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Alumnus Enjoys National Archives Position


Corbin Apkin ’13 always enjoyed learning about history. But it wasn’t until he took his first history class at MCLA that he decided to make it his major. Now, he’s an archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Md.

“I'm very passionate about learning more about our past and how we got to where we are,” Apkin explained. “I've always been very interested in looking at how different historians view and interpret history, and it continues to fuel my interest in the subject.”

After MCLA, Apkin attended Simmons College in Boston. Interested in working with primary source historical materials, he decided to pursue a Master of Library Science degree, with a concentration in archives management. 

As an archivist in the cartographic branch of the National Archives, Apkin works with maps, charts, architectural drawings and blueprints.

“I process records that the National Archives has received from other government agencies. The goal is to make these materials accessible for the public, so I arrange the materials in a way that makes them easy to use, apply preservation actions when needed, and describe them so researchers can find what they’re looking for.”

The position, Apkin continued, “is definitely my dream job. I'm very passionate and excited about the work I get to do. Being able to work hands on with records that mean so much to our history and tell the story of our past is an amazing experience. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

While at MCLA, Apkin was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society. He also participated in the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

“This was an amazing and important experience for me. I was able to choose a topic that I was interested it, conduct in-depth research, and present my findings to peers, the school and my community,” he explained.

His academic experience at MCLA, Apkin said, “was truly amazing.”

“The quality of teaching was tremendous,” he said. “My professors made it so easy for me to learn complex subjects and events. Their passion for their work translated into their teaching, and in turn made me more passionate toward learning about history.”

In addition, “the history professors provided me with all the necessary skills I needed to analyze and learn about historical subjects, and I apply these skills in my work all the time. My history experience at MCLA influences my understanding of the work I do now and I am very grateful for that.

“I would absolutely recommend MCLA to others, particularly those interested in history. MCLA always felt like a tight knit community to me, especially in the history department. Being able to go through the history program with many of the same people allowed me to get to know others who were just as passionate about history as I, which really enriched my experience.”