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Palmer School Grad Helps Preserve Titanic Records in National Archives’ New York Office


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University, LIU Post

Bonnie SauerBonnie Sauer is a born organizer. As a high school student with a part-time job in a doctor's office, she found a place for everything and put everything in its place. A few years later, as a student at the Palmer School, she "found it interesting to learn that something I had always done naturally was a profession," she recalled with a laugh.

At the National Archives and Records Administration's regional office in New York, "we have half a city block of records," said Sauer, who graduated from the Palmer School in 2006. She helps keep track of original documents dating back to 1685, photos, maps, court records – a treasure trove of history and culture, accessed by historians, genealogists, lawyers, scholars, government officials, environmentalists and many others.

"One of the best parts of my job is coordinating internships in our office," she said. "I know my own internship here as a Palmer School student was very important, and I enjoy helping to bring in the next generation of students."

Of recent interest has been the National Archives' records in the admiralty case files related to Titanic—including depositions of surviving passengers, blueprints of the ship, claims of loss and photographs. Often in the first person, they tell the story of the sinking in dramatic detail.
Whether working with original records in archives or published works in libraries, library and information science has applications in practically every field, Sauer said – even doctors' offices.
"There are libraries in architectural firms, in law firms, in hospitals, and archivists are needed in more and more industries all the time," she said.  "A Palmer School degree can take you almost anywhere."

Posted 04/18/2012

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