Staff Spotlight – IMLS Project Archivist Tess Amram

Contributed by: Hoang Tran, Director of Archives

Please welcome Tess Amram!


As PAFA’s IMLS Project Archivist, Tess will be in charge of all aspects of digitizing, rehousing, and cataloging the archives’ Annual Exhibition photographs–over 2,000 images! The project is expected to be completed by October 2017. She will be working in the Center for the Study of the American Artist on the 5th floor of PAFA’s Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building.

Tess is currently a graduate student at Drexel University working towards her master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She is also an intern at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center where she provides reference assistance in the teaching, research, and learning department. After graduation, she hopes to continue working in academic institutions, primarily as a cataloging and metadata librarian.

We are very grateful for the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services for making this possible.

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