Visual Materials Processing Archivist Andrea Degener joined WU Libraries in 2011 as an Art & Architecture Library assistant. A graduate of WU’s Master of Fine Arts degree program, Andrea worked as a student assistant in the Art & Architecture Library, the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (DMGHL), and University Archives while pursuing her degree. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts technology from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri.
Tell us a little bit about your job. My job is to describe and organize visual collections within Special Collections. A majority of my time is spent with the illustration archives in the DMGHL.
What projects are you working on these days? Right now, I am preparing digitized tear sheets to be published through Shared Shelf Commons, which is one of the final stages of the CLIR grant. I am also organizing film and photographs from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive in addition to processing the Walter Baumhofer Collection.
Do you have a favorite collection at DMGHL? If I have to choose, my favorite collection would be Al Parker. Every time I work with this collection I discover a new “favorite” piece. His original illustrations are very captivating.
What do you like to do in your free time? I typically like any outdoor activity. I usually go for a run or walk on the weekend, and I just recently started kayaking. Otherwise, you can find me on the couch with my dogs.
Have you read anything good lately? The Passage by Justin Cronin was recently recommended to me. It’s first book of the trilogy, and I can’t seem to put it down.