Queer Archives Project

Our Team

Faculty and Library Partners

Mary A. Armstrong is Charles A. Dana Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and English and Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies. She is the faculty director of the Queer Archives Project. She holds a Ph.D. in English and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University and joined the Lafayette faculty in 2009. Mary teaches and does research in Queer Studies. She is also interested in issues of diversity in STEM fields, strategies for institutional change in higher education, and inclusive pedagogies. She teaches courses in Victorian literature, gender and STEM, and feminist theory, among others. The Queer Archives Project is rooted in her class WGS 340: Sexuality Studies, Lafayette’s first Queer Studies course. Mary coordinates project design and development with QAP colleagues, is privileged to conduct oral history interviews, and is deeply honored to be part of the incredible QAP Team.
incredible QAP Team.​

Diane Shaw is the Director of Lafayette College Special Collections & College Archives. She has overseen the activities of the Special Collections at Lafayette College since 1985 and served as College Archivist from 1987 to 2017. She holds a Master of Librarianship degree, as well as her B.A. from Emory University, where she also spent the first years of her career as an archivist. She will retire from Lafayette in June 2019, after thirty-three years of helping to develop Special Collections and its programs. She is especially proud of the many ways in which Special Collections has been able to connect with students over the years and the opportunities to extend the history of Lafayette College to previously under-documented groups—women, African Americans, International students, and now, especially to the LBGTQ community through the Queer Archives Project.

Elaine Stomber serves as College Archivist in the Special Collections & College Archives department of Skillman Library. She oversees the College’s records management program, handles manuscript collection processing and digitization, teaches undergraduate students using Special Collections, and contributes to exhibitions and programming. She is dedicated to identifying and documenting the voices of underrepresented groups in the College Archives and is excited about the potential the Queer Archives Project has to improve campus climate and contribute to LGBTQ+ studies. She is dedicated to identifying and documenting the voices of underrepresented groups in the College Archives and is excited about the potential the Queer Archives Project has to improve campus climate and contribute to LGBTQ+ studies. ​

Charlotte Nunes is the Director of Digital Scholarship Services at Lafayette College Libraries.  She is interested in the role academic libraries can play facilitating undergraduate research opportunities that center on archives, oral history, and community partnerships.  The Queer Archives Project engages all of these areas of interest, so she is delighted to play a role developing the project. In addition to her background in digital archiving of oral history collections, Charlotte specializes in open-source web-publishing platforms such as Scalar, on which this project is built.  She has enjoyed consulting on Scalar and helping to develop a data model that expresses the research emphases of the QAP and takes advantage of Scalar’s multi-nodal, multi-linear structure.

Student Contributors

Jennifer Wellnitz is a student in the class of ‘19 and a lead researcher working on the QAP team. She is a computer science major and math minor from North Carolina with an in-major research focus on emotional agents and artificial intelligence. Jennifer identifies as a transwoman and spent two and a half years in various board positions on Quest, namely VP of Social Programming and Treasurer. Jennifer began working on the Queer Archives project team in the fall of 2017, her junior year, and continued for two years until her graduation. Her role has been focused on the technical details of the site in addition to the data model and site content. Jennifer is proud to count the Queer Archives Project as one of the most significant parts of her experience at Lafayette.
Jennifer is proud to count the Queer Archives Project as one of the most significant parts of her 
Lauren Champagne is a member of the class of 2019, majoring in Psychology and Anthropology & Sociology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. On campus, she is a Pards Against Sexual Assault peer educator, an Orientation Leader, a member of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta women’s sorority. In addition to contributing to the Queer Archives Project, Lauren is completing an Honors Thesis in Anthropology & Sociology about the project. Her thesis focuses on the role that archives play in knowledge production and institutional memory regarding queer histories and how the Queer Archives Project at Lafayette both reinforces and challenges traditional archival practices. Her role on the Queer Archives Project has primarily been to link archival items to interviews and themes on the site. She is excited to see how the Queer Archives Project will expand and inform research endeavors and, hopefully, course content at Lafayette.

Makaela Finley is a double major in English and Psychology with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor. She holds leadership positions in two LGBTQ+ groups on campus as secretary for Quest and treasurer for PALM. She is also a writer for The Lafayette and HerCampus, as well as a member of the school’s intramural Quidditch team and the International Students’ Association. In addition to these student groups, she is also a member of the Gamma Mu chapter of the Greek sorority Delta Delta Delta. Makaela joined the Queer Archives Project her sophomore year after taking WGS 340: Sexuality Studies with Professor Armstrong in the spring of her freshman year. Her role within the project is to read over oral interviews and pull important keywords, themes, and paths from them that contribute to the overall experience of the Queer Archives Project website. She is honored to be working with the Queer Archives Project team and looks forward to expanding the project and learning more about the queer history of Lafayette.

Courtney Howell is a third-year student at Lafayette College who plans to double major in International Affairs and Women and Gender Studies. She is a member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity, on the Board for Relay for Life, a LIME (Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education) Mentor and a student researcher for the Queer Archives Project. She is interested in nonprofit work after graduation and hopes to improve women and children’s rights in South Africa. In 2017, she was introduced to the QAP team after taking Mary Armstrong’s course in Sexuality Studies. She finds oral histories fascinating and the empowerment created through sharing one’s story of oppression crucial to systemic change at institutions like Lafayette.
sharing one’s story of oppression crucial to systemic change at institutions like Lafayette.​
Kelsey Moum is a sophomore at Lafayette College and a double major in Government and Law and Women’s and Gender Studies. Kelsey is currently the VP of Fellowship for the Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. She is a member of Kaleidoscope, Lafayette’s social justice peer education group, as well as a volunteer for the Landis Center for Community Engagement. Kelsey joined the Queer Archives Project team in the Spring of 2019, after taking WGS 101 and Sexuality Studies with Professor Armstrong. Kelsey is passionate about LGBTQ+ visibility and is thankful for the presence of the Queer Archives Project at Lafayette. She is very honored to be a part of a project that illuminates LGBTQ+ history and is excited to see how it grows in the future.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.​


Rediet Siyoum contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the spring and fall 2018 semesters.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.​



Julia Stomber is majoring in Mathematics-Economics and minoring in Government and Law. She has been serving as a student assistant to the Director of Digital Scholarship Services, Charlotte Nunes, since her freshman year. Her role within the Queer Archives Project comprises of digitizing materials from Lafayette’s Special Collections to be displayed on the QAP Scalar site. Julia has also worked with the WGS 340 class to assist students in their study of the LGBTQ+ experience at Lafayette. She has enjoyed witnessing the project grow over the last two years and is grateful to all of the faculty members and students that have made an effort to share and understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ community members at Lafayette.

Other Contributors

Nora Egloff is Digital Repository Librarian at Lafayette College Libraries.  She holds a MS in Library & Information Science and a Graduate Certificate in Archives & Records Management from Long Island University.  Nora provides support with audio recording hardware and audio editing workflows for oral histories in the Queer Archives Project. She is passionate about centering the personal narratives of marginalized individuals in the historical record through archival projects, and is thrilled to assist in the preservation & dissemination of LGBTQ+ experiences within the Lafayette community through participation in the Queer Archives Project.
She is passionate about centering the personal narratives of marginalized individuals in the historical record through archival projects, and is thrilled to assist in the preservation & dissemination of LGBTQ+ experiences within the Lafayette community through participation in the Queer Archives Project.​

Adam Malantonio is the Digital Initiatives Developer at Lafayette College Libraries.  He configures the Scalar software and addresses server-side issues for the Queer Archives Project.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.​



Paul Miller, Visual Resources Curator, contributes photography (including the profile pictures on this page) to the Queer Archives Project.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.

Michelle Polton-Simon contributed to the Queer Archives Project during the 2018-19 academic year.​




























 

This page references:

  1. Charlotte Nunes, Director of Digital Scholarship Services
  2. Courtney Howell, '20
  3. Diane Shaw, Director of Special Collections & College Archives
  4. Elaine Stomber, College Archivist
  5. Julia Stomber, 21
  6. Mary A. Armstrong, Charles A. Dana Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and English, and Program Chair, Women's and Gender Studies
  7. Rediet Siyoum, '20
  8. Kelsey Moum, '21
  9. Lauren Champagne, '19
  10. Jennifer Wellnitz, '19
  11. Makaela Finley, '21
  12. Paul Miller, Visual Resources Curator
  13. Nora Egloff, Digital Repository Librarian
  14. Adam Malantonio, Digital Initiatives Developer
  15. Michelle Polton-Simon, '19