Liesl Olson is Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry, where she has also been a long-term fellow (2009) and Director of the Scholl Center for American History and Culture (2012-2015). Her research interests include twentieth-century literature, modernism, theories of the archive, feminism, critical theory, and the visual arts. She is the author of Chicago Renaissance: The Midwest and Modernism (Yale U P, 2017), a history of the literary and cultural centrality of Chicago in the first half of the twentieth century; and Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford U P, 2009), which examines a broad range of twentieth-century works that represent the habitual and unselfconscious actions of everyday life. From 2005-2009 Olson taught at the University of Chicago as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Humanities Division. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Olson completed her doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her BA from Stanford University.
Naomi Nelson is Associate University Librarian and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. She is on the faculty of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and serves as a presidential appointee to the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Dr. Nelson received an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science and a Ph.D. in History from Emory University.
Melissa Barton is Curator of Drama and Prose for the Yale Collection of American Literature at Beinecke Library. She curated the major 2017 exhibition “Gather Out of Star-Dust: The Harlem Renaissance and The Beinecke Library” and wrote the companion volume Gather Out of Star-Dust: A Harlem Renaissance Album, available from Yale University Press. Her exhibit “Richard Wright’s Native Son on Stage and Screen” appeared as part of Beinecke’s spring 2018 exhibition “The Art of Collaboration.” Melissa earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago, where she worked on the Mapping the Stacks project creating finding aids for underdescribed collections on Chicago’s South Side.
Chris Prom is Assistant University Archivist and Andrew S. G. Turyn Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past 16 years, he has led many initiatives to make archival materials more accessible at Illinois and at other archives and libraries. His research describes the ways in which archival users seek information and assesses methods that archivists can use to efficiently meet user needs. He is currently Publications Editor and Chair of the Publications Board, and in 2010 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Society.
At the Newberry
Alice Schreyer is Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services at the Newberry. She was previously Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections at the University of Chicago Library, where she was director of the Special Collections Research Center from 1991 through 2011. Schreyer served on the Rare Book School Board of Directors from 2004 to 2016 and was chair from January 2014 through January 2016. Schreyer received her PhD in English literature from Emory University and her MLIS from Columbia University.
D. Bradford Hunt is the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry. He is the co-author, with Jon B. DeVries, of Planning Chicago (American Planning Association Planners Press, 2013), which examines urban planning initiatives in Chicago since the 1950s. His history of the Chicago Housing Authority, entitled Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing (University of Chicago Press, 2009), won the Lewis Mumford Prize from the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) for the best book in North American Planning History in 2008-09. He will serve as president of SACRPH in 2018-19. Prior to joining the Newberry, he was a vice provost and dean at Roosevelt University, where he was also professor of social science and history. He received his PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Williams College.
Alison Hinderliter is Manuscripts and Archives Librarian and Selector for Modern Music at the Newberry. She has worked on a variety of archival projects at the library, including the Pullman Railroad Company Records, the Illinois Central Railroad Company Records, the Ann Barzel Dance Collection, Voices of the Prairie (social action-related collections), and Headlines from the Heartland (journalism-related collections). She has been an archivist in Chicago for over twenty years, working for the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. She holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley.
Catherine Grandgeorge is a Processing Archivist at the Newberry. She has worked recently on processing the Newberry’s Midwest Dance Collections, and crowdsourcing an archive of modern protest, including protest signs, photographs, and personal accounts. She received her BA in Women’s Studies from The College of Wooster and her MLIS from the University of Washington.