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Dan Michelson

Collections Archivist

Daniel Michelson


Neilson Library 106

Dan is responsible for archival collection management, processing, stacks management, digitization of audiovisual materials, and a number of other functions in Special Collections Technical Services.

From 2018 to 2021, Dan led the Access to Collections (A2C) project to improve and standardize access to the extensive holdings of Smith College Special Collections.  He has previously held positions at Union College, the Hagley Museum & Library, Michigan Tech, and New York University. A graduate of Hampshire College, Dan is thrilled to be back in the Pioneer Valley.

Professional Affiliations

ArchivesSpace Users Advisory Council


Five College ArchivesSpace Working Group (Chair)

Publications & Presentations

Bussert, Rachael, Daniel Michelson, Brandon Pieczko, and Marcella Widget. “Improvisations of Processing: Confronting the Unforeseen in Large Processing Projects.” presented at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, April 2014.

Luftschein, Sue, Maristella Feustle, Matthew Gorham, Adrien Hilton, and Daniel Michelson. “'What Were They Thinking?' How the Proposed New DACS Principles Take on the Need for Transparency.” presented at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 2018.


M.A., Archives and Public History, New York University
B.A., Hampshire College