Christiana Dobrzynski Grippe, Project Manager, is a Certified Archivist. She received her BA from the University of Delaware while studying English, Spanish, and Linguistics before earning an MA in English Literature, also from the University of Delaware. She graduated from Drexel University with an MS(LIS) and a concentration in Archival Studies. Having worked on the predecessor Hidden Collections Project, Christiana is thrilled to return to the Philadelphia community to continue developing and supporting sustainable practices in large-scale access projects. She has a particular fondness for grassroots community building and fostering cross-pollination of ideas and outreach across professions. She previously held processing positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Bryn Mawr College before joining The Museum of Modern Art as Project Archivist of several Conceptual art-related collections. She joined the “Hidden Collections” Project in August 2013. Read blog posts by Christiana >>
Contact Christiana at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.746.4034.
Jessica Hoffman, Project Assistant, entered the MLIS program at Drexel University in January 2013 and is concentrating in Archival Studies. She earned her BA in English Writing from Eastern University in 2005. She volunteers at the South Asian American Digital Archive and serves as Vice President of the Drexel University student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. Jessica hopes to work in a Philadelphia-area institution upon completion of the project. Jessica worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to August 2014.
Annalise Berdini was both a Project Processor and Project Assistant. She earned her MLIS at Drexel University, where she concentrated in Archives and Digital Libraries. Annalise earned her BA in English Secondary Education from TCNJ in 2009, and expects to graduate from Drexel in June 2014. She has interned at the Collingswood Public Library, and more recently at Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware, where she worked on processing the Z. Taylor Vinson Pictorials Collection. She hopes to end up working in archives, a museum or special collections. Annalise worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to September 2014 and processed at Temple University, Drexel College of Medicine, the German Society of Pennsylvania, the College of Physicians, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia University, and Bryn Mawr College. Annalise recently accepted a permanent position as Manuscripts/Archives Processor at the University of California, San Diego. Read blog posts by Annalise >>
Steven Duckworth is a recent graduate of Drexel University’s Master of Library and Information Science program with a concentration in Archival Studies. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Ithaca College and a Master’s of Music from Wichita State University, both in cello performance. While at Drexel, Steven helped revive the school’s SAA chapter and briefly served as president. He has volunteered in Drexel’s Audio Archives, cataloging recordings of the Sigma Sound Studios Collection, and in Philadelphia’s John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, where he arranged and described various collections, including those of ACT UP! Philadelphia and the Philadelphia chapter of the ACLU. Steven is also a Records Management Intern at the Drexel University Archives, where he designed and implemented a collections survey to uncover digital media within the current holdings and executed an institutional functional analysis to assist in strengthening future collecting efforts. Steven worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to May 2014 and processed at Temple University, Drexel University College of Medicine, the German Society of Pennsylvania, and the College of Physicians. Read blog posts by Steven >>
Megan Evans is currently earning her MLIS at Drexel University where she is concentrating in Archival Studies and expects to graduate in June 2014. She earned her BA in History from York College of Pennsylvania in 2011 with minors in French and Art History. As an undergraduate, she completed internships with the York County Archives and Historic York. More recently Megan has completed an internship in the Archives Department of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where she processed the Girls’ Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania papers and the Elizabeth Wurster collection, among other projects. Beginning in June 2014, she will start another internship at HSP processing the Stuart F. Feldman papers. She hopes to continue to pursue her desire to preserve history after graduation by finding meaningful work in a special collection or archival repository. Megan worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from May 2014 to October 2014 and processed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College.
Cortney Frank worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from July 2014 to October 2014 and processed at the University of Delaware.
Carey Hedlund graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art. After working in the visual collections at the art and architecture library at MIT, she returned to school and earned a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Following a career as a self-employed designer, teacher, and illustrator, Carey enrolled in Drexel University’s Advanced Certificate in Information Science and Technology, with an Archives concentration, and completed that certificate in December 2013. She has worked in a number of private and public collections, most recently organizing design documentation for the first 75 years of Homsey Architects, Inc., in Wilmington, DE. Carey is particularly interested in design and natural history collections, and in different forms of visual documentation, and she is excited to be involved with an initiative aimed at increasing access to “hidden” primary resource materials. Carey worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to July 2014 and processed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Germantown Historical Society, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read blog posts by Carey >>
Alina Josan holds a BFA from Temple’s Tyler School of Art and is enrolled in Drexel University’s MLIS program. Enamored of Philadelphia, she’s bent on connecting dots between its collections. So far she has volunteered in the John Bowman Bartram Special Collections Library and the Fairmount Park Historic Archives, interned at the American Philosophical Society, cataloged objects for the Ryerss Museum & Library, and treated books and manuscripts as a conservation technician at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Alina worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to October 2014 and processed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Germantown Historical Society, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the University of Delaware. Read blog posts by Alina >>
Chase Markee is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Art History. She brings a variety of museum and library-related experiences to the “Hidden Collections” Project, ranging from areas of collections management to visitor services. In a 2012 internship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she processed and performed conservation assessments on a variety of photographs and film-based materials. More recently in 2013, she interned at the Hagley Museum and Library, surveying nearly 200 films as part of an ongoing Film Inventory Project as well as processing a number of smaller archival collections. Chase continues to build upon her museum and library experience before pursuing a graduate degree in a related field. She finds it rewarding to help bridge the gaps between institutions’ collections and the broader community and looks forward to making many undiscovered Philadelphia collections more accessible to researchers. Chase worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from May 2014 to October 2014 and processed at the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia University, Lehigh University, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Amanda Mita graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Medieval Studies and Latin. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Medieval Studies with concentrations in religious history and manuscript studies at Cornell University as well as toward her Masters in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archival studies at Drexel University. In addition to working on the “Hidden Collections” project, Amanda was an intern at Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center where she helped process the papers of former Temple professor and father of American Holocaust Studies, Franklin H. Littell. A native Philadelphian, she is excited and eager to process some of Philadelphia’s hidden treasures! Amanda worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to May 2014 and processed at the Union League of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center, the German Society of Pennsylvania, and the Independence Seaport Museum.
Evan Peugh earned his BA in 2007 at Clark University in Worcester, MA, having majored in Ancient Civilizations and minored in Philosophy. He then moved to Philadelphia to surround himself with history, and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies. He is currently pursuing a MLIS degree at Drexel University with a concentration in Archival Studies. Evan has worked with digitization at the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries as a digital image processor. Upon completion of his degree he plans to continue indulging his passion for history by working with a museum, archive, or special collections library. Evan worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2013 to October 2014 and processed at the Union League of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center, the German Society of Pennsylvania, the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia University, Lehigh University, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Read blog posts by Evan >>