Three SAA members were named distinguished Fellows, the highest individual honor bestowed by SAA, for outstanding contributions to the archives profession. These accomplished individuals were recognized on Thursday, August 20, during Plenary I at ARCHIVES 2015. Jelain Chubb, Texas state archivist and director of the Archives and Information Services Division at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston and dual master’s degree in library and information science and applied history with a specialization in archival administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Chubb began her professional experience as a search room assistant at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. She later became the assistant curator of archival collections for the University of South Carolina’s University Archives and moved on to increasingly responsible professional positions as local records archivist for the Kansas State Historical Society, administrative archivist for the Local Records Program at the Missouri State Archives, and as state archivist for Ohio and Texas. Chubb has demonstrated especially strong advocacy skills throughout her career and has succeeded in securing additional funding for the state archives in Ohio and Texas during challenging economic periods. Since assuming the position of Texas state archivist in June 2010, her positive and focused approach to advancing the archival integrity of the Texas state government resulted in the state legislature increasing appropriations for records preservation and access by more than $1 million. “To a level far above the average, [Chubb] is unflagging in pursuit, support, and encouragement of the archival enterprise,” a supporter wrote. “In her deft management of the daily archival function, her ingenuity in building constituencies of supporters, and her attention to ensuring the spread and enrichment of the archival knowledge base, she truly is an archivist’s archivist.” Kathy Marquis earned a bachelor of arts in history degree from the University of Michigan, where she worked as a student in the Bentley Historical Library, and her master of library and information science degree from Simmons College. Her career began in 1978 as an archival assistant at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she discovered her professional calling as a reference archivist. She then honed her reference, access, and public service skills at the Minnesota Historical Society before returning to her alma mater, Michigan, where she was head of the Reference and Access Division at the Bentley Library. For the past twelve years, she was the public services librarian at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming, where among other things she developed a literacy program for older adults, organizing book discussions and other public outreach activities. Professional accomplishments include codeveloping the SAA workshop “Real world Reference: Moving Beyond Theory”; guest lecturing at Michigan and Simmons; presenting papers at SAA annual meetings, the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), the New England Area Archivists, and the Public Library Association; and co-chairing both SAA and MAC Program Committees and chairing several SAA committees, most recently the SAA Task Force on the Annual Meeting. In addition, Marquis is the coauthor of the forthcoming American Library Association book Local History Reference Collections in Public Libraries. Kathleen Williams, executive director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant making affiliate of the National Archives, began her career as the assistant archivist at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in 1982. She then moved on to become the first archivist of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1984. While there she developed an archival and records management program that has served as a model for museums nationwide. In 1994 Williams moved on to become supervisory assistant archivist at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and subsequently advanced to become the supervisory associate archivist (1997) and archives division director (2002), leading archival activities at the largest such repository at the Smithsonian. In 2004, she joined the NHPRC as deputy executive director and became executive director in 2008. As executive director, Williams led the effort to create Founders Online (founders .archives.gov), an online public resource that contains more than 170,000 digitized and transcribed historical documents of six founding fathers of the United States. She successfully negotiated with the White House and Congress for additional funding to support this effort. Williams has worked tirelessly to reinvigorate and reimagine NHPRC’s national grants program, including a new funding category to encourage citizen engagement in historical records projects at local, state, and regional archives. Williams’s supporters noted that she “became well-known for her commonsense, no-nonsense, practical, effective grasp of the challenges of developing museum archives in an underfunded and hostile environment” and that she is a “thoughtful leader . . . [with a] keen perception of where the field is, where it could be going, and what kinds of strategies and partnerships would be especially crucial in reaching optimum outcomes.”
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