Stephen Fletcher

Stephen Fletcher

Stephen J. Fletcher is the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archivist in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his appointment at UNC in February 2003, he worked in curatorial positions with photographic and other visual materials at the California Historical Society and the Indiana Historical Society. He also worked as a consultant to the Sierra Club, organizing and providing access to its library's photographic collection.

Fletcher received a BFA in Photographic Illustration in 1982 from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He began his archival/curatorial career in 1981 while attending RIT through three independent studies and as a summer employee at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House. He then attended the John F. Kennedy University's Center for Museum Studies in San Francisco, obtaining his MA in 1992.

Stephen is an active leader with the Visual Materials section of the Society of American Archivists, having twice chaired the section. He is also a member of the Photographic and Audiovisual Archives Working Group of the International Council on Archives. His current archival motto is “Be more like George Washington than Paul Revere” regarding born-digital photographs.

Fletcher is also an active photographer; he is a member of Visual Artists Exchange in Raleigh, and the Durham Art Guild.