Steering Committee Members

From August 2018 to July 2019, the leaders of the Society of American Archivists’ Archival History Section are:

Dr. Alex H. Poole, Chair
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Dr. Alex H. Poole teaches a variety of subjects at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics. Dr. Poole has spent much of his career immersed in archival history, building upon his undergraduate and graduate degrees in History and on his subsequent MSLS and PhD.

Dr. Poole has explored the importance of diversity, inclusivity, and social justice in archival history in three publications:
• Poole, Alex H., “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century.” The American Archivist: Fall/Winter 2017, Vol. 80, No. 2, pp. 296-335.
• Poole, Alex H. “Pinkett’s Charges: Recruiting, Retaining, and Mentoring Archivists of Color in the Twenty-First Century.” The American Archivist: Spring/Summer 2017, Vol. 80, No. 1, pp. 103-134.
• Poole, Alex H., “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American South.” The American Archivist: Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 77, No. 1, pp. 23-63. [Theodore Calvin Pease Award recipient]

In this vein, Dr. Poole has addressed the relationship among archivists and historians more broadly in:
• Poole, Alex H., “Archival Divides and Foreign Countries? Historians, Archivists, Information-Seeking, and Technology, Retrospect and Prospect,” The American Archivist 78, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 375-433.

In addition to archival history, Dr. Poole’s research agenda includes digital curation and digital humanities; diversity and inclusivity underpin his interest in those areas. In addition to The American Archivist, Dr. Poole’s work has been published in The Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Archival Science, and The Journal of Documentation; it is forthcoming in Information & Culture: A Journal of History.

Dr. Poole received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a B.A. from Williams College (Highest Honors, History), an M.A. from Brown University (History), and an MLIS (Beta Phi Mu) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More information about Dr. Alex H. Poole is available at his Personal Website.


Cory Nimer, Vice Chair and Chair-elect
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.

· 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.


Patricia Delara, AHS Steering Committee Member
GLBT Historical Society

Patricia is the Assistant Archivist at the GLBT Historical Society. She graduated with her Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2017, and with a Bachelor’s in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of California, Riverside, in 2013. Though a new archives professional, Patricia has previously worked in other archives and libraries. From October 2017 to July 2018, Patricia worked as the Processing Archivist for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and was the Adult Services Library and Archives Associate at Upland Public Library in Upland, CA from July 2016 to July 2017. Patricia is enthusiastic about her work in the field, and has been involved in SAA’s Public Library Archives and Special Collections section in addition to her new role as a Steering Committee member in the Archival History Section. In addition, Patricia also is on committees in her regional organization, the Society of California Archivists.

One of Patricia’s main reasons for joining the Archival History section is her passion for history, which she considers her driving force for propelling her into a career in archives.


Dr. Sebastian Modrow, AHS Steering Committee Member
Syracuse University

Dr. Modrow works as Assistant Archivist at the Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (Syracuse, NY). He holds a German Master’s equivalent (Exam of the State) in Latin and History (University of Greifswald, Germany), a Ph.D. in Ancient History (University of Rostock, Germany) and a MS/LIS (Syracuse University). His slightly modified dissertation was published in 2017 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). He was awarded the Oldfather Research Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009-2010), the Max Planck Memoria Romana Dissertation Fellowship (2010-2011) and the Eurasia Scholarship at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University (2013-2015).

In his current research, Sebastian seeks to merge his interest in history and collective memory theory with the field of information studies. This year (2018) he published the first part of a prospected review essay series on ancient archives research with Archival History News (“What’s New in Ancient Archives? Part I: The Ancient Near East,” Archival History News, Spring 2018.) as well as an article on Native American identity and social media (“Maintaining and Sharing a Haudenosaunee Identity: Onondaga Collective Memory and Social Media,” International Information & Library Review 50:2, 129-141). He is currently working on a new book which will focus on the Archives of ancient Rome.

Besides his archival management duties, Sebastian teaches special collections-related instruction sessions during the academic year, and is currently developing a semester-long course for Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies on “The History of Archives and Libraries in the Western World” (Spring 2019).


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Susan Tucker, AHS Steering Committee Member

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 have been involved in curating and coordinating exhibitions for the New Orleans Tricentennial.

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