Jaclyn E.

My name is Jaclyn, and I am an aspiring archivist ♥

Presently, I am enrolled in the dual degree MLS/MA program for Library Science and History at Queens College. My main areas of interest include gender and sexuality studies, social movements of the 20th century, and African-American history (particularly the intersection of these disciplines!).

I earned my B.A in English, Creative Writing from Adelphi University in 2016. My primary area of focus at the time was play-writing. For my capstone, I drafted a full-length surrealist drama which centered on the African-American psychological experience post-Vietnam war. In my final semester, I received multiple departmental awards, including first place in the Donald Axinn Everett Award for Fiction and runner-up in the award for best essay on literary theory for my piece entitled “Feminist Milton: Narcissism in Reverence”.

I believe that understanding history is the key to promoting and cultivating empathy between human beings. I also believe that preserving the cultural record of marginalized populations and supporting movements created for the purpose of reclaiming their stories are necessary for the development of an accurate and genuine historical record from which to learn.

My approach to archival studies is built upon the principle that majority groups should not be the sole curators of minority history. I am a strong supporter of policies and practices that promote diversity and equity, particularly those which govern curation and collections development; for this reason, I strive to one day serve the under-served through my research and advocacy.

I particularly like:

  • Cats
  • Photography
  • Vegetarian food
  • Anime
  • All things book-related

Check out my WordPress site here or my favorite anime here.

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