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Center for Archival Research and Training (CART)

Descriptions of projects by current and former CART fellows

2023 Fellowship

Fellowship Information and Schedule

The main components of the fellowship during the academic year will include archival processing, exhibition curation, public programming, participating in the UCSC Graduate Research Symposium, and ongoing collection research to support the above. The Fellow will be trained in archival theory and practice during Fall quarter, with ongoing training, discussion, and immersion in the University Library’s Special Collections & Archives department throughout the year.

  • Fall 2023: Orientation, meeting with staff, reading archival theory, training in archival practice, begin archival processing
  • Winter 2024: Continue archival processing, research other archival collections, develop public programming
  • Spring 2024: Finish collections work, curate exhibition and related programming, write final report


Archival Processing

One main component of the CART fellowship is receiving training in foundational and contemporary archival theory and practices, and putting those skills into hands-on practice by conducting archival processing on collections. Getting trained in processing work with CART builds a foundational understanding of how archival collections are created, organized, and presented, which graduate Fellows can use to improve their own archival research skills.

Archival processing includes surveying, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to collections in the UCSC Special Collections & Archives. Fellows are trained by a professional archivist in established standards of the profession.

The following collections will be available for the CART Fellow to make available through archival processing:


Nina Graboi papers


Born Gusti Nina Graboi in Vienna in 1918, Nina escaped Nazi occupation in the late 1930s, living as a refugee in Europe before immigrating to the United States with her husband and settling in New York in the early 1940s. Through the 1950s and 60s, Graboi studied theology and meditation, Buddhism and Hinduism, and psychedelics, becoming close friends with Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and Alan Watts. She moved to Santa Cruz in 1979, where she worked for UCSC math professor Ralph Abraham and lectured on connections between spirituality and the psychedelic experience until her death in 1999.

The 17 box collection of Nina Graboi’s personal papers range from the 1960s to the 1990s, and include Graboi’s written materials, correspondence (including correspondence with Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and Albert Hofmann), photographs, posters, Graboi’s office files, and audiovisual media.


Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) records 



Established in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is a national organization whose ongoing mission is to secure and maintain the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry. The leaders and members of the JACL also work to promote cultural, educational and social values and preserve the heritage and legacy of the Japanese American community. The Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter of the JACL has played a vital role in the history of the Japanese community in the Pajaro Valley over the last several decades.

This collection of 5 boxes contains the records of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. The records include meeting minutes, conference materials, newsletters, and interviews of organizational leaders, members and WWII Nisei veterans. 

Learn more about the JACL on their website, and the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL chapter website.


Exhibition Curation

The Fellow will curate a public exhibition in the Third Floor Gallery of McHenry Library during Spring 2024. This exhibition will highlight collection materials in Special Collections & Archives, and may include materials the Fellow has processed. The Fellow will have time throughout the year to research the collections stewarded by the library, and work with staff to develop themes, modules, and exhibition text for display in Spring.




Public Programming

In collaboration with archives staff, the CART Fellow will develop and facilitate at least one event or public program during the academic year. This could be a guest lecture, reading discussion, workshop, film screening, colloquium, etc.

Some examples of past programs include:



UCSC Research Symposium



The CART Fellow will participate in the annual UCSC Graduate Research Symposium in Spring 2024. They will present on the research they’ve done with CART in McHenry Library, either in a short talk, research poster presentation, or alternative media presentation

Past CART Fellows & Projects



Yulia Gilich: Ingeborg Gerdes Photographs and Papers

Brittney Jimenez: Florence Wyckoff Papers, William MacKenzie Papers

Riley Collins and Summer Sullivan: William H. Friedland Papers

Carrie Hamilton: California Farm Reporter Records


Jazmin Benton: "See you when I see you...": Black Student Life at UCSC 1965-present

Katie Ligmond: Viva los Libros: Latinx Artist Books in UCSC Special Collections

Christina Ayson Plank: Watsonville is in the Heart Oral History Interviews (exhibit: More than their Labor: Sites of Manong Labor and Leisure in the Pajaro Valley)

Sienna Ballou and Joseph Finkel: Miriam C. and Raymond C. Rice Papers

Anny Mogollón and Jacob Stone: Yamashita Family Papers


Brock Stuessi: Sara Halprin Interviews of Seema Weatherwax (exhibit: Echoes of Seema)

Joseph Finkel: "If I had to live my life over again, I would be a botanist": John Cage's Mycology Collection

Anny Mogollón: seeds and whispers: a glimpse into the Karen Tei Yamashita Papers

Eric Sneathen: Another Renga


Christian Alvarado and Patrick King: Hayden White Papers

Emily Travis: Kay Metz Papers

Vivian Underhill: Frederick A. Hihn Records


Jessica Calvanico, Morgan Gates, Hannah Newburn, Nicholas Whittington: Trianon Press Archive (exhibit)

Wyatt Young: Grateful Dead Artwork



Jay Arms, Madison Heying, and Jon Myers: Other Minds Records (exhibit)

Alessia Cecchet and Gabriel Mindel: Grateful Dead Business Records (exhibit)


Celebrating Innovation

Alina Ivette Fernandez: UCSC Feminist Studies and Women of Color Research Cluster Records

Megan Martenyi, LuLing Osofsky, and Alex Ullman: Shakespeare Santa Cruz Records

Maggie Wander: Ray Dasmann Papers


Reading Nature

Danielle Crawford: Ken Norris Papers

Alex Moore and Christine Turk: Lick Observatory Records


Activism in the Archives

crystal am nelson: Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones Photographs and Papers

Melissa Eriko Poulsen: Karen Tei Yamashita Papers

Samantha Williams: John Thorne Papers