Carey R. Beam holds degrees from Indiana University in sociology and library and information science, concentrating her master’s degree studies in archives and special collections with special interests in archives management, primary source instruction, historic house museum interpretation, and historic preservation. Carey’s work as a liaison between Wylie House and the broader community and her role in support of the university’s teaching and research missions have been strengthened by her background as a community health educator and most recently as collections manager for the Monroe County History Center.
As a librarian and Director of the Wylie House Museum, Carey has focused her efforts on increasing the academic integration of the museum with IU courses and departments. She has facilitated courses in subjects ranging from Religious Studies to Tourism Management, opening Wylie House to students, faculty, and the community so that all of them can learn about the Wylie family’s history and see that history living on in the architecture and artifacts that are part of the Wylie House Museum. Carey prepared well for her current role, serving as a volunteer at Wylie House, giving tours to the public, facilitating programs, and working on special exhibitions.