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Amy Chen: English and Communications Librarian

Amy Chen

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Amy Chen
University Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242



Archival Bodies: The American Literary Collections Market since 1955. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, Forthcoming. 

Miracle and Mystery: A Guide to the Wade Hall Collection. Montgomery, AL: New South Books, Manuscript to Appear 2018.

Digital Humanities

Principal Investigator and Game Designer. Human(ities) Games. 2016-.


"Possessing An Inner History: Curators, Donors, and Affective Stewardship." Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 12.3 (2016): 1-38.

"The Perils of Literary Celebrity: The Archival Stories of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath." Ted Hughes Society Journal 2 (2011): 20-31.

Book Chapters

Amy Chen and Kathryn Heffner. "Mentoring a Peer: A Feminist Ethic for Directing Undergraduate Humanities Research." Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices. Chicago, IL: ACRL, 2017: Online.

Amy Chen, Melanie Meyers, Charlotte Priddle, and Abby Saunders. "K-12 Outreach Methods."  New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice. Editors Lynne M. Thomas and Beth M.Whittaker. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2016: 39-54.

Amy Chen, Sarah Pickle, Heather Waldroup. "Changing and Expanding Libraries: Exhibitions, Institutional Repositories, and the Future of Academia." The Process of Discovery: The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy. Washington, DC: CLIR, 2015: Online.

Amy Chen and Brooke Champagne. "A certain kind of seduction: Using Special Collections to Teach Primary Source Research to Honors First Year Writing Students at the University of Alabama." Innovative Practices in Archives and Special Collections: Instruction. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015: 117-130.

Blog Posts

Natural Life Archive: A Q&A with Tirtza EvenArchive Journal (2016): Online.

Digital Resources for Teaching with Primary Sources. Archive Journal (2016): Online.

Book Reviews

"Lise Jaillant's Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers's Series, and the Avant-Garde." Archives and Manuscripts 46 (2018): 258-259.

"Lisa Gitelman's Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents." SHARP News: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. (2015): Online.

"Trends in Rare Books and Documents Special Collections Management, 2013 Edition." RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 15.1 (2014): 78-81.

"Keith E. Byerman's The Art and Life of Clarence Major." Callaloo 37.2 (2014): 454-456.

"Alberto Manguel's The Tower, The Traveler, and The Worm." Textual Cultures 8.1 (2013): 121-123.


PhD, English, Emory University, 2013.

MA, English, Emory University, 2010.

BA, English (Honors) and Political Science, University of Iowa, 2006.


Contributing Editor. Archive Journal. 2014-Present. 

Chair. Publications and Communications Committee. RBMS 2017-2020.

Member. Libraries and Research Executive Committee. MLA. 2017-2020.

Member. Humanities Advisory Board. University of Iowa. 2017-2020.

Member. Scholarly Publishing Team. University of Iowa Libraries. 2016-2019.

Member. Communication Team. University of Iowa Libraries. 2018-2019.