SAA VMS 2020 Election Results are IN!


Alexis Peregoy
Associate Archivist
Center for Creative Photography

As the associate archivist for the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography, I am responsible for the management of and access to 280+ archival collections related to the history of photography, which includes both analog and digital materials. I oversee acquisition, processing, and preservation activities, research and reference services, the research fellowship program, and instruction activities with faculty and students. Special projects I am currently working on include: a grant-funded preservation project to assess and preserve our at-risk film-based materials; implementing digital preservation workflows; and an active participant of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Initiative. I have worked in archives, libraries, and museums since 2010. My educational background includes a Master of Science in Information (MSI); MA in Museum Studies; and a BA in Art History. In May, I passed the comprehensive exam for the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate through SAA.

Candidate Statement:
I am extremely interested in becoming actively involved with the Visual Materials Section again, and believe my professional experience leadership skills will serve well as Chair-elect. As an archivist working and teaching with primarily photographic materials, I feel strongly about visual literacy and archival education. I would encourage VMS to develop and share accessible resources to build visual and archival literacy skills in all learning environments. I would also explore ways in which VMS could support paid training for students interested in working with visual materials. Over the past 4 years, I have been actively involved with both the Society of American Archivists and the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA). From 2016-2019, I was a member of the SAA Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee and was previously active with VMS in 2016-2018, serving as the Education Chair. With SSA, I am an active Executive Board member (2020-2022), and just completed a two-year term as secretary with the Board. I'm active on the SSA Nominating committee, State Partnerships and Outreach committee, and the newly created Internship Ad-Hoc Committee.


Renée Elizabeth Neely, MLIS
Artist / Independent Scholar
Project Archivist - The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University 

Bio Statement:
I am an archivist and a visual artist. This duality is easily understood by those of us in the Visual Materials Section. I received my MLIS from Simmons College (now University), and hold an AB in English Literature and Cultures from Brown University. I am represented by Studio Hop Gallery, Providence, RI.

Currently, I am Project Archivist for The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University. My independent research focuses on how we can re-imagine and illuminate historical narratives that do not have traditionally documented records.

Archival Outlook, VIEWS, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists, The Independent Scholar, and Callaloo, A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters.

Candidate Statement:
This moment of global crisis has given us a chance to reflect on how we want to move forward. Before this, I would have been content to remain a silent member of our Section. I am running for the position of Member-at-Large on the Steering Committee, to actively contribute to our Section, and SAA. I believe this is an opportunity to support each other and move forward together.