According to this press release from the National Archive “Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced … the appointment of Kurt Graham as the Director of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, effective July 26.
The Truman Library, located in Independence, Missouri, is one of 13 libraries in the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and overseen by the Office of Presidential Libraries. The Presidential Libraries house the records of Presidents Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush and preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.
In making the announcement, the Archivist said, “Dr. Graham’s extensive experience leading archival institutions and museums will strengthen the Harry. S. Truman Library and Museum, and the National Archives.”
Since 2010, Dr. Graham has directed the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, UT, where he spearheaded the development and redesign of the museum’s principal history exhibit.
Prior to that, Dr. Graham served as the Director of the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY. As Director, he orchestrated the digitization of some of the library’s most important archival collections; oversaw the physical renovation of the Library’s public spaces; managed the Center’s fellowship program; and launched a documentary editing project, The Papers of William F. Cody.
Prior to his work in the public history field, Dr. Graham was a member of the history faculty at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American political and constitutional history. He received a Ph.D. in American history from Brown University, and holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University in English and American studies, respectively. He is the author of To Bring Law Home: The Federal Judiciary in Early National Rhode Island (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010).”
The Digital Library Federation will continues to offer its ARL + DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups (established 2013), for the 2015 Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia.
These fellows are part of or were nominated by a current DLF member institution, or otherwise identify their institutions as community colleges, historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs), tribal colleges or universities (TCUs), or state, local, or regional tribal governments. Fellows are interested in actively contributing to the DLF Forum and are part of a traditionally underrepresented group including, but not limited to, people of Hispanic or Latino, Black or African-American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native descent.
The new fellows are:
- Jasmine Jones
Metadata and Technical Services Archivist
- Shanée Yvette Murrain
Seminary Archivist, Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom Memorial Library
Payne Theological Seminary
- T-Kay Sangwand
Archivist for Human Rights Documentation Initiative | Librarian for Brazilian Studies at Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin
- Yasmeen Shorish
Physical & Life Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor
James Madison University