Research Methods Portfolio

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 before going to the National Museum of American History to create an online exhibition about Women in World War I. I then worked at my alma mater as a the Program Associate for COPLACDigital—a groundbreaking initiative to develop multi-campus, team-taught, distance digital liberal arts seminars. Currently, I am a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill studying archives and records management, and I also work in Duke University Libraries’ archives and special collections.

I enjoy studying many areas of history, but I particularly focus on digital history, women’s history, race relations, and sociocultural history. Working closely with historical artifacts and documents is an integral part of my work, and I aspire to a career in archives and special collections, experiencing and learning about the past. I hope to use my digital historical training to share my experiences and knowledge to inspire others to a love of history and a greater understanding of the world.

Please use the links below to learn more about my research philosophy and methods as they relate to my archival work.

Senior portrait of me (Leah Tams). It is a black and white photo, and I'm standing at an iron gate next to a brick wall on Mary Washington's campus.