Megan Friedel
Assistant Professor • Lead, Collections Section • Interim Co-Lead, Rare & Distinctive Collections Team
Success and Engagement Strategies • Rare and Distinctive Collections

Megan K. Friedel is assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, where she serves as the interim co-lead for the Libraries’ Rare and Distinctive Collections (RaD) and RaD’s Head of Archives and Collections Section Lead.  In the latter role, she oversees all operations, personnel, and collections management for the Libraries’ unique archival collections and also coordinates collection management for the maps collection, government information collection, and special collections.  Megan holds a BA in English from Amherst College and an MLIS with a concentration in archives management from Simmons College, where she also earned an MA in History.  She has worked professionally as an archivist for over twenty years, both at state historical societies in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Colorado and as an academic archivist at the University of Alaska Anchorage, before finally landing at the CU Boulder Libraries in 2018.

Megan’s research interests focus on the photographic history of the nineteenth-century American West, the history of El Movimiento (the Chicano Movement) at CU Boulder, popular music in Colorado between 1955-1975, and the intersection of archives and social justice.  She has a long record of public service, having served in the past as President of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and on the board of the Northwest Archivists.  Megan currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Society of American Archivists’ Regional Archives Association Consortium and represents the Libraries on the Steering Committee for the CU Boulder History Project.

Contact the University Libraries’ Rare and Distinctive Collections to set up a research consultation and learn more about accessing our collections, or to inquire about donating materials to our collections: rad@colorado.edu