Internship opportunity – Fellows Engagement Project (Art, Architecture and Engineering Library Special Collections, UM)

This Fellows Engagement Project will enlist the help of two students to develop an exhibition based on a growing collection of 20th-century house catalogs held in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library Special Collections. The catalogs, which focus on residential construction in the midwest from the 1910s through the post-war building boom of the 1950s and ‘60s, tell many stories: the historical story of Michigan’s industrial past transitioning from lumber to automobile; an architectural story about changing patterns and arrangements of domestic space; a sociological story of the gender roles within and outside the household; a racial story of exclusion and expectations; an urban story of the development of suburbia, a transportation story of the impact of the family car on city form and road systems; a technological story as appliances were integrated into the home; a materials story from construction to furnishing to decoration; and a communications story in the visual presentation of house plans and their promise. Through their stories the catalogs chronicle and reveal the development of family, home, and community through the twentieth century. Students involved in the cross-disciplinary project will document, interpret and explain the histories afforded by the catalogs.


Click here to apply for posting #88416.  Applications will be accepted through Sept. 23.