Photo by Robin M. Katz

Students who visited Brooklyn Historical Society in a Students and Faculty in the Archives class during the 2011 – 2012 school year were invited to apply to the SAFA Summer Fellowship, a rigorous four-week research program. This year’s fellows were selected from a competitive pool of applicants. They represent majors as diverse as English, Architecture, Radiologic Sciences, Advertising Design, and Political Science.

SAFA fellows engage in intensive primary source research, allowing them to build on the critical thinking skills they acquired during their class visits. Fellows also learn more about professional opportunities in museums and archives. By the end of the fellowship, the SAFA fellows produce a small group-curated exhibit, complete an individual scholarly or creative project, and deliver a public presentation.

This year, the fellows’ research in the Gabriel Furman papers resulted in Exploring the Journals of Gabriel Furman, an exhibit that tells the story of one quirky and influential Brooklynite who kept a detailed journal for 40 years of his life.