Member Spotlight: LaToya Devezin

In advance of our Annual Meeting next week, we figured it was the perfect time spotlight one of our members! 
Meet LaToya Devezin!  

With a BA in Music from Mary Baldwin College, an MA in Museum Studies from Southern University, and an MLIS from Louisiana State, LaToya is currently an archivist for the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and NARA. She loves trivia/board games, cooking, and making jewelry.

What attracted you to the archives profession?
I’m originally from New Orleans, LA and I became interested in the archives profession in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while working on cultural preservation projects in the city.  I wanted to learn how to properly preserve items from the community, and I ended up going to graduate programs in both museum studies and archives management.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Providing access to collections and assisting customers with reference requests.
What’s the most interesting piece that you’ve come across?
It’s a tie.  The first item is a gold tooth belonging to a famous musician that was punched out in a fight.  It was donated by the man who punched him.  The second piece is a really beautiful hand carved wooden cross that someone gave to President Carter to bless him on the campaign trail.
Did you have an alternative career path?
Yes, prior to becoming an archivist, I was an opera singer, and I spent most of my time switching between singing opera and jazz, which is difficult to do vocally because the genres are so different.  While nursing a vocal injury, I began working on the cultural preservation projects in New Orleans that led to my interest in becoming an archivist. 
What’s your advice for new members entering the profession?
I would encourage all new members entering the profession to find a mentor, gain as much experience as you can, establish good working relationships because our profession is small, and to not be afraid to contact colleagues if you have technical questions or need advice. 

Dr. Thomas A. Scott Receives GHRAC Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Thomas A. Scott
From KSU Faculty Profile

Kennesaw State University is so very proud to announce that their own Dr. Thomas Scott has won the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Lifetime Achievement Award!

The award will be presented during GHRAC’s annual Awards Program in October, which is National and Georgia Archives Month, at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, GA. 

Dr. Thomas A. Scott is professor emeritus of history at Kennesaw State University, where he taught from 1968 until his retirement in 2011. He is a former recipient of KSU’s highest faculty honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Scott has led the KSU Oral History Project for many years and is the author of three books: Cornerstones of Georgia History; Cobb County, Georgia, and the Origins of the Suburban South; and Kennesaw State University: The First Fifty Years.
In retirement, Tom continues to serve on a part-time basis as Campus Historian. He thoroughly enjoys retirement and is an avid sports fan from the Braves to KSU football to all the sports teams at his alma mater.

Fun Fact: Tom ran track and cross country at the University of Tennessee in the early 1960s and has been doing interviews of his old track coach and fellow athletes for their website, The Chuck Rohe Track Era.

GHRAC is the state’s advisory board to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia with respect to the Georgia Archives and historical records throughout our state.