A Lifetime of Leadership – An Intern’s Experience Working on the Merdinger Collection

My name is Lisa Padgett, and I am a MLIS student at San Jose State University.

This semester I interned at the US Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, California. The last few months have been a fantastic learning experience working on the Dr. Charles J. Merdinger collection. My task was to complete processing, do preservation as needed, complete the inventory, create a finding aid, digitize the collection and create an exhibit to be posted on-line.

Ingi Blog 12-14-2015 Photo 1The finding aid and slides that Lisa worked on for the Merdinger Project

Dr. Merdinger led an amazing life. He was an ensign on the USS Nevada at Pearl Harbor, served in the CEC in Panama, Alaska, Japan, and Vietnam. He was also a Rhodes Scholar and a published author. Later he became President of Washington College and Deputy Director at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and so much more. It has been my privilege to bring his story to light for the public.

Captain Merdinger accepting key to new hangar from Mr. C.J. Mark , Vice President, Continental Heller Corporation. Note, description is scratched out with pen so information may not be correct.

Captain Merdinger accepting key to new hangar from Mr. C.J. Mark , Vice President, Continental Heller Corporation. Note, description is scratched out with pen so information may not be correct.

This was an ambitious project to try complete in only 135 hours of the internship, and will probably require many more hours to see it through to the end. But the process has been one of the most rewarding and educational parts of my MLIS program. Many thanks to Ingi House, and the rest of the wonderful staff, of the US Navy Seabee Museum, for letting me be a part of this project. Thank you!

Ingi Scrapbook

Page of a scrapbook from the collection that Lisa scanned.

Lisa Padgett was an intern for the Seabee Museum during the Fall 2015 Semester.

For more information on becoming an intern with the Seabee Museum please contact Hanako Wakatsuki-Chong at hanako.wakatsuki-cho@navy.mil

 

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