Kelly Lathrop, C.A.
Archivist | Strategic Consultant
“I enjoy getting to know every client and the records they possess, understanding their needs and constraints to tackle every archival challenge as if it were my own.”
Work at HAI
At HAI, Kelly is an archivist, consultant, project manager, and subject matter expert. She works with our clients to build a trusting relationship, offering her advice and professional expertise to determine the strategic vision for collections both big and small. She enjoys the process of leveraging historic materials to tell compelling stories, and working in interdisciplinary teams with a large range of clients.
Kelly is an optimist and sees the silver lining in almost every situation. She is an artist at heart, approaching every opportunity with a creative eye. Her background in photography gives photographic collections a special place, but she also loves working with manuscripts, personal papers, and special collections. Her work at HAI includes archival processing and organization; client engagement and education sessions; and consultation on proper care, documentation, and use of historic materials. As a consultant, she provides formal recommendations for a variety of archival challenges including arrangement, access, storage, space utilization, policy development, and administrative oversight.
Her clients include:
- Annapolis Yacht Club
- Chi Omega Fraternity
- County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
- Edgar Cayce Foundation
- Harpers Ferry Center
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
- Midwest Archeological Center
- Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects
- Santa Clara University
- Senator Orrin G. Hatch
- Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
- Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art
- Society for Science and the Public
- Sonoma County Library
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Path to HAI
Before joining HAI in 2015, Kelly worked at various historic organizations, museums, and libraries, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, the Central New York Library Resources Council, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Throughout these experiences, she gained practical knowledge in digitization, content management, collection development, records management, and preservation. She was certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists in 2017.
In 2015, Kelly received her Master of Library Science degree at University of Maryland, College Park, specializing in Archives, Records, and Information Management. She completed course work in archival principles, arrangement and description, preservation, access systems, appraisal, information infrastructures, database design, and digital curation. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in 2013, graduating magna cum laude with a major in art photography and an art history minor.