The Guardians of History features seven archivists working in the Technical Services department of Duke University’s Rubenstein Library. Through photography and audio, Guardians explores why we archivists do what we do. It reveals our intimate relationship with the historical materials we work with, why we are drawn to the mission of preserving history, and how our work makes it possible for researchers, historians, writers, and the general public to discover and experience intimate connections between their lives and historical materials.
Mary Samouelian is the Abraham Joshua Heschel Processing Archivist at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. She is an avid photographer and intrepid documentarian. In 2008, she earned a Master’s in Library Science at UNC–Chapel Hill, and since then has worked on a variety of challenging and provocative archival projects, including the long-term preservation of archival geospatial data and the 1,100-linear-foot Doris Duke Collection. In 2011, she enrolled at the Center for Documentary Studies to expand her knowledge of documentary art forms and to explore different media for telling stories. Her wonderful and supportive experiences at CDS triggered Samouelian’s desire to examine her profession and discover why she and her colleagues love what they do. More of her work can be seen online at marysamouelian.com.
This was the final project for the Certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. See more Spring 2014 final projects at cdsporch.org/archives/22348.