The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is proud to announce the members of the Learning Lab cohort for this year. While there was a large pool of applicants, these six extraordinary undergraduate students were chosen due to their high academic accomplishments, willingness to learn new skills, and enthusiasm for applying their disciplines to research with primary source documents from our collections.
Jordan Daniels, senior majoring in Art History and Visual Studies with minor in Business and minor in Communications, will process and research the collection of Adalin Wichman Fashion Illustrations, 1960s-1970s. Wichman was a Lexington artist who created fashion illustrations for local department stores.
Hayley Harlow, senior majoring in Art History with minor in Vocal Performance with minor in Modern and Classical Languages, Literature, & Cultures, will process and research the James Guthrie Papers, 1899-1952. James Guthrie was a printmaker and book designer in England and the Special Collections Research Center maintains the largest collection of his work in the world.
Alyssa Mertka, junior majoring in English with a minor in Modern and Classical Languages (Latin), will further enhance our understanding of our collection of Medieval Manuscripts in the collection.
Dealla Samadi, junior with dual majors in Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in French, will translate and study the Jean-Paul Sartre Journal, undated. Dealla will uncover the secrets of a previously unpublished journal from the famous existential philosopher.
Brandon Steele, junior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, will process and research the J. B. O'Bannon Federal Narcotic Record Book, 1915-1934. Brandon hopes to find connections between the history of narcotic presscriptions to better understand today's opioid epidemic.
Taylor Sturgill, junior with a major in Neuroscience, will process and research two collections of prescriptions and medicinal formulations from the 19th century. Through testing and analysis, Taylor plans to explore evolution in illness and medicine through analyzing the carbon skeletal structure and intended use of historical medicinal formulations, and comparing that to what is currently being used.