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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Anthropology


Gina Rappaport

Photo Archivist, Archives Team Leader

Division: Collections and Archives Program, National Anthropological Archives

Area of Specialization:

As photo archivist Rappaport is responsible for all aspects of the management of the NAA’s photograph collections, including appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, and collection development. As the NAA’s Team Leader, she is the main point of contact after the CAP Director for questions relating to acquisitions, tours, loans, and other archives matters.

Phone:  301-238-1322
Fax:  301-238-2883
E-mail Address:

Department of Anthropology Mailing Address


M.A. History and Archives Management; Western Washington University, 2007
B.A. History, University of Washington, 2002

Professional Activities:

Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council (Chair, 2011-2012)
Society of American Archivists
Native American Archives Roundtable
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)

Research Interests/Profile:

Rappaport has interests and expertise in areas relating to general archives management; 19th and 20th century photographic archives; archival principles and practices as they pertain to photographic collections; identification and preservation of early glass and film negatives; visual literacy as it pertains to historical photographs; archival acquisitions; and research in archives.

NAA ArchivesSelected Publications:

Lindsay, John A. and Rappaport, Gina. The Pribilof Islands, A Guide to Photographs and Illustrations. Government Printing Office, 2009.

Rappaport, Gina. Limitations and Improvements in the Archival Management of Photographs. M.A. Thesis, Western Washington University, 2007.


Smithsonian Blog “Around the Mall” video interview on Curtis acquisition with Jake Homiak and Gina Rappaport, March 2011.

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