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Posted on August 2, 2012

Portrait of Mariah O'Connor.Miriah O’Connor ’12 worked as a Summer 2012 intern in the Thomas & Katherine Detre Library and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

As part of her internship, O’Connor transcribed the diary of Theresa O’Brien, an army officer’s wife from New Castle, Pa., who witnessed the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War.

O’Connor also penned an article about Theresa O’Brien that appears in the summer 2012 edition of Western Pennsylvania History, a quarterly magazine published by the History Center. 

“My experience (as an intern at the History Center) was both enjoyable and educational, because I got a real idea of what a working archives is like,” says O’Connor, who earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Cal U. “I loved working with the O'Brien diary, and I hope to continue utilizing it in the future.” 

O’Connor’s article appears here with the permission of the Heinz History Center: