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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

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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 Certified Archivist. Bennett worked previously at Iowa State University, Boston College, and two corporate research firms. She is an active member of the Society of North Carolina Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference.

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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. Her first book, Obliged to Help: Adolphine Fletcher Terry and the Progressive South, was published in 2011.
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Chrystal Carpenter

University Archivist, Elon University
Carpenter is the University Archivist at Elon University. Previous institutions include consultant for the One‐Eight Memorial Foundation, Archivist for the J. Craig Venter Institute, Manuscript and Congressional Archivist at the University of Arizona, and Photo Archivist at the Arizona Historical Society. Carpenter earned a BA in Anthropology and a Master's in Information Resources and Library Science from University of Arizona. She also is... Read More →
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Stacey Chandler

Reference Archivist, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Stacey Chandler is Reference Archivist for textual collections at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, part of the National Archives and Records Administration. 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 Simmons College and her BA in History from UMass Amherst

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

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