2018 Steering Committee candidates

Meet our candidates for our Steering Committee for this year's elections.


Carol Street 

Carol Street is the Undergraduate Research Archivist at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center, where she manages the Learning Lab internship program for undergraduate students. She earned her MLS from Indiana University in 2007. Carol was previously the Architectural Records Archivist at Ball State University, where she was a lone arranger and first archivist for the design collection. Prior to that she worked in library and art collections at the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art, History, and Culture; Indiana Historical Society, the A.I.R. Gallery, and The Museum of Modern Art.

As a mid-career archivist in a female-dominated profession, I am concerned when I see men dominating the upper levels of the profession at some institutions. I am interested in serving on the Women Archivists Section to promote women’s achievements in SAA and in the profession, as well as explore ways the organization can support women archivists and offer opportunities for growth. I would be proud to continue the work WArS has done to make our profession equal and with opportunities open for everyone.

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Rayna Andrews
 Rayna Andrews is the Archivist for the Henry Luce Foundation African American Collecting Initiative at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, where she primarily processes collections related to African American art and artists. She earned her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2013. Rayna was previously the College Women Project Digital Assistant at Bryn Mawr College, and an Archives Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts.

 I am interested in serving on the Women Archivists Section Steering Committee because I am committed to the section's stated goal of "promot[ing] the participation of women in all phases of SAA's activities and the profession as a whole." As I establish my career, it is important to me that I take a more active role in SAA, and in WArS in particular. In order to address the needs and concerns of all women in our profession, we must be intersectional in our approach and ready to listen and learn from one another. I am eager to join the WArS steering committee in fostering an environment that allows for dialogue, collaboration, and supportive learning.

Jessica Mirasol

Jessica Mirasol is the Curator for Special Collections and University Archivist at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. After working as a graduate intern in the Archives of Industrial Society at the University of Pittsburgh processing women’s rights collections, Mirasol was the Music Archivist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. There she worked with composers, conductors, professors, and community members to document the area’s rich music history. Then she spent three years in Davenport, Iowa as the Special Collections Supervisor for the Davenport Public Library. She presented several workshops and events regarding genealogy and local history.

I am always looking for new and exciting ways to share my love of Special Collections. I am passionate about women’s issues in all areas of life, and with a combined nine years’ experience in both public and academic libraries, I have a broad knowledge of the issues facing women in the archives profession. As the mother of two, I understand and support women in the struggle for a work/home life balance.

Rosemary K.J. Davis 
Rosemary K. J. Davis currently works as Accessioning Archivist for the Manuscript Unit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. In addition to an MSLIS degree from Pratt Institute, she holds a BA in Visual Studies and Fiction from the New School. Prior to her work Yale, Rosemary processed the Samuel French Collection at Amherst College, riot grrrl collections at the Fales Library at NYU, exhibition records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jazz Loft oral histories at Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the papers of Christian J. Lambertsen at the Duke University Medical Center Archives.
After working to help develop the New England Archivists Code of Conduct in 2016, I became more acutely interested in contributing my energies and expertise toward cultivating safe, supportive professional environments that fully represent the complete spectrum of people performing archival labor. The opportunity to serve on the SAA WArS Steering Committee provides a chance for me to collaborate with other individuals striving to deconstruct oppressive systems that place limitations on members of our profession because of their identity, status, or experience level. In terms of what I can bring to the steering committee beyond my passion for the section's mission: I believe my writing and editing skills (bolstered by my editorial and peer review work for the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies and other journals) could support many of the tasks expected of steering committee members, particularly in regards to drafting initiatives, developing deadline schedules, and organizing action items. Additionally, much of the archival work I do involves written and in-person interactions with donors that require diplomacy, sensitivity, discretion, and responsiveness--all necessary components of establishing clear, trustworthy communication with a wide variety of individuals and organizations. Working with other members of WArS, I'd like take part in a concerted, collective endeavor to ensure transparency, safety, and empathy are built into this organization’s operations on every level.