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First Name
Jill
Last Name
Anderson
Affiliation
Georgia State University
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Keywords
girls' intellectual history, Seventeen magazine, junior novels, primary-source literacy
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About Me

I am a historian and a subject librarian currently supporting Communication, African-American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I hold a PhD in US History from Rutgers University (minor, Women’s/Gender History) and an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin.

My research interests as a historian are currently focused on post-World War II girls’ creative and intellectual history. I am currently working on a project about girls’ book reviews in Seventeen magazine from 1958 – 1969. This article is part of a larger project on postwar girls’ intellectual culture with particular emphasis on girls’ creative work and identities. I have also published an article on Anne Emery’s “Dinny Gordon” junior-novel series (1959-1965), which examines the positive representation of series heroine Dinny Gordon as an unapologetically intellectual girl who is portrayed has having supportive friends and boyfriends (see “Dinny Gordon, Intellectual: Anne Emery’s Postwar Junior Fiction and Girls’ Intellectual Culture” in publications .)

My research interests as a librarian are in primary-source literacy and archival literacy. I currently have four years of experience partnering with archivists as co-instructors for courses in History, English, and Language Arts (Education). I have also developed “Teaching with Primary Sources,” a series of train-the-trainer workshops for faculty and graduate instructors focusing on creative uses of archival materials and other primary materials, in partnership with my institution’s Popular Music and Culture Archivist; this is an outgrowth of a previous series, “Teaching with Archival Sources,” co-taught with my institution’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Archivist.

For three semesters (Fall 2015, 2016, and 2018) I have also taught a freshman Honors seminar, “‘Going Steady?’: Documenting the History of Dating in American Culture, 1940-1990,” a hybrid History/Women’s Studies/information literacy course which focuses on primary-source searching and interpretive skills. The most recent version of this course is available here: http://research.library.gsu.edu/datinghistory.

Recent Publications

“Follow the Footnote,” with Marni Davis, History Teacher (forthcoming, August 2019)

“‘Going Steady?’: Documenting the History of Dating in American Culture, 1940-1990,” Syllabus 6, no. 1 (June 2017), http://bit.ly/2vGD9lQ.

“Crossing Disciplines, Creating Space: Using Drop-In Research Labs to Support an Interdisciplinary Research-Intensive Capstone Course,” with Jason Puckett, Practical Academic Librarianship 4, no. 1 (2014): 1-14, http://bit.ly/1Bn3dQp.

“Dinny Gordon, Intellectual: Anne Emery’s Postwar Junior Fiction and Girls’ Intellectual Culture,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 7, no. 2 (Spring 2014): 243-266, doi: 10.1353/hcy.2014.0027.

“Using Professional Forums to Assess Historians’ E-resource Needs,” Collection Building 28, no. 1 (January 2009): 4-8, doi: 10.1108/01604950910928457. Honorable Mention, Emerald MLS Student Best Paper Award, 2008.

“‘Be Up and Doing’: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Poetic Labor,” Journal of American Studies 37, no. 1 (April 2003): 1-15, doi: 10.1017/S0021875803006972.

Dissertation, “‘Nothing Done!’: The Poet in Early Nineteenth-Century American Culture,” directed by Jackson Lears and Jan E. Lewis (2000), https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/42513/

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Pedagogy