A is for Archivist

July 16, 2015

Tamar Evangelestia Dougherty

Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty ’03LS discusses assisting underserved populations and preserving their collections

Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty ’03LS wears a pair of funky horn-rimmed glasses that form a cursive A in the center. “The A is for archivist,” she says, laughing, and she means it. Evangelestia-Dougherty is approachable and impressive, with a professionalism one would expect of someone who has worked in archives at Princeton, Columbia, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the NYPL, and now has an appointment as a 2015 National Review Institute Fellow. She was featured in “Fine Books & Collections” magazine and is launching her own archival consulting firm, Captain Save-a-Collection.

“I want to provide service to private clients who need advice on archiving collections and need an intermediary when dealing with repositories and institutions when looking to sell or donate collections,” she explains. “There is a lot of confusion over tax ramifications and how to interact with libraries, especially when it comes to black collections. One thing I noticed when I was working at the University of Chicago is that a lot of people in the Southside communities did not trust the university, in part due to the long history of land encroachment.”

At the time, Evangelestia-Dougherty was the Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium at the University of Chicago, a collaboration among 12 libraries and museums in Chicago dedicated to black history. She visited private clients and built trust in the communities so that vital cultural heritage could be identified and preserved.

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