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Beth Russell Leaves for Maine

Archivist Beth Russell has accepted a new position as Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the University of Maine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library. Her last day at the Michigan Tech Archives will be July 11.

Beth originally came to work at the Michigan Tech Archives for a NHPRC grant funded project which involved creating MARC records for collection level cataloging of the Archive’s entire collection holdings. The project lasted two years, but Beth was able to transition into a full-time

Bon Voyage, Beth!

Archivist position in 2011.  Her experience with archival description and cataloging standards has helped improve access to the Archives’ manuscript collections.

Years of assisting patrons with research and working in an Archives that has a local history and University focus will serve Beth well in her new position. She hopes to model public history outreach endeavors to some of the Tech Archive’s past programs.

This is not the first time that Beth has lived in Maine, and she looks forward to returning to the beautiful coastal region. She plans on reconnecting with old friends and looks forward to once again being involved in recreational sailing and enjoying local seafood.

Come say your goodbyes at the Library’s farewell party next week, June 25, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on the Rovano Plaza. For more information, read our blog post!

We will miss you, Beth!

Farewell Party for Van Pelt and Opie Library Staff Members

Date: June 25, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Rovano Plaza outside of the Library Building (Opie Reading Room in case of rain)

Campus and community members are invited to a farewell party on Wednesday, June 25, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on the Rovano Plaza, located on the East side of the Library Building near the Campus Cafe. If the weather is not suitable for anoutdoor gathering, the party will be held in the Opie Reading Room. The Michigan Tech and Copper Country Archives will be closed for the duration of the party, but will open again afterwards from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

We are celebrating the next prestigious phases of the careers of Beth Russell, Archivist, who will be joining the Special Collections Department of the Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine in Orono as an Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.  Beth had made outstanding contributions to the University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections.

Rachael Bussert, also a member of Archives staff, has successfully concluded a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications Records Commission as the Senior Processing Archivist. Rachael is going to work as the Congressional Papers Archivist for the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Both Beth and Rachael also made substantial contributions to recovery efforts following the fire in the Archives’ closed stacks in 2012.

We will also wish a fond farewell to Ben Bussert, who will be heading to Hawaii with Rachael. Ben has been a specialist in customer relations, and was instrumental in enabling the library to initiate its 24 hour operation last October.

The Library’s Associate Director for Education and Research, Margaret Phillips, will be leaving the area for family reasons. She will continue to lead the library in the integration of information literacy among Michigan Tech’s educational departments, while continuing to work with the university level assessment programs and contributing to the library’s strategic plan.

We hope to see you on the Rovano Plaza!

Michigan Tech Archives to Host “Fourth Thursday In History” Presentation June 26th

When: June 26th at 7:00 PM

Where: East Reading Room

Van Pelt and Opie Library

The upcoming Fourth Thursday In History event will be hosted by the Michigan Tech Archives on Thursday, June 26th in the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s East Reading Room. The talk, to be presented by Larry Molloy will focus on the Detroit Publishing Company’s photographs of the local area.

Between 1900-1910 the Detroit Publishing Company photographed much of the Copper Country, including photos of towns, mines, mills, smelters, trains, etc. Over 60 of these images have been digitized as high-resolution images by the Library of Congress. Join Larry Molloy as he examines many of these images and uses them to identify historic sites and buildings. Larry will also discuss the Detroit Publishing Company Collection and how an individual can gain access to these and other Library of Congress images.

The Fourth Thursdays In History, organized by the Keweenaw National Historical Park, are presentations on local or regional history. Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, including directions or site accessibility, contact either:

Keweenaw National Historical Park

(906) 337-3168


Michigan Tech Archives

(906) 487-2505

Email at:

The Heart of the Copper Country, Calumet, Mich.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
Shelden St., Houghton, Mich.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Divisions Washington, D.C.