Governor Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Albion College archivist Nicole Garrett to the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board (MiSHRAB).
Garrett recalled her surprise upon receiving a phone call in late 2012 from the governor's office. "I asked if someone had recommended me, and they said no; they had conducted a search and thought my experience and knowledge matched the appointment," said Garrett. "I'm pretty excited."
Garrett is no stranger to MiSHRAB. In 2007, working with a federal project, Garrett digitized Michigan's Civil War service records. "One of the advisory board's central tasks is reviewing grant proposals for federally funded projects," she noted. "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues across the state to better serve the archival community of Michigan."
Housed within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the seven-member MiSHRAB serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and National Historical Publications and Records Commission-funded projects in the state.
Garrett is Albion College's Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial archivist and special collections librarian, a position she has held since 2010. She is a member of the Michigan Archival Association board. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Michigan State University, along with a master's degree in library and information science and a certificate in archival administration, both from Wayne State University.