Evan R. Spencer

Evan Spencer Public History

Welcome to my digital portfolio! 

I am currently a Preservation Archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. My primary duties include digitization of paper, microfilm, photography, and audio/visual materials; maintaining the Archives' security microfilm vault; assisting researchers; and processing and performing basic conservation on records for digitization.

 

Prior to moving to South Carolina, I was a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University in Public History with a concentration in Archival Management. At MTSU, I received training in both Archives and History. I was a Graduate Assistant and later a Project Archivist at the Albert Gore Research Center, where I gained valuable experience in the archival field. I also wrote a thesis, titled, "Varina Davis, Beauvoir, and the Fight for Confederate Memory," which focuses on the dissonance within the southern "Lost Cause" memory of the Civil War.

 

I was born and raised in Slidell, Louisiana, a town about 30 minutes north of New Orleans. Growing up immersed in a rich cultural landscape, history has always been a passion for me. I am interested in archival management because archives preserve and promote a variety of different histories in the public sphere. My particular interest is in presenting history to the public in an archival setting. 

 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing the guitar and various other musical instruments. I played trombone and bass trombone in band for about twelve years. I also enjoy sports of all kinds, but primarily football, hockey, and college basketball. I also recreationally play disc golf and racquetball. My favorite historical figure is Aaron Burr. My favorite band is Dave Matthews Band, and my favorite song of all time is "Going to California" by Led Zeppelin.