Where are you from or where did you grow up? Care to share a fun fact about your hometown?
I’m from Lowell, MA, a fascinating place. It’s the birthplace of Bettie Davis, Jack Kerouac, Moxie, CVS, and telephone numbers. Edgar Allen Poe also used to visit Lowell to drink.
What was the last book that you read or movie you watched that you’d recommend?
Vampires in the Lemon Grove and Other Stories by Karen Russell. A series of short creepy stories that I rather enjoyed.
Best advice to a new student or early professional?
Just put yourself out there – you never know what opportunities will arrive just through networking.
How/why did you get into this field?
It was a long journey. I started off as a photography student, and ended up in a series of clerical jobs. I worked at the IRS as a mail clerk, then New Balance as a file clerk. I liked working with records and geek out over history, so it was a natural progression.
Your last meal on earth?
Tiropita, Greek-style potatoes and stewed green beans, egg lemon soup, and a super vinegary salad. For desert – coffee ice cream.
Desert island discs/books
Wye Oak – Civilian, Siouxsie & the Banshees – Juju, the entire catalogue of The Smiths, The Clash – London Calling, Letters to Cleo – Wholesale Meats and Fish, Tegan & Sara – The Con, Radiohead – The Bends.
What do you like most/least about working in archives?
What I like most – the thrill of discovery. You never know what interesting treasure you might turn up. What I like least – the thrill of discovery. You never know what horrifying insects and debris might turn up.
What is the most interesting job you’ve ever had?
The weirdest job I had was working as a driving instructor – it certainly left me with a lot of stories and it raises eyebrows. The job I have found most interesting, personally, would probably be my current work for MIT’s Institute Archives and Special Collections as I get to see so many amazing things on a daily basis.