Brooklyn-born Lisa Baskin is a political activist, collector, book dealer and antiquarian. She jokes that she collected in the cradle. The product of her efforts, a comprehensive collection documenting the political and social history of working women from the fifteenth century to the Spanish Civil War, is now part of the David M. Rubenstein Library at Duke University.
A’Lelia Bundles is the author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, the inspiration for Self Made, the 2020 Netflix series. She is at work on a biography of A’Lelia Walker, her great-grandmother, whose parties, arts patronage and international travels helped define the Harlem Renaissance. A former network television news executive and producer at ABC News and NBC News, she is a vice chairman of Columbia University’s Board of Trustees and chair emerita of the board of the National Archives Foundation. She is on the advisory boards of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute and the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative.
Amanda Bede, a member of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, is a researcher, writer, and collector concentrating on ephemera. She is an honorary life member of the Ephemera Society of Australia and currently president and editor of the Ephemera Journal of Australia. She became involved with ephemera while working as a research librarian at the State Library of Victoria in the 1980s. She co-authored Working Victoria: a guide to the study of work.
Heidi Herr is the Outreach Librarian for Special Collections at Johns Hopkins University. She creates programs and learning activities to engage students in conducting research with primary sources, including teaching courses on everything from fortune-telling ephemera to the development of the cookbook. She holds Master of Arts degrees in English and Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Brooke Kroeger is a professor of journalism at New York University and the author of five books: Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist; Fannie: The Talent for Success of Author Fannie Hurst; Passing: When People Can’t Be Who they Are; Undercover Reporting: the Truth about Deception; and most recently The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote.
Susan Anderson Laquer, archivist at the American Philosophical Society, has had a distinguished career in Philadelphia-area archives for 25 years, working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in the library and archives at Pennsylvania Hospital. Susan is a leader in collections management and has published essays on “Ethics, Privacy, and Restrictions” and “Fundraising” in the Society of American Archivists’
Virginia Noelke holds a PhD in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin. She served on the Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for almost 30 years learning about art and graphics from experts such as Dick Sheaff. She taught history at Angelo State University for thirty-five years, and has written about women in the West, as well as a history of the Cactus Hotel.
Caroline Preston’s innovative “scrapbook” novels are created from her extensive collections of ephemera, letters, documents and images. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt won a 2012 Alex Award. She has taught fiction at the University of Virginia and workshops on the graphic novel at George Mason and other colleges. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is a distinguished artist at the Ragdale Foundation. She has worked as an archivist at the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard’s Houghton Library.
Barbara Rusch is the founder and president of The Ephemera Society of Canada and has served on the Board of Directors of the ESA. She is the recipient of the Ephemera Society (UK) Samuel Pepys Medal, The Ephemera Society of America Maurice Rickards Award and the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Listed in Canadian Who’s Who as its only ephemerist, she is a lecturer, collector, and exhibitor of 19th-century ephemera. Her play, The Crossing, featuring ephemera from her collection, was published in 2019 by the Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Jennie Waldow is a PhD candidate at Stanford University. She received her BA from Scripps College and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles Nomadic Division. She studies Conceptual Art of the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on ephemera, political art, and Fluxus, and is currently working on a dissertation about the American artist Allen Ruppersberg.