Archivist | Jetsetter
“Yes, I’m an archivist; and no, I don’t wear a bowtie.”
Work at HAI
At HAI, Jim is based out of the Rockville office but his archival work takes him to repositories and offices across the country and around the world. During his time at HAI, he has surveyed and processed collections in Texas, Tennessee, Alaska, Puerto Rico, France, and Tunisia, to name just a few.
Jim has over 14 years of experience in assessing document collections and subsequently arranging them both physically and intellectually, conducting historical research to write finding aids that facilitate access to those collections, and implementing best practices to conserve photographs, oversize materials and other artifacts.
Most of his recent clients have been federal agencies and non-profit organizations, including:
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Gerard B. Lambert Foundation
- Library of Congress
- People for the American Way
- U.S. Coast Guard Museum
- U.S. National Park Service
- Various United States Congressional Offices
Path to HAI
Before joining HAI in 2006, Jim worked as an interpreter and archivist at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio, as well as in the rare book division of the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jim received his master’s degree in library and information science from Kent State University in 2005. He earned his BA in English literature with a minor in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He has studied at the Alliance Française of Washington, D.C., and both speaks and reads French.