Alison Oswald is an archivist at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. She administers the Modern Inventors Documentation (MIND) Program which documents, interprets and disseminates information about invention and innovation. She has worked at the museum for eighteen years collaborating with the Museum’s curatorial staff to identify and appraise inventor’s papers, records, and artifacts and encourage donation of those materials to build the Archives Center’s invention-related collections. Alison holds a Master of Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Science, Historic Preservation from Ball State University, and a Bachelor of Arts, History from Saint Bonaventure University.
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