Heleen2I am a Dutch archivist who had her archival training in London, England, and has worked as an archivist in the United States since 1998. I have experience with historical materials ranging from 18th century Dutch family papers, to 19th century English poor law union and business records, to 20th century American institutional records, family and personal papers, photographs, and audiovisual materials. I love to find the stories behind archival documents and present them to the public in blogs and exhibits.

When working at University Archives and Special Collections, Rutgers University, I discovered the farm ledgers of a cousin of the first owner of Sojourner Truth, a major slave owner in Rochester, Ulster County, NY. Since, I have developed a particular interest in the hidden history of enslaved people and in finding documents that highlight their role in everyday life.

At home in Princeton, New Jersey, I am a children’s writer, presently working on a program in which shadow puppetry is used as en interactive educational tool to act out stories about fugitive slaves.