About the Bloggers

Audrey Amidon is a preservation specialist in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, where she and her colleagues perform conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. Before joining her lab family in 2006, Audrey worked with the Donald B. MacMillan film collection at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College. When not at her inspection bench or in the dark rooms, Audrey can be found trolling the stacks in search of Arctic films or tracking down information about the earliest movie theaters in the mill towns of southern Maine.

Corbin Apkin is an archivist in the Cartographic Branch.

Michael Bloomfield  is an Archives Technician with the Still Pictures Branch focusing on reference activities. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a M.A. from the George Washington University.

Beth Fortson is an archivist in the Still Picture Branch.

Richard Green is an archivist with the Still Pictures Unit.  He began working at NARA in 2011 while completing an undergraduate degree in History and Psychology from the University of Maryland.  Richard later enrolled in the University of Maryland’s History and Library Science (HiLS) graduate program to earn his MLS and MA in History.  When Richard is not writing blogs, he is probably watching the Ravens, Orioles, or Terps.

Heidi Holmstrom works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. Heidi completed her archival education at Western Washington University, earning a Master’s in History with a certificate in Archives and Records Management. She came to NARA in 2009. In her free time, Heidi is working on organizing and preserving her grandfather’s home movie collection.

James Konicek worked in the Motion Picture Research Room for 11 years, although he began his career at the National Archives in textual research in 1989. He has also worked as a freelance researcher. After a stint in the Special Access and FOIA Branch, Jim returned to the motion picture research room as an archives specialist.

Alex Lange is an archivist in the Still Picture Branch.

Matthew Margis is an Archives Technician in the Still Picture Branch.  He holds a B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Rural, Agricultural, Technological, and Environmental History from Iowa State University.

Ellen Mulligan is a supervisory archivist in the Motion Pictures, Video and Sound Recordings Branch. She was previously an archivist in the Cartographic and Architectural Branch.

Kelsey Noel is a processing archivist in the Still Picture Branch. She began working at NARA in 2014, and cannot imagine ever working anywhere else. She has a BA in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies from the University of Mary Washington and an MSLIS, concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management, from the Catholic University of America. When not blogging or processing, Kelsey can be found traveling and exploring (primarily in pursuit of new and delicious foods) with her husband.

Carol Swain is a reference archivist with the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch. She began working at NARA in 2009 while studying for a MLS degree at Pratt Institute in New York. Her professional life prior to NARA included work in the video production field, and with the Public Broadcasting Service and C-SPAN. She received an undergraduate degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University’s College of Communication. A Massachusetts native and a life-long Red Sox fan, she looks forward to a Sox/Washington Nationals World Series in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future.

Billy Wade is a supervisory archivist within the Still Picture Branch.  He joined the unit in 2000 and specializes in the accessioning and processing of digital and analog photography and other graphic materials, including posters.

Former Contributors:

Randall Fortson joined the National Archives and Records Administration in 2001 and was a reference librarian with the Archives Library Information Center for ten years before becoming an archives specialist with the Cartographic and Architectural Records Branch at College Park, MD in 2011.  His areas of special interest include the antebellum and civil war periods of United States history. He is now a reference librarian at the United States Department of Navy Library.

Laurel Macondray was an archivist with the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch. She began working at NARA in 2005 in the Still Pictures Branch and earned her MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. She also worked in the Lifecycle Management Division before joining Motion Pictures in 2008. Laurel now works for the Special Access and FOIA Branch.

Gregory Tavormina was an archives technician within the Still Picture Branch and now works in the Textual Processing Division as an archivist. Before joining NARA in 2008, he earned his MLS and a Certificate in Archives, Records Management, and Preservation from Queens College, City University of New York. During that time he has processed manuscripts at the New-York Historical Society, developed the video archive for Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and volunteered at NARA’s Regional facility in New York City. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, photography, learning Italian, art projects, and researching genealogy.