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Libraries welcome new archivist at Institute of Jazz Studies

March 20, 2014
Elizabeth Surles, Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies

Elizabeth Surles, Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies

The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Surles, the new archivist in the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS).

Elizabeth will oversee the archival collections at IJS, including preserving, processing, and making accessible the many varied personal papers, business records, photographs, musical recordings, memorabilia, ephemera, and other artifacts housed at IJS. One high priority of her work will be to improve access to the materials at IJS through the creation of online finding aids for the collections. Elizabeth is currently working on a box-level survey of all IJS archival collections, to create an updated master-list of holdings and assist in identifying priority preservation projects.

Prior to joining IJS, Elizabeth served as library director and digitization archivist at the American Alpine Club Library in Golden, Colorado. Previously she worked as project coordinator for the Starr-Gennett Foundation in Richmond, Indiana, which is dedicated to preserving the history of the pioneering jazz record label, Gennett Records, and its parent organization, the Starr Piano Company. Elizabeth received an MLIS degree, with a Certificate in Special Collections, and a Masters in Musicology degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in both Music and History from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Elizabeth was recently accepted into the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, a nine day summer residency program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Through a competitive selection process, this program brings together a diverse group of 21 librarians to receive training and support to help them design and complete a significant research project. The program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal government program. Elizabeth's research will compare the contents of finding aids for music collections at different archives.

Elizabeth can be reached at or 973-353-5180. Her office is located in IJS, on the 4th floor of the John Cotton Dana Library on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

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