Meylia Pflaum has recently joined the San Diego Museum of Man as the Assistant Archivist for our CLIR photo cataloging project, Capturing History: Cataloging the San Diego Museum of Man’s Photographic Collection. She comes to us from the University of San Diego with a BA in Anthropology. We are very excited to have Meylia as a member of the Collections Department, as she has already proven to be a great part of our team. In order to help you all get to know her a bit better, here are a few fun questions we asked her to answer.
US: We understand that you were raised here in San Diego. What made San Diego a great place to grow up?
MEYLIA: I like that it is a city that has it all, both in terms of the city and the landscape. There is really easy access to both the desert and the ocean.
US: What do you like the best at working at the San Diego Museum of Man?
MEYLIA: I like the people that work here.
US: Thus far, what is your favorite photo that you have seen during your work on Capturing History?
MEYLIA: The bathing beauties!
US: How did you first get interested in Anthropology?
MEYLIA: During my freshman year at CSU San Marcos, there was a core requirement class about cultural anthropology. We watched a video depicting anthropologists making first contact with an isolated culture. It just hooked me. I had never thought about those types of interactions between such different cultures before.
US: What is the best part of the Capturing History project?
MEYLIA: I think it is the sense of accomplishment. I feel good when I finish cataloging a group of photos. Plus I get to see really cool images!
US: Ok, what is the worst part?
MEYLIA: Working out all the kinks in the technological aspects of the project.
US: Finally, sum yourself up in one word.