Heather Briston has been appointed university archivist in the UCLA Library. Previously, she was the head of public services for UCLA Library Special Collections. Prior to coming to UCLA, she was the Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon during 2001-11.
UCLA’s University Archives has systematically documented campus history, decision-making processes and cultural history since 1948. It collects permanent official university records of enduring value, in all formats, for historical, legal and other purposes. It also selectively acquires materials that document student life, campus life and the role of the university in the community and the papers of UCLA faculty who have had an exceptional impact on the university, their discipline and/or society.
As university archivist, Briston is responsible for the unit’s administration, curatorship, research and instructional services and scholarly communication activities, as well as for providing consultations, outreach and education to university units regarding their responsibilities for permanent records in all formats. Briston also works with departments and offices on campus to provide historical context for events, development and program growth.