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Margaret Jessup

Digital Preservation Archivist

Margaret Jessup

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Young Library, 219O


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M.L.I.S., Archival Administration, Simmons College

B.A., History, UMass-Amherst and Antioch College

Margy Jessup serves as the principal steward of digital content for Special Collections, with a focus on long-term digital preservation and access. She accessions, describes, and preserves born-digital content including photos, audio, video, documents, and archived websites.  Her other responsibilities include adding content to the Libraries' digital repository (Compass) and providing reference services.

Margy has worked in Smith Special Collections in various capacities for over 25 years, primarily focusing on archival description, audiovisual preservation, and online access to digital collections. Before coming to Smith College she worked at the Jones Library in Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Library. Her personal interests include hiking with her dog, yoga, Tai Chi, writing, and gardening.

Feel free to contact Margy with any questions you may have about how to preserve your digital content.


Five College Digital Stewardship Committee

Research Interests

Digital preservation, access to born-digital content, women's history

Publications & Presentations

Trujillo, Shaun, Meghan Bergin, Margaret Jessup, Johanna Radding, and Sarah Walden McGowan, "Archivematica outside the box: piloting a common approach to digital preservation at the Five Colleges." Digital Library Perspectives 33:2 (2017).

Jessup, Margaret, “Mary Kaufman.” In Great American Lawyers: An Encyclopedia. ed. by John R. Vile, NY: ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Jessup, Margaret, "Ruth Frances Woodsmall," American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Professional Affiliations

Society of American Archivists, National Digital Stewardship Alliance