Head of Special Collections & Archives
Rachel Vagts is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in History and Political Science, Rachel attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a master degree in Library and Information Studies with a concentration in Archival Administration. While working on her degree, she held a number of positions at the Wisconsin Historical Society including as a project archivist overseeing the Foote, Cone and Belding collection. She also worked for one year as an archivist at the University of Maryland. She served as College Archivist at Luther College from 1998 until 2014. In February 2014, she joined the faculty at Berea College as the Head of Special Collections and Archives. Rachel is a member of the Midwest Archives Conference and the Society of American Archivists. She has served as the director of the Archives Leadership Institute since 2013.