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Riggs Appointed LSUA Archivist

Released: 08/21/2008

LSU at Alexandria has appointed Michelle Riggs as university archivist, announced Jules Tate, director of library services. She is the first archivist at LSUA.

Riggs is responsible for selection and preservation of manuscripts and special collections that document the history of Central Louisiana. She also preserves university records as mandated by law.

“We believe that a university archivist enhances the services of Bolton Library to our students and the public and contributes to the cultural and historical development of our area,” Tate said. “Michelle is highly qualified, and she comes here with an excellent background.”

Riggs, a magna cum laude graduate in history from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, earned a master’s degree in library and information science from LSU. She has been an archivist and preservationist for Earlham College and Bethany Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, Society of Southwest Archivists, and Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Assn.

Riggs said the university already has received some “significant collections that will be catalogued and displayed in the near future. They document some fascinating aspects of Central Louisiana history.” She also said the long-term goal is for archived material to be available digitally.