Katie Platt

Archivist  | Preservation Enthusiast

“History is essential for our growth, and we must preserve as much as we can. Archives and archivists exist to preserve that information for future generations, and to ensure that we can still learn from history years down the line.”

Work at HAI

Katie joined HAI with experience in a variety of archival institutions, from government to private, that has given her a unique perspective on how archives function. She applies this experience to her client work at HAI. As an archivist and public historian, Katie's passion for the preservation of history is reflected in her dedication to her work. Though she has only joined HAI recently, Katie is excited to put her training and experience to use in a new setting.

Path to HAI

Prior to joining HAI, Katie worked at institutions throughout the Maryland and Washington, D.C., areas, including the Maryland State Archives, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the National Park Service. Katie has always had a love for history, but first became interested in archival work after taking an internship in undergrad with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office where she assisted in the creation of a database to inventory their historic materials.

After graduating from Hood College in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public history, Katie was awarded the Elizabeth Yourtee Anderson Prize for her work in historic preservation. Katie then went on to get her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Maryland at College Park with a concentration in archives and digital curation.