Melissa Hozik

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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It is great to be back at HSP, this time in a more formal role as Rights and Reproductions Coordinator.  I oversee all the requests for images for use in research, publications, and exhibitions.  While a lot of paperwork is involved in the process, there are some tasks that have taught me more about HSP and its holdings.


When deciding what to do for coursework this summer at Drexel University (I am a library and information science graduate student), I decided that I wanted to complete a practicum in an archival setting.  It seemed like few places were hiring, and I was worried that I would not find a practicum site before classes began.  However, I found the Summer Archives Intern posting on HSP’s website, right before the application due date.   Just days later, Cary Majewicz and Matthew Lyons were interviewing me, and a few days after that, I was offered the position.


I never thought that when working as an Archives Intern at HSP I would come across a collection that had some personal resonance.  But when handed the Robert Proud collection to process, I learned that history can connect to one’s life in bizarre ways.

Portrait of Robert Proud

Portrait of Robert Proud, print of phototype by Gutekunst (undated)

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