The Marcia Niemann Feminist ActIvism Collection (2019-Present)
Niemann is the former president of NOW (National Organization of Women) and a Dallas-based educator and feminist activist. I facilitated the donation of Niemann’s personal archive to the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Department and its housing in the Woman’s Collection at TWU’s Library. Guided by a learning by doing pedagogy, I invited two doctoral students to join the project so that they could gain hands on experience with learning feminist archival research and interviewing methods. We are in the process of cataloguing and digitizing the materials for a public and online launch of the collection. We are also in the process of interviewing Niemann.
Collaborators: Kimberly Johnson (Director of TWU’s Woman’s Collection); Gabriella Sanchez and Diana Vargas (MWGS doctoral students); and Sheila Bickle (TWU library records retention manager).
In progress: Co-authored introduction and finding aid to the online collection (Sanchez, Vargas, and myself)
“Creating an Irish immigrant women’s database,” Bob Hope Memorial Library, Ellis Island Immigration Museum (2012-2013)
I was the principal investigator of a database project that was supported by Texas Woman’s University’s New Investigator’s Grant. The project’s outcomes were: 1) Digitized and transcribed 59 interviews with Irish immigrant women who registered at Ellis Island; 2) Comparative research index of Irish women’s migration paths and racial and labor experiences in Ireland and the United States. Interviews and index are available to researchers.
“Irish Servants’ Quarters Exhibit”:
My dissertation was a contextual guide for visitors to the exhibit.