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Susan von Salis papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00783

Scope and Contents

This collection includes material related to von Salis's school projects, course work, publications, correspondence, and committee work.

Dates

  • 1963 - 2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Kim Kayden Brookes has licensed these materials to be freely used, so long as the user attributes materials' original authorship to her. This agreement is governed by a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International) license. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by von Salis, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Susan von Salis was an archivist at the Schlesinger Library and the first Curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums. Von Salis was born in White Plains, New York, the daughter of Gaudenz and Jane von Salis. Raised in New Jersey, she graduated from West Morris Mendham High School (Mendham, NJ) in 1975 and earned her Bachelor's degree at Smith College in 1979. After working for several years in the building trades as a plumber and carpenter, von Salis resumed her education and earned a Master's degree in the History: Historical Agencies and Administration Program at Northeastern University in 1987. A year earlier she began her career as an archivist at the Schlesinger Library, first as a manuscripts processor (1986-1997), Archivist/Information System Administrator (1997-2003), and Director , Library Digital Iniative (2001-2003). In 2003, von Salis became the first Curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums, a position she held until her death from cancer in 2012. As one colleague rememembered von Salis,"Susan was a mainstay of archival organizations. Within two years of joining New England Archivists she began serving as Membership Secretary (1988– 1993), continued as a board member (1994-1997), then served on or chaired two task forces, and was still a member of the Outreach Committee at the time of her death. NEA gave her its Distinguished Service Award in 2011. She was on the program committee for SAA's 2009 meeting and had been active in several sections or roundtables, including the Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable, over the years"http://files.archivists.org/groups/museum/newsletter/current/pdfs/MAS_newsletter_Winter_2013.pdf.

Extent

5 linear feet (4 boxes.)

Overview

Susan von Salis was an archivist at the Schlesinger Library and the first Curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums. This collection includes material related to von Salis's school projects, course work, publications, correspondence, and committee work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2016 by Kim Hayden Brookes.
Title
Finding aid to Susan von Salis papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Ellice Amanna
Date
2019-06-19
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-06-19: Finding aid updated to current standards and published

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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