Hillary S. Kativa is the curator of photographic and moving image collections for the Othmer Library of Chemical History at the Science History Institute. Hillary oversees the management, development, and maintenance of the Institute’s photographic and audiovisual archives and provides reference and digitization assistance for these materials.
Previously, Hillary was the digital collections and rights manager at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and also held positions at the City Archives, Department of Records (Philadelphia), and Temple University’s Urban Archives.
In addition to an MLIS from Rutgers University, Hillary holds an MA in history from Villanova University and received her BA in history and English from Dickinson College. She is a regular contributor to the Othmer Library’s Tumblr blog, Othmeralia, as well as a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Hillary is a certified archivist and a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, and the Delaware Valley Archivists Group, as well as an active member of the Archives Month Philly Planning Committee. Her research interests include 20th-century American political and cultural history, social media strategies for cultural institutions, and the care and maintenance of visual materials.