LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 2012


As a recipient of the 2012 Summer Research Grant from Duquesne University's Department of English, I traveled to Washington D.C. to explore 18th century military manuals and first editions of Mark Twain's short story "A Horse's Tale" in the Library of Congress' Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room.

Based on my archival research at the Library of Congress, I wrote Into the Archive: A Student Advisor Discovers Her Purpose in a File Drawer” which appeared in the Fall 2012 Sigma Tau Delta Newsletter (Please click title to access online article).

After my productive experiences at the Library of Congress archives, I wrote “ ‘more noise than fire—more smoke than music’ : Constructing National Identity in The Letters of John and Abigail Adams,” which I presented at the Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C. during March 2013. I also wrote “ ‘Lazy Indolent Rascals’: Deciphering the Civil War Diary of Military Musician John H. Morrison,” which I presented at the Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in Chicago, IL during April 2014.

Please feel free to click through the gallery images of my adventures in D.C.