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    Sally Sims Stokes developed the CUA-LIS Art and Museum Libraries Institute, LSC 834, in 2005 and has been the academic director of the Institute in recent years. She also teaches History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions, LSC 677. From 1987 to 2003 she managed the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection at the University of Maryland, where she developed the online periodicals database, enhanced the collection's holdings in both trade and gray-literature materials, and initiated the manuscripts collection on the history of the historic preservation field.

    She joined the staff of the White House Historical Association in 2005, eventually becoming the Association’s Senior Research Specialist. In this capacity, in which she served till 2010, she was responsible for the White House Art Collection online image database as well as for exhibition and publication research. She was also a co-curator of The Working White House, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that completed its tour in 2012. She has worked at the National Archives as a staff member and scholar, and at the Ohio State University Libraries in subject-area database instruction in the arts and humanities. From 2013 to 2014, she was Interim Head of the Art and Architecture Libraries at the University of Maryland. She has also worked with President Lincoln’s Cottage in connection with the Cottage’s public programs.

    Ms. Stokes has curated exhibitions, presented scholarly papers, and conducted projects in support of cultural heritage research throughout the US and in the UK. She has taught at Kent State, Clarion University, and the University of Maryland. Her chapter, “’The Studio World Surprised and Disturbed Ruth,’” in Howe and Yarbrough’s Kidding Around: The Child in Film and Media (Bloomsbury, 2014) received honorable mention in the 2015 ARLIS/NA Worldwide Book Awardscompetition. Her recent publications include:

    “Patterns of the Fair,” Art Libraries Journal 42:1 (2017),
    “God, Government, and Greenbelt,” in Sremac and Ganzevoort, eds., Lived Religion and the Politics of Intolerance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017),
    “Documenting the History of the White House Library Fireplace Tiles, 1944-1962,” Art Documentation 36:1 (2017).

    Ms. Stokes has received two NEH fellowships, and has been a Kawaler Scholar, a Gladstone Williams Scholar, and a White House History Fellow in Pre-Collegiate Education. She also received a 2011-2012 grant from the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies at Cornell University to study the influence of religion in the architecture of Clarence Stein.

    Sally Stokes has served on boards and committees in a variety of professional organizations in the museum, library, and heritage fields. Her memberships include ARLIS/NA, ALA, the Society for History in the Federal Government, and the DC Library Association, for which she was the 2010–2011 co-chair of the Emerging Technologies Interest Group. She is an alumna of the Historic St. Mary’s City Historical Archaeology Field School and the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources & Image Management (SEI) and holds a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary; an M.A. in American Studies from the George Washington University; and an M.S. in Library Science from Clarion University.