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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S38 - Religious Controversies, Public Accountability, and Archival Access

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This panel focuses on archivists' engagement with controversial materials in religious collections in light of recent efforts towards reconciliation and public accountability. Panelists will share their experiences with a range of diverse collections relating to slavery, racial prohibitions, the repatriation of sacred objects, and religious exclusion. Panelists will consider the intricacies of working with religious institutions in making these materials available to researchers, as well as objectives for future work. A moderated discussion will follow.

Berman: Reprocessing the Maryland Province Archives: Confronting Jesuit Slaveholding at Georgetown University
Bronson: Myron Eells and His "Cabinet of Curiosities": Confronting the Missionary Legacy of Whitman College
Meyers: In the Best Interests of the Child? An Examination of the Historic Records of Jewish Social Work and Child Protective Organizations
Mitchell: Documenting the Black Experience in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Reeves: The Role of Archives in the Process of Reconciliation

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Cassandra Nicole Berman

Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives, Georgetown University
Cassandra Berman is the Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives at Georgetown University. She holds an M.L.S and an M.A. from the University of Maryland, and received her Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University in May 2020.

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Dana Bronson

Associate Archivist for the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, Whitman College
Dana Bronson is the Associate Archivist for the Whitman College and Northwest Archives at Whitman College. She holds an M.L.I.S. and an M.A. in history from Simmons College.
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Caitlin Reeves

Archivist, Columbia Theological Seminary
Caitlin Reeves is the Archivist at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She holds a M.S. in Library Science and an M.A. in History from Simmons College. She is the co-chair of the American Theater Archive Project, Atlanta team.
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Sarah Schelde

Associate Archivist, The Mary Baker Eddy Library
Sarah Schelde is the Associate Archivist at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds an M.L.I.S. and an M.A. in History from Simmons College.

Melanie Meyers

Director of Collections and Engagement, American Jewish Historical Society
Melanie Meyers is the Director of Collections and Engagement at the American Jewish Historical Society, and an instructor at Long Island University. She has given presentations at the Library of Congress and the annual conferences of RBMS and SHARP.

Tarienne Mitchell

Archivist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church History Library
Tarienne Mitchell is an archivist in the Church History Library for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She holds an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina. She is vice-chair of SAA?s Archives and Archivists of Color Section.

Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA