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Marie Elia

Writer | Archivist | Teacher


Marie Elia received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University in 2007 and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008.
She has worked in archives and libraries for over 15 years, including the New York Society Library, Poets House, the University of Pittsburgh History of Medicine Collection, and the Andy Warhol Museum, and is currently the Archivist for Special Collections at the University at Buffalo. Her work addresses the intersections of writing, archives, and representation with a focus on critical archival studies and archival education.

Archivist for Special Collections & Interim Co-University Archivist, University at Buffalo

Adjunct Instructor, University at Buffalo Department of Information Science


Processing Archivist, University at Buffalo Poetry Collection

Project Archivist, The Andy Warhol Museum: Time Capsules Cataloging Project

Editor, The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections


"Documenting the Process: Writing Community and Transparency into the Processing Note." In From Dust to Dawn: Archival Studies After the Archival Turn. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala University (forthcoming 2020)

“Note to Self” (Essay), in Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship, edited by Shannon Tharp and Sommer Browning

Girlhood and Machines (Poems), Dancing Girl Press


Instructor of record:

Archives and Records: Practices and Principles, LIS 503, University at Buffalo

Fall 2022, Fall 2021, Fall 2020

Archival Arrangement and Description, LIS 570, University at Buffalo

Summer 2022, Summer 2021

Archival Description and Processing, LIS 503, University at Buffalo

Summer 2020, Summer 2019, Summer 2018

Course-Embedded Archives and Special Collections Instruction [selected]:

GGS 265: Sexuality and Cultures, Jessica Lowell Mason, Fall 2022, Fall 2021

HIS 301: Historical Writing, Dr. Sarah Handley Cousins, Fall 2021
HIS 199: Memoir and History, Dr. Kristin Stapleton, Fall 2021



"Documenting the Process: The Processing Note as Access Point"
From Dust to Dawn: Archival Studies After the Archival Turn, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, November 2017

"This is How We Do It: Helping Our User Communities to Navigate Copyright, Fair Use, and Codes of Best Practice" (Invited speaker)

2017 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, Louisville, KY

Co-Curator, Artifact: An Exploration of Format and Function

University at Buffalo, 2015

"Shifts and Shake-ups: A Conversation about ArchivesSpace Implementation"
2015 Joint Meeting, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and New England Archivists, Boston, MA

"Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules: Cataloging Workflows and Solutions" 

2014 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI 


"A Method to His Madness: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cataloging Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules" 

2011 Archives Week, University of Texas at Austin (Invited speaker)


Academy of Certified Archivists

Society of American Archivists

Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Standards

International Council on Archives

Section on University and Research Institution Archives

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference