Meet the Staff Feature: Records Management Student Worker – Ethan James

For the Record’s “Meet the Staff” feature is an opportunity for our archivists to connect directly with the community which we serve.

Name: Ethan James

Title: Records Management Student Worker

Home Institution: Auburn University at Montgomery

Major: Master of Liberal Arts, History Concentration

What is your academic background?

I am a graduate student at Auburn University at Montgomery working towards my master’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in History. My previous college education began at Marion Military Institute with an associate degree, after which I transferred to The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), where I earned my bachelor’s in history. 

What are you working on day to day as a student worker with the Records Management Section?

My job as a student worker for Records Management centers on scanning local and state documents from counties across Alabama. I have always been passionate about history and working in the Archives is a dream come true since it means I am immersed in my state’s history.

What is the most fun part of this project?

The most fun I have is in learning the history of counties that began in the 1800s and their involvement in the Civil War. Another great aspect is having my bosses support me through my master’s thesis.

What surprised you the most about the records you were digitizing?

The most surprising and interesting fact I discovered is that while General Andrew Jackson was headed to Horseshoe Bend, there was a small battle between General Jackson’s forces and the Red Stick Creeks in Clay County, Alabama. Later engagements like the Battle of Horseshoe Bend are famous, but it seems like the skirmish in Clay County is not as well known.

What’s in store for you in school and in your profession over the next several years?

After I complete my thesis and earn my degree, I plan to teach American History at a community college as I work toward my Ph.D. Eventually, I hope to teach at a four-year institution.

What are your hobbies outside of school and work?

As a graduate student, I really do not have hobbies, but when I have time, I spend that time around people that I cherish most in my life. I also enjoy working out so I can edify my physique and mindset.

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