Congrats go to doctoral student Ricardo L. Punzalan for receiving the 2009 Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award from the Society of American Archivists. The award was presented Aug. 14 in Austin, Texas at ARCHIVES 2009, the joint annual meeting of SAA and the Council of State Archivists.
The award enables overseas archivists who are already in the United States or Canada for training to build upon their experience by traveling to SAA’s annual meeting. In addition to being a student at SI, Punzalan is a professor in archival studies at the University of the Phillipines in Manila.
Punzalan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in library science at the University of the Philippines, where he taught archival studies before taking a leave of absence to undertake his doctoral work. His research interests include collective memory and how minority and marginalized communities are documented by archives.
“In addition to giving colleagues from around the world the opportunity to learn about the work of SAA and meet a wide array of archivists from North America, the members of SAA also benefit from the insights and experience that our international colleagues can bring to us,” members of the selection committee said.