Amena talks with Dr. Meredith Evans, a historian, archivist, 74th President of the Society of American Archivists, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and the first black woman to helm a presidential library. Dr. Meredith shares why it’s important to preserve and document history and how she navigates being “First, Only, Different.” For more information about Dr. Meredith’s work visit https://www2.archivists.org/news/2018/meet-the-saa-president-dr-meredith-evans.
Meredith Evans is a manager of cultural institutions, a historian, archivist and librarian by trade and the 74th President of the Society of American Archivists. She is currently employed as the director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, administered by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Dr. Evans is the first African American woman to direct a presidential library. She has a proven record of seeking and stewarding collections that foster diversity and inclusion such as the Papers of Richard T. Gibson at George Washington University, the LGBT History Collection at UNC Charlotte and Documenting Ferguson at Washington University in St. Louis. She deeply believes in supporting community collaborations to increase the number of collections that serve as evidence for written history and has written on the role and value of libraries and archives as advocacy organizations that support and document social change.
Evans earned a master's degree in library science from Clark Atlanta University, a master's degree in public history from North Carolina State University and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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