s as Austin legalized segregation through the 1928 Koch Proposal.

“In looking more closely at the events that have shaped this neighborhood’s changes over time, from suburban plantations to urban family residences to dense development, we have the opportunity to reflect on the history of growth in Austin at a time when so many of our discussions raise questions about what form our neighborhoods will take as the city continues to evolve over time.”
Austin, TX
Annual exhibit, 2015

PUBLICATION
“Increasing Involvement in Student Chapters”
Guest blog post on the Society of American Archivists Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable’s SNAP Blog
March 2015

PROJECT
Research Assistant
Professor Karla Caplan, Northeastern University
Digitize several thousand items from literary collections at the Harry Ransom Center for use in original scholarly research.
Austin, TX
Summer 2014 – Spring 2015

PROJECT
Graduate Research Intern
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Conduct original research regarding the history and architecture of an antebellum house museum; provide historical and architectural tours to visitors, including groups, students, tourists, and scholars.
Austin, TX
Spring 2014 – Summer 2015

Susan Floyd teaching using Ransom Center collections

PROJECT
The Browning Project
Harry Ransom Center
Digitizing the correspondence of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning held at the Ransom Center for inclusion in the Baylor University-led Browning Project, a multi-repository collaboration aiming to make the compelling love story of the two poets available to scholars and enthusiasts around the globe.
Austin, TX
Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

PROJECT
REVEAL (REad and View English and American Literature) Project
Harry Ransom Center
Digitizing collection materials as part of a one-year initiative to make available archival collections via the Center’s Digital Collections portal.
Austin, TX
Fall 2014

PUBLICATION
“The Inaugural Austin Archives Bazaar: Cross-Repository Outreach in Central Texas”
Article in The Primary Source: Using Archival Collections in Educational Settings, Society of Mississippi Archivists, 33:1 (2014).
November 2014

EVENT
Archives Week 2014
Society of American Archivists – University of Texas Student Chapter

Co-organizer, as SAA-UT President
Austin, TX
October 2014
Archives Week 2014

POSTER PRESENTATION
Celebrating our past, looking forward: the Society of American Archivists – UT Student Chapter
Presented at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting 2014
Washington, DC
August 2014
SAAposter

EXHIBITION
Hipsters, Bohemians and Fellow Travelers
and
Landscape Dichotomies: The Urbanscape and Its Antithesis
Harry Ransom Center
Small case exhibitions highlighting recent scholarly and popular books written with substantial research in the Center’s collections.
Austin, TX
Fall 2014

PRESENTATION
Austin Street Art Archive: Using ArchivesSpace as a Digital Asset Management system for graffiti
Austin Graffiti Archive Presentation [PPT]
Austin Street Art Archive: Using ArchivesSpace as a Digital Asset Management system for graffiti

PROJECT
Archival processing
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Recruited and supervised a student intern responsible for processing records in the Museum’s archives
Summer – Fall 2014

PROJECT
Information Lifecycle Case Study: AustinPost
With Melissa Brown, Laura Fry, Jessica May, and Michelle Roell
Seminar final project
Spring 2014
LifeCycle

PROJECT
Texas Observer Digital Indexing Project
Indexed archived issues of the Texas Observer for inclusion in a free online database.
Spring 2015

INTERVIEW
David W. Floyd, Director, Rural Life Museum Louisiana State University
Museum Studies seminar final project
Spring 2014

PROJECT
Archival processing
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Texas Department of Agriculture Assistant Commissioner of Marketing Records
An Inventory of Assistant Commissioner of Marketing Records, Texas Department of Agriculture, 1994-2011, bulk 2003-2009, undated
Finding aid by Susan Floyd and Monica Lozano (5 cubic feet)
May 2014

POSTER
Serials in Crisis: Questioning Open Access After Schwartz
With Bridgette Balderson
Final presentation in seminar
Fall 2013
Serials in Crisis: Questioning Open Access After Swartz