William and Mary

Lisa Sparks Carpenter


Email : [[e|lesparks]]

Research Interests

American folk, blues, and jazz music; American modernism; theories of the archive; history of photography; museum studies


BA, English and history, Michigan State University (2008)

MA Thesis (in process)

John Fahey and avant-garde folk revivalism

Selected Professional Experience

Graduate assistant, Swem Library Special Collections Research Center, The College of William and Mary (2010-2011)

Consultant/intern, Woody Guthrie Archives (2008-2009)

  • Contributing researcher, My Name Is New York: A Guide to Folksinger Woody Guthrie's Residences in New York City from 1940-1967. New York: Woody Guthrie Publications/Woody Guthrie Archives (forthcoming 2011).
  • Manuscript transcriber, Woody Guthrie Lyrics Collection
  • Archival processor, the Harold Leventhal Collection

Photograph project consultant, State Archives of Michigan (2006-2008)

Curator, The Picture Man: Lansing through the Lens of R. C. Leavenworth, Michigan Historical Center (2008)