Amanda Bernard

Archivist | Detail-Oriented Describer

“Facilitating access to the historical record is, first of all, the crux of the archival mission, but for me it’s also a means of imparting the inspiration I draw from the infinite variety of archival work.”

Work at HAI

Mandy brings experience working in special collections and writing for different audiences. Her work at HAI primarily consists of processing archival collections and producing archival finding aids for clients.

Path to HAI

Before joining HAI in August 2021, Mandy worked for two years as a Graduate Library Preprofessional in Special Collections at The Catholic University of America, where she also earned her graduate degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management. During her time at Catholic University she processed and produced findings aids for three archival collections, including the personal papers of both Mary Ann Glendon, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and Elliot Liebow, the author of Tally’s Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men (1967) and Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women (1993).

Mandy especially enjoys the outreach aspect of archival work, which she embraces as an opportunity to synthesize information for others; through blog posts, digital exhibits, and finding aids, she seeks to share the detailed knowledge of archival collections that she gains as a processing archivist with others in order to entice them to keep exploring.

As an undergraduate, Mandy majored in English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, graduating summa cum laude in 2016.