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INCLUSION & DIVERSITY

New England Archivists (NEA) supports inclusion and diversity as core values in achieving its mission. NEA is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive environment where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. Through inclusion, NEA is dedicated to expanding membership, participation, and leadership that reflect the broad diversity of New England.

Meet Your Inclusion and Diversity Committee!


Rosemary K. J. Davis is serving a three year term (2017-2020) as co-chair for the IDC. Currently, she works as Accessioning Archivist for the Manuscript Unit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. In addition to an MSLIS degree from Pratt Institute, she holds a BA in Visual Studies and Fiction from the New School. Prior to her work Yale, Rosemary processed the Samuel French Collection at Amherst College, riot grrrl collections at the Fales Library at NYU, exhibition records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jazz Loft oral histories at Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the papers of Christian J. Lambertsen at the Duke University Medical Center Archives.


Rose Oliveira is serving a three year term (2017-2020) as co-chair for the IDC. She currently works as the Linda Lear Special Collections Librarian at the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College. She received her MS in Information Science from Simmons College and holds a MA in Medieval Studies from the Central European University and a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She has worked as a graduate assistant at Tufts Digital Collections and Archives and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.




Dorothy Berry is serving a two-year term (2018-2020) as a member of the IDC. She is the Digital Collections Program Manager at Houghton Library, Harvard University. She received an MLS and an MA in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and a BA in Music Performance from Mills College. She has worked as the Metadata and Digitization Lead for Umbra Search African American History at University of Minnesota, a Mellon Fellow at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and a graduate assistant at the Black Film Center/Archive and the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

Stephanie Bredbenner is serving a two-year term (2018-2020) as a member of the IDC. She works as a processing archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She was previously the project archivist at the San Diego Museum of Man and completed internships at the Rockefeller Archive Center, National Park Service, and John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester. She holds an MA in Archives and Records Management from the University of Liverpool and a BA in history and English from Bryn Mawr College.




Joan Ilacqua is serving a one-year term (2018-2019) as a member of the IDC. She is co-chair of the board of directors of The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston and the Archivist for Women in Medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Center for the History of Medicine. She serves on Harvard Medical School’s LGBT Committee, Equity and Social Justice Committee, and Joint Committee on the Status of Women. She is a graduate of UMass Boston’s Public History master’s program and earned her BA in history and studio art from the University of Puget Sound. Prior to graduate school, she worked at several National Park Service sites in archives and museum collections.

Meg Rinn is serving a one-year term (2018-2019) as a member of the IDC. She works as the archivist and cataloger at the Barnum Museum as well as the assistant archivist at the Bridgeport History Center, both in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Rinn received her MLIS from Rutgers University, where she worked part-time for several years on processing paper collections, exhibitions, and imaging. She has worked with archival and museum material related to P.T. Barnum, Charles S. Stratton, M. Lavinia Warren, and others in their orbit, and with Bridgeport-related collections including those focusing on the city’s diverse communities and on its major industry players such as Columbia Records and luxury car company Locomobile.



Questions? Feedback? Don’t hesitate to contact the IDC at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org.

history of the NEA Inclusion and diversity committee

The New England Archivists’ 2010 strategic plan formally recognized the importance of diversity and inclusion for an organization seeking to represent and support all of New England’s archivists. The plan called for the formation of a Diversity Task Force (DTF) to examine community needs. In their final report to the board (June 2013), the DTF made a number of recommendations, including a call to “institutionalize NEA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by creating a permanent body devoted to assessing and promoting the organization’s progress in this area.” The Executive Board acted on this recommendation by creating the position of Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator (IDC). Volunteer Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook served in that position for a three-year term (November 2014–November 2017). In the final year of her tenure, Anna recommended to the board that the position of IDC be expanded into a committee. The integration of inclusion and diversity efforts throughout NEA, combined with ambitious goals outlined in the 2016-2020 strategic plan, meant that a single coordinator would likely be overextended. In July 2017, the Executive Board approved this transition, and the Inclusion and Diversity Committee was formed, taking over responsibility for NEA’s inclusion and diversity work in December 2017.

IDC Resources

Code of Conduct

In 2016, the NEA membership voted overwhelmingly to adopt an IDC-proposed Code of Conduct (CoC). The full text of the CoC is available to members and guests here. Please direct any questions or concerns about the CoC to the IDC at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org.

Contingent Employment Study

Seventy archivists completed the IDC's Contingent Employment Study online survey, which was open for responses from April 1 to July 31, 2016. Led by then Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook, the research team working on the survey conducted follow-up interviews and analyzed the results. The final report can be found here.

In 2018, NEA issued a formal statement on the status of contingent employment in the archival profession. The IDC contributed to this statement, which can be read in full here.

“Who’s Missing From This Table?”

Since Spring 2015, the IDC has edited a regular guest column in the NEA Newsletter called, “Who’s Missing From This Table?”. This column explores issues of inclusion within NEA and the profession as a whole. Have something to say regarding social justice and the archives? If you're interested in volunteering to write a guest column, please contact the IDC at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org to discuss your idea.


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