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Lauren G. Lowry - Chief Archivist

Lauren G. Lowery has over 20 years of urban community development, Inner city studies, Black history archiving and public speaking experience. Her extensive knowledge in modern archives practices provides proper guidance for any new archival or museology project’s growth and stability.


Throughout Ms. Lowery’s extensive and diverse career, she has been involved with managing long term strategy, developing and managing educational programs and initiatives and overseeing operational infrastructure for non-profit and for profit organizations. Additionally, she has negotiated preservation and accessibility deals with some of the Chicago areas most prominent professionals and activists. Ms. Lowery received her Master of Arts in Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, Carruthers School of Inner City Studies in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Combined Engineering Studies / United States History from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Lauren is a member of The American History Association, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History and former member of the Metroboard of the Chicago Urban League.


Lauren G. Lowery has worked as Special Projects Archivist at the Kemetic Institute at Northeastern Illinois University. Responsibilities included processing and digitizing the collection of Dr. Jacob A. Carruthers’ extensive audio and video repositories. She is a specialist concerning content appraisal, privacy issues, state and federal policies and regulations. As Special Projects intern with Dr. Christopher Reed, Professor Emeritus at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois she was responsible for designing, evaluating and executing the outreach strategy of the Black Chicago History Forum. Duties included marketing, managing and reporting on the delivery of historic document and artifact collection from members and their member institutions. Critical to her work with scholar Dr. Reed, was raising the profile of the Black Chicago History Forum to expand the support for the non-profit organization’s initiatives and mission.


Ms. Lowery obtained her Professional Certificate in Archivism from the Modern Archives Institute at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and is a Professional Certificate candidate at NeighborWorks America in Community Revitalization.

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