Patrick Cullom

Patrick Cullom

Patrick Cullom is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist for Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he has been for almost 10 years. Patrick has a Bachelor of Arts in History from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. and a Master of Library and Information Science (concentration in Archives), from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. During his career, Patrick has encountered, arranged, and described a wide variety of image formats spanning the 19th – 21st centuries, working with collections ranging from a single item to those numbering in the hundreds of thousands. During his time working in archives, Patrick has handled more than million “analog” prints/negatives and hundreds of thousands of “born-digital” image files. Patrick’s mantra with images is that all photographs are essentially “records of light levels at a given time and place” and all can be initially approached as such.

Before joining Technical Services at UNC Chapel Hill, Patrick served as the Audio-Visual Archivist at The Catholic University of America and worked in the Public Services Department at the University City Regional Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.