“Everyone has a story, and if I want students to learn about the people and organizations whose papers are in the archives, then I need to teach them about contextualization. They need to learn about how collections are arranged, how to look for the messages that people leave behind in documents and photographs, and where to learn more about the time period the subject lived within. Not everyone will become an archivist, but I hope the students will gain research skills, and a better appreciation of the people and events that helped to shape Florida Southern College into the institution it is today.”
Gerrianne Schaad is a Certified Archivist with more than twenty-five years of experience in college, university, and museum libraries. She enjoys working in archives and special collections because in addition to working with letters, scrapbooks, and photographs, she gets to interact with the public answering questions, and teaching students, one-on-one, to appreciate their college history. Schaad currently serves as the chair of the Society of American Archivists Visual Materials committee as well as on the board of the Society of Florida Archivists.
M. A. Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
B. A. History and English Literature, St. Mary's Dominican College, New Orleans, LA
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Service Award, Society of Southwest Archivists, 2012
- Phi Kappa Phi, 1991
- Phi Alpha Theta, 1982
Publications and Exhibitions
Historic Texts from the Remnant Trust, Inc., The Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr. Archives Gallery, Florida Southern College, August 19 – December 9, 2016.
History of Twentieth Century Photography, exhibit, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, August 2010 to present.
Wilson Hurley's: Envisioning the West, A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project exhibit, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, April 01, 2011 - March 31, 2012.
Faces of Bettina Steinke, A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project exhibit, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, August – December 2012 and May – December 2013.
Making Change, A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project exhibit, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, January 2014 – January 2015.
Conflict Cast in Bronze, A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project exhibit, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, January 17 – July 12, 2015.
The Photograph Collection of John Peabody Harrington in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. National Anthropological Archives, 1994.
Envisioning the West, video recording, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 2011.
Conflict Cast in Bronze, video recording, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 2014.
Photograph Editor, The Sons of Charlie Russell: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Cowboy Artists of America, 2015.
Public and Professional Presentations
“How Museums and Archives Intersect: Exhibiting, Teaching, and Collaborating,” Florida Association of Museums, September, 2016.
“The History of Citrus in Florida through the Lens of Florida Southern College Collections,” Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association Conference, June, 2016.
“Social Media and Pathways to Success,” Florida Conference of Historians, February, 2016.
“Copyright Confusion,” Mountain Plains Museum Association, Aspen, Colorado, October, 2014.
“Tips and Tricks for Moving Collections,” Oklahoma Museum Association, Idabel, Oklahoma, September, 2014.