From September 2022 to August 2023, the leaders of the Society of American Archivists’ Archival History Section are:
Susan Tucker, Chair
Tulane University (retired)
Susan Tucker is currently co-editor of the Letters of Josephine Louise Newcomb (1816-1908). Retired from the Newcomb Archives, Tulane University, she has also worked on a number of recent projects as an archival consultant, especially in the digital recreation of a library of women-authored books at the 1884-1885 Cotton Exposition; in NOLA4Women linked exhibitions for the 300th anniversary of New Orleans; and, in the Longue Vue Jewish Women’s exhibition. Her publications include The Scrapbook in American Life (co-edited with others); City of Remembering: An American History of Genealogy from New Orleans; and especially in terms of archival history, essays on women as creators of archival collections as well as the French and Spanish colonial records of Louisiana. In 2017, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities honored her with its award for Lifetime Contributions.
Dane Flansburgh, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Dane Flansburgh is a graduate of Onondaga Community College (A.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences), LeMoyne College (B.A. in History), and University of Pittsburgh (MLIS with concentration in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management). His work experience includes The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY and Syracuse University. He has been at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University since 2016, and in his current position as Assistant Archivist since 2018. He has served on the Archival History Section for the last two years.
Katharina Hering, AHS Steering Committee Member
German Historical Institute in Washington, DC
Katharina Hering’s research interests include the history of Pennsylvania German genealogical practices in transnational perspective, the representation of public records in genealogical databases, the history of digital history, and the history of oral history. Recent publications include a review of Adam Crymble’s Technology and the Historian in Information & Culture, and an article about the representation of NARA’s INS records in Ancestry’s database portal in Archivaria (see also her Zotero profile: https://www.zotero.org/khering). She works as a Digital Project Librarian at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and also teaches an undergraduate course on digital history as an adjunct at the Department of History & Art History at George Mason University.
Colin Post, AHS Steering Committee Member
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Colin Post is an Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. He teaches courses in archives, special collections, and information technology history. His research focuses on the preservation of digital art and literature in cultural heritage institutions and in creative communities.
Natalie Worsham, AHS Steering Committee Member
Natalie Worsham began as an intern with the Archival History Section in August 2018. After her year-long internship was finished, she decided to continue to volunteer as a co-editor. She graduated with the dual degree of Master of Library and Information Science with a Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies from Louisiana State University in December 2019. She also holds a Master of Arts in History from Southeastern Louisiana University (2014). She works at Skilltype, Inc. as a Content Librarian and Talent Analyst.
Bernadette Birzer, Early Career Member
Bernadette Birzer is the Archivist for Collection Management and Digital Initiatives at Newcomb Institute’s Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Collection at Tulane University. Newcomb Archives collects, preserves, and makes available records that document the history of women and gender in the Gulf South. Bernadette holds an MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Liberal Arts (with an emphasis in gender and sexuality) from Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement, and is also a Certified Archivist via the Academy of Certified Archivists. She is currently pursuing a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate (DAS) from the Society of American Archivists and just became a National Heritage Responder via the American Institute for Conservation/FAIC.