Special Collections and Archives Staff
James Branch Cabell Library
Ray Bonis, Senior Research Associate
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Ray Bonis is a 1988 graduate of VCU. He has worked in the department since 1992. He coordinates reference and other departmental activities.
Wesley Chenault, Head
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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 include public scholarship, archives, and memory. Chenault has authored or co-authored articles in several publications, including Educational Programs: Innovative Practices in Archives and Special Collections, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, and Queer South Rising: Voices of a Contested Place. A founding member of idea collective John Q, his work has been exhibited at Elsewhere, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. In addition to being a certified archivist and an alumnus of the Archives Leadership Institute, he holds a doctorate in American studies from the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in women’s studies from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University.
Yuki Hibben, Assistant Head and Curator of Books and Art
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Yuki Hibben serves as part of the leadership team for Special Collections and Archives and is committed to engaging our students, faculty, and community through outstanding collections and services. Hibben oversees collection development and management for the Libraries’ rare book and art holdings, including nationally significant collections in the comic arts and contemporary artists’ books. She also manages the university’s permanent collection of art, which was held by the Anderson Gallery until its closure in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Hibben served as the Collection Librarian for the Arts, building resources in all formats to advance VCU’s top-ranking School of the Arts. She has also taught studio art courses for Virginia Commonwealth, Drexel, and Temple universities. Hibben holds an M.S.L.S. 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. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and is fluent in Japanese.
Cindy Jackson, Library Specialist for Comic Arts
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Cindy Jackson graduated from VCU in 2005 with a 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
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Jessica Johnson processes archival and manuscript collections. Her areas of interest include material culture, public history and women's history. She holds an M.S. in information science and an M.S. in history from the University of Albany, SUNY and a B.A. in history from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Laura Muskavitch, Library Specialist for Reference and Processing
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Laura Muskavitch provides research and reference services and assists with the processing and description of manuscript collections. Her research interests include public history, social history and the history of colonialism. Muskavitch holds an M. A. in history and a certificate in museum studies from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in history and international relations from the College of William and Mary.
Andrea Kohashi, Teaching & Learning Librarian
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Andrea Kohashi provides instruction in Special Collections and Archives working primarily with artists’ books, rare books, and primary source materials. She is interested in book art production, research, and scholarship and exploring innovative ways to engage with primary source materials. Kohashi holds an M.A. in Library and Information Science and an M.F.A. in Book Arts from the University of Iowa. She received a B.A. with a major in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tompkins McCaw Library
Andrew Bain, Library Specialist
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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
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Margaret Turman Kidd processes collections, creating exhibits and providing reference assistance. Her research interests include the history of Virginia, medicine, women and religion (primarily Methodists). Kidd holds a M.S. in American history from the University of Richmond, a M.S. in information science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. in history from Emory & Henry College.
Jodi Koste, University Archivist and Head
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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 the M.A. and the B.A. in history from Old Dominion University.