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Leslie is an Associate of the Faculty with the rank of Associate Archivist. She serves as Metadata Archivist for the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries in the Access and Discovery Department. Her main duties involve the assessment, accession, and original cataloging of materials for Special Collections. Current projects include leading the introduction of BIBFRAME 2.0 to the department's catalogers and training catalogers in the handling and cataloging of SPCO materials. Recent work includes needs assessment for cold storage of a portion of SPCO's holdings. She is also responsible for accessioning and cataloging SPCO's cartographic collections.

Currently, Leslie is Vice Chair for the Mapping and Geospatial Information Round Table of the American Library Association and Past Chair of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table of the Texas Library Association. She has several book reviews in progress, is a reviewer for the open access journal of the Society of American Archivists, Practical Techology for Archives, and co-edited Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History.

During 2015, she devoted 50% of her time as supervising archivist for an NHPRC grant given to Special Collections for the encoding of 290 print finding aids. The completed finding aids are available online through the Texas Archival Resources Online website (TARO).

During the summer of 2013, she served as the processing archivist for the Santa Fe Railroad Land Records. Applying MPLP concepts and with the help of one student worker, the records were organized into nearly 300 manuscript boxes and two dozen oversized boxes. In addition to the records, there are nearly 1200 maps which she compiled pertinent details into a searchable database.

In 2009, Leslie began her work with the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections as Archivist for the Tejano Voices oral history project. From 2010 through early 2013, she served as UTA's Mapping the Southwest Archivist on a major digitization project for the University of North Texas Portal to Texas History. The project uploaded more than 5,000 digital images of the rare and unique maps from UTA's holdings onto the Portal website. Leslie was responsible for reviewing each map's research potential and creating full-level catalog records in OCLC and Voyager.

Leslie began her archival career in 1999 with the approach of the 75th anniversary of Methodist Hospitals of Dallas (MHD) where she proposed and implemented a system-wide history project. As the MHD Archivist and Historian, she established and organized the Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Archives, a project which culminated in early 2002 with the creation of a permanent exhibit on the history of Methodist Hospitals of Dallas. While still in her role at MHD, she became Archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS) in October 2000, and from 2002-2006, she served concurrently as Archivist for the Dallas Holocaust Museum and for the DJHS. In both roles, she brought the archives up to professional standards and developed expanded collections policies to meet the mission of each organization.

University of Texas at Arlington
Certificate in Archival Administration
University of Texas at Arlington
Master of Arts, (M.A.)
History
University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Arts
Interdisciplinary Studies
English
September 2014
Ongoing
Associate Archivist/Metadata Archivist, Access & Discovery
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
September 2013
August 2014
Asssitant Archivist/Metadata Archivist & History Liaison, Access & Discovery
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
May 2013
August 2013
Processing Archivist, Santa Fe Railway Land Records
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
July 2010
April 2013
Project Archivist, Mapping the Southwest Project
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
September 2009
December 2011
Archivist
Dallas Jewish Historical Society
February 2009
November 2009
Project Archivist, Tejano Voices Project
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
April 2002
September 2006
Archivist
Dallas Holocaust Museum
October 2000
September 2006
Archivist
Dallas Jewish Historical Society
July 1999
February 2002
Archivist and Historian
Methodist Hospitals of Dallas
December 2015
Ongoing
Membership
American Library Association
October 2015
Ongoing
Membership
Western Association of Map Libraries
February 2014
Ongoing
Membership
Texas State Historical Association
October 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Texas Library Association
August 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Texas Map Society
August 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Society of American Archivists
January 2000
Ongoing
Membership
Society of Southwest Archivists
January 2000
Ongoing
Membership
Metroplex Archivists
June 2016
June 2017
Vice Chair
Mapping and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) , American Library Association (ALA)
April 2015
April 2016
Chair
Texas Library Association (TLA) Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table
April 2014
May 2015
Coordinator
Society of Southwest Archivists 2015 Conference Local Arrangements Committee, "Slotto"
April 2014
April 2015
Chair Elect
Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association (TLA)
January 1998
December 2000
Membership
National Council on Public History
January 2002

Describes events surrounding the creation of the Methodist Hospitals of Dallas History Gallery located in the main lobby of Methodist Medical Center. The article describes the Gallery and quotes the archivist, Leslie Wagner, and others who were part of the History Committee that worked on the History Project with Ms. Wagner.

December 2000

The article describes the efforts of the Methodist Hospitals of Dallas archivist, Leslie Wagner, in researching the history of the hospital system with the expectation that the hospital would apply for an institutional state historical marker to commemorate  its 75th anniversary in 2002. Quotes were taken from Ms. Wagner's discussion highlighting events during the hospital system's long history.

Archival Preservation

I hold a Certificate in Archival Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. I have more than 16 years of experience as a professional archivist and have taught workshops on the archival preservation of personal and family papers.

I recently served as Chair of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT) of the Texas Library Association. AGLHRT is dedicated to providing program sessions at the annual TLA conferences which further knowledge and education in genealogy and genealogical research.

Dallas Jewish community history

Familiarity with the history of the Dallas Jewish community, its agencies, and its leadership after serving as archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society for eight years.

Genealogy

I assisted family genealogists with their research and participated in genealogy workshops as part of my role as archivist for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. My own personal research has taught me methods which surmount the obstacles to furthering genealogical research.

The Holocaust

As Archivist for the Dallas Holocaust Museum for more than four years, I gained a depth and breadth of understanding of the Holocaust and its impact that goes beyond those who experienced it. I became well acquainted with Holocaust survivors and camp liberators - and their stories - who resided in the Dallas area, as I was responsible for overseeing and conducting oral histories for the museum. The impact of the Holocaust continues to reverberate through today's society and the succeeding generations of those who lived through it.

"Adventures in Academic Cartography: A Memoir," Mark Monmonier, North American Cartographic Information Society, Cartographic Perpectives.
Book Review
In-progress
"Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland," Catherine Tatiana Dunlop, North American Cartographic Information Society, Cartographic Perspectives.
Book Review
In-progress
"Getting to Know ArcGIS," Michael Law and Amy Collins, North American Cartographic Information Society, Cartographic Perspectives.
Book Review
In-progress
2015
"The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps," Western Association of Map Libraries, Information Bulletin, July 2015
Book Review
Published
2014
"The Internet Archive Companion Review," Society of American Archivists, The American Archivist Reviews, December 2014.
Journal Article
Published
2010
Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History, Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Dallas, 2010. Spoken Memories was produced by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society to honor and celebrate members of the Dallas Jewish community. Spoken Memories is a collection of more than 200 oral history summaries compiled from interviews which were conducted between March 1971 and March 2009. In those four decades, volunteers for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society conducted oral history interviews in homes, offices, retirement facilities, and the Jewish Community Center, recording them with the available technology of that era. A new group of volunteers began reviewing those oral histories in 2007 and they provided their synopses of the interviews, which, in turn, were carefully edited by Leslie Wagner, Debbie Tobias, and Harriet P. Gross for inclusion in this tribute book. Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History rolled off the presses in October 2010.
Book
Published
1998
Disputed Territory : Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Borderlands, 1838-1840
Monograph
Published
September 2015
The Challenges and Discoveries of Processing Maps in Railway Company Land Records: The Santa Fe Railway Land Records at UTA Special Collections

The presesntation followed a four-month stint as the AT&SF Land Records processing archivist with the goal of completing the organization and processing of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company Land Records. Using the practical guidance of Greene and Meissner’s “More Product, Less Process,” she and a part-time student assistant arranged land documents in 300 manuscript boxes and 26 oversized boxes. The greatest challenge was examining the 1200 flat, folded, and rolled maps in the collection. Time constraints prohibited creating catalog records for each and every map in the collection, so she designed a database to capture the content data of the maps.  Reviewing each map allowed her to understand the informational keys to the collection. The numbering systems for each AT&SF railroad subsidiary in the collection connected to the land records – deeds and abstracts which filled more than 200 manuscript boxes. Many of the rolled maps in the collection were station maps, which charted the rail lines and land ownership details between station markers and measured 100 x 140 cm or greater, with the longest run being just under 2000 cm. The bulk of the earlier maps were produced in Galveston by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company, and later maps were produced in the Amarillo office of the AT&SF. Other subsidiaries of AT&SF are also well represented in the collection and cover Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico. A brief finding aid for the collection, AR612, can be found on Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

The presentation discusses the unique challenges and discoveries made during the project.

Invited
April 2010

Jewish Archives Aren't Just for Jews

Invited
May 2006

When to Say Whoa: Politics and Policy in Archives

Invited
May 2013
September 2014
Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company Land Records
Principal Investigator
Leslie Wagner
Processing and organizing land transaction records and maps of the Santa Fe Railway and its affiliates. Finding Aid for this project is still in progress.
January 1999
August 1999
William Knox Gordon, Sr., Papers
Other
Not Specified
Organized and created the finding aid for the personal papers of William Knox Gordon, Sr.
January - 2002
Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Historical Gallery

In colloraboration with the MHD History Committee, the MHD Public Relations Department, I provided images from the archives, researched and wrote the captions, prepared a historical timeline, and acquired the artifacts and memorabilia which fill the display cases. The images and timeline were used to create a wallpaper which displays the timeline and depictions of the hospital system's progress, its administrators, and special events over the decades. Nursing uniforms, employee newsletters, Women's Auxilliary memorabilia, vintage healthcare items, and additional historical photographs are featured in the display.

"The tentatively-named Methodist Hospitals of Dallas Historical Gallery will include 400 to 500 square feet of floor space in a wide pass-through hallway. A generous gift from Oak Farms Dairy is helping to make the Historical Gallery a reality. The Gallery will feature memorabilia collected since the construction of Dallas Methodist Hospital in the mid-1920s. The Medical Center and Methodist Hospitals of Dallas will mark its 75th year of operation in December 2002."

Non-Refereed / Non-Juried
October - 2010
Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History

Spoken Memories was produced by the Dallas Jewish Historical Society to honor and celebrate members of the Dallas Jewish community. Spoken Memories is a collection of more than 200 oral history summaries compiled from interviews which were conducted between March 1971 and March 2009. In those four decades, volunteers for the Dallas Jewish Historical Society conducted oral history interviews in homes, offices, retirement facilities, and the Jewish Community Center, recording them with the available technology of that era. A new group of volunteers began reviewing those oral histories in 2007 and they provided their synopses of the interviews, which, in turn, were carefully edited by Leslie Wagner, Debbie Tobias, and Harriet P. Gross for inclusion in this tribute book. Spoken Memories: Reflections on Dallas Jewish History rolled off the presses in October 2010.

Book publication
Non-Refereed / Non-Juried
January2014
Library Instruction for HIST 4388-005 Race, Science and Religion in American History

Provided instruction in finding and using primary resources from the library's holdings.

Library Instruction
October2013
Library Instruction for HIST 3300-008 The Study of History

Provided instruction in the finding of primary and secondary resources for history research projects covering early American history.

Library Instruction
September2013
Library Instruction for HIST 3300-004

Provided instruction on finding primary resources for history research projects covering the Twentieth Century.

Library Instruction
September2013
Library Instruction for HIST 3300-006 Introduction to Historical Research

Assisted the primary library instructor.

Library Instruction
September2013
One-on-one research assistance

Ongoing research assistance to graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty.

Consulting
September2011
Conducting Oral Histories

Provided hands-on training in the use of recording equipment, tips on conducting oral histories, and background on the importance of oral histories.

WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
February2002
Out of the Attic and Into the Archival Box - Dallas Historical Society "Have a Heart for History" Day

What family papers to keep and how to preserve them.

WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
February2001
Out of the Attic and Into the Archival Box - Dallas Historical Society "Have a Heart for History" Day

What family papers to keep and how to preserve them.

WORKSHOPS TAUGHT
April 2008
April 2008
New Mexico Science & Engineering Fair

Served as a Judge for the New Mexico State Science Fair, held annually at the New Mexico University in Socorro. Student submissions are scored for their scientific merit and the students' adherence to scientific method in conducting their research and experiments.

Volunteered
February 2005
February 2006
Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF)

Served as a Judge for the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair which is held annually each February at Fair Park. Judges consider the scientific merit of each submitted project and the students' adherence to scientific method in conducting their research and experiements.

Volunteered
June 2016
Ongoing
Vice Chair, Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT), American Library Association

As Vice Chair of MAGIRT, I work as a part of the "chair trio" (that of chair, past chair, and vice chair) to accomplish the many tasks of MAGIRT leadership, requiring attendance at ALA Annual and Mid-Winter Conferences, and attending video conferences throughout the year.

Elected
April 2016
Ongoing
Past Chair, Archives, Genealogy and Local History (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association

Advise and assist new chair of AGLHRT in the duties of the office.

Elected
March 2016
Ongoing
Reviewer, Practical Technology for Archives, Society of American Archivists

Practical Technology for Archives covers the application of new and better ways to accomplish the everyday functions of archival work. Journal reviewers are peers in the profession who review article proposals and article drafts as part of the journal's submission process.

Volunteered
January 2014
Ongoing
Local Arrangements Committee, Society of Southwest Archivists

Member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2015 Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Conference which will meet in Arlington, Texas.

Volunteered
October 2013
Ongoing
Texas Library Association, Archives, Genealogy, & Local History Round Table

Currently a new member, I am up for election as chair-elect of the Archives Genealogy, & Local History Round Table.

Volunteered
April 2015
April 2016
Chair, Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association

Attended 2015 Texas Library Association Conference and Annual Assembly as Chair of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT). Presided over AGLHRT business meetings and oversaw program planning for AGLHRT sponsored and co-sponsored sessions for the 2016 TLA Annual Conference.

Elected
April 2014
April 2015
Chair Elect, Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table (AGLHRT), Texas Library Association

Attended 2014 Texas Library Association Conference (April 2014) and Annual Assembly (July 2014) as Chair Elect of the Archives, Genealogy and Local History Round Table.

Elected
July 2013 -
August 2014
New Librarians Cohort Group

The New Librarians Cohort Group was formed by the Dean of the Libraries to assist those individuals who have newly or recently taken on the role of professional librarian or archivist. Meetings are held to provide members the opportunity to explore various means of expanding their careers and their personal impact on the library and archival professions. I have taken on the informal role of "group leader" and have been arranging monthly meetings, setting the basic agendas, and presenting pertinent topics for each meeting.

Appointed
January 2015 -
Ongoing
Member: Social Engagement and Appreciation Committee (SEAC)

The Social Engagement and Appreciation Committee (SEAC) plans and oversees activities and events for library staff. SEAC solicits and evaluates nominations for staff and student awards and selects the awardees. SEAC events promote creative team competitions and opportunities to network with colleagues while having fun. Notable individual contributions Leslie has made to SEAC include library-themed musical parodies performed at SEAC events and the idea for creativity meetups.

Volunteered
November 2013 -
Ongoing
SharePoint Implementation Task Force Member

The Task Force is charged with rolling out a new interactive resource where departments, committees, groups, and individual staff members can share their work tasks and documents. Members of the task force, along with department heads and select individuals from the various library departments, will be trained as "Super Users" to design, edit, and contribute to their respective departmental pages in SharePoint. Super Users will be available to assist in the training of members of their department.

Other
August 2013 -
Ongoing
Departmental Safety Liaison representing Access and Discovery

Departmental Safety Liaisons represent their department in the campus-wide effort to make our campus a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Each DSL undergoes CPR/AED training, training in handling emergency situations, and emergency evacuation training. Each DSL is responsible for evaluating and reporting safety issues within their department offices,  dissemminating information on emergency procedures to their departments, and attending quarterly meetings.

Volunteered
April - 2014
Outfielder
UTA Barbrarians intramural softball team member