Kora Welsh began volunteering with AJHS-Boston in January 2013 as part of the cooperative education, or co-op, program at Northeastern University. In the program, students alternate semesters between internships and classes. When her semester at AJHS – “which I had greatly enjoyed” – ended, she stayed to work on additional AJHS projects.
Since then, the native New Yorker (of Chinese, Irish, German, and Hungarian heritage) has helped to process a variety of collections in the archives, an opportunity she relishes. Her favorite part of the job, Kora says, is “trying to piece together, from the fragments of scattered information in a collection, a more complete sense of the family or the organization for researchers to discover and explore.” The best things that she herself has discovered in the archives are the photographs in family papers, “which I consider fabulous, and often unique, records of the way life was at a certain point in time.”
When she’s not at AJHS, Kora can be found at her part-time job at the JFK Presidential Library, where she assists remote researchers with their reference questions in the audiovisual archives, or at Northeastern, where she is entering her final year. She will graduate with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public History.
Kora, who has been “avidly involved with music for as long as [she] can remember,” also sings in the University’s chorus and tutors in the writing center.