About

I am the Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Harvard’s Houghton Library. I help develop and steward our collections from 1800 to the present day, teach classes, provide advanced reference services, curate exhibitions, and give tours for visitors.

Education

M.A. in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies, Harvard University

M.L.I.S. in Archives Management, Simmons University (January 2021)

B.A. in Russian Studies and Political Science, Stetson University

Other Publications

“Giving Dr. Zhivago Another Chance” book review in The LARB Banned Books Reader, September 2020.

“Christine Jacobson on Anthony Grafton’s Inky Fingersbook review for Book Post, July 24, 2020.

“Giving Doctor Zhivago Another Chance” book review for the Los Angeles Review of Books, March 2020.

Little Women: Greta Gerwig’s Love Letter to the 19th-century Novel” article for Perspectives on History, March 2020.

“Page Through The Diaries Of Louisa May Alcott At Harvard’s Houghton Library Archives” interview with Jenn Stanley for WBUR Boston, December 2019.

“Bright Young Librarians: Christine Jacobson” interview with Nate Pedersen in Fine Books and Collections Magazine, October 2019.

“The Soviet Children’s Books That Broke the Rules of Propaganda” interview with Sarah Laskow for Atlas Obscura, November 2018.

Stephanie Sandler: The Russian Avant Garde’s Enigmatic Misfit, Elena Guro interview with Stephanie Sandler for Houghton Library’s Houghton75 Podcast, May 2017.

Projects

Ongoing Digital Humanities Project: Working Women of the East: Uncovering Soviet Attitudes toward Women in the New Multi-Ethnic Empire.

1917 Open Access Research Guide: A research guide for undergraduates studying the Russian revolution

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Talk: Working Women of the East: An experiment in Radical Digital Access—ASEEES, Panel on “Periodical Translation: Soviet Journals and the Mediation of Cultural Exchange,” on November 15th, 2020.

Memberships


  • Co-Editor, “In Our Libraries” column for Slavic and East European Information and Resources Journal

  • Member, Association of College and Research Libraries-Rare Books and Manuscript Section (ACRL-RBMS)

  • Member, RBMS Committee on Professional Development
    Association for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)

  • Member, ASEEES CLIR Subcommittee on Education and Access

  • Member, Society for History, Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

  • Member, Barbara Pym Society

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