Paige Roberts Poet and Archivist at Phillips Academy
Behind the scenes, high on the fifth floor of the Oliver Wendell
Holmes Library (OWHL), is a vast collection peppered with relics from
Andover’s past. As students pass unwittingly in the lower levels of the
stacks, Garver Room and the OWHL lobby, leadership of this invaluable
collection, the Phillips Academy Archives, has changed hands.
On January 3, 2012 Dr. Paige Roberts succeeded Timothy Sprattler as the School Archivist.
Andover’s archives hold several pieces of the school’s history, with
articles ranging from early land deeds and financial records to old
fire buckets from the former campus fire station.
As the School Archivist, Roberts will be in charge of sorting,
organizing and digitizing these mementos from Andover’s history.
Elizabeth Tully, Director of the OWHL, said, “Paige is poised to
lead the Archive as we plan for an increasingly integrated digital
Beyond her proficiency in organizing and preserving records, Roberts
was selected because of her potential to “engage with the curriculum
and prepare materials and activities to support original archival
research by students.”
Roberts has also been named the Associate Director of the OWHL, a
position which extends her duties to other portions of the library.
Roberts brings classroom experience to the position, having served
as an instructor of American Studies at the University of Southern Maine
(USM). At USM, Roberts helped provide references to scholars and design
archiving spaces for institutions.
Throughout her professional years, Roberts has developed new
archival techniques to increase the accessibility and vitality of the
archived collections. While she was the director of the Beverly
Historical Society, she developed “model archival collaborations” which
allowed for the exchange of materials between schools and public
Roberts also served as the head of special collections at the State
Library of Massachusetts in Boston, an archivist at Springfield College,
Director of the Beverly Historical Society and will soon be the
President of the New England Archivists.
To reduce the time it would take for Roberts to adjust to Andover
and the OWHL, Sprattler spent his final months as School Archivist
orchestrating an enormous renovation of the school’s archives. Just a
week into her position, Roberts has been able to successfully navigate
through the historical resources.
Roberts received a B.A. from Bates College in Political Science, a
MLS from Simmons College concentrating in archives management, and a
Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University with an
emphasis in New England culture