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Thursday, August 16 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
302 - Too Big to Fail: Processing Large-Scale Collections

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Have you been charged with processing a collection so large that it seems an impossible task? Faced a loading dock of pallets stacked high with boxes? Join us for a lightning round of panelists discussing their experiences processing collections ranging from 200 to 11,000 linear feet! We examine the nuances of processing large archival collections, reaching beyond MPLP applications to critically examine the unique challenges, psychological effects, and structural frameworks surrounding such collections.

Natalie Bond: Too Big to Fail: Processing Large-Scale Collections
Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh: Training and Mentoring Student Assistants for Large Processing Projects as a Lone Arranger
Natalie Johnson: Archival Triage: Developing a Quasi-MPLP Processing Plan
Kelly Kress: Team Effort: How We Processed Nearly 2500 Linear Feet of 19th Century Railroad Records at the Newberry
Robert Lay: Enough Planning to Do the Job: Processing the Bell Helicopter Records
Marc Levitt: Archiving More Than 50 Years of Public Service: The Robert C. Byrd Papers
Jonathan Lill: Index, Sort, Report: Homegrown Database Solutions for Museum Exhibition Records
Brian Wilson: Weaving Our Way to Success: Processing Textile History at The Henry Ford

Moderator: Natalie Bond

Chair
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Natalie Bond

Political Papers Archivist, University of Montana
Natalie Bond is the Political Papers Archivist at the University of Montana, where she currently works with the Max S. Baucus Papers. Her work has focused on archival praxis in post-colonial societies, social memory, and Congressional archival collections.

Speakers
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Natalie Johnson

Manuscript Processing Archivist, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Natalie is an archivist at the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she manages the manuscript processing backlog. She is also the processing archivist for the Richard E. Turley Jr. family collection of about 300 linear feet. She received her MSLIS from Simmons... Read More →
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Kelly Kress

Assistant Archivist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Kelly Kress has over 15 years of Archives and Special Collections experience processing collections of all sizes. She'll be speaking about an NEH - funded project to process the records of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company at the Newberry.
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Robert Lay

Head of Arrangement and Description, Richard B. Russell Library, University of Georgia Libraries
Robert Lay has over ten years of experience in processing large collections, including both congressional papers and corporate records. His latest work includes processing the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Records and the Bell Helicopter Records at the University of North Tex... Read More →
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Marc Levitt

Archivist, National Naval Aviation Museum
Marc is the first Archivist at the National Naval Aviation Museum, under the Navy History & Heritage Command. Marc draws upon his experience from his last position where he processed the papers of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who holds the record as the longest serving... Read More →
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Jonathan Lill

Leon Levy Foundation Project Manager, The Museum of Modern Art
Jonathan Lill is the Leon Levy Project Manager in the MoMA Archives where he currently leads their Exhibition Files Project to open all of MoMA's historical curatorial records to the public. He received his MLS from Simmons College, Boston.
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Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh

Archivist, Elizabethtown College
Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh is the Archivist at Elizabethtown College. She holds an MLIS in Archival Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Archivist. Rachel is an active member of MARAC and SAA and has previously presented on instruction, outreach, and lone arranger... Read More →
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Brian Wilson

Senior Manager, Archives and Library, The Henry Ford
Formally Digital Access & Preservation Archivist at The Henry Ford’s Benson Ford Research Center, Brian Wilson was recently named Senior Manager of the Archives and Library at The Henry Ford, where he now oversees all of the department’s operations.


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