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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Anthropology

Gina Rappaport

Photo Archivist, Head Archivist

Division: National Anthropological Archives

Area of Specialization:
As photo archivist Rappaport is responsible for all aspects of the management of the NAA's photograph collections, including appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, and collection development. As the Head Archivist, she is the main point of contact after the NAA Director for questions regarding acquisitions, tours, loans, and other archives matters.

Phone:  301-238-1322
Fax:  301-238-2883
E-mail Address:

Department of Anthropology Mailing Address


M.A. History and Archives Management; Western Washington University, 2007
B.A. History, University of Washington, 2002

Research Interests/Profile:

Rappaport has interests and expertise in areas relating to general archives management; 19th and 20th century photographic archives; archival principles and practices as they pertain to photographic collections; identification and preservation of early glass and film negatives; visual literacy as it pertains to historical photographs; archival acquisitions; management of archives relating to indigenous communities, and research in archives.

NAA ArchivesSelected Publications:

Lindsay, John A. and Rappaport, Gina. The Pribilof Islands, A Guide to Photographs and Illustrations. Government Printing Office, 2009.

Rappaport, Gina. Limitations and Improvements in the Archival Management of Photographs. M.A. Thesis, Western Washington University, 2007.


Smithsonian Blog “Around the Mall” video interview on Curtis acquisition with Jake Homiak and Gina Rappaport, March 2011.

Washington Post on NAA and Language Preservation
Gugliotta, Guy. “Smithsonian archives preserve lost and dying languages.” The Washington Post. January 20, 2014.

Society of American Archivists
Native American Archives Roundtable
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Sustainable Heritage Network
Native American Awards Program
Recovering Voices
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) grants
Breath of Life
Council on the Preservation of the Anthropological Record

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