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Leslie A Wagner

Name

[Wagner, Leslie A]

Biography

Leslie is an Associate of the Faculty with the rank of Associate Archivist. She serves as Metadata Archivist for the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries in the Access and Discovery Department. Her main duties involve the assessment, accession, and original cataloging of materials for Special Collections. Current projects include leading the introduction of BIBFRAME 2.0 to the department's catalogers and training catalogers in the handling and cataloging of SPCO materials. Recent work includes needs assessment for cold storage of a portion of SPCO's holdings. She is also responsible for accessioning and cataloging SPCO's cartographic collections.

Currently, Leslie is Vice Chair for the Mapping and Geospatial Information Round Table of the American Library Association and Past Chair of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table of the Texas Library Association. She has several book reviews in progress, is a reviewer for the open access journal of the Society of American Archivists, Practical Techology for Archives, and co-edited Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History.

During 2015, she devoted 50% of her time as supervising archivist for an NHPRC grant given to Special Collections for the encoding of 290 print finding aids. The completed finding aids are available online through the Texas Archival Resources Online website (TARO).

During the summer of 2013, she served as the processing archivist for the Santa Fe Railroad Land Records. Applying MPLP concepts and with the help of one student worker, the records were organized into nearly 300 manuscript boxes and two dozen oversized boxes. In addition to the records, there are nearly 1200 maps which she compiled pertinent details into a searchable database.

In 2009, Leslie began her work with the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections as Archivist for the Tejano Voices oral history project. From 2010 through early 2013, she served as UTA's Mapping the Southwest Archivist on a major digitization project for the University of North Texas Portal to Texas History. The project uploaded more than 5,000 digital images of the rare and unique maps from UTA's holdings onto the Portal website. Leslie was responsible for reviewing each map's research potential and creating full-level catalog records in OCLC and Voyager.

Leslie began her archival career in 1999 with the approach of the 75th anniversary of Methodist Hospitals of Dallas (MHD) where she proposed and implemented a system-wide history project. As the MHD Archivist and Historian, she established and organized the Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Archives, a project which culminated in early 2002 with the creation of a permanent exhibit on the history of Methodist Hospitals of Dallas. While still in her role at MHD, she became Archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS) in October 2000, and from 2002-2006, she served concurrently as Archivist for the Dallas Holocaust Museum and for the DJHS. In both roles, she brought the archives up to professional standards and developed expanded collections policies to meet the mission of each organization.

Professional Preparation

    • 1999 Certificate in Archival Administration University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1998 Master of Arts, (M.A.) in HistoryUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 1992 Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (English),  University of Texas at Arlington

Appointments

    • Sept 2014 to Present Associate Archivist/Metadata Archivist, Access & Discovery
      University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • Sept 2013 to Aug 2014 Asssitant Archivist/Metadata Archivist & History Liaison, Access & Discovery
      University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
    • May 2013 to Aug 2013 Processing Archivist, Santa Fe Railway Land Records
      University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
    • July 2010 to Apr 2013 Project Archivist, Mapping the Southwest Project
      University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
    • Sept 2009 to Dec 2011 Archivist
      Dallas Jewish Historical Society
    • Feb 2009 to Nov 2009 Project Archivist, Tejano Voices Project
      University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
    • Apr 2002 to Sept 2006 Archivist
      Dallas Holocaust Museum
    • Oct 2000 to Sept 2006 Archivist
      Dallas Jewish Historical Society
    • July 1999 to Feb 2002 Archivist and Historian
      Methodist Hospitals of Dallas

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Oct 2015 to Present Western Association of Map Libraries
    • Dec 2015 to Present American Library Association
    • Feb 2014 to Present Texas State Historical Association
    • Aug 2013 to Present Texas Map Society
    • Aug 2013 to Present Society of American Archivists
    • Oct 2013 to Present Texas Library Association
    • Jan 2000 to Present Society of Southwest Archivists
    • Jan 2000 to Present Metroplex Archivists
    • Jan 1998 to Dec 2000 National Council on Public History
  • Chair
    • Apr 2015 to Apr 2016 Texas Library Association (TLA) Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table
  • Chair Elect
    • Apr 2014 to Apr 2015 Texas Library Association (TLA)  Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT)
  • Coordinator
    • Apr 2014 to May 2015 Society of Southwest Archivists 2015 Conference Local Arrangements Committee, "Slotto"
  • Vice Chair
    • June 2016 to June 2017 American Library Association (ALA)  Mapping and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT)

Awards and Honors

    • Jun  1998 Centennial Scholar sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Apr  1997 University Scholar sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Apr  1996 Jenkins Garrett Scholarship Award in Southwestern Studies, Outstanding Essay, 1996 sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington

News Articles

Research and Expertise

  • Dallas Jewish community history

    Familiarity with the history of the Dallas Jewish community, its agencies, and its leadership after serving as archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society for eight years.

  • The Holocaust

    As Archivist for the Dallas Holocaust Museum for more than four years, I gained a depth and breadth of understanding of the Holocaust and its impact that goes beyond those who experienced it. I became well acquainted with Holocaust survivors and camp liberators - and their stories - who resided in the Dallas area, as I was responsible for overseeing and conducting oral histories for the museum. The impact of the Holocaust continues to reverberate through today's society and the succeeding generations of those who lived through it.

  • Genealogy

    I assisted family genealogists with their research and participated in genealogy workshops as part of my role as archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. My own personal research has taught me methods which surmount the obstacles to furthering genealogical research.

  • Archival Preservation

    I hold a Certificate in Archival Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. I have more than 16 years of experience as a professional archivist and have taught workshops on the archival preservation of personal and family papers.

    I recently served as Chair of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT) of the Texas Library Association. AGLHRT is dedicated to providing program sessions at the annual TLA conferences which further knowledge and education in genealogy and genealogical research.

Publications

      Book Review Forthcoming
      • "Adventures in Academic Cartography: A Memoir," Mark Monmonier, North American Cartographic Information Society, Cartographic Perpectives.

        {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      Forthcoming
      • "Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland," Catherine Tatiana Dunlop, North American Cartographic Information Society, Cartographic Perspectives.

        {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      Forthcoming
      • "Getting to Know ArcGIS," Michael Law and Amy Collins, North American Cartographic Information Society, Cartographic Perspectives.

        {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 2014
      • "The Internet Archive Companion Review," Society of American Archivists, The American Archivist Reviews, December 2014.

        {reprint} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Book 2010
      • Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Dallas, 2010.

        Spoken Memories was produced by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society to honor and celebrate members of the Dallas Jewish community. Spoken Memories is a collection of more than 200 oral history summaries compiled from interviews which were conducted between March 1971 and March 2009. In those four decades, volunteers for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society conducted oral history interviews in homes, offices, retirement facilities, and the Jewish Community Center, recording them with the available technology of that era. A new group of volunteers began reviewing those oral histories in 2007 and they provided their synopses of the interviews, which, in turn, were carefully edited by Leslie Wagner, Debbie Tobias, and Harriet P. Gross for inclusion in this tribute book. Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History rolled off the presses in October 2010.

        {Book} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Monograph 1998
      • Disputed Territory : Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Borderlands, 1838-1840

        {Monograph} [Refereed/Juried]

Presentations

    • September  2015
      The Challenges and Discoveries of Processing Maps in Railway Company Land Records: The Santa Fe Railway Land Records at UTA Special Collections

      The presesntation followed a four-month stint as the AT&SF Land Records processing archivist with the goal of completing the organization and processing of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Land Records. Using the practical guidance of Greene and Meissner’s “More Product, Less Process,” she and a part-time student assistant arranged land documents in 300 manuscript boxes and 26 oversized boxes. The greatest challenge was examining the 1200 flat, folded, and rolled maps in the collection. Time constraints prohibited creating catalog records for each and every map in the collection, so she designed a database to capture the content data of the maps.  Reviewing each map allowed her to understand the informational keys to the collection. The numbering systems for each AT&SF railroad subsidiary in the collection connected to the land records – deeds and abstracts which filled more than 200 manuscript boxes. Many of the rolled maps in the collection were station maps, which charted the rail lines and land ownership details between station markers and measured 100 x 140 cm or greater, with the longest run being just under 2000 cm. The bulk of the earlier maps were produced in Galveston by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company, and later maps were produced in the Amarillo office of the AT&SF. Other subsidiaries of AT&SF are also well represented in the collection and cover Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. A brief finding aid for the collection, AR612, can be found on Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

      The presentation discusses the unique challenges and discoveries made during the project.

    • April  2010

      Jewish Archives Aren't Just for Jews

    • May  2006

      When to Say Whoa: Politics and Policy in Archives

Projects

  • 2013
    • May 2013 to Sept 2014 Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company Land Records
      Processing and organizing land transaction records and maps of the Santa Fe Railway and its affiliates. Finding Aid for this project is still in progress.
      Role: Principal Investigator PI: Leslie Wagner
  • 1999

Exhibitions

  • 2002
    • Jan 2002 Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Historical Gallery

      In colloraboration with the MHD History Committee, the MHD Public Relations Department, I provided images from the archives, researched and wrote the captions, prepared a historical timeline, and acquired the artifacts and memorabilia which fill the display cases. The images and timeline were used to create a wallpaper which displays the timeline and depictions of the hospital system's progress, its administrators, and special events over the decades. Nursing uniforms, employee newsletters, Women's Auxilliary memorabilia, vintage healthcare items, and additional historical photographs are featured in the display.

      "The tentatively-named Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Historical Gallery will include 400 to 500 square feet of floor space in a wide pass-through hallway. A generous gift from Oak Farms Dairy is helping to make the Historical Gallery a reality. The Gallery will feature memorabilia collected since the construction of Dallas Methodist Hospital in the mid-1920s. The Medical Center and Methodist Hospitals of Dallas will mark its 75th year of operation in December 2002."

      [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Other Creative Activities

  • 2015
    • Topic writer for examiner.com
      • Dec 2015 Dallas History Examiner

        As the Dallas History Examiner for examiner.com, I served as a web-version of a column writer on the specific topic of Dallas history. Nearly 300 articles covered historical events, structures, and people in Dallas. Commemorative events and exhibitions as well as genealogy and family history rounded out the variety of offerings.

        Here is a selection article titles written between January 2010 and December 2015:

        South Boulevard - Park Row Historic District was posh Dallas of yesteryear

        Freedman's Cemetery reveals Black history in Dallas

        Using the 1940 U.S. Census to track family history in Dallas and beyond

        Oak Cliff once stood as a city on its own merits

        Amusement parks are nothing new in Dallas

        Explore early Dallas neighorhoods with online resources

        The Adolphus Hotel is a historical gem in downtown Dallas

        The Magnolia Building is a Dallas landmark

        Preserve your family history before it's too late

        From Dallas's 'Little Jerusalem' to 'Little Mexico'

        Historic First Baptist Church sancturary still stands

        Historic Dallas neighborhoods: Goose Valley

        Discover clues to Deep Ellum history

        Women who have left their mark on Dallas history

        Another online source for early city directories in Texas

        The great historic State Fair of Texas

        Early high schools in Dallas

        The struggle to build a hospital in Dallas west of the Trinity River

        Highlights from "History: Dallas Negro High School, 1938" (cited by David B. Park's entry, "John Wesley Ray," in the Handbook of Texas Online).

        examiner.com is now defunct and links drop you into a new event-driven AXS.com, so links have been deleted that took you from this profile to the articles.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2010
    • Book publication
      • Oct 2010 Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History

        Spoken Memories was produced by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society to honor and celebrate members of the Dallas Jewish community. Spoken Memories is a collection of more than 200 oral history summaries compiled from interviews which were conducted between March 1971 and March 2009. In those four decades, volunteers for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society conducted oral history interviews in homes, offices, retirement facilities, and the Jewish Community Center, recording them with the available technology of that era. A new group of volunteers began reviewing those oral histories in 2007 and they provided their synopses of the interviews, which, in turn, were carefully edited by Leslie Wagner, Debbie Tobias, and Harriet P. Gross for inclusion in this tribute book. Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History rolled off the presses in October 2010.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Other Teaching Activities

  • 2014
    • Library Instruction
      • Jan 2014 Library Instruction for HIST 4388-005 Race, Science and Religion in American History

        Provided instruction in finding and using primary resources from the library's holdings.

  • 2013
    • Consulting
      • Sept 2013 One-on-one research assistance

        Ongoing research assistance to graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty.

    • Library Instruction
      • Sept 2013 Library Instruction for HIST 3300-004

        Provided instruction on finding primary resources for history research projects covering the Twentieth Century.

      • Oct 2013 Library Instruction for HIST 3300-008 The Study of History

        Provided instruction in the finding of primary and secondary resources for history research projects covering early American history.

      • Sept 2013 Library Instruction for HIST 3300-006 Introduction to Historical Research

        Assisted the primary library instructor.

  • 2011
    • WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
      • Sept 2011 Conducting Oral Histories

        Provided hands-on training in the use of recording equipment, tips on conducting oral histories, and background on the importance of oral histories.

  • 2002
    • WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
      • Feb 2002 Out of the Attic and Into the Archival Box - Dallas Historical Society "Have a Heart for History" Day

        What family papers to keep and how to preserve them.

  • 2001
    • WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
      • Feb 2001 Out of the Attic and Into the Archival Box - Dallas Historical Society "Have a Heart for History" Day

        What family papers to keep and how to preserve them.

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Feb 2005 to  Feb 2006 Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF)

      Served as a Judge for the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair which is held annually each February at Fair Park. Judges consider the scientific merit of each submitted project and the students' adherence to scientific method in conducting their research and experiements.

    • Apr 2008 to  Apr 2008 New Mexico Science & Engineering Fair

      Served as a Judge for the New Mexico State Science Fair, held annually at the New Mexico University in Socorro. Student submissions are scored for their scientific merit and the students' adherence to scientific method in conducting their research and experiments.

Service to the Profession

  • Elected
    • Apr 2014 to  Apr 2015 Chair Elect, Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association

      Attended 2014 Texas Library Association Conference (April 2014) and Annual Assembly (July 2014) as Chair Elect of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table.

    • Apr 2015 to  Apr 2016 Chair, Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association

      Attended 2015 Texas Library Association Conference and Annual Assembly as Chair of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT). Presided over AGLHRT business meetings and oversaw program planning for AGLHRT sponsored and co-sponsored sessions for the 2016 TLA Annual Conference.

    • Apr 2016 to  Present Past Chair, Archives, Genealogy and Local History (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association

      Advise and assist new chair of AGLHRT in the duties of the office.

    • June 2016 to  Present Vice Chair, Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT), American Library Association

      As Vice Chair of MAGIRT, I work as a part of the "chair trio" (that of chair, past chair, and vice chair) to accomplish the many tasks of MAGIRT leadership, requiring attendance at ALA Annual and Mid-Winter Conferences, and attending video conferences throughout the year.

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2014 to  Present Local Arrangements Committee, Society of Southwest Archivists

      Member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2015 Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Conference which will meet in Arlington, Texas.

    • Oct 2013 to  Present Texas Library Association, Archives, Genealogy, & Local History Round Table

      Currently a new member, I am up for election as chair-elect of the Archives Genealogy, & Local History Round Table.

    • Mar 2016 to  Present Reviewer, Practical Technology for Archives, Society of American Archivists

      Practical Technology for Archives covers the application of new and better ways to accomplish the everyday functions of archival work. Journal reviewers are peers in the profession who review article proposals and article drafts as part of the journal's submission process.

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • July 2013 to  Aug 2014 New Librarians Cohort Group

      The New Librarians Cohort Group was formed by the Dean of the Libraries to assist those individuals who have newly or recently taken on the role of professional librarian or archivist. Meetings are held to provide members the opportunity to explore various means of expanding their careers and their personal impact on the library and archival professions. I have taken on the informal role of "group leader" and have been arranging monthly meetings, setting the basic agendas, and presenting pertinent topics for each meeting.

  • Other
    • Nov 2013 to  Present SharePoint Implementation Task Force Member

      The Task Force is charged with rolling out a new interactive resource where departments, committees, groups, and individual staff members can share their work tasks and documents. Members of the task force, along with department heads and select individuals from the various library departments, will be trained as "Super Users" to design, edit, and contribute to their respective departmental pages in SharePoint. Super Users will be available to assist in the training of members of their department.

  • Volunteered
    • Aug 2013 to  Present Departmental Safety Liaison representing Access and Discovery

      Departmental Safety Liaisons represent their department in the campus-wide effort to make our campus a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Each DSL undergoes CPR/AED training, training in handling emergency situations, and emergency evacuation training. Each DSL is responsible for evaluating and reporting safety issues within their department offices,  dissemminating information on emergency procedures to their departments, and attending quarterly meetings.

    • Jan 2015 to  Present Member: Social Engagement and Appreciation Committee (SEAC)

      The Social Engagement and Appreciation Committee (SEAC) plans and oversees activities and events for library staff. SEAC solicits and evaluates nominations for staff and student awards and selects the awardees. SEAC events promote creative team competitions and opportunities to network with colleagues while having fun. Notable individual contributions Leslie has made to SEAC include library-themed musical parodies performed at SEAC events and the idea for creativity meetups.

Other Service Activities

  • UTA Barbrarians intramural softball team member
    • Apr 2014 Outfielder