Leah Tams 2014

Photo by Candice Roland

I graduated on May 10, 2014, with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Upon graduation, I returned to the Smithsonian Institution Archives to complete my second internship there. I currently work at my alma mater as a transcriptionist for the Papers of James Monroe and as an administrative assistant with the director of UMW’s Quality Enhancement Plan and the Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology and Innovation. I’m also an independent contractor working as a digital operations specialist at the Archives of American Art in Washington, DC.

I am fascinated by many areas of history, but I particularly enjoy studying race relations, environmental history, and sociocultural history. I also love working closely with historical artifacts—being able to interact with and learn from a piece of the past is an indescribable experience for me. As such, my dream is to work in archives and collections, experiencing and learning about the past. I also hope to use my digital historical training to share my experiences and knowledge and to inspire others to a love of history.

I am an avid reader and knitter. I enjoy watching NFL football and several different television shows. I am a self-proclaimed nerd, and I enjoy every minute of it.


Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at ltams@umw.edu.