"And I intend to scribble in you again."

American illustrator, painter, and muralist Olive Rush wrote the above intention to keep track of her days in her 1890 diary once she found it again. Indeed, she went on to “scribble” about her life and daily activities sporadically through 1932. Her diaries include accounts of going to school, practicing her painting, and hanging out with friends—activities that are noteworthy because of her eventual career as an artist.

2009 Intern Flashback

Now that summer intern season is over, we wanted to share some experiences of former Archives of American Art interns. This is part one of a series of posts by 2009 summer intern Thomas Burns. He composed the following letter and addressed it to Archives staff at the summer’s intern farewell reception.


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