During the first semester of my internship, I continued work that I had begun as a Graduate Assistant in Bryn Mawr's Collections. I worked with a set of more than 700 "fictile ivories"—plaster casts made in the late nineteenth century from notable (and sometimes not so notable) carved ivory objects in European collections. I updated database material on these objects, and photographed each one. One of the most interesting parts of this project was finding the original ivories in order to update the database bibliographies—museum names have changed, objects in private collections have transferred hands, and some of the originals have been destroyed. So finding the originals was like a bit of detective work.
In the second semester of my internship, I worked at the American Philosophical Society, a block away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Since my background includes extensive knowledge of French language and culture, my project at the APS involved preliminary research for a proposed upcoming exhibition on French natural history. I researched decorative arts objects related to natural history discoveries in the eras around the French Revolution and Napoleon. Although I had general knowledge related to these topics, I learned a tremendous amount about this period and about decorative arts, all of which turned out to be quite fascinating and renewed my appreciation for this culture and my love for the French language.