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The new NEA Project Archivist

Hello to all of you who have been following the blog updates concerning the records of the National Education Association.  It's been quite awhile since there was any news to report, but now there's finally something.  There is a new Project Archivist hired to complete the processing of the material.  That's me!!!  I'm Vakil Smallen, a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland College of Library Sciences.  Until recently, I was working in the archives of the International Monetary Fund.  I'm excited to join the team here at GWU's Gelman Library and get the chance to work with the unique and historic materials from the NEA. 

My first task has been familiarizing myself with the existing collection (all 2,600 boxes of it) and preparing the first series I will be processing.  My next blog entry will be a more detailed description of that series, the Projects, Programs and Awards Series.  There are still a few memos, letters and reports to organize and describe but most of what is left consists of bound publications, photographs and mixed media audio-visual materials.

The current plan is to have the entire collection available to the public in the spring of 2011.  In the meantime, it is available on a limited access basis.  If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at smallen@gwu.edu.


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