AUSTIN, Texas – Peggy D. Rudd, director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has announced the appointment of Jelain Chubb as director of the Archives and Information Services Division and Texas state archivist.
In her new position, Chubb will oversee the commission’s three public service areas: the Texas State Archives, the Reference and Information Center and the Texas Family Heritage Research Center. As state archivist, she is responsible for ensuring that permanent records documenting Texas’ history as a colony, province, republic and state are preserved for future generations. She also is charged with leading efforts to expand public access to historical documents, photographs, maps and other materials and integrating primary source materials into educational curricula. Her strong background in electronic archives will prove an asset as the commission begins planning for digital archives.
Chubb joins the Texas State Library and Archives Commission after serving as state archivist of Ohio for the Ohio Historical Society, based in Columbus. She also served as administrative archivist for the Missouri State Archives, and held positions with the Kansas State and South Carolina historical societies. A South Carolina native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the College of Charleston, and master’s degrees in library and information science and applied history with a specialization in archival administration, both from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is a certified archivist and records manager.
“Ms. Chubb has had an accomplished career as a public servant in several states and has an enviable national reputation as an expert in preserving and making accessible historical treasures,” Rudd says. “We are so pleased that she has chosen to make Texas her new home. Given her focus on educational outreach and customer service excellence, she is the perfect person to take the helm as Texas state archivist in our newly renovated building.”
Chubb says she’s impressed by the knowledge and commitment of commission staff members and is eager to work with them. “The renovation of the building has energized everyone,” she says. “New surroundings create new opportunities and the dynamic for change. And working with Texas history is something I’ve always been interested in.”
After a few years of Ohio winters, she’s also pleased to be returning to the South—and warmer weather—just in time for her first Texas summer.
ABOUT THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES COMMISSION Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs they can use to improve their lives and communities. We provide history and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.state.tx.us.