First Advisor

Cristine Paschild

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Applied Linguistics and University Honors


Applied Linguistics


Exhibitions -- Design, Charles M. White -- Art collections -- Exhibitions, Young Americans for Freedom, Art -- Exhibitions -- Political aspects -- United States, Nationalism and art -- United States




The goal of the "Conservatism in a Revolutionary Era" project was to develop an exhibit of certain Americanism documents while exploring the challenges of exhibit-making with regard to the political nature of the Collection. Exhibit-making involves the study, curation, description, and display of archives for public consumption, and this paper will include reflections on my experiences in each phase of that process. Firstly, I will introduce the Collection and the Young Americans for Freedom organization which I centered in the exhibit. Secondly, I will address why I chose this project and how I arrived at the current juncture. Thirdly, I will lay out the intellectual framework of the project by introducing secondary source material (from both archive science and linguistics discourse communities) which inspired my thinking. Fourthly, I will give a brief description of the method by which I developed the exhibit. Finally, I will synthesize the project by applying my commentary to the secondary sources and delving deeper into my experiences through a reflective discussion.


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