Angela Lawrence Appointed Inaugural Archivist for Dana Archives
Please join Rutgers University Libraries in congratulating Angela Lawrence on her appointment as the inaugural archivist for the Dana Archives at John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark.
In this position, Lawrence will expand upon our core collection of Rutgers–Newark archival materials, including copies of the Observer, the student-run newspaper, The Torch, the university yearbook, and historical photographs, among other archival items significant to the university. She will collect materials that accurately document, preserve, and communicate the university’s historical record, spotlighting Rutgers–Newark’s role and impact in the Newark community as an anchor institution. She will also be responsible for planning public programming, solidifying existing relationships within the Rutgers community, and establishing new partnerships with greater Newark historical and cultural institutions.
The formation of this archives marks a milestone in the history of Rutgers–Newark, a highly diverse, dynamic anchor institution working to realize a vision of becoming a model 21st-century urban research university that serves the public good. As an anchor institution, the university has invested in infrastructure projects that leverage the physical, cultural, and intellectual assets of the university and the community, exemplifying an inclusive model of higher education and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a shared value within the institution.
“I am honored by this rare opportunity and responsibility to create an archive from the ground up and make discoverable to many a trove of resources previously known only to a few,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence previously served as a processing archivist for the Institute of Jazz Studies, a position she held since 2012. Prior to that role, she worked as a processing archivist at the Center for Jewish History in New York. She earned her master’s degree in library and information science from Queens College at the City University of New York and her master’s degree in music from Morgan State University.