Dillon Thomas (he/him) joined Special Collections and Archives in 2018. As a Research and Collections Specialist he focuses on the user experience. He works closely with the user services team to provide high-level reference support and physical access to collections.
Previously, Thomas held staff and faculty positions as a processing archivist. While he was a processing archivist, he focused on the arrangement and description of multiple collections of prominent women and activists from Central Virginia. As an undergraduate, he worked as an intern at James Madison University Special Collections where he learned the basics of processing and was a student employee. During graduate school, Thomas served as a processing assistant at Washington and Lee University Special Collections.
He is active in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Thomas’ research interests include women’s history, queer history, labor activism in librarianship and classical studies.
M.S.I.S. with a focus in archival studies, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
B.A. in history, concentration in public history, James Madison University