Laura Starr, C.A.
Senior Archivist and Business Development Manager
Senior Archivist Laura Starr specializes in matching our clients with the best services to meet their unique needs and goals for archival collections management, program development, and meaningful use of archival assets. Ms. Starr manages the business development activities for History Associates’ Archives and Collections Management service line, which includes bid management, proposal development, and pre-authorization project planning.
She is involved in marketing outreach efforts, identification of new business opportunities, and sales across the company and service line.
Ms. Starr also provides contract and project management on authorized Archives and Collections Management projects. Ms. Starr served as the archival technical expert and contract manager on a multi-year (2010-2016) IDIQ Contract for Archival Services to the National Park Service. 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; and
- Cataloging: item level cataloging of photograph collections at Harpers Ferry Center;
Specific client work includes:
- 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;
- NIH: conducting records surveys and developing revised records retention schedules at the National Institutes of Health;
- Members of Congress: inventorying permanent and temporary records of elected officials on Capitol Hill.
Ms. Starr actively participates in the Archives profession through community engagement; she currently serves on the Society of American Archivist’s Membership Committee (2016-2018) and is Co-Chair of the Career Development Subcommittee. 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. She also completed internships at the Maryland State Archives, the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, and on the S.S. John W. Brown.
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.