Elizabeth Surles started as Archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark in January 2014. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Digitization Archivist and then Library Director at the American Alpine Club Library in Golden, Colorado. She formerly worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Sousa Archives and Office of Collections at the University of Illinois, where she earned master’s degrees in musicology and library and information science and a certificate in special collections. She has volunteered for the University of Illinois Society of American Archivists' student chapter, the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Wayne County Historical Museum. Before her time in Illinois, Elizabeth served as the Starr-Gennett Foundation’s Project Coordinator in Richmond, Indiana, where she worked to promote the history of Gennett Records. She holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in music and history from Lawrence University.
“It’s All About Change,” Presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. October 17, 2014.
“Gennett Records Jazz Firsts.” Jazz from the Archives. WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. June 15, 2014.
“Jurassic 5.” In The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, ed. Charles Hiroshi Garrett. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
“Lena Horne.” In The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, ed. Charles Hiroshi Garrett. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
“Sophie Tucker.” In The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, ed. Charles Hiroshi Garrett. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Liner notes to May Irwin and Clarice Vance: The High Priestess of Jollity and The Southern Singer (Champaign: Archeophone Records, 2011).
“I Been to Hear the Highest Kind of Opera Grand”: Blues, “Good Music,” and the Performance of Race on Record, 1920-1921. MM thesis. University of Illinois, 2010. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16503. Thesis advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Magee.
“The Difference Is in the Moan: The Growing Pains of the Starr-Gennett Collection,” Conference paper presented at the Association for Recorded Sound Collections and Society for American Music joint conference, 2004.
Saloon Singing: Music in the Woman's Temperance Movement, 1873-1892, Newberry Library Seminar paper presented at the Richard A. Harrison Symposium in Humanities and Social Sciences at Lawrence University, 2000.
The Henry S. Hall Jr. American Alpine Club Library, Golden, Colorado
Library Director, July 2013 to December 2013
Digitization Archivist, October 2011 to July 2013
University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Graduate Assistant, August 2008 to December 2011
Office of Collections, Andrew S. Turyn Graduate Assistant, August 2010 to December 2011
University of Colorado at Boulder
American Music Research Center, Practicum, May to June 2011
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Research Collections Division, Alternative Spring Break Intern, March 2011
School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Musicology Division, Teaching Assistant, August 2007 to December 2009
Starr-Gennett Foundation, Richmond, Indiana
Project Coordinator, July 2001 to August 2007