Thursday, August 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
110 - It's Not You, It's Me: Managing Donor Relations in Special Collections and Archives

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Go behind the scenes to learn how archives professionals develop donor relationships.Two public library archivists discuss unique approaches in acquiring collections, often calling upon the public--including underrepresented communities--to assist; a university archivist shares ethical issues as her past donor relations are cast in a new light; a labor archivist details his partnership with union members; and an independent archivist describes complications when living donors request a specific, perhaps exaggerated, legacy. All panelists share their "donor pitch."

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Ray Barker

Archivist, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Ray Barker is an Archivist at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Washington, DC, where he processes collections, conducts donor relations, public programming, and oversees the processing of the Punk Archive. Ray is a regular contributor to the Library's podcast, DCPL Radio, and is... Read More →


Derek Mitchell Gray

Archivist, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Derek has been an Archivist in Special Collections,DC Public Library since 2008, managing the DC Community Archives, reference, and donors.His research interests include under-documented ethnic and sexually diverse DC communities.His current research focuses on the DC branch of the... Read More →
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Heather Halpin Perez

Special Collections Librarian & University Archivist, Stockton University
Heather Perez is the Special Collections Librarian/University Archivist at Stockton University in New Jersey, where she has worked since 2017 as the first professional archivist for the institution. She is a Lone Arranger. From 2006 to 2017, she was the first professional archivist... Read More →

Calvin Rydbom

Archivist, Akron Sound Museum/Pursue Posterity
Calvin Rydbom is the Vice President of Pursue Posterity, a freelance archival consulting firm in Northeast Ohio. He is also the Vice President and Chief Archivist at the Akron Sound Museum in Akron Ohio.
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Gavin Strassel

UAW Archivist, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Gavin Strassel is the United Auto Workers (UAW) Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University, where he stewards the historical records of the influential labor union. Additionally, he is president of the Metro Detroit Archivists League.


Aaron D. Purcell

Director of Special Collections, Virginia Tech
Aaron Purcell is director of Special Collections at Virginia Tech. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Tennessee and a MLS from the University of Maryland. Purcell has written and spoken widely on topics related to donors and archives.

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