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Marcus C. Robyns

Marcus C. Robyns, CA

University Archivist

mrobyns@nmu.edu 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

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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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Samantha Pynnonen

Samantha Pynnonen

Collections Management Assistant

sapynnon@nmu.edu

Samantha is the part-time Collections Management Assistant. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received her MLIS in Library and Archival Administration. Samantha has worked at several Michigan archives and libraries where she has processed, digitized, and researched local collections.

 

She most recently volunteered with two Detroit-based museums, where she once got to clean a triceratops’s metatarsal bone (but only one). Samantha is excited to be working with paper and digital materials again in da UP, and hopes to keep the archives cool with her underutilized knowledge of Tolkien and bee behavior.

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Eliza Compton

Eliza Compton

Senior Student Assistant (Aka #1)

Eliza Compton is a junior Secondary Education English major and Spanish minor. Her dream is to be an English high school teacher so that she can turn her passion for reading into something that can support her.

The coolest thing about Eliza is that her circumstances have allowed her to travel to six different countries. She hopes that her circumstances will continue to allow her to visit new places and that life will continue to just keep getting better. 

Eliza loves the archives and loves that she gets to learn new things all the time and get away with it as “working”.

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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.

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Karen Kasper

Karen Kasper

Genealogy Specialist and Research Consultant

Karen.kasper@gmail.com

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

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Dr. Steven Peters

Dr. Steven Peters

Volunteer Project Archivist

speters@nmu.edu

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.