I am currently in my final year in New York University’s Archives and Public History Program. I am also pursuing an MLIS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, as a part of the schools’ dual-degree program.
I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. My introduction to archives was as an undergraduate student worker at the University of Minnesota’s Social Welfare History Archives. I completed my history degree in 2006. My thesis examined the ways in which Progressive Era reformers injected the period’s prevailing moral rhetoric into scientific and medical arguments for venereal disease elimination. In the years between graduating from the University of Minnesota and starting at NYU, I worked in state government and the legal sector.
I am currently working at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, primarily with oral history and other recorded sound collections. The majority of the archives’ recorded sound materials are on magnetic media, which has proven to be a daunting and exciting challenge, given its limited lifespan, considerations surrounding migration, and its unique descriptive attributes. I have also interned with New York Public Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division, processing collections related to theatre, dance, and popular culture.
If you are interested in my musings on archives, libraries, and life more generally, I’m @DigArchvlObj on Twitter.