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News Roundup: Special Collections and University Archives

July 29, 2016
Picture of poem printed on glass

Spica by Michael Joseph, printed on glass by Sarah Stengle

Picture of glass memorial sculpture

Dale Chihuly, Rivera Blue Macchia with Chartreuse Lip Wrap, 2007

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Tara Kelley, audiovisual archivist for the Giddings Underwater Photography Collection

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Map of Sea Isle City, 1883, via RUcore

There has been no shortage of newsworthy happenings in Special Collections and University Archives over the past several weeks. Join us in recognizing and celebrating the following developments.

Erika Gorder has been appointed associate university archivist. In this capacity, Gorder is responsible for planning, organizing, and supervising the appraisal, collection management, arrangement, description, preservation, and research use of the historical collections in the University Archives. Gorder brings to the position extensive experience working with the University Archives in a staff role. Before coming to Rutgers, she was affiliated with the archives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York University, and the New Jersey Historical Society. She also served as the first archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Rutgers and a master’s degree in history with a certificate in archival studies from New York University.

Michael Joseph has two works slated to be featured in the Vispo Art Exhibition, a traveling exhibition of poetry and art, or poetry materialized as art, sponsored by the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia: a short poem printed on glass and an accordion book with three poems entitled Failing to Act. Joseph has been invited to attend the exhibition’s concluding symposium in May, where he will participate in a panel discussion about art and literature and deliver a short lecture on fairy tales. Joseph has also helped facilitate the loan of a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly from the Zimmerli Museum. The sculpture, a gift of Michael Sodomick in honor of The Trevor Project in memory of Tyler Clementi, will be exhibited in the lobby of Alexander Library.

Tara Kelley has been appointed audiovisual archivist for the Giddings Underwater Photography Collection, which was donated by Al Giddings, award winning producer of Titanic (1997). Kelley joins Rutgers from the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture at the New York Public Library. At the Schomburg, she inventoried, inspected, assessed, and processed collections and prepared media for digitization. She was also involved in public exhibitions, performed reference duties, and coordinated public screenings. Prior to Schomburg, she was employed at the Mikhail Baryshnikov Archive, part of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She is a cofounder of the New York Public Libraries Vinegar Syndrome Working Group. Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in literature from American University, a master’s degree in liberal studies from SUNY at Stony Brook, and a master’s degree in library and information science from Rutgers.

Albert King was the principal investigator on a recently completed, 17-month maps conservation, digitization, and cataloging project supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission. The six rare, 19th-century New Jersey maps—four of which are the first separately published maps of their locations—depict Sea Isle City (1883), Woodbury (ca. 1854), Ewing Township (1882), Newark (1834), Hackensack (1860), and New Jersey as a whole (1858). Special Collections and University Archives’ printed New Jersey maps number over 4,700 editions and are valuable resources for historians, genealogists, preservationists, legal researchers, authors, artists, and others with an interest in the state’s history.

Sheridan Sayles has been promoted to archivist for the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Papers. Sayles brings to Rutgers experience from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the American Association of University Women, and the Science Museum of Virginia, among others, where she worked on archival projects, exhibit design, education, and collections management. She holds a bachelor’s degree with specializations in English, museum studies, and secondary education from the University of Mary Washington and earned her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland College Park. Sayles was previously assistant archivist for the Lautenberg Papers working with Zachary Johnson, who recently accepted a political archivist position at the University of South Carolina.