Steve Duckworth

Steve Duckworth

University Archivist & Assistant Professor

Curatorial Services

Major Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day management and long-term development of the archives program, including accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, and storage of collections
  • Seek new ways to build collections, enhance access, and engage audiences
  • Identify, appraise, and acquire archives, manuscripts, university publications, and artifacts in all formats
  • Develop collection management data, EAD finding aids, and other access tools
  • Teach classes, workshops, and instructional sessions; assist researchers through reference and instruction; and conduct exhibits, tours, special events, and other outreach activities
  • Consult with the university community on records management policy and practices
  • Represent OHSU library in the Orbis Cascade Alliance Archives & Manuscripts Service
  • Supervise a staff of 1.5-3.0 FTE, mentor student assistants

Previous Positions

  • 2015-2016: Processing Archivist, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 2014-2015: Project Archivist, National Park Service, Anchorage, AK
  • 2014: Records Management Assistant, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2013-2014: Archives Processor, PACSCL/CLIR Hidden Collections Processing Project, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2004-2006: Assistant Librarian, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Allentown, PA
  • 1998-present: Cellist


  • 2013: Master of Science, Library and Information Science, Archives concentration, Drexel University
  • 2005: Master of Music, Cello Performance, Wichita State University
  • 1999: Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance, Ithaca College


  • 2016: Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate, Society of American Archivists


  • Nemmers, John and Steve Duckworth. “Managing Museum Artifacts in an Archives: The Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida.” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 28, 2017. doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/9BP5W
  • Duckworth, Steve, Grayce Mack, and Kate Thornhill. “The Trouble with Legacy Public Health Data.” Poster, RDAP Summit, Seattle, WA, April 19, 2017. doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/UJHN2
  • Nemmers, John, Steve Duckworth, Lourdes Santamaria-Wheeler, and Jessica Marcetti. “Museum as Archives/Archives as Museum: The Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida.” Society of Florida Archivists and Society of Georgia Archivists Joint Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, October 14, 2016. doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/9BP5W
  • O'Dell, Allison J. and Steve Duckworth. “The Fancy Finding Aid: Makeover your Collections with HTML5, Responsive Design, RDFa, Circulation Management, and Visual Content.” Talk presented at the Code4Lib Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 7-10, 2016.
  • Duckworth, Steve, Annalise Berdini, Jessica Hoffman, Alina Josan, Amanda Mita, and Evan Peugh. “Reprocessing: The Trials and Tribulations of Previously Processed Collections.” Poster at the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, Washington, DC, August 10-16, 2014.


  • Nemmers, John, Steve Duckworth, Jessica Belcoure Marcetti, Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler. “From Museum to Archives: Managing the Panama Canal Museum Collection.” Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association (Special issue on ‘Archives and Museums’, Spring 2018).
  • Duckworth, Steve and Steve Ammidown. “Guns, Access, and Records: What Archivists Can Do About Firearms Tracing Data.” Archival Outlook November/December (2016): 8-9,
  • Antracoli, Alexis, Steve Duckworth, Judith L. Silva, and Kristen Yarmey. “Capture all the URLs: First Steps in Web Archiving.” Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice 2, no. 2 (2014): 155-170, doi:10.5195/palrap.2014.67
  • Samples of finding aids authored are available at; blog posts are available at

Professional Associations & Service

  • OHSU service
    • Digital Collections Committee, Chair elect (FY2018)
    • Assessment Committee, Member (FY2018)
    • Weeding Project Work Group, Member (FY2018)
    • User Experience Committee, Member (FY2017) 
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance service 
    • Creative Commons Licenses in Archives West Project Group (FY2018)
    • Archives & Manuscripts Service, Institutional representative (FY2017 – present) 
    • Content Creation & Dissemination, Interim institutional representative (FY2017) 
  • Northwest Archivists, Inc. (2014 – present)
  • Society of American Archivists (2013 – present)
    • Issues and Advocacy Section 
      • Steering Committee (2017 – 2019)
      • On-Call Research Team (2016 – 2017)
    • Diversity Committee (2015 – present)

Volunteer Service

  • Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, OR (2017); Arrange and describe archival records, assist with digital preservation
  • John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives, Philadelphia, PA (2013); Processed archival collections, arranged and described materials, created finding aids in accordance with DACS for improved access
  • Drexel University Audio Archives, Philadelphia, PA (2013); Cataloged sound recordings