Jessica Holland specializes in Digital Curation and outreach activities as part of a long-term strategy to make ACOR’s significant archival holdings more accessible to the public. Jessica assists with the development and implementation of physical and digital archival preservation strategies for ACOR’s collections, including ACOR’s Photographic Archive. Working closely with the ACOR Library, she co-manages the multi-year ACOR Photo Archive, funded by a Title VI (2016) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She began at ACOR as Archival Intern in Spring 2017, before returning as Project Archivist in Fall 2018, becoming the ACOR Archivist in January 2019.
Jessica’s background is in art history, curation and museums. Jessica previously provided curatorial research for exhibits at The Children’s Museum Jordan, and she worked on archive development and exhibition set-up at Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation. Prior to her work with cultural heritage in Jordan, Jessica worked at an education consultancy in London and as an English teacher in Shanghai. Jessica received her B.A. from the University of Cambridge in History of Art (2013), and her M.A. from SOAS, University of London in Near and Middle Eastern Studies with Intensive Arabic, submitting her dissertation within the digital humanities field (2018).