With the Georgia Archives on Clayton State University’s foregrounds, it is no wonder that the university maintains a strong Masters of Archival Studies (MAS) program to attract and polish aspiring scholars like JoyEllen Freeman.
Freeman, a native of Milton, Ga., one year in pursuit of her MAS degree, felt only after her time spent at Clayton State that she was academically prepared to strive for a scholarship to attend the Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) program. Freeman was only one of six who received the Emerging Archival Scholars Program scholarship, which fully paid her involvement in the AERI program. Freeman attributes her accomplishment to Richard Pearce-Moses, MAS program director, and Seth Shaw, MAS program faculty, for helping her better-fine tune her application.
The AERI program ran from July 14 to July 18, with an intensive schedule full of workshops, lectures, discussions, and studies on how to better use new technologies to preserve lasting histories. Freeman travelled to the University of Pittsburgh for this year’s annual session, but the AERI program has taken place in a variety of universities throughout the U.S. since it began in 2009. Presenters came from all around the world.
Freeman is hoping to expand her knowledge on doctoral programs for archivists like herself, which perfectly lines with the AERI program’s objective to foster passion for archival doctoral programs. With her studies, Freeman is intent on helping her community integrate archival materials into the K-12 educational system as well as continue to meticulously attend to her church’s archives in Roswell, Ga.
“Clayton State is the reason why I feel ready for the program,” Freeman says. “I can’t wait to make some great connections, develop friendships, and gain more knowledge about preserving our community archives.”