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As the University’s Bicentennial Archivist, Kristin Leaman ensures the University Archives is responsive to units, events, and initiatives as planning for the University bicentennial moves forward. She works closely with the Office of the Bicentennial and the University Historian to assist with planning, Signature Projects, Bicentennial Interns, and research. As the co-director of the Bicentennial Oral History Project, she liaises with archivists, librarians, and historians campus-wide. Kristin is also responsible for reference and the arrangement and description of university records and personal papers of faculty, alumni, and staff.
She was awarded a Mellon Grant to study English Paleography at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2014, and a Newberry Library Consortium Travel Grant in 2011. She has extensive language skills, including reading knowledge of Modern German, German Fraktur, Old and Middle English, Old Saxon, and Latin; speaking ability in Modern German; bibliographic knowledge of French, Italian, and Spanish; coursework in Old Norse and Icelandic; and paleography skills in Medieval Latin, Old English, Middle English, and English secretary hand.
Kristin is currently writing her dissertation (Ph.D. in English Literature from Purdue University, expected in 2018) on the Anglo-Saxon revival in early English printed books from 1566-1715. She received her M.L.S. with a specialization in rare books and manuscripts from Indiana University and earned both her M.A. in English Literature and her B.A. from Purdue. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as Special Collections Cataloger at the Lilly Library.