ACLU-MO Internship Presentations

Last week, the ACLU-MO internship project celebrated the close of another semester with presentations from three student interns and an exhibit of some of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Records.

Audience enjoying an informal discussion during the ACLU-MO event. December 13, 2018.

Lizzie Franclemont, who was the ACLU-MO project intern for Spring 2018, gave the first presentation, discussing what she had learned from her first foray into archival research. You can read more about Lizzie’s research, which focused on privacy concerns in the ACLU records, in our previous blog post.

Lizzie Franclemont discussing her work on the ACLU-MO project. December 13, 2018.

Lizzie’s presentation was followed by a presentation by Natalie Hilmer, one of the two Fall 2018 interns, who discussed her research into police shootings in the 1940s-1980s. Jordan Dubin, her co-intern during Fall 2018, gave the final presentation on his work on Roger N. Baldwin and the St. Louis origins of the ACLU. You can read more about their research here.

Natalie Hilmer (front center) and Jordan Dubin (right) with the documents they worked with over the Fall. December 13, 2018.

After the presentations, attendees enjoyed snacks and were able to chat informally with the students about their work. Local History Curator Miranda Rectenwald had set up a display of some of the archives the students had been working with in the Special Collections Reading Room, and the students shared some of the more interesting files with their guests.

We are Currently Accepting Applications for New Interns!

The academic internships are open to students enrolled in any local college or university.  For more information on the Spring 2019 internship opportunity, or to apply, please check out our current posting

Students look over the ACLU records. December 13, 2018.

In 2017 a collaborative academic internship program was formed with Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections and the ACLU of Missouri.   In preparation for the ACLU’s centennial in 2020, students are working to better describe and document the local affiliate’s earliest history.  Student interested in more information, including openings and eligibility, can contact Miranda Rectenwald mrectenwald [at] or Daniela Velazquez dvelazquez [at]


About the author

Rose is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on her dissertation on post-1945 asylum novels or blogging about the amazing materials in Special Collections, she fills much of her time reading, writing, gardening, and wrestling.