Darcy Gimaldo Grigsby, Professor

These apprenticeships are part of a campus-wide project in 2020 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the passage of a resolution by the Board of Regents enabling the admission of women to the University of California. Undergraduate research apprentices will explore the 150-year history of women at Cal through a particular lens agreed upon with their faculty instructor. At the semester’s end, the students’ research may be presented at poster sessions and may be featured on a website published by the University.

Closed (1) For Want of Color. Handpainted photography

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

My new book is a meditation on the strange tenderness of handcolored photographs. Although I consider professional studio work, I focus on amateur practice of painting directly onto black and white photographs from the 1860s to 1950s. Research entails locating pertinent sources such as paint kits, how-to books and manuals. I have now assembled a large collection of photographs that will be the subject of my book and hopefully a future exhibition.

TASKS: Independent research and collaborative meetings. Inventorying my large collection of handcolored photographs, documenting their country of origin, dates, and inscriptions usually on their backs. Conducting Primary and secondary research online; use of Interlibrary Loan; research of images online. Gathering of bibliography, annotated bibliography and compilation of sources.

Qualifications: My project is wide-ranging and does not require specific expertise. That said, I could use assistance with my Russian, Eastern European and Egyptian handcolored photographs, handcolored African-American photographs and also a group of handcolored photographs of Native American children in Arizona. Students interested in early uses of color in film would also be welcome.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs





Closed (4) Producing a book: Creole Portraits. Picturing France's Foreign Relations during the 19th-century

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

I am finally in the last stages of preparing my Creole manuscript for publication. This project entails assistance in the production of my forthcoming book, especially the ordering of images and permissions from museums, archives, and libraries. Reading ability in French would be helpful but not essential.

Student will work with my manuscript and will also research location of images and place orders.

Qualifications: Reading ability in French not required.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs