Mona K. Vance, archivist at The Billups-Garth Archives with the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, received the 2011 Award for Excellence for Archival Program Development through the Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB).
The Award for Excellence for Archival Program Development acknowledges programs and individuals that offer new ideas and innovations in archival management, and that increase access to, and interest in, Mississippi's documented history.
Public and private institutions and organizations, local and state government agencies, and individuals are eligible.
received the award for her
outstanding accomplishments as archivist of the Billups-Garth Archives
and also for her
vital leadership as an officer of the Society of Mississippi
Archivists and participant in the tri-state Archival Training Collaborative.
said, "It is a tribute to the hard work of the library and archives staff as well our dedicated patrons that the Billups-Garth Archives
received this recognition.
Vance became archivist of the Local History Department in 2005.
She graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Mississippi University for Women and received her M.A. in History from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Pictured are (left) MHRAB board members Frances Coleman, Elbert Hilliard, and Harriet Kuykendall; Vance, recipient; Julia Marks Young, MHRAB deputy coordinator; and H. T. Holmes, MHRAB coordinator.