Hi there! I’m JoyEllen Freeman, and I love archives. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I am the Outreach/Special Collections Archivist in the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books at Kennesaw State University. I received my bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia and my master’s degree in archival studies from Clayton State University. I am also certified as an archivist by the Academy of Certified Archivists. I have held internships in the Archives Research Center at the Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Internet Archive, the National Archives and Records Administration at Atlanta, the Roswell Historical Society, and the Fulton County Teaching Museum. Some of my particular research interests include teaching with primary sources, community archives, African American archives, rare books, archives of tragedy, and archives and fiction. To me, archives are important because they are stories, and the stories of humanity are important. While most people generally think of archives in terms of analog materials like paper documents, photographs, rare books, and film strips, these items no longer tell the complete story of humanity. As the digital era continues to thrive, we must not forget the digital stories coming into existence every second in the form of web page updates, blog posts, born-digital photos, Facebook comments, digital libraries, tweets, Instagram posts, the list goes on. Through this blog, we’ll explore the implications of preserving all types of archives in order to preserve and provide access to the many stories that need to be told. (Please note that all views on this blog are my own and do not reflect Kennesaw State University).



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Joy Ellen, it’s Meghna from the Freedom Rides. This project is SO COOL!!! As a history nerd, I think it’s awesome you’re becoming an archivist, and I will be following this blog avidly 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Meghna! I’m so glad you’re interested! I’m not the best at blogging yet, but I’m just hoping to write posts that are fun, thought provoking, and filled with solid information. Thank you for following!


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