Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Introduction: John Esh, Student Assistant

by John Esh

Hi everyone. My name is John and I’ve just started as a student assistant here in the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives. After spending several years living across the United States, I finally settled down in Portland to begin my academic endeavors. I graduated from Portland State University in 2016 with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in French (the latter completed while studying abroad at l'Université de Poitiers), with the intent to work as an archaeologist on the Pacific Northwest coast.

After graduation, I came to the conclusion that I would rather spend my time curating cultural artifacts after they’d been brought back from various sites, rather than be the one who spent hours in the field. So I decided to pursue an MLIS with an archival focus at Emporia State University (much like several of the other past and present student workers here). As well as working here, I volunteer at Lewis & Clark’s archives (taking over a project that Rosie started there) and also barista and bartend.

When I graduate, I’m hoping to find work in a museum, anthropological department, or historical society working with artifact collections. While here at OHSU, as well as processing more document focused collections, it looks like I’ll be helping to organize and process some of the fascinating medical tools and objects in the artifact collection, putting my archaeological skills to good use. I’m more than looking forward to sharing some of my favorite finds with you here on this blog.

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