VIVA: Anti-Racism Webinar #5: Race, Culture, and Community in Archives and Special Collections
Photo by Kevin Grady
Executive Director, Schlesinger Library
Librarian, Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Petrina Jackson began as the Lia Gelin Poorvu Executive Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and Librarian for the Harvard Radcliffe Institute November 2021. She was the director of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries where she oversaw the Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive, University Archives, and all curated collections. Before Syracuse, she served at Iowa State University as the head of Special Collections and University Archives. Prior to that, she served as the head of instruction and outreach at the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and senior assistant archivist for the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University.
Jackson received a B.A. in English from the University of Toledo, an M.A. in English from Iowa State University, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a widely recognized leader in the field by her active roles within the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.
Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan
University of Michigan School of Information
Ricardo L. Punzalan is an associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Information. His research and teaching focuses on archives and digital curation. He conducts community-based, participatory research to understand access to digitized anthropological archives and ethnographic legacy data by academic and community users. He currently codirects ReConnect/ReCollect: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan, a project that develops the framework for, and the practice of, reparative work for Philippine collections acquired by the university during the US colonial period. His work has been published in American Archivist, Archival Science, Archivaria, International Journal of Digital Curation, and Library Quarterly.
Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas
Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature
Rhondda Robinson Thomas is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University where she teaches and researches early African American literature in the Department of English. Thomas has published Call My Name, Clemson: Documenting the Black Experience in an American University Community and recently signed a contract with University of Georgia Press to publish The Voices of Black Clemson: Silenced No More. She is currently serving as the Research and Community Engagement Coordinator for Clemson’s Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation project. Dr. Thomas is also the faculty director of the Call My Name project for which she was selected as a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellow and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and SC Humanities. She and three Clemson colleagues recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their My STEM, My Story project to create a graphic novel for children about environmental justice. She was Clemson University’s 2021 Senior Researcher of the Year and will receive the Fresh Voices in the Humanities award from South Carolina Humanities in October 2022.