Andrea Daniel, who works at the American Cancer Society in Oakland, California, began volunteering with the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2009, reorganizing the “vertical files” in the library, and altogether assisting the staff in preparation for the move of the collection to the University of California in the summer of 2010.
Andrea has continued to volunteer with The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, researching, organizing and publishing the information in the Exhibitions History section of this website. In the spring of 2014, she completed the transcription of the earliest (manuscript) Accession Log of the former Judah L. Magnes Museum, which included close to 1,600 individual entries, documenting the accession of collection items from 1962 until 1977.
About herself, Andrea writes:
After graduating with an English major from UCLA I became a feature writer, photo editor, and now, an assistant extraordinaire. I really enjoy putting the Magnes house in order as I am at a loss on how to do so in my own home. My mother was a curatorial assistant at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She loved her job and would probably be there still had illness not stepped in. ‘Every day I walk into a house of beauty,’ she used to tell me. Volunteering for the Magnes is like that, and more. I literally and electronically walk into the past, present, and future of the people who are part of my DNA, listening to the story each object has to tell.