Project Team

Martha Briggs, Project Director

Martha Briggs, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Midwest Manuscripts, has thirty years of professional curatorial and archival experience at the Newberry, the Huntington Library, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. At the Newberry she managed several grant-funded archival projects, including the Newberry Library Archives, Pullman Company, and Illinois Central Railroad, and a variety of NEH manuscript collection processing projects.

Blog posts by Martha

Alison Hinderliter, Project Manager

Alison Hinderliter, Archives and Manuscripts Librarian, has worked full time at the Newberry since 2001.  She has managed EAD inventory and MARC record creation and all related website activities, supervised the work of several archival processing projects including the Illinois Central Railroad, provided specialized reference assistance for manuscript, archival, and music collections, and supervised volunteers and interns.  She has twenty years of prior professional archival experience at the Newberry Library (including processing the Newberry Library Archives and the Pullman Company Archives), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Public Library, and Chicago History Museum.

Blog posts by Alison

Kelly Kress, Senior Project Archivist

Kelly Kress worked as Project Archivist for the two-year NEH family papers processing project, and previously was Processing Archivist on the two-year NEH Chicago journalism manuscript collections processing project.  Prior to coming to the Newberry in 2006, Kelly worked for 6 years as Assistant Archivist at the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Blog posts by Kelly

Emma Martin, Archives Technician

Emma Martin worked as the Program Assistant for Library Services at Newberry for a year and a half before joining the CB&Q team. Before that, she worked as the University of Chicago Masters of the Humanities Modern Manuscripts summer intern processing collections for the NEH family papers grant.

Blog posts by Emma

Lisa Janssen, Former Senior Processing Archivist

Lisa Janssen worked as Senior Project Archivist for the two-year NEH family papers processing project, and before that was Project Archivist on the two-year NEH Chicago journalism manuscript collections processing project.  She worked earlier on the NEH Voices of the Prairie processing project, and was a NHPRC Fellow in Archival Administration at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Blog posts by Lisa

Andrew Oloffson, former Archives Technician

Andrew Oloffson worked at the Newberry for over a year in the Reader Services Department prior to joining the Department of Maps and Modern Manuscripts in August 2012. Before coming to the Newberry, he worked in the Map & Geography Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a graduate student while completing his MS in Library and Information Science.

Blog posts by Andrew

Pamela Olson, former Archives Technician

Pamela Olson had returned to the Newberry after pursuing graduate studies at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Previously, she worked for one year as Senior Manuscripts and Archives Assistant for the dance collections, and as Manuscripts and Archives Assistant for the two-year NEH Voices of the Prairie processing project.

Blog posts by Pamela

Guest Bloggers

Occasionally, we may have interns, students, and other staff working with the project, who will also post about their work and findings. In 2012, we had help from Maria Burke, Alternative Spring Break Intern; Etan Heller, Metcalf intern from University of Chicago; and Liz John, MAPH (MA Program in the Humanities) intern from University of Chicago. In 2013, University of Illinois LEEP intern Jennifer Westrick, and MAPH interns Maria Dikcis and Liisa Freeh contributed posts.

Blog posts by Guests