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Marie Elia

Writer | Archivist | Teacher


I earned an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University in 2007 and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008.
I have worked in libraries, archives, and museums since 2004, including the New York Society Library, Poets House, the University of Pittsburgh History of Medicine Collection, and the Andy Warhol Museum, and I am currently the Archivist for Special Collections at the University at Buffalo. My research interests include the intersections of writing, archives, and representation with a focus on critical archival studies and archival education.

At the top of Mount Ulriken, Norway, 2018


"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)

“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]:

ENG649: Black Writers and the Archive, Dr. N. Morris Johnson, Spring 2023

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

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



Co-Curator, Louise Blanchard Bethune: Every Woman Her Own Architect, University Libraries, University at Buffalo, 2023


"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 Libraries, 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

Team Lead, Encoded Archival Context for Corporate Bodies, Persons & Families (EAC-CPF)

Team Member, Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

International Council on Archives

Section on University and Research Institution Archives

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference


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