Laura Starr, C.A.
Senior Archivist and Business Development Manager
Senior Archivist Laura Starr has more than a decade of professional archives experience. In her role at History Associates, she helps clients get the most out of their archival collections. She advises on collection assessments, archives and artifact management, program development, and meaningful use of archival assets. Clients include local and federal governments, corporations, cultural heritage institutions, educational organizations, non-profits, and private individuals worldwide.
Ms. Starr also manages business development activities for archives and collections management services, working with potential clients to develop project plans that will achieve their objectives. She is involved in marketing outreach efforts, identification of new business opportunities, sales, and external partnership development across the company.
Ms. Starr is an accomplished project and contract manager. She served as the archival technical expert and contract manager on a multi-year IDIQ Contract for Archival Services to the National Park Service (2010-2016). She has successfully managed archives projects within the government, commercial, and academic sectors, ensuring 100% client satisfaction and bringing projects to completion on time and under budget. She also provides technical support and mentoring to our teams of archivists in the Rockville office and at off-site locations.
During her 10+ years of archives experience, Ms. Starr has completed a wide array of projects, including:
- Planning: developing archival tactical and strategic plans for phased or holistic archives and museum projects and programs;
- Assessments: assessing the current state of Federal and private archival programs and recommending short and long term actions for improvement of facilities, collection policies, archival management, technology solutions, and preservation;
- Processing: arranging, describing, and preserving official records, historic collections, and personal papers;
- Cataloging: item level cataloging of photograph collections at Harpers Ferry Center; and
- Digitization: development of digitization plans, coordination with digitization vendors, and delivery of digital content to support curated online web exhibits and internal digital archives.
Specific client work includes:
- American Battle Monuments Commission: pre-contract authorization planning, client services, and vendor partnership development to support surveying, processing, cataloging, digitization, and conservation of vital archives located throughout the sixteen countries where ABMC-managed cemeteries and monuments exist, in addition to the Overseas Operations Office located in Paris, France. This sole source IDIQ contract runs from 2018-2023.
- National Park Service: surveying, processing, and cataloging records of over a dozen National Park Service sites;
- Library of Congress: rehousing and cataloging historic maps at the Library of Congress;
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): conducting records surveys and developing revised records retention schedules;
- Members of Congress: inventorying permanent and temporary records of elected officials on Capitol Hill; and
- Gwynnie Bee: featured historian in a documentary on the history of shopping for this subscription clothing service.
Ms. Starr actively participates in the Archives profession through community engagement; she currently serves on the Society of American Archivist’s Membership Committee (2016-2019) and is Chair of the Career Development Subcommittee (2017-2019). Ms. Starr also periodically teaches courses as an adjunct professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.
Prior to joining History Associates, Ms. Starr worked as a research assistant with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a digital documentary editing project. She also has experience processing collections, writing finding aids, digitizing documents, and offering reference assistance in Special Collections at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Starr has worked with digitizing and conserving paper and photograph records as a digital library technician with the National Register of Historic Places.
Ms. Starr is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She earned her M.L.S. with a concentration in archives, records, and information management and her M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2009. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with a B.A. in history and a concentration in museum studies.