Hello! My name is Susan Floyd, and I am an Archivist with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The main focus of my work is processing state records and the occasional historical manuscript collection. I am also the accessions archivist, responsible for working with both state agency records managers and private donors to accession records for the state archives. Additionally, my work involves some reference support in our archives reading room, as well as some outreach, including special events and participation in local, state, and regional archives-related public events and our archival professional associations. I serve on committees for two local organizations, the Austin Archives Bazaar and the Austin Book Arts Center.
I was previously a Graduate Intern at the Harry Ransom Center. Over the course of my two-year appointment, I worked to make more of the Center’s vast holdings accessible through the Digital Collections portal, including the Center’s Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning Correspondence (now viewable through Baylor University’s The Browning Letters portal). I also provided reference assistance to both on-site and remote patrons, assisted faculty teaching from our collections, and researched and curated small exhibitions.
My MSIS Capstone project, supervised by Jennifer Hecker, was titled, “Austin Music Documentation Initiative: Developing and Funding a Collection Aggregation Portal.” This project resulted in a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program grant application sponsored by UT Libraries.
I’m also a sometime-volunteer and always-supporter of the Neill-Cochran House Museum in West Campus. After working as a docent, archives consultant, and graduate research intern, I organized the museum’s 2014 annual exhibition, “West Campus: Evolution of an Austin Neighborhood, 1815-2015,” focusing on this historic area near the UT campus, including the freedmen’s community of Wheatville.
My broader interests include archives and preservation, digital humanities, museum studies, public history, education and outreach, accessibility, Texana, medieval British codicology, foodways, monuments and memory, modernism, surrealism, graffiti, calligraphy and lettering, and finding the perfect cheese enchilada plate.