Maija Anderson


Director of Curatorial Services


Major Responsibilities

  • Direct daily operations and long-term development for university archives, special collections, and digital asset management programs
  • Direct events and outreach activities including exhibitions, lectures, and community programs
  • Develop departmental policies and procedures; contribute to library and university policy and procedure development
  • Write proposals and reports to granting agencies, university administration, and donors
  • Direct departmental digital projects
  • Cultivate relationships with donors and the university community
  • Plan and monitor departmental budgets
  • Conduct professional scholarship, teaching, and service
  • Provide reference service and bibliographic instruction
  • Direct the OHSU Oral History Program
  • Curate rare book collections

Select Publications

  • Anderson, Maija. “Birth Home, Inc.: Discovering the Records of an Independent Birth Center,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, Summer 2016: 294-312.
  • Anderson, Maija. “Ralph Crawshaw (1921-2014).” The Oregon Encyclopedia, March 2014.
  • Anderson, Maija. “Julian S. ‘Dutch’ Reinschmidt (1925-1998).” The Oregon Encyclopedia, July 2014.
  • Anderson, Maija. “Records of the Oregon Child Study Clinic: A Case Study in Digitization for Health Sciences Research and Education.” Watermark: Newsletter of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, Summer 2014: 9-12.
  • Anderson, Maija. “’We’ll Never Let You Retire!’: Creating a Culture of Knowledge Transfer.” In Management: Innovative Practices in Archives and Special Collections, edited by Kate Theimer. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, May 2014.
  • Anderson, Maija and Kyle Banerjee. “Batch Metadata Assignment to Archival Photograph Collections Using Facial Recognition Software.” The Code4Lib Journal no. 21 (2013).
  • Anderson, Maija. “From the Archives” feature columns. OHSU School of Medicine News and Bridges Magazine, December 2010-present.
  • Anderson, Maija. “History of Medicine” feature columns. Portland Physician Scribe, December 2010-November 2013.
  • Anderson, Maija. “Chicago’s New and Expanded Archives.” Archival Outlook, Mar-Apr 2005: 10-11.

Selected Presentations

  • Panelist, “The User-Centered Repository: Foundational Conversations and Services.” Panel at the Northwest IR User Group Symposium, Portland, OR, July 12, 2016.
  • Panelist, “Beyond Management 101.” Panel at the Northwest Archivists Conference, Seattle, WA, April 30, 2016.
  • Chair, “Unique Collections in the Shared ILS.” Panel at the Orbis Cascade Alliance Summer Meeting, Portland, OR, July 8, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Discovering Medical Patients in Archives.” Panel at the Western Roundup, Denver, CO, May 28, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Breaking Down Professional Barriers: Collaborations between Historians and Archivists.” Panel at the National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, April 16, 2015.
  • Speaker, “What do I do with this? Conundrums in the Collection.” Panel at the Oregon Museums Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, October 28, 2014.
  • Chair and speaker, “Primary Sources in the Sciences: Accessing the Past to Ensure Tomorrow’s Discoveries.” Presentation at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 14, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Digitizing Archives for Health Sciences Teaching and Research: Records of the Oregon Child Study Clinic.” Presentation at the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 8th, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Your Powers of Observation: Describing Collections and Condition Reports.” Workshop at the Oregon Heritage Conference, Albany, OR, April 23, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Optimism and Optimization: The OHSU Oral History Project.” Lightning talk at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 17, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Just Say Yes: Raising Private Funds for Processing and Digitization.” Presentation to the Archives Management Roundtable, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 14, 2013.
  • Speaker, “The History of Health Care Reform in the U.S. and Oregon.” Continuing education class for the Oregon Health Sciences Libraries Association, Silverton, OR, July 19, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Who Hires Consulting Historians?” Panel discussion for the Northwest History Network, Portland, OR, November 8, 2012.
  • Speaker, “The Health Care Dimension of Civil Rights in Portland.” Presentation at the Northwest History Conference, Tacoma, WA, October 19, 2012.
  • Speaker, “Private Collectors, Public Collections: Rethinking Access and Ownership.” Presentation at the Reimagining the Archive symposium, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television, Los Angeles, CA, November 13, 2010.
  • Speaker, “The Art of Archival Judgment: Applying More Product Less Process.” Presentation at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 2010.
  • Speaker, “Accessing the Cultural Crossroads: Discovering Underrepresented Histories through Processing and Digitization.” Presentation at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2010.

Selected Professional Service

  • Northwest Archivists. Nominations Committee, 2013
    Northwest History Network.
    • Grant reviewer, 2015-present
    • Board Member, 2012-2014
    • Projects Committee Chair, 2012-2014
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance
    • Content Creation and Dissemination Team, 2015-present
      • Chair, 2017-2018
      • Chair, Data Sets Exploration Working Group, 2016
    • Program Committee, Teaching with Primary Sources Symposium, 2016
  • Oregon Historical Quarterly. Reviewer, 2012-2013
  • Rowman & Littlefield. Reviewer, 2014
  • Society of American Archivists.
    • Chair, Host Committee, 2017 Annual Meeting, 2016-2017
    • ALA/SAA/AAM Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, 2014-2016
    • Steering Committee, Women Archivists Roundtable, 2013-2014
      • Co-Chair, Women Archivists Roundtable, 2012-2013
    • Host Committee, 2011 Annual Meeting, 2010-2011
    • Host Committee, 2007 Annual Meeting, 2006-2007


  • 2006-2010 - Processing Archivist, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
  • 2005-2006 - Archives and Manuscripts Accessions Manager, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
  • 2003-2004 - Circulation Assistant, O.J. Cloughly Alumni Library, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • 2001-2003 - Serials Administrator, O.J. Cloughly Alumni Library, St. Louis College of Pharmacy


  • 2004 - M.A. Library and Information Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • 2000 - M.A. Art History, University of Chicago
  • 1998 - B.A. Art History, Clark Honors College, University of Oregon