Jennifer Wood

Work History

Work History
Jan 2008 - Feb 2009

Regional History Curator

Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections

Responsible for the accession, processing, description, and physical management of all non-University Archives collections.  Assisted the director with acquisitions and donor relations as appropriate.  Supervised student assistants and volunteers, and worked with them to develop and carry out processing plans for collections assigned to them.  Assisted patrons with their research in person, by telephone, and via traditional and e-mail.  Worked with director and other staff-members to create and implement strategic plans for collections management and to advance the overall interests of the institution.  Served on Library-wide committees having relevance to the development of policies and procedures affecting the Archives.  Served on Library-wide committees having relevance to the development of policies and procedures affecting the Archives.

Sep 2007 - Dec 2007

Project Archivist/Graduate Assistant

Graduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Worked with library faculty member to research, arrange, and describe an historically- significant collection of theatre programs (approximately twenty-nine cubic feet in extent), and create a web-accessible finding aid, using Archon archival management software.           

May 2007 - Sep 2007

Graduate Practicum Student

Champaign County Historical Archives

Undertook a variety of small projects, including processing and transcription of a World War I letters collection, and compilation of bibliographic aids for previously "hidden" collections of ethnic newspapers and local organization publications.

May 2006 - Aug 2006

Archives Volunteer

Howell Area Archives

Reorganized the Archives' collection of subject-based local history resources (approximately fifty cubic feet in extent).  

Jan 2006 - May 2006

Special Projects Assistant

Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University

Completed transcription and editing of research manuscript collection compiled by Helen Collar, a historian of the Beaver Island, Michigan Irish and Mormon communities. 

Jul 2005 - Jan 2006

Reference Specialist/Archival Assistant

Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University

Responsible for overseeing reading room; provided research and reference services to library patrons, both in-person and via the Internet; developed bibliographic aids to improve patron access to collections; collaborated with other library staff in collections management; assisted director with research, editing, and exhibit preparation; supervised student assistants; and carried out other special projects and library outreach activities as needed. 

Jul 2004 - Mar 2005

Specialist Clerk/Receptionist

Undergraduate Academic Services, Central Michigan University

Greeted, assisted, and directed students in person and via telephone; managed daily calendars for academic advising staff; supported records management activities of administrative staff members. 

Mar 2002 - Jul 2004

Archival Assistant

Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University

Provided research and reference services to library patrons; collaborated with archivist, bibliographer, and cataloguer in collections management; conducted e-mail reference for remote patrons; assisted director with research, editing, and exhibit preparation; supervised student assistants; and carried out other special projects as needed. 

Jan 2001 - Aug 2001

Managing Editor, "Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research"

Department of History, Central Michigan University

Maintained electronic and paper files of all incoming and outgoing material; solicited manuscripts from potential contributors; located book and article reviewers; corresponded with contributors throughout the publication process; assisted with editing manuscripts for punctuation, grammar, readability, and proper notation style.

Peace & Change is affiliated with the Peace History Society and the Peace and Justice Studies Association; its website can be found at:  http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0149-0508 . 

Aug 1998 - Dec 2000

Graduate Assistant

Department of History, Central Michigan University

Fall 2000:  Western Civilization to 1700

    Prepared course syllabus and taught four weekly discussion sections; graded discussion section

    coursework and lecture exams.  Advised and assisted students with writing and exam preparation. 

Fall 1999 / Spring 2000:  The Latin American Experience

Fall 1998: Growing Up in America

    Graded papers and exams, advised and assisted students, organized regular evening study sessions, 

    held pre-exam reviews, and assisted professors in various capacities as needed. 

Education

Education

Summary

My professional identity and career path draw upon training in both archives and history, and combine a strong grasp of traditional methodology, an appreciation for new technologies, and a conviction that institutions of cultural memory play an invaluable role in the larger community.  I place a high value on creative engagement with collections, scholarly and local history communities, and professional colleagues. 

Current Areas of Professional and Research Interest

The history of Michigan, particularly that of women, Native Americans, and

          African Americans

Michigan libraries and library architecture

Michigan's lumber era 

Michigan travel, tourism, and the "Up North" experience

American regionalism

Architectural history

Intellectual, social, and cultural history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Change over time in the built environment and natural and man-made landscape

Archival identity