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Leslie is Metadata Archivist for the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. During all of 2015, she is devoting 50% of her time as supervising archivist for an NCPHR grant given to Special Collections for the encoding of 290 print finding aids. Upon completion of the EAD encoding, they will be 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). There, 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
Assistant Archivist/Processing Archivist, Santa Fe Railroad Collection
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
July 2010
April 2013
Assistant Archivist, Mapping the Southwest Project
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
February 2009
November 2009
Assistant Archivist, Tejano Voices Project
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
April 2014
Ongoing
Chair Elect
Archives, Genealogy, & Local History Round Table, Texas Library Association
April 2014
Ongoing
Coordinator
Society of Southwest Archivists 2015 Conference "Slotto"
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
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 13 years of experience as a professional archivist and have taught workshops on the archival preservation of personal and family papers.

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

After I served for more than four years as the archivist for the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I've gained a depth and breadth of understanding of the Holocaust and its impact. I became well acquainted with Holocaust survivors and camp liberators - and their stories - in the Dallas area, as I was responsible for overseeing and conducting additional oral histories for the museum.

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
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
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
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 and for dissemminating information on emergency procedures to their departments.

Volunteered
July 2013 -
Ongoing
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
April - 2014
Outfielder
UTA Barbrarians intramural softball team member