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North Laurel resident takes the helm at Columbia Archives

North Laurel resident takes the helm at Columbia Archives

A North Laurel resident with a background preserving cultural history including precious manuscripts and hip-hop music has been named as the new manager of the Columbia Archives.

Lela J. Sewell-Williams, who previously worked as an archivist at South Carolina State University and as a manuscripts librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, has been hired by the Columbia Association to take over the archivist role that was vacated when Barbara Kellner retired last month after 25 years at the helm.

“Lela comes with a great background, an outgoing personality and an archivist’s curiosity to learn as much as she can about Columbia and the...

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