by Web on October 15, 2018
Millsaps College student Emma Carter spent nine weeks contributing to the work of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Carter preserved, cataloged, and wrote context for videos and movies that convey the history of medicine. An anonymous $1 million endowed gift parents of a 2012 Millsaps College graduate made to the College provided funding for her real-life opportunity.
She also did research, learning more about the Frontier Nursing Service, established in 1925 in Leslie County, Kentucky, to assist women who lived in rural areas where physicians were scarce with pregnancies, childbirth, and childcare.
"I was lucky enough to work with a primary source, the film The Forgotten Frontier," said Carter, who is from Memphis. "As part of my work, I was tasked with determining the copyright status of films that had been most frequently requested by library patrons over the last two decades. I watched part of each film to see if it had a copyright symbol and did further research to determine if the title was in the public domain.
"The Forgotten Frontier made my list, and once I began watching it, I did not stop until I’d seen the entire picture. I started my research after the final scene rolled, trying to learn the story behind the film and its galloping, seemingly fearless nurses."
Carter’s research led to a post on the library’s blog, Circulating Now.
Carter, who is majoring in history with a museum studies minor, said the internship strengthened her research skills using audiovisuals.
Carter is considering her career options.
She serves as a Ford Fellow for Dr. Amy W. Forbes, associate professor of history at Millsaps, and is learning more about the work of a college professor.
Carter and fellow Millsaps student Lily Dorian have teaching fellowships at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson. Carter is considering a career path that would lead to work at a museum—perhaps as a registrar.
"I am definitely exploring my options," she said. "My dream, one that is firmly only seen in my sleep, is to have a career in Europe!
A member of Phi Mu Fraternity, sergeant-at-arms for Honor Council, and a regular participant in Diwali every year at Millsaps, Carter said she selected Millsaps because she felt welcomed.
"I visited twice during events for prospective freshmen and each time I went I was impressed with the students and professors, the campus grounds, and the history department," she said.