Society of Georgia ArchivistsPreserving the past and present for the future.

Elaine DeNiro

Tell us why you are interested in participating as a SGA Mentor. Did you have mentors in the course of your career? What impact did they have on you?

In the beginning of my career as an archivist, I had a mentor from the Society of American Archivist. The mentor gave me valuable advise about getting proper credentials to succeed and encouraging me to get involved with the Society of Georgia Archivist. During my career, I have mentored many interns. The experience has been very rewarding, especially since so many of the interns have entered the archival profession.

Describe the areas in which you feel you have the most to offer.

As a lone arranger, I know that it is very important to network with others. I have extensive experience, not only as an archivist for a historical society, but also as a consultant/project archivist for corporations.

How did you become an archivist? What is one thing about being an archivist you are most passionate about?

I started out with a history degree to teach, but soon realized that I was much more interested in the preservation aspect of history. I received my certification through the Academy of Certified Archivists. I am passionate about making collections accessible to the public.

How many years have you worked as an archivist? What roles have you assumed during this time? Do you have management experience?

I have worked as an archivist for twenty years.  I have always worked part-time for Roswell Historical Society/City of Roswell. Working part-time has allowed me to pursue other consultant jobs.  I was a project archivist for the Shepherd Center, the Fulton County Board of Education, the Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.and The QUIKRETE Companies.

What is one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of your career as an archivist that might inspire others?

I would advise everyone to start networking with other archivists and to take advantage of all the programs and opportunities that are available through the Society of Georgia Archivists.

Describe the kinds of collections you have worked with. Do you have experience with digital archives? Audiovisual? Other specialized formats? Records management?

I have worked with manuscript collections, photographs, audiovisual, textiles, digital archives, and oral histories.

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