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Leah Richardson

Research and Instruction Librarian for Special Collections
Special Collections Research Center

Leah Richardson (she/her) works with students, faculty, and communities to access and use historic and archival collections for research and teaching. Leah works with educators to provide innovative, hands-on instruction with primary sources and is a library partner with the GW University Writing Program. She provides consultations on conducting effective research with digital and paper-based primary and secondary resources. 

Office location
Special Collections Research Center, Gelman 7th floor
Research consultation area(s)
Arts and Humanities
Special Collections
Collection development area(s)
Africana Studies
American Studies
English and American Literature
Film Studies
Labor History
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Areas of expertise
archives, rare books, humanities research, teaching with primary sources