Donald Peterson Student Travel Award: Colin Post

Colin Post, a student in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science and the Art Department, is the 2015 recipient of the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award. Established in 2005, the award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the organization, such as presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

At the SAA Annual Meeting, Post will participate in the Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and will present his research paper “Voices From Every Angle: An Approach to Archiving the Event.” The paper details a project Post is working on with two master of fine arts students to develop a new way to document performative and ephemeral art, with the artist and the archivist working together to create a short set of questions to present to viewers of the artwork. The archivist will then use these questions to record conversations with the viewers and document many perspectives of the artwork, creating a living document of the ephemeral piece.

The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award was established in 2005 and honors the memory of New York lawyer and philatelist Donald Peterson.