Marcus C. Robyns

Marcus C. Robyns, CA

University Archivist 906-227-1046

Marcus is professor and University Archivist at Northern Michigan University.  He worked professionally in Texas and Oregon before coming to NMU in 1997.  

Marcus is the author of numerous publications, including Functional Analysis in Archival Appraisal: A Practical and Effective Alternative to Traditional Appraisal Methodologies (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). 

He is a former Regent for Exam Administration, Academy of Certified Archivists. For Marcus’ complete curriculum vitae click here

Annika Peterson

Annika Peterson

UPLINK Digital Project Manager

Annika is a project archivist for the 2 year UPLINK (Upper Peninsula Digital Network) grant. The goal of UPLINK is to help heritage organizations around the UP be able to afford to digitize their records and get them online. 

Annika has a B.A. in history and mathematics from NMU and an MLIS from Wayne State University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV, and hiking.

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Emily Tinder

Senior Student Assistant/Outreach Specialist III (Aka #1)

Emily is a senior History major from Hudsonville, MI. She graduates in December 2021 and plans on pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science to continue in the field of archives and library sciences. Her research interests include LGBTQ+ history, voting history, and themes related to her minor in Native American studies.

She is passionate about spreading knowledge and kindness to her community, and hopes to do so in the future with a career in archival or museum work.

AJ Laatsch

A.J. Laatsch

Digitization Specialist II/Accessioning Specialist II

AJ is senior at Northern Michigan University. He is an Art and Design Major with a concentration in Computer Art, and he is from a small city in Southeastern Wisconsin called Theresa. His interests include watching movies, animating, socializing with friends, and listening to music. 

He hopes to improve his people skills and to hone a prevalent ability in digital art.

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Mossy Schumann

Mossy is a junior from the western suburbs of Chicago (Carol Stream) studying pre-colonial American history in an effort to help build a more sustainable future informed by the past. They are an artist, gardener, and fungus appreciator.

They hope to one day own land and maybe a couple chickens and goats. How they get to that point is still up in the air, but it will probably have something to do with teaching art.

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Kaitlyn Spiegl

Kaitlyn is a sophomore History major from Franklin, Wisconsin, a small town near Milwaukee. She enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and being outside. Above everything else, she loves making a good cup of tea.

She is passionate about history and will always take the time to understand, explain or just learn about the past. She hopes that she can help others find the little thing that makes them love history too.

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Alex Bournonville

Alex is a cultural anthropology major who is very excited to work at the Archives. She comes from the town where the deadliest forest fire in American history originates: Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Feel free to ask her for some insight on the history of the fire if you stop by the archives!


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Eli Saylor

Eli is a freshman studying as an English major, focusing on writing for the sole purpose of creation. They hail from southern Michigan in the quaint suburbia of Davison, near Flint.

Someday they wish to publish well-informed novels based on and inspired by the historical weight and significance of modern dangers. They enjoy the arts, languages & linguistics, historical fashion, fencing, and various illustrious world building adventures.

Karen Kasper

Karen Kasper

Genealogy Specialist and Research Consultant

Karen Kasper is the Archives’ Genealogical Research Consultant. She volunteers her time in the Archives each Tuesday and Thursday. Karen was born and raised in Marquette County and is a graduate of Northern Michigan University. She is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment to help patrons with their genealogical research.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys crafting and being a vendor at craft shows, reading her Kindle and is addicted to Farmville 2

Dr. Steven Peters

Dr. Steven Peters

Volunteer Project Archivist

As cataloger, Steve creates bibliographic records for items in the library and archives collections. He also performs maintenance on the records in the online catalog. Steve has processed and prepared finding aids for the papers of John D. Voelker, AKA Robert Traver. 

Currently, he is working on processing the Bay de Noquet Lumber Company records. For questions concerning the Voelker papers or the Bay de Noquet papers, please contact Dr. Peters.