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Maureen Callahan

Sophia Smith Collection Archivist

Maureen Callahan

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Young Library, 219F



M.S.I., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

A.B., Bryn Mawr College

Maureen Callahan is the Sophia Smith Collection Archivist and a member of special collections. The Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History documents women's experiences and accomplishments, particularly in the struggle for gender justice, reproductive justice, and full participation in civic life.

In this role, she provides stewardship for Smith’s extraordinary collection of women’s history materials. Maureen also works with Smith College, Five College, and community groups to provide students access to primary sources and to help them develop the research skill they need to make the most of archival inquiry.

Because history is still being made every day, Maureen works with individuals and organizations to bring new materials into the Sophia Smith Collection.

Maureen, her partner, and their dog Sprocket live in a very old farmhouse that they are slowly trying to improve. She tries to take advantage of the valley's opportunities for hiking, snow-shoeing, kayaking, and otherwise getting into trouble outside. Maureen came to Smith from Yale University, where she worked as an archives technologist.


Libraries Special Collections Stewards Group, Libraries New Student Orientation Group

Research Interests

Maureen is interested in archives for justice, extensible archival practices, and the ways that networked environments can make history more accessible to more people. She is currently writing the "fundamentals" chapter of the Society of American Archivists' book on museum archives.

Publications and Presentations

Callahan, Maureen. “Ethical Internships: Mentoring the Leaders We Need" (Keynote). presented at the Arizona Archives Alliance Symposium, Tucson, Arizona, October 2015.

Callahan, Maureen. “The Value of Archival Description, Considered.” presented at the Radcliffe Workshop on Technology and Archival Processing, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 2014.

Callahan, Maureen, Meg Tuomala, Cal Lee, and Mark Myers. “Archives Confidential: Enacting Privacy Policies in Born-Digital Archives.” presented at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, August 2015.

Ellis, Shaun, and Maureen Callahan. “Prototyping as a Process for Improved User Experience with Library and Archives Websites.” The Code4Lib Journal, 18 (October 3, 2012).

Professional Affiliations

Technical Subcommittee for Describing Archives: A Content Standard (Co-Chair)