Professional Experience

Curator of Special Collections and Archives (Associate Professor), University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, July 2012-present

Oversee the acquisition and curation of archives and special collections, which includes: supervision of three full-time staff members, permanent university records in all formats, special and rare materials, as well as reference, instruction, exhibits, and services to users of archives and special collections owned by the University of Denver.

Archival Processing and Digital Content Metadata Librarian (Assistant Professor), University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, June 2008-February 2013

Supervise the Archives Processing and Digital Content Metadata unit, which manages the processing and metadata creation for all collecting areas of University of Denver Special Collections and Archives, as well as all metadata for University Libraries (or Libraries’ stakeholders’) content managed in systems other than the library catalog (electronic theses and dissertations, art images, etc.). Represent the University of Denver Libraries at the Alliance Digital Repository Steering Committee.

Project Archivist for Athletics and Recreation, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, September 2007-June 2008

Project management for a two-year collaborative effort between Penrose Library and the Division of Athletics and Recreation to make the records of the Division digitally accessible and searchable in the university’s digital repository.

Scholarship and Research


Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

Accepted for Publication

Elzi, Erin N and Kate Crowe. ““This is the Oppressor’s Language Yet I Need It to Talk to You: Native American Name Authorities at the University of Denver”. In Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press. 2018.


Elzi, Erin N and Kate Crowe. “Feminist Pedagogy and the Critical Catalog.” In The Feminist Reference Desk. edited by Maria T Accardi. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press. 2017.

Joseph, Nicole Michelle, Janiece M Mackey, and Kate Crowe. “Interrogating Whiteness in College and University Archival Spaces.” In Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science. edited by Gina Schlesselman-Tarango. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press. 2017.

Crowe, Katherine M. and Fisher, Steven P. “Archives and Special Collections in the 21st Century.” in The New Librarianship, Case Studies II. Brad Eden, ed. Lanham, MD. Scarecrow Press. 2015.

Articles (Peer-Reviewed)


Keeran, Peggy, Jennifer Bowers, Katherine Crowe, Kristen Korfitzen. 2019. “Taking Visual Materials “Out of Bounds:” Using Our Visual Materials to Teach Information Literacy Outside the Arts Curriculum” Art Documentation, 39(1).

Crowe, Katherine M. 2019. “Seeking Grace: Documenting African American Women’s History at the University of Denver.” Journal of Western Archives.


Bowers, Jennifer, Peggy Keeran, and Kate Crowe.  2017.”If You Want the History of a White Man, You Go to the Library:” Critiquing Our Legacy, Addressing our Library Collections Gaps.” Collection Management 42(2-3).

Meagher, Elizabeth S. and Katherine M. Crowe. 2015. “Metadata Best Practices for University Archives Images” Journal of Library Metadata. 15(2): 79-101.

Colati, Gregory C., Katherine M. Crowe, and Elizabeth S. Meagher. 2009. “Better, Faster, Stronger: Integrating Archives Processing and Technical Services.” Library Resources & Technical Services, 53(4):  261-70.

Crowe, Katherine M. and Kevin Clair. 2015. “Developing a Tool for Publishing Linked Local Authority Data.” Journal of Library Metadata. 15 (3-4).

Crowe, Katherine M. and Maureen Cummins. 2015. “To Show Them and to Share Them: Maureen Cummins, Book Arts, and Archives.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. 16(1)l

Crowe, Katherine M. and Nicole M. Joseph. 2015. “Reconstructing History: African American Alumnae at the University of Denver” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture.  16(1).


Fisher, Steven P. and Katherine M. Crowe. 2013. “Archives Under Construction. Reference and User Services During a Building Renovation.” Archival Outlook, July-August 2013: 8-26.


National (Peer-Reviewed)


Elzi, Erin and Kate Crowe. “Cataloging Race and Ethnicity in the American West: Adapting, Challenging, and Inventing Authority.” Presented to the 58th annual Western History Association, San Antonio, Texas on October 17th, 2018.


Crowe, K., Keeran, P., Elzi, E., Bowers, J., Degener, A., Lacerte, S., Shiroma, J., Accessing Visual Culture: Deconstructing the Intellectual and Physical Challenges of Making Visual Content Available for Researchers, Presented to the 46th Annual Art Libraries Society of North America, New York, New York on February 27, 2018.

Tansey, Eira, Katherine Crowe, Rebecca Elder, Peter Brothers, and Jeremy Brett. Rethinking Disasters: Our Possible Future and Recent Case Studies. Presented to the 80th Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, August 5, 2016.

Keeran, Peggy, Katherine Crowe, and Jenny Bowers. Unmediated Archives: Creating an Immersive Experience for Undergraduate Students Across the Disciplines. Presented to the 45th Annual LOEX Meeting, May 6, 2016.

Joseph, Nicole and Katherine Crowe. Reconstructing History: African American Alumnae at the University of Denver. Presented to the 100th American Education Research Association. Washington, D.C., April 8, 2016.

Crowe, Katherine and William Ross. Barn Dance in the Archives: Case Studies. Paper presented to the 54th Annual RBMS Preconference, Minneapolis, MN, June 24, 2013.

Crowe, Katherine, and Betty Meagher. Integration of Archives Processing into a Technical Services Environment. Paper presented to the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging and Classification (CCS) Cataloging Norms Interest Group at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 11, 2009.

National (Non Peer-Reviewed)

Crowe, Katherine and Nathalie Proulx. Festival Caravan: Creating a Distinctive Outreach Program for Performing Arts Collections. Presented to the Performing Arts Roundtable at the 81st Annual Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July 27, 2017.

Regional (Peer-Reviewed)

Crowe, Katherine, Rupinski, Leigh, Centering the Student Experience: Teaching with Primary Sources. Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, Midwest Archives Conference, Chicago, Illinois. (March 23, 2018).

Crowe, Katherine and Steve Fisher. Archival Service During Renovation of the University of Denver Library: A Case Study. Paper presented to the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists/Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (CIMA/SRMA) Joint Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, May 25, 2013.

Crowe, Katherine, Phil Seibel, and Rachel Desormes. Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Communicating with Communications. Paper presented to the Colorado Academic Library Consortium Summit. Denver, CO, May 20, 2010.

Colati, Gregory C., Katherine Crowe, Marguerite Roby, and Diane Wendt. 2009. Who’s on First (Class)?: a Case Study of a Collaborative Project between Archives and Athletics. Paper presented to the 37th Annual Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, April 30, 2009.

Regional (Non Peer-Reviewed)

Crowe, Katherine. Teaching Critical Information Literacy with Digital and Physical Primary Sources. Presented to the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists Spring 2017 Meeting, Denver, Colorado, May 22, 2017.

Crowe, Katherine and Kevin Clair. Developing a Tool for Publishing Linked Local Authority Data.  Paper presented to the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists Fall 2015 Meeting, Denver, Colorado, October 2, 2015.



Winn, Samanatha (Chair), Katherine Crowe (Facilitator). Deconstructing Whiteness in Archives: Opportunities for Self-Reflection. Conducted at the 80th Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, August 4, 2016.

Professional Contributions and Service


Steering Committee Member, Performing Arts Roundtable, Society of American Archivists, September 2016-August 2018

Exhibit Juror, Content:Artifact , Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO, September 2015

Co-Chair/Chair, Performing Arts Roundtable, Society of American Archivists, September 2014-September 2016

Grant Reviewer, National Historical Publications and Records Commission “Access to Historical Records” Program, August 2015

Key Contact for New Members (Colorado), Society of American Archivists, September 2014-present

Steering Committee Member, Performing Arts Roundtable, Society of American Archivists, September 2012-September 2014

Steering Committee Member, Archives Management Roundtable, Society of American Archivists, September 2012-September 2014


Vice-President/President/Past President, Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, July 2017-July 2020

Programs Chair, Kansas City Area Archivists Education Committee, Co-Chair, September 2004-September 2006


Secretary, Faculty Senate, September 2017-May 2019

IRISE (Interdisciplinary Research on the Study of (In)Equality) Postdoctoral Search Committee, May 2018-August 2018

Digital Asset Manager Search Committee Member, August 2017-September 2017

Faculty Senate Representative for University Libraries, September 2015- May 2018

Race, Inequality, and Social Change (RISC) Program Working Group, January 2015-present

IMPACT 2025 Implementation Group Committee Member, March 2016-May 2016


Professional Development and Engagement Steering Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2019

Science and Engineering Librarian Search Committee Member, 2015

University Libraries Faculty Convener, October 2011-September 2015


American Library Association, 2005-present

Society of American Archivists, 2005-present

Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, 2009-2010, October 2014-present



Center for Research Libraries Primary Source Award for Teaching – May 2018


University of Denver Faculty Career Champion – September 2017

University of Denver Robin Morgan Outstanding Faculty Award – April 2018


M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, May 2007. Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas

B.A., History, 2001. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas