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Department of History


Kira Lyle

Title: Graduate Student
M.A. Public History, M.L.I.S.
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences
Kira Lyle

Pronouns: She/Her

Advisor: Lauren Sklaroff

Education: A.A.S. in Human Services, Delaware Technical and Community College
B.A. in Anthropology, minors in History and Museum Studies, University of Delaware

Bio: My research focuses on the process of knowledge construction through the lens of archival and object collections. The ways that these collections (both institutional and community) are created and shaped can enable (or inhibit) certain ways of knowing. The ways that collections are gathered, described, and made accessible have implications for who is allowed to define knowledge, and who is allowed to use it. My thesis topic, a “biography” of a D.I.Y. archive created by a prominent feminist activist in South Carolina, reflects this broad area of interest. Currently, I am working on a project to create a digital archive for the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, S.C.

My internship experiences have shaped my professional practice. At the Lewes Historical Society (Lewes, DE), I created a metadata manual for the Society’s digital gravestone database. As the collections intern at the Canterbury Shaker Village (Canterbury, N.H.) I cataloged Shaker stuff both big (armoires) and small (sewing needles) and co-curated an exhibit about Shaker chairs entitled “Furnished by Faith: Shaker Stories in Wood.” In the summer of 2019, I began the initial organization of an institutional archive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (St. Michaels, M.D.). During this same summer I participated in the second annual presentation of “A Finding Aid to my Soul,” held at Archives*Records 2019, the joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. These experiences have bolstered my interest in collections broadly, and the possibilities of exploring how the work of archivists and collections managers affects Historical possibilities.





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