Steering Committee Members

From October 2019 to August 2020, the leaders of the Society of American Archivists’ Archival History Section are:

Cory Nimer, Chair
University Archivist, Brigham Young University

Cory Nimer holds a master’s degree in History from Sonoma State University, and a MLIS from San José State University. Prior to his appointment as University Archivist, he served as a technical services archivist, manuscripts cataloger, and metadata specialist.

In the area of archival history, he has researched and written on the archives and library professions in Utah and the inter-mountain West. These include:

· Nimer, Cory L. (forthcoming), “The Old Guard and Rearguard Actions: Professionalization and the Church Historian’s Office,” Journal of Mormon History 45, no. 1 (2019).

· Nimer, Cory L., “The Church Library Coordinating Committee and the Correlation of Meetinghouse Libraries,” BYU Studies Quarterly 56, no. 3 (Fall 2017): 147-180

· Nimer, Cory L. and J. Gordon Daines III, “The Development and Professionalization of the Utah State Archives, 1897-1968,” Journal of Western Archives 3, no. 1 (2013).

He has also published on a wide range of archives topics, including descriptive standards, primary source literacy, and professional authorship. Cory served previously as Chair of the Archival History Section in 2014-2015.


Dr. Sebastian Modrow, Vice Chair
Syracuse University

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, AHS Steering Committee Member

McDonough Innovation

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.


Ingi House, AHS Steering Committee Member
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – Department of Defense

Ingi House is originally from Kansas where she got her B.A. in history from the University of Kansas and M.L.S. from Emporia State University. She moved to the East Coast and worked at the National Archives then at the Defense Acquisition University where she became a Certified Archivist. Her continued enjoyment of military history led her to the West Coast where she worked for the U.S. Navy at the Seabee Museum. After fulfilling two years there she decided to expand on her reference and processing skills at the National Archives in San Francisco. After working on various collections there she realized she missed the Department of Defense and their mission. She now works at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency leading their Knowledge Management Archival section. In her spare time she writes, and has published several poems in professional and literary journals.

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Susan Tucker, AHS Steering Committee Member

Tulane University (retired)

Susan Tucker holds a master’s degree from the University of Denver School of Library and Information Science and a Ph.D. in Archivistics from the University of Amsterdam. Her work for her doctorate was based on an ethnographic study of genealogists and scrapbook makers.

Her publications related to archival history include:

City of Remembering: An American History of Genealogy in New Orleans (University Press of Mississippi, 2017).

With, Jenny Marie Forsythe, “‘The Most Wonderful Collection of Original Documents in the United States’: Notes on the Lives and Work of Two New Orleans Translators,” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 11, no. 3 (2015), 213-228.

“Archival and Genealogical Cultures: French and Spanish Colonial Records Across Three Centuries in New Orleans,” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, vol. 10, no. 4 (Fall 2014), 407-429.

“Tacitly the Work of Women: Personal Archives and the Public Memory of Families,” in Women’s Archives Reader, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher. (Chicago, Society of American Archivists, 2013).

“Gender, Memory, and History: In One Culture and Across Others,” Journal of Archival Organization 6, no. 4 (2008): 288-310, (with Svanhildur Bogodottir).

“Doors Opening Wider: Library and Archival Services to Family History,” Archivaria 62 (Fall, 2006):128-58.

The Scrapbook in American Culture. eds., Susan Tucker, Katherine Ott, and Patricia Buckler. (Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2006)

“Scrapbook Timeline,” in The Encyclopedia of the Scrapbooking Tools and Techniques, ed. Susan Rothamel. (Ogden, Utah, Sterling/Chapelle, 2005).

“Visible Enough to Us?: Genealogical Researchers within Archives,” Comma (2005, no. 3) available from University of Liverpool Press,

“Reading and Re-reading, Selves and Scraps,” in Defining Print Culture for Youth: The Cultural Work of Children’s Literature, ed., Anne Lundin and Wayne Wiegand. (Westport CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2003), 1-26.

Her other research interests include the personal papers of women, Newcomb pottery, and food history. She served for almost thirty years as archivist at the Newcomb Archives, Tulane University.

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