Lisa Darms

 Lisa Darms is Senior Archivist at the Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University, and is founder of the Fales Riot Grrrl Collection. Prior to coming to Fales, she worked as a Project Archivist for the Mayoral Records Project, and at the ACLU Archives and NYU’s University Archives. Lisa has an MFA in Photography from the University of Washington, and worked as a custom printer and adjunct professor before receiving her Masters in History and Archival Management from NYU. Her book The Riot Grrrl Collection, reproducing almost 350 documents,was published by the Feminist Press in 2013. Her professional interests include the history of photography, feminist and LGBTQ collections, and intersections between art practices and “The Archive.”

Selected Publications

“Safe Space: The Riot Grrrl Collection.” Archivaria 76. (forthcoming).

“Grrrl, Collected.” The Paris Review. (2013).

The Riot Grrrl Collection. (ed.) New York: The Feminist Press, 2013.

“This Gift For You.” The Believer 10.8 (2013).

“Preserving Contradiction: The Riot Grrrl Collection at the Fales Library.” Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 22.2-3 (2012).

“The Jeremy Blake (Born-Digital) Papers.” (co-authored with Lawrence Giffin)

Metropolitan Archivist 16.2 (2010).

“The Archival Object: A Memoir of Disintegration.” Archivaria 67. (2009).

“Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art.” American Archivist 71.2, 2008.

“1/2 Earth, 1/2 Ether.” in Trenchart: Casements—Aesthetic Essays in Varied Form. Los Angeles: Les Figues Press. 2006.



Historian and the Visual Record

Past Courses

Digital Photography; Persistence of Vision: Documenting the University; Trauma, Time, Memory and Embodiment (co-taught); Color Photography; Introduction to Photography.

Lisa Darms Interview with Mixed Media

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