Brenda Lawson, Vice President for Collections

Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/about/Brenda.jpgBrenda Lawson, the Vice President for Collections, joined the MHS in 1988 as a manuscript cataloger in a one-year, grant-funded position. She currently oversees the processing and cataloging of manuscript and photograph collections, digital projects, preservation, conservation, and web development, and has supervisory responsibility for the library’s reader services department.  She is also responsible for donor relations and acquisitions and has written and managed numerous federal, state, and private grants.  She received her BA in psychology from Williams College and is a graduate of the Dual Degree Program in Archives Management at Simmons College with an MSLIS in library and information science and an MA in history.  She is active in the archival profession and has served on the Board of New England Archivists and as a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the Society of American Archivists.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Northeast Document Conservation Center.  She is a fellow of the MHS and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. 

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The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

17May 5:30PM 2021
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It may be difficult to imagine that a consequential black electoral politics evolved in the United States before the Civil War, for as of 1860, the overwhelming majority ...

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Confronting Racial Injustice: The War on Drugs in Massachusetts: The Racial Impact of the School ...

19May 6:00PM 2021
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In the 1980s, Massachusetts embraced the War on Drugs, enacting harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. It took decades to confront the reality ...

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Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism

26May 5:30PM 2021
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When we talk about patriotism in America, we tend to mean one form: the version captured in shared celebrations like the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. But ...

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