This post comes from Roman Block, Student Archives Assistant in the Historical Collections & Archives.
Hi everyone! My name is Roman Block and I’m thrilled to be one of the newest members joining Historical Collections & Archives (HC&A) as a student archives assistant! I was raised and currently live in Canby, a small town south of Portland. I recently finished my undergraduate studies at Portland State, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in history and focused on Chinese history. Currently, I’m a student at Emporia State University, where I am enrolled in their Master of Library & Information Science program.
History has always been an integral part of my life, beginning when I was a child and my grandmother would tell me stories about living through the depression, World War II, and moving to Oregon to find agricultural work. I fell in love with librarianship while working at the PSU library and it was my experience as a worker and student that conveyed the possibility of working with history through archives. I quickly became focused on participating in archival work wherever I could and began to regularly work at my local historical society and assisted with an oral history project for the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest for my senior capstone project.
With joining HC&A, I’m incredibly excited to embark on my journey of working tangibly with history and participating in the preservation of artifacts, collections, and oral histories and furthering my education. I hope to continue to work as an archivist after I finish my education, but for now, I’m eager to have a hand in preserving the history of OHSU!