Tawny Ryan Nelb

Although she works with all types of records, Tawny Ryan Nelb is recognized for her expertise with architectural records.  Along with her co-author Waverly Lowell she wrote Architectural Records:  Managing Design and Construction Records that won the Waldo Gifford Leland Award in 2007.

She has been an archivist/historian for 35 years, twenty-five of those years as an independent consultant.  Previously, she worked for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and the Yale University Manuscripts and Archives Department.  The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University, Oberlin College, the Alden B. Dow Archives, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, UCLA—Special Collections Department, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Cal Poly Special Collections Department, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were among her many clients.

Ms. Nelb received a BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in American History from Southern Connecticut State University.  She’s written over 40 articles and three books on archival and historical topics and has two more books in preparation.


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