Ryan Patrick Semmes

Semmes

Ryan Patrick Semmes

rsemmes@library.msstate.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. in History, Mississippi State University: Current Candidate, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
  • Master's of Public History-Archives, Graduation: December 2002 
  • Master's of Library and Information Science, Graduation: May 2001, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Graduation: May 1998, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Academic Career

Congressional and Political Research Center, MSU Libraries, Mississippi State, MS

July 2014-Present

 Associate Professor/Coordinator: Manage the CPRC in processing, arranging, and describing of political collections, including the John C. Stennis and Ulysses S. Grant collections.  Also manage student worker projects and assist patrons in reference needs.

           

           Congressional and Political Research Center, MSU Libraries, Mississippi State, MS

            August 2007-June 2014

            Assistant Professor/Interim Coordinator: Manage the CPRC in processing, arranging, and describing of political collections, including the John C. Stennis and Ulysses S.      Grant collections.  Also manage student worker projects and assist patrons in reference needs.

 

            Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library, Washington, DC

            March 2006-July 2007

Archivist/Interim Division Chief: Managed the DC Community Archives, processed collections, created schedules, signed off on employee leave requests, and assisted patrons in reference needs.

 

History Associates Incorporated, Rockville, MD

January 2003-March 2006

Archivist/Project Manager: Managed federal contracts including Library of Congress map re-housing project, Gettysburg National Military Park processing project, and US Senate office closeouts.

 

 

McNeese State University Archives, Lake Charles, LA

August 2001-December 2002

Assistant Archivist: Processed collections, created HTML finding aids, managed student workers, and assisted patrons in reference needs.

 

Publications

• “War and Remembrance: Walter Place and Ulysses S. Grant,” with David S. Nolen, The Primary Source, Vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 2-9, Fall 2013.

• "From Pea Ridge to the Potomac: Lemon G. Hine and the 44th Illinois Regiment, 1861-1862," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 104, no. 1-2, pp. 115-139, Spring-Summer 2011. 

  • "Issues and Challenges of Maintaining The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Collection," with John F. Marszalek. Documentary Editing, Vol. 32, pp. 44-56, 2011. 
  • "How Historians Use Primary Sources: The Ulysses S. Grant Collection Provides a Lesson," with John F. Marszalek, Mississippi History Now, August 2010.
  • "The 'So-Called Civil Rights Movement:' White Reactions to Civil Rights as Seen in the John C. Stennis Collection," Journal of Mississippi History, Vol. LXXII, no. 1, pp. 47-69, Spring 2010.

Chapters - Edited Books

• "The Swing Around the Circle," with Sarah Dauterive, in Past or Portal: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives, eds. Eleanor Mitchell, et al (Chicago: Association of College Research Libraries), 2012.

Presentations“Teaching the Civil War to 21st Century Students: Using Online Primary Sources,” Mississippi State University Mega Resources Workshop, Starkville, MS, February 6, 2015.

  • “Teaching the Civil War to 21st Century Students: The Social Studies Teachers Institute at Mississippi State University,” Mississippi Library Association Annual Meeting, Vicksburg, MS, October 15, 2014.

  • “More for our country than for me:” The Diplomatic Mission of Ulysses S. Grant’s World Tour, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting  Lexington, KY, June 21, 2014. 

  • “Teaching the Civil War to 21st Century Students: Using Online Primary Sources,” Mississippi State University Language Arts Workshop, Starkville, MS, June 5, 2013.

  •  “The President’s Aide-de-camp: Orville E. Babcock and the Annexation of Santo Domingo,” International Security/Internal Safety Conference, Montgomery, AL, March 21-23, 2013.
  • "The World Tour Continues: Ulysses S. Grant Visits the Gulf Coast," Upcoming, Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, Pensacola, FL, October 18-20, 2012.
  • "Real World Processing: The Challenges of Academic Library Collections-The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Collection," Southern Archivists Conference, Jackson, MS, April 27, 2012.
  • "William M. Robbins: Confederate Commissioner at Gettysburg," Golden Triangle Civil War Round Table, Starkville, MS, April 2012.
  • "Processing and Preservation: A Guide to Getting Started," with Mona Vance, Mississippi Historical Records Advisory Board and Society of Mississippi Archivists, Columbus, MS, August 2010.
  • "Digital Primary Sources at Mississippi State University," with Mona Vance, Mega Resources Workshop, Mississippi State University, February 2009.
  • "From Pea Ridge to the Potomac," Golden Triangle Regional Civil War Round Table, Starkville, MS, November 2008.
  • "The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archives," Recorded Sound Roundtable, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2006.

Poster Presentations

  • "Issues and Challenges Maintaining the papers of Ulysses S. Grant Collection: From Editors to Archivists," Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2010.

Honors & Awards

Friend of National History Day in Mississippi Award, February 2013.     

StatePride Award, Mississippi State University, October 2010.

Raymond W. Smock Fellowship of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress, May 2010.

Professional Associations

Offices Held:

Society of Mississippi Archivists, Vice President/President elect 2014-Present

Society of Mississippi Archivists, Past President 2009-2011

Society of Mississippi Archivists, President, 2008-2009    

 

Membership:

Organization of American Historians, 2014-Present

Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2013-Present

Association of Documentary Editors, 2011-Present

Ulysses S. Grant Association, 2009-Present

Society of Mississippi Archivists, 2007-Present

Mississippi Library Association, 2007-Present

Southern Archives Conference, 2007-Present

Mississippi State Historical Society, 2007-Present

  Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, 2001-2003

  South Carolina Archival Association, 1999-2002

  Society of American Archivists, 1999-2008

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