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Jordon Steele

JORDON STEELE is Hodson Curator of the University Archives in the Sheridan Libraries. As University Archivist, he oversees the acquisition, preservation, organization, and access to university records, faculty papers, and manuscript collections acquired by the Libraries in both analog and born-digital form. Since his arrival in 2011, Mr. Steele has raised substantial external funding through federal grants and private philanthropy to support the salaries of full-time project archivists, graduate student internships, processing of collections, and digitization of frequently used and valuable materials.

Mr. Steele has an extensive record of service and leadership at the local, regional, and national level. He is past Chair of the Delaware Valley Archivists Group and past At-Large Member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. He has served on a variety of task forces and standing committees of the Society of American Archivists, the national professional organization of the Archives community. He regularly presents at conferences on topics related to archival administration. Mr. Steele has taught and developed courses on archives as an adjunct faculty member in Drexel University’s School of Information and Johns Hopkins University’s Master’s in Museum Studies program.

In 2016, with Mr. Steele’s oversight the Johns Hopkins University Archives was one of five institutions selected to serve as a host site for the prestigious National Digital Stewardship Residency program, a nationally-renowned initiative that matches qualified institutions with recent LIS graduates pursuing a career in the preservation of digital information. Before coming to JHU in 2011, Jordon served as Archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He holds a BA in English from Davidson College and a MSLS from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Library and Information Science.