Huntington Library

Notre Dame American Studies Internship at The Huntington Library Each summer the Department of American Studies arranges for one rising senior to intern at the world renowned Huntington Library in San Marino, CA (, assisting Dr. Peter Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History. Past interns have worked with George Catlin’s drawings, 19th century railroad baron correspondence, and Gold Rush era diaries, art, and print culture. They have helped develop major exhibits, analyzed archival materials, and cataloged written and visual materials. Specific projects for each intern are designed by Dr. Blodgett based on his needs but also on the student’s own research interests. This internship offers unparalleled exposure to the operation of a premier research library and to unique resources for the study of American history and culture. For those interested in further training (in history, museums, public history, and the like) a Huntington internship would represent not only sustained exposure to professional-level activities but also a significant addition to the resume. Professor Coleman recommends students to Dr. Blodgett directly; please see her if you are interested.


2013 AMST Major - AUBREY BUTTS (above)



I spent the summer interning in the manuscripts department of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California (just outside of LA). I mostly located potential exhibit sources and evaluated their relevance to a future National Parks-related library exhibit, though I also spent a fair bit of time wandering around the gorgeous gardens. My American Studies background absolutely helped me to approach this research with confidence, and it helped to be able to think about the founding of the National Park Service from several different angles, identifying biases and assumptions that were at play during the construction of the different narratives.