Introducing our newest Project Archivist for the Archives for Women in Medicine

By , June 22, 2015

Joan IlacquaThe Archives for Women in Medicine begins the summer with a new Project Archivist. Joan Ilacqua is the fourth archivist to serve the AWM since the program’s launch in 2005. Joan has been with the Center since 2014, recently serving as an oral history project coordinator, and managed the Strong Medicine project to collect the stories of medical professionals in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Joan has extensive museum and archives experience at such institutions as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, UMass Boston University Archives and Special Collections, Plimoth Plantation, and several National Park Service sites. She holds a Master of Arts in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Studio Art from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She serves as a member of the board of The History Project.

In her first weeks as the AWM Project Archivist, Joan has met with AWM supporters to brainstorm refreshing and expanding the program as it approaches its tenth anniversary. Her long term goals are: to continue building a community of interested and engaged people –scholars, biomedical scientists, healthcare professionals, educations, and others — who will support and use AWM collections; continue building a comprehensive collection of records that reflect the scope and depth of women’s contributions to leadership in medicine; and create new partnerships to support, expand, and engage the Archives for Women in Medicine. Please welcome Joan as she takes on this new role!

The Archives for Women in Medicine actively acquires, preserves, promotes, and provides access to the professional and personal records of outstanding women leaders. We are eager to broaden our scope, to reach a larger audience, and to continue collecting, preserving, sharing, and celebrating the work of these pioneers. The Archives for Women in Medicine is made possible by the generous support of our donors. Please support our ongoing efforts to acquire, make accessible, and preserve the unique resources in the history of our women leaders in medicine.

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