University of Virginia
- Project Director: Edward Gaynor, Deputy Director of Special Collections and Director of Special Collections Digital Center. Mr. Gaynor will devote 20% of his time to hiring and training the grant staff and coordinating the encoding efforts. Mr. Gaynor has an M.L.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and since January 1996, has served as Deputy Director of Special Collections and Director of the Special Collections Digital Center. From January 1989 through December 1995 he served as the Head of Original Cataloging, University of Virginia Library. From June 1984 through December 1988, he served as Principal Cataloger at the Auburn University Libraries.
- Project Advisor: Michael Plunkett, Director of Special Collections. Mr. Plunkett will spend 5% of his time to advise the project on selection of African-American collection finding aids. Mr. Plunkett has served as Director of Special Collections since 1994; previously, he was acting director, and Manuscripts Curator. He is the author of Afro-American Sources in Virginia: A Guide to Manuscripts.
- Project Advisor: Ann Southwell, Manuscripts Cataloger. Ms. Southwell will spend 10% of her time to advise on selection of finding aids from the University of Virginia's Virginiana collections and will consult on descriptive issues. Ms. Southwell has served as Manuscripts Cataloger at the University of Virginia since 1969. She has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia.
- Project Advisor: Sharon Defibaugh, Manuscripts Processor. Ms Defibaugh will spend 10% of her time to advise the project on organizational issues relating to collections from the University of Virginia. Ms. Defibaugh has been Manuscripts Processor since 1984 and has an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia.
- Project Advisor: Perry Roland, Programmer Analyst, Senior, University of Virginia Library. Mr. Roland will spend 10% of his time to support the programming needs of the search, retrieval and delivery mechanisms for the union database. He has been Programmer Analyst, Senior in the Library's Systems Department since February 1999; prior to that, he was senior Program Support Technician in the Library's Digital Media Center.
- Project Advisor: Thorny Staples, Director of Digital Library Research and Development, University of Virginia Library. Mr. Staples will spend 5% of his time consulting on the development of search, retrieval and delivery mechanisms for the union database. Mr. Staples has served as Director of Digital Library Research and Development since February 1999; prior to that, he served as Chief, Office of Information Technology, National Museum of American Art and Project Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.
- Consultant: Daniel Pitti, Project Director, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia. Mr. Pitti is the original developer of EAD and saw the standard through its development in the original Berkeley Finding Aids Project to an established international standard. Mr. Pitti has consulted extensively with the VIVA Special Collections Committee during the development of the Virginia Heritage Project.
College of William and Mary Project Coordinator: Susan A. Riggs, Manuscripts Cataloger, Swem Library (since 1986). Ms. Riggs served as a consultant to the Virginia Historical Society for an NEH grant project which retrospectively cataloged for OCLC their manuscript collections, which hold significant amounts of African-American source material and produced a Guide to African-American Materials in the Virginia Historical Society, June 1993-May 1994.
George Mason University Project Coordinator: Paul Koda, Librarian for Special Collections, University Archivist and Records Manager (since 1992). Dr. Koda holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Analytical and Descriptive Bibliography and Linguistics, as well as an M.L.S. degree.
Library of Virginia Project Coordinator: Lyndon Hart, Manager Description Services Branch (since 1995). Mr. Hart holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in history.
Old Dominion University Project Coordinator: Sandra A. Beehler, Acquisitions and Preservation Librarian (since 1997). From 1991-1997, Ms. Beehler served as Acquisitions Librarian at the Cornell Law Library.
Virginia Commonwealth University Project Coordinator: Jodi Koste, Archivist, Tompkins-McCaw Library (since 1981). Ms. Koste has an M.A. in history from Old Dominion University and teaches archival administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Virginia Historical Society Project Coordinator: Eileen Parris, Archivist (since 1994). Ms. Parris has an M.A. in American History from the College of William and Mary and an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has participated in a number of retrospection conversion projects at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Virginia Military Institute Project Coordinator: Diane B. Jacob, Archivist and Records Manager (since 1979). Ms. Jacob oversees all aspects of VMI's Special Collections Department, consisting of extensive holdings of nineteenth and twentieth century records, manuscripts, photographs, and rare books. Ms. Jacob holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in history.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Project Coordinator: Gail McMillan, Head of Scholarly Communications and Special Collections. Ms. McMillan has served as Head of Scholarly Communications since 1994 and as Head of Special Collections since 1995. She has been instrumental in developing Virginia Tech's electronic theses and dissertation services and has written many professional publications on the topic.
Virginia State University Project Coordinator: Lucious Edwards, Jr. has been University Archivist at Virginia State University, since 1976. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in History. In addition, he has studied archival administration at Virginia Commonwealth University and the American University. He has been quite active in both the field of history and archives. He has authored a number of publications, and presented several papers at both archival and historical professional meetings. He is also past chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.
Washington and Lee University
- Project Coordinator: C. Vaughan Stanley, Special Collections and Reference Librarian. Mr. Stanley has served as Special Collections and Reference Librarian at the Leyburn Library at Washington and Lee University since 1993. He holds a B.A. degree in history from Davidson College, an M.A. in history from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in Librarianship from the University of Chicago. He has also served as an academic librarian at the State University of New York at Oswego and at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Before coming to Washington and Lee he was Director of Research and Education at Stratford Hall, birthplace of Robert E. Lee.
- Assistant Project Coordinator: John N. Jacob, Archivist, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives, School of Law (since 1990). Mr. Jacob established the archival program in the school of law and wrote all the policies and procedures, including the deposit agreement for Justice Powell's papers.