Cassie Tanks

Aspring: Archivist· Historian· Librarian

I am dedicated to the empowerment of others.

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Instructional & Supportive
  • "One and done" class instructional sessions
  • DH tool workshops
  • Audio editing basics workshops
  • Cohort support & project management
  • Digital project management
  • Outreach
  • Student supervision & work support
  • Research support
Digital Humanities & Archive Tools
  • Omeka Classic
  • Omeka S
  • Scalar
  • ArcGIS StoryMaps
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Spark
  • Step.Works
  • CollectionBuilder
  • GitHub Pages
  • Archive-it


Northeastern University

World History PhD Student
20th century; Cold War; liberation; militarism and paramilitarism

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MS in Library Science

Carolina Academic Library Association associate; University Archives

August 2020 - May 2022

San Diego State University

BA in History

20th century; Black power; transnational liberation; Cold War

August 2017-December 2019


Apartheid Heritage(s)

Research Assistant | Exhibit Development | Archivist | Project Management

Read about her workwith Apartheid Heritage(s) .

September 2019 - Present

UNC Story Archive

Project Development | Outreach | Archivist | Project Management

Stewarded the development of the UNC Story Archive from a concept to a viable project in four months and adapted the workflows for a virtual space due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed the project so oral history contributors are collaborators and participate in the creation of descriptive metadata. Developed workflow guides, trained others in the processes, and prepared the entire project for hand off upon graduation so it could be continued seamlessly.

August 2020 - May 2022


Exhibit curation | Project management | Project development

Explore the Queerolina Omeka Classic exhibit and ArcGIS Story Map here.

Stewarded this exhibit from the proposal, to planning, to development, to phase one completion. Combined archival principles and best practices, humanities theories and praxis, and digital humanities tools to create an interactive exhibit with ArcGIS StoryMaps and Omeka Classic.

Read more about Cassie's standpoint in relation to her involvement with developing the "Queerolina" exhibit below.

View the Queerolina map below

August 2021 - May 2022

National Humanities Center Podcasting Institute

Tech Support | Cohort Management | Instructional Support | Audio Editing

Summer 2020, Winter 2021, Summer 2021, Winter 2022

SDSU Digital Humanities Center Assistant

Tutorial Development | Workshops | Student Assistant Management | Daily Operations

January 2020 - August 2020


“Understanding the processes and motivations behind participatory metadata: A case-study of the UNC Story Archive"

UNC Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science

This case-study of the UNC Story Archive examines data derived from semi-structured interviews to explore what processes are used by community members who participate in metadata creation about their story and their community. The findings reveal that the keywords and phrases (metadata) selected by UNC Story Archive contributors to describe their archival contribution are a result of an intricate negotiation of relationships, identity, and information seeking practices. The study data illuminates how contributors navigate relationships with the UNC campus as well as with those who are part of the “in group” and the “out group” of the communities each identified with. This results in metadata that reflects desires to ensure that their story is elevated as an important piece of the larger institutional historical discourse and to account for their safety, or to protect their community. .

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“’Can You Hear Me Okay?’ Launching a Story-Based Archive Collection During COVID-19"

Visual Resources Association

The COVID - 19 pandemic, racial reckoning across the United States, and the uncertainty of the future dramatically shaped the development of the UNC Story Archive collection. Formerly envisioned as a mobile recording studio that would travel to events to collect the stories of University of North Carolina alumni and students who are part of communities that have been misrepresented, ignored, or outright silenced in the historic record, a shift to entirely remote space had to happen. While considering how to rework the planning for this collection during Summer 2020, important questions about proceeding mindfully during crises arose. This article discusses how building the UNC Story Archive on intentional theoretical frameworks of collaboration, radical empathy, and honoring of space facilitated that shift and helped navigate those challenging questions.

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Below is a selection of presentations given by Cassie about her work.

“Queerolina: LGBTQiA+ geographies through oral histories”

Culture Mapping 2022, Archives and Afterlives, NYU

Cassie Tanks & Hooper Schultz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

View a recording of the presentation on YouTube.

8 April 2022

“And that’s my UNC story”: A case study of participatory metadata, community based collections, and university archives

"Emerging Voices", Society of American Archivists, Annual Meeting 2021

Read about Cassie's SAA presentation.

August 2021


I have never met a taco I didn't like.

I enjoy being active and visiting local coffee shops. Taking dance classes, boxing classes, lifting weights, and going for long walks are some of my favorite ways to unwind.

I spend my free time reading, watching comedy and horror movies, and taking in comedy shows when possible. This influences how I approach work- I like to have fun and have a good laugh.

My latest hobby is getting to know my new city, Boston.