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Thinking Global: Katie Snyder ’15 helps with antique globe archiving and research

Katie Snyder ’15 immersed herself in the world of antique globes this summer.

Snyder was seeking an internship at a museum, but she received an offer from Omniterrum, a company that sells globes in a store in Lynchburg. The story also helps museums acquire antique globes with historical significance. Once she walked in, Snyder knew she was ready to accept the offer.

0807 Katie Snyder Omniterrum-1017“I wasn’t expecting to see all these cool, antique globes,” Snyder said. “It doesn’t look like a shop. It looks like a museum, which I really like.”

Kim Soerensen, the owner of Omniterrum, assigned Snyder to work on archiving old documents related to globes—owner’s manuals, advertisements, sales tags, patents, letters about patent disputes, and more. “She wants them available for anyone doing research, or who is just interested in globes,” Snyder said. “But they are also there for documentation and preservation purposes too.”

She also worked on contacting the family of a historic globe maker who recently passed away to inquire about making archives of his documents.

Snyder, who is majoring in classics and in art, with an emphasis in art history and museum studies, said that archiving is not always the most exciting work, but it is an important part of documenting history. Having this assignment on her resume will demonstrate to graduate schools and future employers that she is not deterred by the sometimes tedious tasks that accompany research and museum work. “I’m willing to have the patience to do what needs to be done,” she said.

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