Mentor: Elise Lecompte
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I am a senior in Anthropology and am currently applying to graduate schools in hopes of getting my masters and perhaps even a PhD in Anthropology and museum studies. This program is a perfect learning experience to prepare me for what I will be doing in grad school in terms of research, dissertations, and having a faculty member critiquing my work along the way."
Hobbies and Interests
Marion Gilliland Key Marco Collection Finding Aid
Over the summer and during fall semester I have been doing research in the Florida Museum of Natural History's Registrars office working through the anthropologist, Marion Gilliland’s Collection. This collection provided the bulk of the information on the Calusa maritime tribe, which thrived in the estuaries of Southwest Florida. This information is presented in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s South Florida exhibit. Marion Gilliland wrote her masters thesis on the Frank Hamilton Cushing Key Marco expedition and I am currently reading through an eight box collection of correspondences between other influential Southwest Florida and Calusa tribe researches, all of Marion Gilliland’s books, essays, photographs, and conference papers/presentations, in an attempt to make a finding aid for the collection. A finding aid, usually created by a museum archivist, will help future researchers gain quicker access to all of the materials within the collection and help any further research projects on maritime culture, the Calusa tribe, and questions of pre-colonial contact.