New staff bring expertise and enthusiasm

New staff bring expertise and enthusiasm

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Three new professionals recently joined the Theodore Roosevelt Center staff.

Research Historian Joseph Jones earned a doctorate in American studies from Michigan State University. Specializing in environmental history, he is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, the American Historical Association, and the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Jones conducts historical research and develops contextual materials and exhibits related to the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. He is currently working on a book manuscript comparing the politics of national forest creation in the eastern U.S. of the TR and FDR administrations.

Krystal Thomas, Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library Coordinator, holds a master's degree in information science from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in archives and records management. Thomas' experience in digital projects includes the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Gettysburg College, and the University of Michigan Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. Thomas works with organizations and individuals contributing materials and oversees the standards for the digital library.

Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library Assistant Grant Carlson holds a master's degree in library and information science from Kent State University and a bachelor's degree in history and political science. As an intern with the Danish Immigrant Museum Family History and Genealogy Center in Iowa, Carlson created finding aids and scanned and cataloged images to create a digital collection. Carlson catalogs acquired materials in the digital library, including the Library of Congress Theodore Roosevelt Papers, and coordinates the work of other staff and volunteers on the collection.