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Comings and Goings at the AHC

From the desk of Acting Manager of the Austin History Center, Nancy Toombs, comes news about personnel changes at the AHC:



Media Archivist, Madeline Moya, has left the AHC for a new position at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, as an Archivist II. She and her husband have family and good friends in the area, so they will have plenty of support settling in with their two daughters. We already miss Madeline but wish her well in her new position.

Administrative Assistant, Monica Rodden, has left the AHC to concentrate on her writing. As an already published author (Monsters Among Us, a young adult thriller published last year by Penguin Random House), Monica is now working on a novel set in an archive (stay tuned!) She and her husband will be relocating this summer to Nashville, TN where her husband will be starting a medical fellowship to study sleep disorders in children and adults. We really miss her, but are excited to read her new book and, I am sure, many others that will follow.



The AHC welcomes new Imaging Archivist, Vanessa Hutchins. Vanessa became an archivist because of her interest in making cultural history accessible. She has over ten years of experience in the arts education field and holds a master's degree in art history. In December 2020, Vanessa earned a Master of Science in Information Studies, from the University of Texas at Austin, with endorsements of specialization in archival enterprise and digital humanities. Her recent experience in the information science field includes her work as Digital Scholarship & Special Collections Intern at LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, and an Instructional Technology Assistant at UT’s School of Information. She is taking on Madeline’s responsibility of approving AHC photo use, as well as customer photo order processing.

The AHC welcomes new Graduate Reference Intern Marley Philips. Marley is originally from Amarillo, but she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology in 2020 from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s currently doing graduate work in Museum Studies and Library Science, working toward a Master of Science in Information Studies at UT. She aspires to be a reference archivist or librarian. She has done work at the Harry Ransom Center, the Briscoe Center for American History, the Texas State Law Library, and now the Austin History Center. Marley loves reference work and connecting with people while helping them find information that they need and teaching them research skills along the way.

Welcome to the AHC, Vanessa and Marley!


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