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Lindsey Gant Selected as Library Outstanding Student Worker of the Year!

Lindsey Gant has worked in the library for the past two years. This year, she was not only selected as the Library Student Worker of the Year but she was also a finalist for Outstanding Student Worker for the entire university! Lindsey switched from working in the Digital Initiatives Department to working in Special Collections and University Archives last fall and has been a huge help.

(Lindsey with her award and fancy chocolates!)

Lindsey has worked on many important projects for us. We received a large grant from NHPRC to organize, describe, and make available our archival collections to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Lindsey has helped by assisting members of the Special Collections team with creating finding aids for at least eighteen collections. These finding aids are published online through the Online Archive of California.

Collections that Lindsey has worked on include:

Churches of Christ Church Programs and Weekly Bulletins 1948-1968

Fetzer (Joel S.) Papers 1983-2012

George Pepperdine College Records 1937-1970s

Morris M. Womack Research Materials on J.P. Sanders 1970s-1980s

Pepperdine University Accreditation Collection 1953-1993

Pepperdine University Archives Publications

Pepperdine University Bulletins, Catalogs and Schedule of Classes 1937-2012

Pepperdine University Convocations, Founder’s Day and Presidential Inaugurations collection 1958-2006

Pepperdine University Credits Committee Records 1967-1996

Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management Records 1968-2013

Pepperdine University Management Committee (UMC) Records 1992-2008

Pepperdine University Operations Planning Committee (OPS) Records 1974-1987

Pepperdine University Policy Committee (UPOL) Records 1983-1992

Pepperdine University School of Law Records 1969-2013

Pepperdine University School of Public Policy Records 1996-2013

Sanders (J.P.) Sermons 1973-1986

Sigmon (Loyd C.) Papers 1945-2008

Southern California Youth Citizenship Seminar Records 1983-2005

Lindsey also played a key role in preparing for our “Becoming America: An Exhibition of Colonial Documents” exhibit which was on display from October, 2012 to April, 2013. She did research for captions and helped with the layout of the materials.

She researched four of our Pepperdine audio recordings which needed to be digitized. She searched through old issues of the Graphic to locate information regarding their context to write about their significance. We submitted her descriptions to the California Audiovisual Preservation Project which digitizes recordings with statewide significance. All four recordings were selected for digitization based on Lindsey’s research, ability to make a strong case for their statewide significance, and need for preservation.

Lindsey also attended the 7th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar in October 2012. She served as a representative for our department answering questions about our collections and services that we provide.

(Lindsey and Katie Richardson exhibit some of the materials from Special Collections and University Archives at the Archives Bazaar)

Lindsey has been a wonderful employee. She has all of the qualities we look for in an amazing student worker. She is always on time, friendly, reliable, detail-oriented, flexible, and an excellent writer. She has a strong desire to preserve history for future generations and is passionate about what our department does.  If you see Lindsey around campus, please congratulate her on this award!

For questions about Special Collections and University Archives or job opportunities in the department, please contact Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu

A Student’s Perspective: What It Was Like Working In Special Collections

Catie Golitzin, a freshman at Pepperdine, has worked in Special Collections and University Archives as a Student Assistant since last fall. Over the past 7 months, Catie has played an important role in our department. She paged materials for researchers, scanned images, and worked on many special projects including creating finding aids for the Webster Family Papers, the Rindge and Adamson Family Papers, and the Associated Women for Pepperdine Records. Catie is leaving to study in Italy, but before she goes, we asked her to talk about a few projects that she enjoyed working on. Here is what she had to say:

From the beginning of my time here in October, I was researching genealogical databases and historical articles online in order to learn more about the Webster family of Malibu.  It was fascinating to look through census documents online which mentioned John Webster’s immigration into the US from Scotland.  (I took a detour to research the immigration of my own great-grandparents from Russia!)  Included in the collection itself are several cards and letters from young Bill Webster to his parents from camp, usually asking for more allowance and even a horse!

A letter sent by Bill Webster asking his parents for a horse, 1923.

A truly eye-opening collection was the Rindge and Adamson family papers. To briefly sum up the Rindges’ story:  Frederick Hastings Rindge—businessman, philanthropist, and writer—bought the property that is now Malibu and some of the surrounding area in the late 1800s and made it his family ranch, alongside his wife, Rhoda May Knight Rindge, where they would raise four children. The collection spans from 1891-1967 and sheds light on what led to the development of present day Malibu.  Working with this collection, I was able to handle the actual legal documents, correspondence, and handwritten notes kept by the family.

In this collection, I especially enjoyed reading Frederick Rindge’s poetic musings on nature, written on scraps of paper in the late 1890s.  Some gems include:

“The baby horned toads are the essence of chubbiness.”

“Here grows the fig tree, the only tree I know of which has no blossom but yet bears fruit.  Here also will grow the almond whose peculiarity, noted in the Scriptures, is that when in blossom is a mass of pure white, with no tinge of pink as in other trees.”

An example of a poem written by Frederick Rindge.

The collection I did the most work for, besides the Rindge and Adamson family papers, was Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP).  AWP funds scholarships for active Church of Christ students—including some of my friends here—by hosting year-round events such as bake sales, auctions, dinners, etc.  It was amazing and humbling to see how much work goes into this kind of organization, and to see how motivated the women are to provide education for their students—especially as I too am a scholarship recipient, although from a different organization.  I enjoyed looking at some of the scrapbooks and newsletters, and it was also fun to piece together some “detective work” when writing the Historical Note for the finding aid.

Cover of a scrapbook from the 1960s.


Inside the scrapbook is a sketch of George Pepperdine.

I would like to thank the Special Collections and University Archives for the privilege to work alongside them this year.  It has been a pleasure to learn more about Malibu and Pepperdine history, and to learn about the behind-the-scenes of archival processing.  I encourage students to come visit—anyone can research these materials by simply contacting Katie Richardson at katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu—or, even better, apply to be the new student assistant!