Ellen Engseth, she/her/hers Curator and Head

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Position title
Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives and Head, Migration and Social Services Collections
Libraries department
Migration & Social Services Collections


As head of the Migration and Social Services Collections within Archives and Special Collections, I work with four archives (the Immigration History Research Center Archives, the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, the Social Welfare History Archives, and the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives) with collaborative staff and projects, and our complementary collections. As Curator of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, I work primarily with donor relations and fundraising, with collection development, and in instruction and other forms of outreach such as public events, digital and publishing projects, and exhibit curation.


Master of Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Master of Arts in History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Awards and grants

American Association for State and Local History Award of Merit, for the exhibit "People on the Move: 50 Years of Documenting and Researching Migration Experiences at the Immigration History Research Center & Archives" (Co-Curator)

Archives Leadership Institute

Society of American Archivists’ Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award for the March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project (team member)

Service to professional organizations

International Council on Archives University and Research Institutions (ICA-SUV) Section Bureau, Member

Midwest Archives Conference Nominating Committee, Chair

Midwest Archives Conference Program Committee, Chair

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting Program Committee, Member

Society of American Archivists College & University Archives Section, Chair

Society of American Archivists Hamer Kegan Award Committee, Chair

Society of American Archivists Publications Board, Member

Southeastern Wisconsin Archives Group, Co-Chair

Selected presentations and publications

"Cultural Competency and Archival Appraisal,"
presentation at the International Council on Archives Section on University and Research Institution Archives annual conference
Dundee, Scotland 2019

"Collaboration Across Borders, or Piiride-ülene Koostöö: Estonians and Americans Working Together Towards Accessible Archival Collections." Journal of Library Administration 59:5 (2019): 565-577. DOI: 10.1080/01930826.2019.1616972. Co-authored with Gristel Ramler. http://hdl.handle.net/11299/206573

"Maximizing Assets and Access through Digital Publishing: Opportunities and Implications for Special Collections," in New Top Technologies that Every Librarian Needs to Know, ed. Kenneth J. Varnum (Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2019), pp. 167-178. Co-authored with Marguerite Ragnow. Pre-print available at http://hdl.handle.net/11299/202317

"Cultural Competency: A Framework for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Archival Profession in the United States." The American Archivist Fall/Winter 2018, Vol. 81, No. 2, pp. 460-482. http://hdl.handle.net/11299/201542.

“Creating Videos for Reference and Instruction.” Archival Practice 1, No. 2 (2014) http://www.partnershipsjournal.org/index.php/ap/article/view/896/713