Gabi Senno served as the most recent inaugural Curatorial Research Intern at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in partnership with the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Equity at Washington University. Her research was focused on better understanding the socio-political history and context of the late 19th century founding of the Kemper Art Museum, then the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts, part of Washington University. This historical examination, which looked at critical issues such as racism, colonialism, and exclusion, included archival research on the architecture of the first building and its collection, the founding director, and key donors, as well as contemporary exhibitions drawn from St. Louis art collections. Gabi conducted archival research at Olin Library’s Special Collections, which housed the College of Arts Records, and at the St. Louis Art Museum’s Richardson Library, which housed the Halsey C. Ives Papers. Halsey C. Ives was the founding director of the St. Louis School and Museum of Fine Arts and the director of the Fine Arts Departments at the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. With a focus on Ives, Senno explored his role, agenda, and vision in the art museum’s foundation and their relation to racist structures of cultural institutions within the United States and beyond. Senno created an annotated bibliography containing information on the contents of these two archival collections and a timeline of the museum’s institutional history in relation to Ives and other relevant historical figures.