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Special Collections and Archives Staff

James Branch Cabell Library

Ray Bonis, Senior Research Associate
rbonis@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3575
Ray Bonis graduated from VCU in 1988 with a B.A. in Mass Communications and is pursuing a graduate degree in history. He has worked for VCU Libraries since 1989, and coordinates reference and other departmental activities. With a specialization in the history of Richmond and VCU, Bonis is the co-author of Virginia Commonwealth University (2006) and Greetings from Richmond (2009), an illustrated architectural history of the city using vintage postcards. He manages "The Shockoe Examiner," a blog on Richmond's past, and has additional interests in blues and rock music.

Wesley Chenault, Head
wjchenault@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3576
Wesley Chenault, Ph.D., provides leadership for Special Collections and Archives at Cabell Library, including collections and programs development, staff mentorship and relationship-building with multiple and diverse stakeholders. His interests in archives, identity, memory and place take forms as diverse as collection development, exhibitions, temporary public art, teaching and traditional scholarship. Chenault holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of New Mexico, an M.A. in women’s studies from Georgia State University and a B.A. in psychology from Auburn University.  

Yuki Hibben, Assistant Head and Curator of Books and Art
ydhibben@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8837
Yuki Hibben oversees development, outreach and instruction for Cabell Library’s special collections, including top-tier collections in the comic arts and book art. A regular instructor for VCU School of the Arts, her teaching and scholarly activities focus on contemporary artists’ publications and the use of archives by artists. Hibben holds an M.S. in library science from the Catholic University of America, an M.F.A. in sculpture from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and a B.A. in fine arts from the College of William and Mary. 

Cindy Jackson, Library Specialist for Comic Arts
hcjackson2@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3572
Cindy Jackson graduated from VCU in 2005 with an M.A. in English. Jackson manages one of the largest collections of comic arts in the country, which includes comic books, graphic novels, original art, fan publications and rare periodicals. She enjoys meeting with students and faculty to discuss their research projects and teaches a range of classes related to graphic narrative. 

Jessica Johnson, Processing Archivist
jejohnson2@vcu.edu or (804) 628-2548
Jessica Johnson processes archival and manuscript collections. Her areas of interest include material culture, public history, and women's history. Actively involved in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and a member of the Society of American Archivists, she holds a BA in history from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MS in Information Science and an MA in History from University at Albany, SUNY.

Leila Prasertwaitaya, Library Specialist for the Arts
prasertwaitl@vcu.edu or (804) 827-3573
Leila Prasertwaitaya holds an M.A. in art history from VCU. She manages the Book Art Collection, a comprenhensive range of contemporary artists' books, reference titles and exhibition catalogs. Prasertwaitaya provides course-integrated instruction and research consultations on book art, decorative arts and architectural history. 

Tompkins McCaw Library

Andrew Bain, Library Specialist
albain@vcu.edu or (804) 628-2255
Andrew Bain manages the Tompkins-McCaw Library's collection of health sciences artifacts and instruments, performing technical processing, collection care, photography, research and research assistance. He designs and curates physical and digital exhibitions of library materials. A 2005 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in interdisciplinary social science and history, he is interested in the history of medicine, science, technology, public history and the interpretation of the past for a variety of audiences.

Margaret Turman Kidd, Project Archivist 
kiddm@vcu.edu or (804) 828-3152
Margaret Turman Kidd works in TML Special Collections and Archives processing collections, creating exhibits, and providing reference assistance. Her research interests include the history of Virginia, medicine, women, and religion (primarily Methodists). Kidd holds a B.A. in history from Emory & Henry College, an M.A. in American history from the University of Richmond, and an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Jodi Koste, University Archivist and Head
jlkoste@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9898
Jodi Koste directs the University Archives program and manages Special Collections and Archives at the Tompkins-McCaw Library. She has written and made frequent presentations on the history of VCU and its predecessor institutions. Her other research interests include nursing history, Civil War medicine and archival education. Koste holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from Old Dominion University.

Contact Us

James Branch Cabell Library: libjbcsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-1108.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are recommended.

Tompkins-McCaw Library: libtmlsca@vcu.edu or (804) 828-9898.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended.

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James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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