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Elisabeth Kaplan

Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Archives, and Global Resources

George Washington University

Direct Phone: (202) ***-****       

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George Washington University

900 23rd Street, NW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20037

United States

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In the heart of the nation's capital, with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University, or GW, was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The unive ... more

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Employment History


University Digital Conservancy


Charles Babbage Institute , University of Minnesota


Program Committee for SAA


University Archives

University Archivist and Co-Director of the University Digital Conservancy

University of Minnesota


General College


Board Member
Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

Council Member
Society of American Archivists



BA Degree

history and archival methods

University of Massachusetts-Boston

MA degree

history and archival methods

University of Massachusetts-Boston

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These questions were developed by SAA's 2014 Nominating Committee: Chair Amy Schindler, Jennifer Johnson, Lori Lindberg, and Council members Beth Kaplan and Terry Baxter.

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On site review of the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants funded project with Elisabeth Kaplan, Head, University Archives & Co-Director, University Digital Conservancy, University of Minnesota Libraries. June 17, 2011.

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University Archives Director Elisabeth Kaplan said the University Archives are different from other collections since it isn't necessarily the materials themselves that are valuable like a rare book is, but rather the information the materials hold. Kaplan said material that could be saved for the archives is often overlooked. In fact, it wasn't until the University's 100-year anniversary in 1951 that the University started to save its materials seriously. Researchers began gathering materials for the centennial in 1947 but quickly saw there wasn't much to show without better archival efforts. Now with the breadth of materials the University has, Kaplan said the archives often are resources for administrators when making decisions such as whether to close a college or program. "If you work here long enough, you realize that things come around again and again," Kaplan said. "When the General College closed [in 2006], that was like the fourth time it had been suggested … [there were] all kinds of task forces and committees to study." Roaming the caverns, Kaplan reached for a box of documents dated back to 1874, during William Watts Folwell's tenure as the University's first president. Sifting through handwritten notes on pieces of scratch paper, Kaplan said she guessed they were from the president picking which courses the University would teach. "It's amazing when you look at some of these things," Kaplan said.

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Beth Kaplan University of Minnesota

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