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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Principal Investigators



Rusty Russell, Collections and Informatics, Department of Botany, RussellR[at]


Anne Van Camp, Director, Smithsonian Institution Archives, VanCampA[at]

Since 1979, Mr. Russell has served as Collections Manager in the NMNH Department of Botany with responsibilities for management of the United States National Herbarium and related accessory collections; development of collections programs and outreach projects; application of new technologies to collections management and information systems; oversight of collections policies and procedures. 

Mr. Russell received his B.S. in Botany from the University of Maryland.



From 1996 until her appointment as the director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Van Camp served as manager of the member programs at the Research Libraries Group Inc., where she planned, designed and implemented collaborative programs and projects to improve access to research resources to the 150 member institutions of the RLG. From 1989 to 1996, she was the director of Archives at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Van Camp also served as the vice president for Information Services at the Chase Manhattan Corp. in New York from 1979 to 1989.
Van Camp earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati.




Project Manager



Carolyn Sheffield, Project Manager, Field Book Project, SheffieldC[at]

Carolyn Sheffield is the Project Manager on the Field Book Project.  She serves as the primary contact for external institutions wishing to participate in the system’s development and testing or through the contribution of content to the Field Book Registry.

Prior to joining the project, Carolyn served as a statewide grants coordinator providing guidance on grant management to Maryland public libraries.  From 2004 to 2006, she was the Project Manager and User Studies Coordinator for CLiMB, a large scale research project at the University of Maryland that focused on metadata extraction for image access.  Her previous experience also includes coordinating a visual artists’ registry comprised of an online database and physical collection representing the work of artists in the mid-Atlantic region.

Carolyn holds an M.L.S. from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.




Lesley Parilla, Cataloger and Social Media Coordinator, Field Book Project, ParillaL[at]

Lesley holds an MLS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a certificate in Special Collections and Archives and a B.A. from Oberlin College.  She first came to the Smithsonian through the Entomology Department where she worked in a variety of capacities, including creating finding aids for field books in the collection. Most recently, she has been working for the Smithsonian Institution Archives, creating finding aids and EAD tagging for their Oral History Collection. She is a member of SLA.


Project Advisors



Tammy Peters, Supervisory Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives, PetersT[at]

Tammy Peters currently supervises SIA's Archives and Information Management (AIM) and Reference Teams. AIM is responsible for identifying, acquiring and describing records and papers relating to Smithsonian history that form the Archives' collections; the Reference Team provides researchers information about and access to SIA holdings. Tammy has worked on numerous collections management, and cataloging and description projects since joining SIA in 1995.

Tammy holds a B.A. in History from Bethel College (KS) and an M.A. in American Studies from Purdue University.


Ricc Ferrante, Director of Digital Services, FerranteR[at]

Riccardo Ferrante, Director of Digital Services and Information Technology Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, oversees its digital preservation, digitization, electronic records management and web-based initiatives. With the Archives since 2003, Ricc’s early focus on the challenges of born digital objects included the Collaborative Electronic Records Project (2004-2008) that addressed email accounts. He has contributed to the Repository Audit and Certification standard submission and participates in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative. Previously, Ferrante worked closely with libraries to develop library information systems. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and vice-chair of its Electronic Records Section.



sarah stauderman

Sarah Stauderman, Collections Care Manager, Smithsonian Instution Archives, StaudermanS[at]

Sarah Stauderman is the Principal Investigator of the Save America's Treasures grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. More about Sarah.


kirsten tyree

Kirsten Tyree, Conservation Technician, Smithsonian Institution Archives, TyreeK[at]

Kirsten Tyree is assisting with the physical treatment of collections being cataloged as part of the Field Book Project.  She received an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park specializing in Archives and Records Management.


nora lockshin

Nora Lockshin, Paper Conservator, Smithsonian Institution Archives, LockshinN[at]

Nora Lockshin is an advisor on the Save America's Treasures grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. More about Nora.



Kira cherrix

Kira Cherrix, Image and Video Digitization Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives, CherrixK[at]

Kira Cherrix is the Image and Video Digitization Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Kira assists the Field Book Project by overseeing digitization of field books by digitization interns and volunteers.  She first came to the Smithsonian as an intern in 2008.  She then went on to work as a contractor for SIA before becoming a full-time employee in July 2011. 

Kira holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History from Mary Baldwin College (VA) and a M.A. in Applied American History from George Mason University.



The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) hosts many interns each year. Listed below are the interns whose work in cataloging, conservation, and digitization have supported the Field Book Project. Funding sources: Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), The Comer Foundation, and Smithsonian Women's Committee (SWC).

Emily Hunter, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by CLIR)

Elizabeth Childs, Conservation Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by The Comer Foundation)

Jenny Mathias, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by CLIR)

Win Suen, Conservation Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by The Comer Foundation)

Blair Bailey, Conservation Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)

Janelle Batkin, Conservation Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)

Catharine Cox, Digitization Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)

Alice Doolittle, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by CLIR)

Cherie Edmonds, Digitization Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)

Richard Jerome, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by CLIR)

Alison Pinches, Digitization Intern, Summer 2012

Tessa Gadomski, Conservation Intern, Summer 2013

Noah Smutz, Conservation Intern, Summer 2013

Andrea Hall, Conservation Intern, Fall 2013


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