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Department of Anthropology

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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: rappaportg@si.edu

Department of Anthropology Mailing Address

Education:

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.

Links:

Smithsonian Blog “Around the Mall” video interview on Curtis acquisition with Jake Homiak and Gina Rappaport, March 2011. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2011/03/getting-negative-with-edward-curtis/

Washington Post on NAA and Language Preservation
Gugliotta, Guy. “Smithsonian archives preserve lost and dying languages.” The Washington Post. January 20, 2014.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/smithsonian-archives-preserve-lost-and-dying-languages/2014/01/17/2a2c3218-74a1-11e3-8b3f-b1666705ca3b_story.html?wp_login_redirect=0

Resources
Society of American Archivists
http://www2.archivists.org/
Native American Archives Roundtable
http://www.archivists.org/saagroups/nat-amer/
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
http://www.atalm.org/
Sustainable Heritage Network
http://sustainableheritagenetwork.org/
Native American Awards Program
http://www.si.edu/researchstudy/Applications/NAP/NAPapp.htm
Recovering Voices
http://recoveringvoices.si.edu/
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) grants
http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/documenting-endangered-languages
Breath of Life
http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/BOL_2013_home.php
Council on the Preservation of the Anthropological Record
http://copar.org/

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