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Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty Named Director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

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Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, image
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The Smithsonian Institution has appointed Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty as director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, effective November 6, 2021.

Evangelestia-Dougherty is currently an associate university librarian at Cornell University, where she initiated Cornell RAD, a new research hub for rare and distinctive collections. She is also a faculty member of the UCLA California Rare Book School. From 2013 to 2014, Evangelestia-Dougherty was director of collections and services at New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she led collection and programmatic development of five curatorial divisions. At the University of Chicago’s Black Metropolis Research Consortium, she served as executive director from 2011 to 2013 and as consulting archivist from 2007 to 2011. There, she successfully led initiatives to discover and make accessible archives related to the African American diaspora.

Evangelestia-Dougherty holds a master of science in information science from Simmons University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston.

At the Smithsonian, Evangelestia-Dougherty will succeed Nancy Gwinn, who was director of Smithsonian Libraries from 1997 to 2019, and Anne Van Camp, who was director of Smithsonian Institution Archives from 2007 to 2018. Scott Miller has served as the interim director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives since 2020 and Tammy Peters served as the interim director of Smithsonian Institution Archives from 2018 to 2020, when Smithsonian Libraries merged with Smithsonian Institution Archives.

For more information about Evangelestia-Dougherty and her appointment, see the Smithsonian news release, “Smithsonian Names Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty Director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives.”

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