Sarah (Sky) Bassiry, Korean and Applied Linguistics
I’m a fourth year undergraduate student here at UCLA, double majoring in Korean and Applied Linguistics. I hope to pursue a Master’s in Library Science after I finish my undergraduate studies.
Boz Deseo Garden, Department of Art
Boz Deseo Garden (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and current New Genres MFA candidate in the Department of Art. Their areas of interest are Medieval Christian Literature/eschatology, multispecies studies, Afropessimism, and psychoanalysis. Their work and research is concerned with histories, both libidinal and material, of suffering under anti-Blackness and how they trouble hegemonic archival study and memory. Through an Afropessimist analytic, Garden is interested in the absence (of Blackness) in and as it relates to the Archive as opposed to loss. For Garden this means not thinking of retrieving that which is missing but rather how that missing-ness constitutes the (non)place of Blackness in the Archive and reveals the essential antagonism between Blackness as that which exceeds historicity and the Archive's dependence on it. Garden is interested in continuing a genealogy of archival study and practice that addresses these incommensurabilities, ruptures, and breaks with/against archival matter or protocol. As a CFPRT Research Scholar, they mean to work toward a mode of remembering and processing that meaningfully engages how the afterlives of suffering under anti-Blackness must shift the way we navigate the apparati of the Archive. In their free time, they enjoy playing World of Warcraft, playing chess, and visiting tide pools.
Natalie Mattox, Library and Information Science
Natalie is a first-year Library and Information Science graduate student with an interest in community archives, youth librarianship, collective memory work, trauma-informed information practices, and oral histories. In her studies thus far, Natalie has studied identity erasure in archival and library collections, Critical Race Theory-centered information practices, and archival and library work as a creative practice. As a CFPRT Research Scholar, Natalie hopes to uncover queer narratives and histories in LA punk culture. In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading with her cat Charlee, listening to music on long walks, bookbinding by hand, and pressing flowers.
Glen Sturgeon, Library and Information Science
Glen Sturgeon (he/him) is a second year MLIS student with a focus on media archives. He previously worked as a processing assistant at UC Riverside Special Collections and University Archives, working with large collections of unprocessed material. Glen's interests include science fiction, media studies, and racial justice, as well as Angeleno and Chicano history. As a CFPRT Acquisitions Scholar, Glen will be working closely with Librarian/Archivist Lizeth Ramirez and a donor to assist in the organization, appraisal, and transfer of the archival collection of Evan Kleiman to Library Special Collections. This will include learning first-hand about donor relations, appraisal decisions, preservation issues, and curatorial and acquisitions work. Evan Kleiman is a native Angeleno, chef, author, restaurant owner, and radio host. The collection consists of books, documents, photographs, manuscripts, and born-digital materials.
Mary Sweeney, Library and Information Science
Archival Assessment Scholar: American Indian Studies and related fields
Hi! I’m Mary (she/they) I’m a current MILS student. My background is in sociology, history, and Indigenous studies. Although I’m from Orange County, I spent the last four years in Seattle. I’m happy to be back but I don’t know much about the area so any advice ya’ll have would be appreciated! Other than working in Special Collections, I also work over at AISC (American Indian Studies Center) as a library assistant. When I’m not in school or at work, I’m usually napping outside, hanging out with my cat, Maude, playing video games, or just watching tv. I consider myself to be a pretty chill person, so if you need anything or just want to talk, I’m here!
Maggie Tarmey, Library and Information Science
Maggie Tarmey (he/they) is a current MLIS student focusing on archival studies and moving image archival practices. He has a background in film studies and completed an honors thesis on the seminal film The Watermelon Woman which critically analyzed archival practices both within the film and in the creation of the film itself. Maggie also has extensive outreach experience working with the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive Project, and a vast amount of reference experience working as a Library Student Research Assistant (LSRA) in YRL. This summer Maggie will be processing the Larry Clark papers, a series within the larger L.A. Rebellion collection stewarded by LSC. The materials include pamphlets, programs, press, correspondence, and ephemera from film festivals, symposia, and film programming, and primarily focus on Larry Clark's Passing Through (1977). In addition to processing, the position will engage in outreach efforts to support discovery and access.