From September 2020 to August 2021, the leaders of the Society of American Archivists’ Archival History Section are:
Dr. Sebastian Modrow, Chair
In my day-to-day life I am the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (Syracuse, NY). I hold a German Master’s equivalent (Exam of the State) in Latin and History (University of Greifswald, Germany), a Doctor of Philosophy in Ancient History (University of Rostock, Germany) and a Master of Library and Information Science (Syracuse University). I am particularly interested in the history of pre-modern textual deposits and their interplay with memory and identity building.
My dissertation was published as Vom punischen zum römischen Karthago. Konfliktreflexionen und die Konstruktion römischer Identität (From Punic to Roman Carthage: Conflict Reflections and the Construction of Roman Identity), Heidelberg: Verlag Antike, 2017.
In 2018, I published with Archival History News “What’s New in Ancient Archives? Part I: The Ancient Near East,” Archival History News, Spring 2018
In the same year I also explored social media as platforms and repositories of Native American identity expressions in “Maintaining and Sharing a Haudenosaunee Identity: Onondaga Collective Memory and Social Media.” International Information & Library Review 50, no. 2 (2018): 129-141.
I am currently working on a book chapter focusing on the cultural heritage institutions of Classical Antiquity for an edited volume on the history of archives, libraries and museums. I am also about to finish a collaborative translation project of a medieval chronicle. My new long-term project is a book on the Archives of ancient Rome. Besides my curator duties, I also enjoy teaching semester-long courses (Spring 2019 and 2020: “IST 600 The History of Archives and Libraries in the Western World”; Fall 2019: “MUS 600/IST 622 Introduction to Cultural Heritage Preservation”).
Michelle Ganz, Vice Chair
Michelle Ganz is the Archivist for William McDonough and his associated companies. She received her M.L.S. from the University of Arizona and her B.A. in Medieval and 19th century poetry from the Ohio State University. As a disabled archivist of color, Michelle has long worked to create accessibility and inclusivity tools for archives and archivists. The reason Michelle joined the Archival History Section, and wanted to serve on the steering committee, is because our collective history is the foundation for the archival profession. By mining the past, we can find innovative solutions to old problems with a new face.
Dainan Skeem, AHS Steering Committee Member
Brigham Young University
Dainan Skeem is the curator of the 21st Century Mormon & Western Manuscripts collection at Brigham Young University’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections with responsibilities for documenting the current century’s history of the LDS church, Utah, and the West. He previously worked as an archivist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with responsibilities for the University Archives’ manuscript collections, including the Japanese American Veterans Collection. He also worked as an archivist at the Hawaii State Archives after graduating with his MLISc from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007. While working, he taught the Introduction to Archives Management course as an adjunct professor in the UH Manoa LIS Program for several years. His second Master’s degree was in Learning & Design Technology which he also obtained at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. In all of his jobs, he has immersed himself in the history of the archival records, including studying the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the Japanese American veteran experiences during World War II, the history of our profession, and of Mormonism through the 21st century.
Eric Stoykovich, AHS Steering Committee Member
Eric Stoykovich, PhD, is College Archivist and Manuscript Librarian at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He works to make more accessible the college archives and manuscript collections of the Watkinson Library, a public research library on the campus of Trinity College.
Between 2013 and 2017, he served on the Steering Committee of SAA’s Archival History Roundtable, leading that group as Chair in 2016-2017 during its 30th anniversary. His article “Public Records in War: Toward an Archival History of the American Civil War” was recently published in The American Archivist 80:1 (Spring/Summer 2017). He holds a PhD in American History from the University of Virginia (2009) and an MLS with Archives Concentration from the University of Maryland (2013). He has worked for a university library, a nonprofit, the federal government, and private industry in a varied career. He has been a Certified Archivist (ACA) since 2013.
Natalie Worsham, AHS Steering Committee Member
Recent MLIS graduate, Louisiana State University
Natalie holds an MA in history from Southeastern Louisiana University (2014). She recently graduated from Louisiana State University with a dual degree of MLIS and graduate certificate in archival studies (2019). While getting her MLIS, she joined the Archival History Section as an intern from 2018-2019. Since then, she has stayed on as co-editor. Being involved in SAA is important to her as a way to stay abreast of the profession and to connect with others in the field..