Project Team (2009-2011)

Holly Mengel, Project Manager

Holly Mengel, Project Manager, graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in history, and the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science with an M.L.I.S. and a concentration in Archives. Prior to managing the “Hidden Collections” project, she worked on the Dick Thornburgh papers Project at the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center and at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives.   She is particularly interested in promoting use of primary sources in the classroom and increasing  awareness of the value of archives to  the community.   She sees this project as an ideal vehicle for promoting these  “hidden” collections to researchers, including students, professors, scholars, artists, writers and enthusiasts.  In addition, she hopes that the experimentation with “More Product, Less Process,” the Archivists’ Toolkit, and team processing will result in a model for other repositories in their efforts to make collections available for research.  She started working on the “Hidden Collections” project in July 2009.

Holly currently works as a processing archivist in the Manuscripts Division at Princeton University. Read blog posts by Holly »

Contact Holly at hmengel@princeton.edu or 484-362-8842.

Courtney Smerz, Project ArchivistCourtney Smerz, Project Archivist, holds a B.A. in History and Fine Arts from Mount Saint Mary’s University and a M.A. degree in American History and Public History from Temple University.  Since moving to Philadelphia in 2002, Courtney has worked on several large scale processing projects in area archives, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Independence Seaport Museum.  She is thrilled to play an integral role in this unique processing effort, exposing some of Philadelphia’s most valued yet hidden archival gems and to share this experience of experimentation in processing and use of the Archivists’ Toolkit with the larger archives community.   She started working on the “Hidden Collections” Project in September 2009.

Courtney is currently the project archivist for the Franklin Littell Papers Processing Project at the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries.  Read blog posts by Courtney »

Contact Courtney at courtney.smerz@temple.edu

Student Processors:

Our student processors processed the bulk of our collections. Without their hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm, this project could not succeed.

Megan AtkinsonMegan Atkinson earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science program at Drexel University.  She completed her archives coursework at Temple University.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from West Chester University.  Megan interned and volunteered at the American Philosophical Society and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  She also processed collections at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library in Philadelphia, PA.  Megan worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from June to December 2010 and processed at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Temple University Urban Archives. Since the “Hidden Collections Project,”  Megan worked as an archivist for the History Associates, Incorporated at Independence National Park and as a Project Archivist at Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities. Read blog posts by Megan »

Celia Caust-EllenbogenCelia Caust-Ellenbogen graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in History and World Literatures in 2009, and is currently earning an M.L.I.S. with a concentration in Archives from the University of Pittsburgh. She previously worked on the Quakers and Slavery digitization project at the Friends Historical Library, and is participating in the ongoing “Milestones in 20th Century American Children’s Literature” cataloging project at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from January to August 2011 and processed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania the National Archives, and Temple University. Following the completion of the project, Celia has served as a project surveyor for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s “Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories” which runs from September 2011 to September 2012. Read blog posts by Celia »

Dan CavanaughDan Cavanaugh entered the MS (LIS) program at Drexel University in the fall of 2010.  He received a BA in Archaeology from the University of Evansville and later a MA in History from the University of Massachusetts.  After graduating from Drexel University, he would like to work in an archive, museum, or special collections library.  Dan worked on the “Hidden Collections” project from January to August 2011 and processed at the Presbyterian Historical Society and the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Following the completion of the project, Dan moved to Virginia and has worked as an archival collections volunteer at James Madison’s Montpelier and as a graduate student intern at the University of Virginia Libraries Digital Curation Services. Read blog posts by Dan »

christianaChristiana Dobrzynski Grippe graduated from Drexel University MS(LIS) program in December 2011. She received her BA in English and Ethnic/Cultural Studies with a minor in Spanish and Linguistics from the University of Delaware. She earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware as well. Christiana interned at the Biddle Law Library Archives of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is particularly interested in archives’ relationship to collective memory, as well as metadata, outreach services, and fostering partnerships within all levels of the archives community. Christiana worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from August 2010 to September 2011 and processed at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Temple University Urban Archives, Temple University Special Collections, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives.  Following the project, Christiana worked as an archives intern at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives and as a project archivist at Bryn Mawr College from September 2011 to February 2012.  In February 2012, she began working as project archivist at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Read blog posts by Christiana»

Jen DuliJennifer Duli graduated from West Chester University with a BA in Psychology, December 1998.  She volunteered for the Outreach Department of the Chester County Library from February 2007 to May 2008. She began working towards her MLS degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2008 (online courses) and expects to graduate in May 2011. An interest in Special Libraries led to an internship at the Chester County Historical Society from September 2009 to April 2010. She is eager to contribute to the project and learn the ins and outs of Archivists Toolkit!  Jennifer worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from July to November 2010 and processed at Chester County Historical SocietyRead blog posts by Jen »

Megan GoodMegan Good earned a MLIS degree at Drexel University concentrating in Archival Studies. She received her B.A. from College of Notre Dame of Maryland in History with minors in Political Science and Classical Studies. Megan previously interned at the Biddle Law Library Archives of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the York County Heritage Trust. She hopes to work in an archival, museum, or special collection setting in the Mid-Atlantic area after graduation.  Megan worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from June to December 2010 and processed at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Independence Seaport Museum, and the Temple University Urban Archives. Following her graduation and finishing with the project, Megan has been Director of Archives & Library of the Independence Seaport Museum. Read blog posts by Megan »

Michael GubiczaMichael Gubicza graduated from Temple University with a BA in Women’s Studies and English Literature. He is currently enrolled in the MLS program at the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in archives  and preservation. Michael is a native of Philadelphia and he hopes to work with a historical society or museum after finishing school.  He worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from January to August 2011 and processed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania the National Archives, and Temple University. Following the completion of the project, Michael has served as a project surveyor for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s “Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories” which runs from September 2011 to September 2012. Read blog posts by Michael »

Becky KochBecky Koch is completing her M.S. in Library and Information Science at Drexel University, and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in History and Art Conservation.  Becky has worked in the University of Delaware Morris Library’s Special Collections department, and would like to someday work in archives or with special collections.  Becky worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from June to August 2010 and processed at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
Read blog posts by Becky »

Devin Manzullo ThomasDevin C. Manzullo-Thomas is pursuing a M.A. in public history at Temple University. In 2009, he graduated from Messiah College with a B.A. in English. His research interests include religious history, material culture, and historical memory. After graduation, he hopes to work in a church-related archive or historical society and, at some point in the future, pursue a Ph.D. Devin worked on the “Hidden Collections” project from January to August 2011 and processed at the Presbyterian Historical Society and the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Following the completion of the Hidden Collections project, Devin has worked as an archival intern for PhillyHistory.org, the online photographic archive for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Records. The site provides access to thousands of the city’s photographs, some of which date back to the 1800s.  He scans and enters metadata for photo records, provides customer service to users, and contributes to the PhillyHistory.org blogRead blog posts by Devin »

Jenna MarroneJenna Marrone is a masters student in Temple University’s Public History program.  She concentrates in archival studies and hopes to soon become a certified archivist.  She worked on the “Hidden Collections” project from January to August 2011 and processed collections at the University of Delaware Special Collections and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives. Following completion of the project, Jenna has worked as Archives Intern at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania from October. 2011 to January 2012, and an Archives Intern at the Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center from October 2011 to the present.
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Sarah NewhouseSarah Newhouse earned her MLS at Drexel University specializing in Archival Studies. She has a BA in English from University of Delaware and an MA in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature from the University of Tennessee. She worked on the “Hidden Collections” project from January to June 2011 and processed collections at the Temple University Special Collections and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Archives.  Following the project, Sarah has been working as a project archivist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, working on the Digital Center for Americana Project and processing the Woodlands Cemetery Company records.
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LeslieLeslie O’Neill received her her B.F.A from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science at Drexel University in June 2010. She also interned at The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s McLean Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and volunteered in The Print and Picture Department at The Free Library of Philadelphia.  Leslie previously worked at Hahnemann University Hospital as the Research Coordinator for the Anesthesiology Department.   Leslie worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2009 to June 2010 and processed at Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Read blog posts by Leslie »

Laurie RizzoLaurie Rizzo has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, a Master’s in Media Studies from Penn State University, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University (June 2010). Laurie shared her time with Drexel University Archives doing outreach and acquisitions.  Laurie worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2009 to June 2010 and processed at Drexel University, Drexel University College of Medicine, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Following her graduation and finishing working with the project, Laurie worked as a project archivist at Drexel University Archives from June 2010 to August 2010 and as the public services librarian for the Special Collections department at the University of Delaware from September 2010 to March 2013. She currently is the Audiovisual Archivist at the Hagley Museum and Library. Read blog posts by Laurie »

EricEric Rosenzweig has a Bachelor of Science in Individual Studies, with a minor in Judaic Studies and History and a concentration in Architecture from Drexel University. In June 2010, he  graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science degree, also from Drexel University.

Eric worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2009 to June 2010 and processed at Drexel University, Drexel University College of Medicine, the Wagner Free Institute of Science, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Read blog posts by Eric »

Brian StewartBrian Stewart has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from George Washington University and an MLIS with a concentration in Archival Studies from Drexel University. He is particularly interested in the management of electronic and non-paper records, and hopes to pursue a career at a university archive following his graduation. Brian has previously worked as an intern at the Drexel University Archives and Special Collections. He worked on the “Hidden Collections” project from January to May 2011, and processed collections at the University of Delaware Special Collections.  Since finishing work with the project, Brian has worked  as processing intern at Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center from May to June 2011 and as project archivist for Drexel University Archives and Special Collections from September to December 2011.  Read blog posts by Brian »

Forrest WrightForrest Wright earned his MLIS at Drexel University, focusing his coursework in Archival Studies and Knowledge Management. After completing his BA in history from Clark University in Worcester, MA, he worked at both the Worcester Historical Museum and the American Antiquarian Society. Hoping to advance his knowledge of archives and special collections, Forrest decided to move to Philadelphia and begin graduate studies in September 2009. Forrest worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from October 2009 to December 2010 and processed at  Haverford College, Bryn Mawr CollegeCollege of Physicans of Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Independence Seaport Museum, and Temple University Urban Archives.  Following the project, Forrest has worked as an archivist for the History Associates Inc. from February to August 2011, as a project archivist at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia from August 2011 to January 2012 and as collections manager for the Independence Seaport Museum from January 2012 to the present.  Read blog posts by Forrest »

Archivists’ Toolkit Cataloger:

In addition to processing hidden collections, we will also be converting existing finding aids to more standard formats, allowing greater access for researchers. This component of our project requires attention to detail, patience and hard work in addition to archival knowledge and skills.

Garrett BoosGarrett Boos has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Rowan University and a M.L.I.S. from Drexel University with the Archival Studies concentration. He hopes to pursue a career at an archive located within either a research library or museum. Garrett worked on the “Hidden Collections” Project from April 2010-April 2011 as the Archivists’ Toolkit Cataloger. He worked on finding aids from the the City of Philadelphia Department of Records, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Following the completion of the project, Garrett has worked as archives assistant at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Milestones in 20th-Century American Children’s Literature at the Free Library of Philadelphia” project and has volunteered at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and at the Camden County Historical Society.
Read blog posts by Garrett »

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