Scope of Fellowship

The Black Craftspeople Digital Archive Summer Fellowship is an intensive, graduate-level introduction to the history and study of Black craftspeople – their lives, experiences, and the objects they created. This year’s fellows push the BCDA’s mission forward by delving into records from the state of New York’s free and enslaved craftspeople.

2021 BCDA Fellows: Investigating New York

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Caitlin Snyder

Snyder is a graduate student at Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta. Through her focus in museum studies, she has explored methods of reinterpreting historical objects in new ways and created educational lessons for local museums. Her areas of research are material culture, as well as public programming and education.

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David Gain

Gain is a current M.A. student at the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta. Interested in museums, he has conducted oral histories and created exhibits that shine a light on local communities during major historical events. His research focuses on material culture and the power of language as it applies to cultural understanding.