L. Teresa Church

Title:

Independent Archival Consultant

Employer:

Self-employed

Degree:

PhD

Graduation year:

2008
“My professors at SILS encouraged me to follow my passion for archives and the preservation of history."

L. Teresa Church (MSLS ’98, PhD ’08) is the sole proprietor of LTC Consulting. In addition to her MSLS and Ph.D. from SILS, she holds a B.A. in English from Radford University, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from Brown University.

Church works as an independent archival consultant and her research interests include the documentation of local African American community history through primary source materials. She has served as a member of exhibit project teams for the Southern Historical Collection and Pacific Studio, the company that designed the exhibit for the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.

Aside from her work in the archives profession, Church is an accomplished poet, playwright, and quilter. She was awarded the 1989 Playwrights Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council for her play depicting the experiences of African American veterans of Vietnam. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has presented readings of her work at festivals, bookstores, educational institutions, and other venues in North Carolina and beyond. Her quilts have been featured in solo exhibitions at North Carolina State University and St. Olaf College.

Church believes that pursuing graduate degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the best investment she ever made towards lifelong learning. Doing so provided access to a wealth of information and opportunities abounded for gaining experience working with special collections in the Academic Affairs Library. Between her MSLS and Ph.D., she worked with the Documenting the American South project and served as a processing archivist in the Southern Historical Collection. The latter project afforded opportunities to process collections such as those of the acclaimed sculptor Charles Henry Alston and Floyd B. McKissick, Sr., a North Carolina businessman and founder of Soul City.

“My professors at SILS encouraged me to follow my passion for archives and the preservation of history," said Church. "For that I am deeply grateful to Dr. Evelyn Daniel, Dr. Claudia Gollop, and Dr. David Carr for urging me onward.”

Church is now a member of the SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity (SAID) Committee.