MonticelloTitle: Curatorial Intern

Supervisors: Carrie Taylor, Collections Manager, and Leah Stearns, Digital Media Specialist

20ce27fThrough an internship working jointly with two departments, I updated and edited images and metadata through LUNA Imaging software to best store and display Monticello’s vast collection of images. I further developed collections management and cataloging skills, and gained exposure to the digital humanities and the great benefit technology can provide to the study of history and to the daily operations of historic house museums.

LUNA allows Monticello to store images from all departments in one, searchable database and manages rights and availability of these images, but is dependent upon clean metadata to be useful. I corrected and managed metadata for thousands of images, imposing a consistent and user-friendly standard across the database to improve functionality, and added hundreds of images to the database following this standard.

Because I worked across departments, I also gained exposure to the marketing and publicity operations of a large-scale historic house museum like Monticello. I managed photo releases for the July 4th Naturalization Ceremony and learned about marketing aspects like branding, newsletters, and fundraising.

Skills Developed:

  • LUNA Imaging software
  • Metadata management and best practices
  • Image management: scanning from negatives, slides, and prints, Photoshop