Debbie Schaefer-Jacobs

Debbie Schaefer-Jacobs

Associate Curator

Introduction to the America on Stone Peters Print Collection
How to Teach and Old Catalogue New Tricks

Training:  Team Building, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, Professional Writing and Editing, Photography, Management and Supervision, Time Management, Thesaurus Development, MIMSY and MIMSY XG, Excel, Access, and cataloging methods. 
Technical Proficiency:  Mimsy XG, PowerPoint, FileMaker, Word, Word Perfect, Photoshop

Classroom/job experience: cataloging standards, classification, thesaurus development, information architecture and data modeling, teaching MultiMIMSY and cataloging methods.
Skills:  poster/ paper mending, encapsulation, dry mounting, mat cutting, framing (managed school art gallery); spinning, weaving, embroidery, digital photography

Takes PhD level History classes at George Mason University
M.A. from Texas Tech University in Museum Science
B.A. with Distinction from University of Rhode Island; major in History and 2nd major in Art History, Phi Alpha Theta, president and Mortar Board

Research Specialties: 

Visual studies and American material culture particularly 19th century American prints Collection documentation and digitization including Costume classificationHistory of American education and teaching artifacts


Current Projects:
Curator of the Harry T. Peters America on Stone collection of 19th century prints          Curator of the Home and Community Life’s education collections
Preparing Home and Community Life collection information for web access

Past Projects:
Numerous projects concerning development, maintenance, and use of standard practices for recording information and cataloging objects, including the development and promotion of Documentation Standards for NMAH Collections.
Assisted curatorial staff in the development of object classifications.  Edited the on-line collections information system and provided assistance with research and development of NMAH authority records.
Participated in various information architecture projects for NMAH; on SI and international committees including NMAH functional model, NMAH Data Model and SI Data Content Committee, Roles and Transaction Terms documents.
Provided staff training in the use of MultiMIMSY for collection documentation (1996-2007).
Member of exhibit take-down for original NMAH First Ladies exhibition.
Team leader for NMAH shelf inventory editors and the development of the Museum Information Retrieval and Documentation System in the 1980s.


Professional Affiliations: 

American Association of Museums
National Trust for Historic Preservation
American Historical Association

Blog Posts

Civil War baseball August 2, 2012