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Biography: Colleen McFarland Rademaker

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Colleen McFarland Rademaker
Manager, Archives and Special Collections

Colleen McFarland Rademaker joined the Rakow Research Library as an Associate Librarian in Special Collections in 2017 and became Manager, Archives and Special Collections in 2021.

Currently serving on the Society of American Archivists Publications Board, she was elected treasurer of Midwest Archives Conference in 2018. Her current research explores the applicability of heritage interpretation to archival outreach, considering how archival values may be joined with the principles and methods of heritage interpretation. Rademaker is the the co-curator, along with Susie J. Silbert, of New Glass Now | Context.

Rademaker earned an MA in History from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Prior to joining the Museum, she served as the Head Archivist at the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in Kansas, Director of Archives and Records Management at Mennonite Church USA in Indiana, and Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. She has been published in Archival Outlook, Archival Issues, Catholic Library World, and Wisconsin Magazine of History, and is a frequent presenter at national and regional archives conferences.