Lynda Kachurek

Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian


As Head of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boatwright Memorial Library, Lynda Kachurek is responsible for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to materials in the library’s special collections and rare book room as well as providing reference assistance and instruction with those collections.  Additionally, she is currently the liaison librarian for the Department of History and provides collection development and information literacy instruction for that area.  Prior to this position, she worked as Collections Manager and Digital Projects Coordinator for Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Instructional responsibilities have included both undergraduate information literacy courses and graduate student courses on oral history, public history, archival processing, and archival technologies. 


“Freeing Rapunzel: Rescuing a Forgotten Collection from the Tower, or the Historian’s Workshop in Action,” Virginia Humanities Conference, Marymount College, April 2015

“Open Sesame! Creating an Academic Archive,” MARAC Fall Conference, November 2013

“Voices of Change: Disability Rights Activism in 1970s Ohio,” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 2012

“The Changing Face of Reference Services: Cooperative Cross-training and Evaluation,” Society of Ohio Archivists Spring Conference, May 2009

“The 100-Hour Challenge: Using Students as Volunteers in Oral History,” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 2008

“Cold War Aerospace Technology Project,” Poster session, Sustaining Military Readiness Department of Defense Legacy Program, July 2007

“Cold War Aerospace Technology Project Presentations,” WSU Brown Bag Lunch Series, Huffman Prairie Aviation Historical Society, Friends of the WSU Library Board meeting, Wright State University President and Board of Trustees, University All-Staff meeting, 2006-2008

“’It’s Where it Started’: Conversations with a Centenarian,” Wright State University Graduate Colloquium, May 2006

“’To Risk Everything in Defense of the Cause’: Religion, Diplomacy, and Don Bernardino de Mendoza’s Ambassadorship to England, 1578-1584,” 25th Annual Meeting, Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, April 1994


Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

Virginia Heritage

Society of American Archivists

Phi Alpha Theta

Professional Experience

Head, Rare Books and Special Collections; Liaison Librarian for History, Boatwright Memorial Library (August 2012-Present)

Adjunct Instructor, Public History and Information Literacy, Wright State University (2009-2012)

Collections Manager/Digital Projects Coordinator, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University (Jan. 2008-July 2012)

Reference Manager, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University (Oct. 2006-Dec. 2007)

Project Archivist/Oral Historian, Cold War Aerospace Technology Grant Project, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University (Oct. 2005-Oct. 2006)

Archival Intern, Research Division, National Museum of the United States Air Force (May-Sept. 2005)

Adjunct Instructor of History, Millikin University (1993-1995)

Graduate Instructor of History, Purdue University (1991-1995)

Institutional Service

Small Member Level Representative, ArchivesSpace Governance Board, 2013 – 2016

Outreach Committee, Virginia Heritage, 2012 – present

Digital Asset Management Working Group, 2014

Library Council, 2012 – 2015

Student Supervisors Team, 2012 – present

Stacks Working Group, 2012 – present

Library Assessment Committee, Aug. 2012 – May 2013


Additional Publications

“Help for the Home: Capturing Family Stories,” Wright State University Libraries Access, Summer 2007

“Conversations with a Centenarian,” Wright State University Libraries Access, Summer 2006

Co-author, with Dr. Gordon Mork, Test Item File, for Winks, Britton, Christopher, and Wolff, A History of Civilization: Prehistory to the Present, 8th edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1992

Book Review: John Brewer, The Sinews of Power: War, Money, and the English State, 1688-1793, in The Maryland Historian, (Fall/Winter 1989), XX(2): 62-4

Assistant Compiler, The Bahamas Index: 1986. Steve Dodge, Compiler/Editor.  Decatur, IL: White Sound Press, 1987


M.A., Purdue University

B.A., Millikin University

Contact Information

(804) 289-8458