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What's 'Special' about Special Collections?

Learn more about the holdings that call Grinnell Special Collections & Archives home. Get a behind the scenes look at how these special collections are kept, curated, and used in classes, exhibits and more. From new acquisitions to digital projects and conservation, learn about what makes rare books and special collections so special!

Faculty Member: Laura Michelson, Assistant Professor, Libraries, Project Archivist
Discussion Date: Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m. CT

Meet Laura Michelson

Laura Michelson

Laura Michelson (she/they) is the Project Archivist working with the Salisbury House Library Collection at Grinnell College Special Collections. Her project term began in August 2020 and is through the summer of 2024. As Project Archivist, they are working to curate the SHLC by integrating it into the Special Collections holdings; increase access to the collection through cataloging, finding aids, and digitization; facilitate book conservation; support instruction and research; and create interpretation, exhibits, and events highlighting the collection. Laura’s research interests include critical librarianship and conscious curation; book history and codicology; digital humanities; and book collection and library history, particularly ‘gentleman's libraries’ of the 1920s and Iowa book culture.

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Education and Degrees

M.A. in Library and Information Science, University of Iowa (2020); B.A. in Medieval-Early Modern Studies, Cornell College (2016); ACM Newberry Library Seminar: Research in the Humanities (2015)

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