Biographical sketch of Todd Ellison
For an interesting read about the career of an archivist (Ellison's in particular), see Vocational Biographies, Series D, Volume 5, No. 7 (Sauk Centre, MN, 2000).
Educated in the east
First archival work, pioneering new archival program developments
- arranged and described three centuries of land survey records (1677-1982) of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
- processed hundreds of Boulder Historical Society manuscript & photograph collections at the Boulder Public Library (including providing digital access to images linked to standardized cataloging text in the online catalog—one of the first in the nation to provide this mode of access to photographs).
- founded the institutional archives and special collections of the Colorado Chautauqua Association.
- established the archival/ records management/ oral history program at Fort Lewis College; the only Certified Archivist in the Four Corners region and the only full professor in the Fort Lewis College Libraries.
- was responsible for the identification, appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, preservation and access for over 500 special collections, including papers, records, photographs, oral history interview products, microforms, three-dimensional artifacts, and other media of records documenting the history of Fort Lewis College, Durango, and the Four Corners region.
- taught the various archival tasks to undergraduate students, members of the Fort Lewis College community, and visiting seniors.
- served as the user liaison for the design and construction of the new $8 million 50,000 square foot Southwest Studies Center at Fort Lewis College.
- Records Administrator for the City, including records retention and disposition, reference services, public outreach, and providing electronic access to permanent records of Durango dating back to 1881.