MSU Museum Cultural Collections Research Assistant
Majors: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) and the History Department
Berkley is a cultural collections research assistant at the MSU Museum. Her internship is focused on assisting with cultural collections care, writing posts for the website to make collections more accessible to the public, and conducting research on quilts from the collections with Marsha MacDowell, MSU Museum curator of Folk Arts and Quilt Studies.
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Where are you from? East Lansing, MI
What is you major and academic year? I am a senior in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) and the history department
What interested you in your position at the MSU Museum? I love working hands on with collections and archival materials, and conducting research. It's always amazing what you're able to see and hold on a daily basis in the museum collections. As a history double major, it's also a great way to explore another side of the field.
How long have you been working with the MSU Museum? I began working for folk arts curator Dr. Marsha MacDowell on quilt research in December of 2020, but I just began work in Museum Collections September of 2021. I am continuing to work directly with Marsha conducting research on new quilt acquisitions.
What is your favorite part of your work? I love being in the spaces where the collections themselves are. Being able to open cabinets and explore the pieces in various collections reminds me that you never know what you may come across during your work day, which is very exciting. It reminds me why I love working here and more generally in museum/collection spaces! Everywhere you look you continue to learn and explore new things.
What is your favorite exhibit at the MSU Museum? The new “Tracked & Traced” exhibit is fantastic, as well as “Beyond Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics”. I love reading Afrofuturism, and having worked in Special Collections I'm very aware of how lucky we are to have the largest comic book collection in North America right here at MSU!
What do you do in your free time? I love seeing my friends and enjoying time outside. In colder months I enjoy reading, watching movies, and playing my guitar and viola.
What is your dream job? My dream is to work in museum collections and curation. Combining research with public history would be a dream come true.