Special Collections Research Center announces appointments of University Archivist and Chief CuratorOctober 25th, 2016 by Pamela McLaughlin
Dr. Lucy Mulroney, Senior Director of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries, has announced two key appointments.
Margaret Mason has been appointed university archivist, a position she has held in an interim capacity since 2015. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Mason was assistant records manager and archivist for Archives and Records Management at Syracuse University from 2006 – 2015. Before joining Syracuse University, she served as digital projects leader for the National Digital Library Program in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. As university archivist, Ms. Mason will take a lead role in developing the university archives’ collections, cultivating donors, and contributing to the strategic vision for the Special Collections Research Center. She holds a M.A. in history and an M.L.I.S., both from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Andrew Saluti has been appointed chief curator of exhibitions, programs, and education. Mr. Saluti has held the position of assistant director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries and the Palitz Gallery at Lubin House in New York City since 2003. Mr. Saluti regularly teaches in the Graduate Program in Museum Studies at Syracuse University and has been a faculty advisor for the annual Masters of Fine Arts exhibition. He has curated numerous exhibitions, among them the work of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (2009), early prints from the Art Students League of New York (2007), and a survey of Japanese woodcuts (2013). In this new position, Mr. Saluti will manage all facets of SCRC’s annual program of collection-based exhibitions and events, including the SCRC faculty fellows program, faculty-curated exhibitions, travelling and online exhibitions, visiting lectures, instruction sessions, performances, and workshops. He holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from Louisiana State University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University.
“The Special Collections Research Center is embarking upon a new era of increased collaboration with faculty and experiential learning opportunities for students,” says Dr. Mulroney. “These two forward-facing positions are integral to establishing the SCRC’s role among the preeminent research centers here at Syracuse University. Both Meg Mason and Andrew Saluti bring records of professional excellence, scholarly commitment, and creativity to the center’s leadership team. I’m thrilled about the future we will build together.”
The Special Collections Research Center offers scholars and students a vibrant research and learning environment with its extensive collections of materials that document the history of global society, including original manuscripts, photographs, architectural renderings, industrial design prototypes, graphic artworks, audio and moving image recordings, and much more. The SCRC’s collections total approximately 150,000 printed items and over 30,000 linear feet of archival material in 2,400 separate collections, as well as the holdings of the renowned Belfer Audio Archive and the University Archives. SCRC staff is dedicated to encouraging and facilitating the use of the collections through an ambitious program of exhibitions, class presentations, digital initiatives, public events, and scholarly publications that integrate the collections into the curriculum and the intellectual life of the University.