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Tanya Elder

Tanya Elder studied Experimental Theatre, History, and Archival Management at New York University and Library Science at Wayne State University. She is a former archives assistant at the NYU University Archives, and project archivist at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives (New York City Council, 1898-1998), and the Stephen Wise Synagogue. She was archivist at the Riverside Church and researcher for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? As an NHPRC archivist at the Center for Jewish History, she re-processed the papers of Raphael Lemkin, a lawyer who developed the theory of genocide. Her article on Lemkin’s American archives, “’What you see before your eyes’: Documenting Raphael Lemkin’s life by exploring his archival Papers, 1900–1959,” appeared in the Journal of Genocide Research. She has served as co-chair of the New York City team of the American Theatre Archive Project and is the lead ATAP liaison with HERE Arts Center. She is currently the senior archivist of the American Jewish Historical Society.