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Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas, MA, DAS

University Archivist

Newberg Campus

503-554-2415

rthomas@georgefox.edu

Office: Murdock Library 207

Archives preserve the stories of the past --- and that's what I'm passionate about! Born to a family of storytellers, I have learned to value the unique voices in our world and seek to preserve those voices for the future. 

What do you do at Fox?

Since 2014 I have served as the University Archivist at George Fox University, preserving our stories and bringing them back to life. As the archivist, I collect, preserve, arrange, and provide access to the unique primary sources that reveal our history. I work with students, faculty, alumni, and other researchers to learn from these sources which range from 1400 to present day, animal skin to digital. I also occasionally serve as an adjunct professor in our history and liberal arts programs.  

Education and Experience

MA, Early American and United States History, The College of William and Mary

BA, Major: History, Minor: Spanish, The University of Puget Sound

Digital Archives Specialist Certification, Society of American Archivists

I have been working in archives in various capacities since 2007. Since 2017, I have served on the board of the Newberg Area Historical Society, most recently as president. 

Expertise and Research Interests

My academic research centers on revealing the hidden voices in women’s archival collections and their unique contributions to the study of history. In recent years, I have presented at archival conferences on student internship programs in archives and effective professional development programs and their role in increasing inter-archival collaboration. I have expertise in primary source literacy, collection management, digital humanities, and historical interpretation.

 

What is your favorite part of the library?

My favorite part of the library is the archives! The archives are full of treasures, collections to explore, and unique materials held no where else in the world. We also have a stellar view of the bridge and canyon. 

Beyond the Library 

When I'm not working I love to hike, sing, read, garden and play board games. I have a keen ability to spot museums and relish the opportunity to learn history wherever I go! If I'm not in my office I can often be seen walking through the quad with a cart of new materials for the archives or showing off some of my favorite resources to a class!