2021 NAGARA Annual Awards VIRTUAL Presentation

2021 Emerging Leader Award Recipient: Catheryne N. Popovitch

About the Award: 

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes and encourages early-career archivists or records managers at the local, state, or federal level of government who have demonstrated significant promise of leadership, have completed archival/records management work of merit, and or have performed commendable service to the archives/records management profession.

This award is open to NAGARA members who have between two and ten years of professional archives/records management experience within the government sector. In selecting the successful nominee, consideration is given to contributions to the profession, leadership qualities, and outreach and advocacy efforts. 

About the Recipient being recognized:

This year’s recipient, Catheryne Popovitch, began her career at the Illinois State Archives in 2014 as an intern and has worked her way up to supervisor of the Archives’ reference room and collections, where she is in charge of a staff of eight and performs both archival and records management duties. She has made many contributions to the profession, especially with her work coordinating the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board’s re-grant and scholarship programs and as co-chair of the Council of State Archivists education committee. She gives presentations to outside groups, performs advocacy duties for the Archives and serves as the Illinois State Archives’ liaison to the NHPRC.

Of particular note is that although the office was closed for two months in spring 2020 due to the pandemic, Ms. Popovitch went into the office and made sure that the scholarship program, the grant program and our outreach and advocacy efforts continued uninterrupted. She also made sure her staff had work from-home assignments and the tools necessary to complete them. In May the State Archives received an NHPRC grant to digitize a photo collection of a leading 20th century African American photographer from Illinois. Ms. Popovitch made sure this grant, which was identified as the Archives number one priority in promoting more diversity and equity in our on-line holdings, also continued.

 It was NAGARA's pleasure to present NAGARA’s first Emerging Leader Award to Catheryne N. Popovitch, Archival Program Administrator, at the Illinois State Archives.

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