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Amy Chen: English and American Literature 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 1944. 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 Professionals12.3 Summer 2016: 1-38.

"The Perils of Literary Celebrity: The Archival Stories of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath." Ted Hughes Society Journal2 (Winter 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, September 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. September 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 (July 2016): Online.

Digital Resources for Teaching with Primary Sources. Archive Journal (April 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. (Spring 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 (Spring 2014): 78-81.

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

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


Promoting Your Research. 2018.

Organizing Your Research. TBD, 2018.

Funding Your Research. 2018.

19th Century Literature. 2017.


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.