The Bigger Picture: Visual Archives and the Smithsonian
Ask an Archivist: Bring Your Questions October 29th
In celebration of Archives Month, tomorrow (Tuesday, October 29th) from 10am to 5pm ET, four archivists specializing in audio/visual material, photos, and digital objects (or electronic records), together with a paper conservator will be on the Smithsonian's Facebook page to answer questions about your own archives. Questions from our readers in the past have ranged from how to become an archivist, to dealing with mold, to preserving a recipe archive, to dealing with digital photo archives.
Here are the folks who will be on-hand to answer your questions:
Jennifer Morris is the Archivist at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. She oversees archival processing, cataloguing, and reference services. She has an interest in the care and preservation of family papers and community archives. She earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.
Nora Lockshin is a Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and conserves physical objects and consults on preservation goals with archivists, collection managers, and curators at the Archives and throughout the larger Smithsonian archival and museum community. She runs the Smithsonian Center for Archives Conservation, a service and teaching laboratory of Smithsonian Institution Archives Collections Care team.
Michael Pahn is a Media Archivist, specializing in audio, video, and motion picture film, at the National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, a position he has held since 2003. He has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MLS from the University of Maryland.
Marguerite Roby is the Photograph Archivist at Smithsonian Institution Archives and manages several large photographic collections. Her work involves establishing intellectual and physical control over these collections as well as contributing efforts towards digitization and the management of digitized assets.
Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, Electronic Records Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution Archives since 2005, specializes in preserving born-digital materials that include images, audio, video, websites, and email from across the Smithsonian. Her work involves using tools and creating methods that help digital objects remain accessible in the future.
We hope that you’ll join us on Facebook tomorrow, and we look forward to your questions! See other events happening at the Smithsonian related to Archives Month.