I started my internship at the American Crafts Council in Minneapolis. It is located in the historic Grain Belt Brewery.
The Council was founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborne Webb, to both promote and educate people in the crafts. Crafts are differentiated by utility, not style. Crafts are useable (or not so much) – like tapestries, mosaics, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, etc.
The ACC library contains thousands of non-circulating books and magazines. They also house the archives of several crafts organizations: American Craft Council (1941-present), Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990), World Crafts Council (1964-present) ,and the Craft Students League of New York (1932-2005).
They have a growing digital collection online. I am entering descriptions, which entails research, for conferences held by the ACC in the 1960s. I have finished my first set, which included a surprise at the end. All of the photos, with the exception of two, were credits to Don Normark. One of these exceptions included a man that I had not seen an any of the other photographs. Through some sleuthing, I was able to deduce it was the photographer Normark. It was satisfying.
I am using ContentDM and the Library of Congress authorities. I have conference books to refer to, plus some of the photos have names written on the back. The environment is lovely and quiet, and I am left free to work. My supervising librarian is helpful and said I have made no mistakes.
I look forward to starting my next set of conference photos tomorrow. I am having a blast!
Here is the link to my first collection (mine are the 4th annual ACC Conferences photos -> http://digital.craftcouncil.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15785coll6