From September 2021 to August 2022, the leaders of the Society of American Archivists’ Archival History Section are:
Susan Tucker, Chair
Tulane University (retired)
My long and varied enthusiasm for promoting an understanding of records is evidenced in my editorship of a book on the history of scrapbooks (2006); authorship of ethnographic studies, articles, and a book on the gendered and nuanced intersections of genealogy and archives (2002-2017); and writing on, and teaching about, records within activities as diverse as women’s colleges, art education, sewing, Mardi Gras, music, and environmental activism (articles and exhibition catalogs written, and courses taught, 1992-2015). I feel strongly that in the age of technology, the Steering Committee could do more to reach people who cannot come to the Section’s annual meetings (as I myself many years could not), and welcome and mentor new members. With others on the Committee, I would also like to expand the history of archives beyond the borders of academia and profession.
I hold a Ph.D. in Archivistics from the University of Amsterdam. I worked for almost thirty years building the Newcomb Archives of Tulane University, and I have served a number of local, state, and regional professional associations. In 2017, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities honored me with its award for Lifetime Contributions. For the past three years, in retirement, I was involved in curating and coordinating exhibitions for the New Orleans Tricentennial.
Rebecca Hankins, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Texas A&M University in College Station, TX
Rebecca Hankins is the Wendler Endowed Professor and certified archivist/librarian at Texas A&M University. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists’ Distinguished Fellows, elected in 2016. United States President Barack Obama (2008-2016) appointed Hankins to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), where she served from 2016-2020. NHPRC is responsible for evaluating and dispensing between $5-10 million dollars in funds annually for the National Archives. She is an affiliated faculty in the Africana Studies, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Religious Studies Programs. Her research and publications are centered on Muslims, the African Diaspora, and the applied use of popular culture as a pedagogical method that offers original approaches to the study of Islam. Her most recent publication is a book chapter titled “Reel Bad African Americans Muslims” published in Muslim American Hyphenations: Muslim Writers, Artists, and Performers in America, Roman & Littlefield, Lexington Books, 2021.
Trevor Alvord, AHS Steering Committee Member
Brigham Young University
Trevor Alvord has been the curator of 21st-century Mormonism and Western Americana at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections since 2012. He is responsible for building the BYU web archive and collecting modern imprints, art, and media, to document Mormonism’s historical and cultural expression. Before BYU, he served as a Processing Archivist at Utah State University and as Head of Special Collections at James Madison University. Trevor received undergraduate degrees from USU in History and Religious Studies in 2007 and his MLIS from San Jose State University in 2009. Research interests are in the culture, expression, identity, and portrayal of Mormonism.
Dane Flansburgh, AHS Steering Committee Member
I am 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). My work experience includes The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY and Syracuse University. I have been at the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University since 2016, and my current position as Assistant Archivist since 2018.
Catie Sampson, AHS Steering Committee Member
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Catie Sampson is currently a Collections Processor of Photography at The Historic New Orleans Collection, a history museum located in the French Quarter. Sampson works closely with cataloging, reference, and curatorial staff at THNOC to process, catalog, preserve and expand access to the Collection’s extensive still & moving image holdings. Most recently she was selected as a photo data specialist in the institution’s research & selection process for a new Content Management System in anticipation of the museum’s library, archives, and museum database migration and implementation. In May 2019 Sampson completed her MLIS degree and graduate certificate in Archival Studies at Louisiana State University. In August 2020, she passed her ACA exam to become a Certified Archivist. Sampson is a member of Visual Resources Association and the American Photography Archives Group. She regularly attends workshops & annual conferences with the Image Permanence Institute (RIT), Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Sampson attends regular meetings with Catalogers Unite! and No Museums, a network of archival professionals dedicated to promoting equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in libraries, archives, and museums.