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Dawn Schmitz

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Associate Dean for Special Collections and University Archives, J. Murrey Atkins Library

Dawn is the Associate Dean for Special Collections and University Archives, a position she has held since July 2016. She began working at Atkins in 2012 as the Digital Programs Archivist before becoming interim head of Special Collections in 2014. Her responsibilities include administrative oversight and leadership for the Special Collections and University Archives department, whose members collect, preserve, and provide access to manuscripts, university archives, government documents, and rare publications. They conduct, collect, preserve and provide access to oral history interviews, and they create digital collections through digitization, collecting items already in digital formats, the creation of metadata, and collaboration on digital repository development. They provide research and instructional services, conduct outreach activities, create exhibits, and assist University units with records management. Previous to coming to UNC Charlotte, Dawn worked at the University of California, Irvine and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, she was accepted to the Archives Leadership Institute, a program funded through the National Archives and Records Administration.


  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. and MLIS, 2004
  • University of Wisconsin, BA, 1989