Department Head/University Archivist
Christopher Harter is the University Archivist and Head of the Archives and Rare Book Library (ARB) for the University of Cincinnati. He is responsible for the development and management of services and collections of ARB. Additionally, as University Archivist, he is responsible for promoting use and engagement with collections documenting the history of the University of Cincinnati and provides leadership oversight of the University Records Management Program.
Christopher received his MLS degree from Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science in 1997 and an MA in English from Tulane University in 2015. His previous professional experience has included roles at a state historical society, university rare book/manuscript libraries and an independent archive. He is active in various committee roles with the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association and serves on the Advisory Council of the Digital Public Library of America.
He is the recipient of research awards from the American Library Association, Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of California-Santa Barbara. His publications have focused on the history of little magazines and small presses, including An Author Index to Little Magazines of the Mimeograph Revolution (Scarecrow Press, 2008), A Bibliography of John Bennett’s Vagabond Press, 1966-2005 (University of Buffalo, 2018) and “’The Sheriff of the Town of Little Mag’: An Appreciation of Len Fulton" in Serials Review (2018). Other writings have included articles and case studies on collaborations with faculty and students to promote undergraduate research and service-learning in special collections and archives.