Speaker spotlight: Deborah Richards

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“Richards will discuss Transcribe/Transform, a project at Mount Holyoke College’s Archives and Special Collections. This crowdsourced transcription project involves the archives working with alumnae and the general public to transcribe letters and help collections emerge and be more accessible to researchers. The project began with the papers of President Mary E. Woolley and Jeannette Marks, educators and partners for over 50 years. Their collection holds potential for the history of women in higher education, women in academia, and LGBTQ history.”

Website: https://transcribe.mtholyoke.edu/

Deborah Richards

Richards is the Special Collections Archivist at the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections. Prior to this position, she was the Assistant Archivist at the Smith College Archives and an archivist at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. For almost 20 years, she has worked with the archives of women’s and LGBTQ history. She is an active member of the Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists and Queer!NEA, the New England Archivists’ LGBTQ Issues Roundtable. Richards received her BA in History and Women’s Studies from Oregon State University, a MA in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a MSLIS with an archives concentration from Simmons College.

Twitter: @amdial

The mission of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections is to help people transform their lives and our communities through active participation with history, culture, and creativity. Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts college for women in western Massachusetts in the United States.

Website: www.mtholyoke.edu/archives

Deborah is part of the ‘Collecting and promoting LGBT history’ roundtable on day 3 of the conference

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