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Hello, and welcome. My name is Steve Moray and I am a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s coordinated MA History/MLIS degree program, concentrating in Archives. Please scroll down or use the navigation to learn a little bit more about my academic and professional background and interests.

Archives

I am currently pursuing my MLIS at UW-Milwaukee, concentrating in Archives.  I have completed my three core MLIS classes which have provided me with a knowledge of basic concepts of library science, including the LCSH, MARC, AACR2, and Dublin Core. I have also taken Introduction to Modern Archives Administration, which has provided me with much more specific archival knowledge, such as an understanding of DACS, EAD, and MPLP. The class focused on connecting archival topics as appraisal, arrangement and description, analog and digital preservation, reference, and outreach to their practical applications in the field. As an extension of this focus, my final paper for the class discussed the use of MPLP in digitization projects to balance issues of backlog, access, preservation, authenticity, and constraints of time and funding. My interests include collections digitization, MPLP, and history and genealogy reference.

After graduating I would like to pursue a career as an archivist at a local or state history archival institution, or as an archivist for the National Park Service at a National Historical Park. I am currently seeking internships or part-time work in archives to gain practical real-world experience and further my professional goals.

History

I received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts: History from Michigan Technological University. Relevant history coursework at Michigan Tech includes courses in Western Civilizations, American History, History of Europe, History and Cultures of the Pacific, History of England (I & II), Copper Country History (history of the local area), and History of Science and Technology. My research paper for the capstone Historiography course was entitled “Superior Entertainment: Historic Amusement Parks in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula”, which relied heavily on archival research.

Currently, I am in the Master’s of History program at UW-Milwaukee. As part of my Research Methods in Local History course, I conducted a research project that required me to perform an in-depth analysis of a single visual source utilizing the StoryMap JS web platform and the March on Milwaukee digital collection and various physical collections of the UW-Milwaukee Archives. The project, entitled “Image of Contradiction”, can be found here.

Genealogy

I am also a seasoned genealogist with 20 years of research practice and am experienced in a wide variety of records located in both physical and digital repositories. I am currently working on becoming a Certified Genealogist and I would like to use my extensive knowledge and experience not just personally, but in a professional capacity as well.

You can visit my genealogy blog to see some stories of my family history.

Archaeology

I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology, concentrating in Archaeology from Michigan Technological University. Some of my relevant coursework while at Michigan Tech includes courses in Human Origins & Evolution, Prehistory & Archaeology, Anthropology of Science & Technology, Archaeological Sciences, Archaeology Field School,  GIS Technology Fundamentals, Historical Archaeology, Method and Theory of Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology, Material Culture (Graduate Level Course), and my Undergraduate Thesis in Archaeology: “Every Mine is an Island: Landscape Archaeology and GIS at Isle Royale’s Island Mine”.

I have been working as a CRM archaeologist since moving to Wisconsin in 2013. My primary responsibilities are performing field surveys for archaeology projects, including pedestrian survey, shovel testing, and test units. I also create maps for the final client reports. This includes creating sketch maps in the field, digitizing them using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and creating a variety of maps using ArcGIS. I also have the responsibility of creating safety forms for each project and am in charge of the company vehicle, including weekly status reports and maintenance.

In my current job as a field archaeologist, I have proven my ability to be trusted to work independently in the field and the office, as well as being an integral member of a team. At times I have even taken on the responsibility of running a field crew, a position usually reserved for those who already posses a Master’s degree.