Thursday, August 4 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
109 - I Second That Emotion: Working with Emotionally Challenging Collections

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Our collections are not simply objective records. Archivists document contentious tragedy and emotional outpouring, which affect us as they do donors and researchers. The panelists draw on archivists' experiences with emotionally challenging collections, including processing, working with donors, and supporting research interactions. Drawing on their own experiences, they delve into how emotions affect the profession in terms of collections acquisition, the perception of memory and truth, ethics within and outside the field, and so-called "objectivity."

Ferrante: 9/11 and the Marathon Bombings: What Can Archivists Do?
Chandler: The John F. Kennedy Assassination and Other Tragedies: Whose Experiences Should We Remember?
Bayless: Reopening Old Wounds: Documenting Arkansas's Korean and Vietnam War Veterans
Carpenter: Community Healing and the Archiving of a Tragedy: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' Congress on Your Corner Shooting


Stephanie Bennett

Collections Archivist, Wake Forest University
Bennett is the Collections Archivist for Wake Forest University, which is also her alma mater. She holds an MSLIS with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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Stephanie Bayless

Archivist and Assistant Manager, Research Services Division, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Stephanie Bayless is the Archivist and Assistant Manager of the Research Services Division at Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, which is the Arkansas history and genealogy department of Central Arkansas Library System. Bayless has a MA in Public History and is a Certified Archivist... Read More →
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Chrystal Carpenter

University Archivist and Coordinator of Special Collections, Elon University
University Archivist & Coordinator of Special Collections at Elon University, where she provides leadership and vision for the Department. Member of the Archives Leadership Institute, 2015 cohort and a Certified Archivist. Previously, Director of Archives at the J. Craig Venter I... Read More →
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Stacey Flores Chandler

Reference Archivist, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Stacey is the Reference Archivist at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, specializing in access and outreach for paper-based collections. She has an MA in Public History from Northeastern University.
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Krista Ferrante

Corporate Archivist, The MITRE Corporation
Ferrante is the Corporate Archivist at The MITRE Corporation. She has previously worked as an archivist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Tufts University and the American Antiquarian Society. She received her MS in Library and Information Science at... Read More →

Thursday August 4, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 206/207 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303