Tanya Zanish-Belcher Director, Special Collections & University Archivist In March (2013) Tanya Zanish-Belcher was named Director, Special Collections and University Archivist for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her B.A. (1983) in History from Ohio Wesleyan University and an M.A. (1990) in Historical and Archival Administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She worked as a Special Collections Archivist at the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama, from 1989-1994. In 1995, she became the Curator for the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering, located at the Iowa State University Library, and in 1998 was promoted to Head of the Special Collections Department and Head of the University Archives at Iowa State. Her most recent publication is Perspectives on Women’s Archives (edited, with Anke Voss) for the Society of American Archivists (2013) and she is also the author of “’A Culture of Concealment’: Revealing the Records of Human Reproduction,” which also appears in Perspectives. Some of her past publications include "Raising the Archival Consciousness: How Women’s Archives Challenge Traditional Approaches to Collecting, Or, What’s In a Name?” Library Trends (Summer 2007), co-authored with Karen Mason and “Pitfalls, Progress and Partnership: Collaboration between Special Collections and Preservation in Academic Libraries,” Collections Management (2006), co-authored with Hilary Seo (Iowa State University). Zanish-Belcher has given numerous presentations to local and regional groups, as well as professional organizations such as the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). She was named an SAA Fellow in 2011, the highest accolade given by the Society. She is a Past President of MAC, member of the SAA Council (2012-2015), and was elected Vice-President/President Elect for SAA in 2016. Zanish-Belcher served as the 73rd President of the Society of American Archivists in 2017-2018.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya, & Voss, Anke. (2013). Perspectives on Women's Archives. Society of American Archivists, 502 pages. #
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya. (2013). 'A Culture of Concealment': Revealing the Records of Human Reproduction. Perspectives on Women's Archives. Society of American Archivists: Chicago, Illinois.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya. (2012). The Archives of Women in Science and Engineering and Future Directions for Oral History: Questions for Women Scientists. Centaurus: An International Journal of the History of Science and its Cultural Aspects, 55(4). #
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya, & Fiegel, Laurie. (2012). Collaboration between the Iowa State University Honors Program and the Special Collections Department (ISU Library). Past as Portal: Teaching Undergraduates Using Special Collections and Archives. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL): Chicago, Illinois.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya. (2019, June). The CLIR Grant: Documenting the Evangelical Movement in the United States: Digitizing Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Open-Reel Audiotapes at Wake Forest. Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions, Nashville, TN.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya. (2019, April). Academic Freedom: The Key Role of Archival Records. University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Libraries' Visiting Scholars Program, Lincoln, NE.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya. (2016, August). Assessing Archives: Case Studies in Using Data as an Advocacy Tool. Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya. (2016, April). Playing Outside: Opportunities for Community Engagement Beyond the Archives. Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.
- Zanish-Belcher, Tanya, & Myers, Beth. (2016, April). Career Planning for Archivists. Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI.
Committees & Offices Held
- Society of American Archivists, President. (July 29, 2017 - August 17, 2018).
- Society of American Archivists, Vice President/President-Elect. (August 2016 - July 2017).
- Society of American Archivists, Executive Committee (representing Council). (August 2014 - August 2015).
- Society of North Carolina Archivists, Archives Month Coordinator. (April 2014 - April 2016).
- Midwest Archives Conference, Co-chair, Education Committee. (2013 - 2015).
Note: Above is a selection of Tanya’s professional activity.
- Tanya @ The Landscape, Race, and Culture: Shaping a World of Color in the American South Conference(Old Salem), October 2019
- So, I have a question for Special Collections & Archives…, September 2019
- Tanya @SAA, August 2019
- Archives Assistant Julia Ough and the Professor David L. Smiley Papers, August 2019
- Tanya attends ALABI in Nashville, July 2019
Here @ ZSR
- Special Collections & Archives Update 3/16/2020, March 2020
- Special Collections & Archives Updates and Revised Hours, March 16-20, March 2020
- Commemorating Black History Month (through the whole year), February 2020
- Some Resources for Researching the Enslaved: A New ASERL Exhibit, Databases, and More, November 2019
- A Wake Forest Connection with African-American History, October 2019