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Joyce LeeAnn Noire

Archival Alchemy®
Certified Archivist and Interdisciplinary Artist; Founder
New York, NY

Greetings! I am Joyce LeeAnn Noire – a certified archivist, an interdisciplinary artist, the founder of Archival Alchemy®, and a House of Noire gem.

Ever since I was a child, I have understood the power of history, and how to preserve the various materials and memories that make it accessible. I use my creativity to revisit the past to determine the way forward, which has led me to a purposeful legacy that I am fulfilling as a Black woman on my own terms. This transformative process that I developed is now shared through the projects I produce and the services I provide.

I received a bachelor’s degree in Writing and Literature from Naropa University via Hampton University. I received a master’s degree in Library and Information Science with an Archives Certificate from Pratt Institute; I hold a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists, and I am a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. I have worked for the Weeksville Heritage Center, the Associated Press Corporate Archives, The New York Public Library, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2011, I self-published my first archival text, somethymes grief goes for a walk. In 2013, I co-curated The Finding Aid: Black Women at the Intersection of Art and Archiving event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. I was a Create Change fellow with The Laundromat Project, a member of the EMERGENYC incubator, as well as a MoCADA creator in residence. In 2017, I founded Archival Alchemy® in New York City.

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