With an interest in pursuing library and archive sciences as a future career, I was excited by the opportunity to dive into the L-A-D Foundation’s history. From the materials, I learned all sorts of things such as the forces behind the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Leo Drey’s many philanthropic ventures, and the value of Missouri’s gorgeous forests and rivers. Plus, I know more about the forestry industry than I could have ever imagined I would.
Perhaps most valuable was the expansion of my familiarity with work regarding historical documents. I learned how to catalog and protect everything in the archive, and worked with Mizzou’s esteemed history professor Susan Flader to help make the organization’s history accessible to those looking to dive in. My experience with the L-A-D Foundation furthered my interest in historical research and enabled me to continue learning with an internship with the ACLU of Missouri in the fall. The AMCS community has been so supportive of my archival work, and I’m grateful for the department’s encouragement to continue exploring American history by going straight to the source.