Visual Materials Processing Archivist
I've been on staff with the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RL) since 1992, starting with a two-year project to describe a collection of 49,000 Italian pamphlets and serials. As the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the RL Technical Services Department, I am responsible for the arrangement and online description of modern and historic photographic portfolios and archives acquired by the library. These range from contemporary photography collections in the Archive of Documentary Arts to 19th century photographs from the general collections, representing the work of photographers and artists based in the United States, England, Italy, China, India, Japan, and other places. Many have been published as part of the Duke Digital Collections Repository. With the support of graduate interns and student assistants, I am dedicated to making these collections accessible to onsite and remote users. Here are three of my favorites (although it's hard to choose!). Feel free to explore these and other collections online!
Prior to coming to the Rubenstein Library, I earned a Master's in Literature from Duke (go Blue Devils!), a BA with honors in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!), and a Masters in Library Science, summa cum laude, at North Carolina Central University (go Eagles!). I'm active in the Society of American Archivists, serving as Chair of the Visual Materials section in 2015-2016, and a member of the Society of NC Archivists and the NC Literary and Historical Association.