AboutKate serves as the digital archivist in residence for digital humanities projects in the College of
Arts and Letters. She received her Master’s in Information Science from the University
of Michigan School of Information, where she specialized in digital curation, archives & records
management, and digital humanities. At MSU, she participates in projects that involve the use of
archival materials or the creation of digital objects that need curation and preservation.
EducationMaster of Science in Information, University of Michigan 2019
Digital Curation, Library Science, Archives and Records Management.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan 2016
Classical Languages and Literatures with distinction and honors. Residential College Program. Honors Thesis: “The Witch and the Roman Woman: an Examination of Gender and Power in Ancient Rome.”
Work Shared in CORE
Course material or learning objects
Topham, Kate. 2023. “Building the Plane As We’re Landing It: The Final Migration of the American Religious Sounds Project”. TCB: Technical Services in Religion & Theology
31 (4):1-6. https://doi.org/10.31046/tcb.v31i4.3301
Chambliss, Julian Carlos, Nicole Huff, Kate Topham
, and Justin Wigard. 2022. “Days of Future Past: Why Race Matters in Metadata” Genealogy
6, no. 2: 47. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy6020047
Topham, Kate, Julian Chambliss, Justin Wigard, and Nicole Huff. 2022. “The Marmaduke Problem: A Case Study of Comics As Linked Open (Meta)data”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies
6 (3):1-8. https://doi.org/10.18357/kula.225
Topham, K .”Of Python and Pandas: Using Programming to Improve Discovery and Access
” for bloggERS! as part of the “Script-It!” series. October 9th, 2018.
ProjectsThe American Religious Sounds Project
, a sonic archive documenting the diversity of everyday religious life through recordings taken across the United States.
Serves as resident archivist. Facilitates preservation and ingest of collection into the Vincent Voice Library.
Comics as Data
, a collections as data project on the MSU comics collection.
Cleaned metadata for release and analysis. Updates Gitlab repository and pages with current data and visualizations,
Kane in Continuity
, a digital exhibit showcasing a unique collection of photographs from the set of Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.
Arranged, described, and digitized collection along with Emily Finch and Sam Sciolla. Constructed “Kane & Continuity” exhibit, which places photographs side-by-side with stills from the film.
The Michigan Latin Archive, a digital archive documenting Latin Education at Michigan.
Arranged, described, and digitized select archival materials. Developed Drupal website, including exhibits, example lessons, and teaching resources.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences
MembershipsSociety of American Archivists