Ellen Crain has served as the Director of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives since 1990. Under her leadership, the Archives successfully executed a $7.5 million capital project to build an archival vault and restore the Historic Fire Department that the Archives called home. Ellen is past President of the Montana Preservation Alliance, Humanities Montana Board, and Montana Cultural and Aesthetic Projects Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of Northwest Archivists. Ellen has co-edited three books: Images of America: Butte, 2009; Motherlode: Legacy of Women’s Lives & Labors in Butte, Montana, 2005; and Remembering Butte, Montana’s Richest City, 2001. Ellen is a graduate of Montana Tech and a Butte native.
Nikole Evankovich joined the Archives as Assistant Director in 2014. Nikole was born and raised in Butte, and graduated with a BS in Liberal Studies from Montana Tech. Nikole has more than fifteen years of experience in communications including public relations, event coordination, technical writing, and project management. Nikole oversees research, government records management, and volunteer recruitment. In addition, Nikole works with staff and volunteers on exhibit development and fundraising events. Nikole has a passion for Butte’s rich history and is grateful for all of the stories handed down to her by her grandparents about growing up in Butte.
Aubrey Jaap has been with the Archives since 2007 and serves as the Administrative Assistant. She coordinates the Archives digitization efforts and oral history collections, as well as manages the Archives social media outreach programs. Recently, she worked with the University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program to curate an exhibit titled “Erin’s Exiled Children: Irish America and the Road to the Rising,” which is traveling throughout Montana libraries and museums. She is a successful grant writer, with the most recent being a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant application funded for $67,480 to catalog and preserve the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection. Aubrey is also a member of the Montana State Historical Records and Advisory Board. She has her B.S. in Public Relations from Montana State University-Billings.
Irene Scheidecker joined the Archives staff in 2011 from her previous position at the Butte Public Library. Irene holds a degree in Chemistry, but has spent her career working with her true passion in the library and archives fields. Irene is the Archives Senior Technical Archivist and is responsible for the acquisition and cataloging of all incoming collections. She has accepted over 1,000 collections, comprising over 2,000 linear feet of material. In 2012, Irene designed and edited the book Butte’s Croatian-Slovenian Americans, which was published by the Friends of the Archives. Most recently, Irene is working as Project Director on the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection.
Kim Murphy Kohn joined the Archives in 2011 as Archives Technician. Since 2014, she had added Scheduler to her title, managing rentals and meetings in the Archives Auditorium. Her experience in historical research and documentation and records management provide her with the skills needed to accession and catalog the smaller collections that are acquired by the Archives. She oversees the Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series, bringing in speakers on local history, culture, and geology. Kim Holds a B.A. in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg Virginia, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in History from Montana State University.
Harriet Schultz is a native of Louisiana. She received her Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. Harriet has worked as a librarian at the University of Louisiana, the Mobile Public Library, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab of the Alabama Consortium of Marine and Environmental Sciences. Since moving to Butte, she has been both a volunteer and a staff member at the Archives for several years. She has also served as the Museum Manager at the Mai Wah Museum. Harriet is currently working as the Archives Technician, where she catalogs photographs, curating the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection, and provides reference services.
Cara Mooney joined the Archives in 2017 as an intern to assist in the cataloging and preservation of the C. Owen Smithers Photograph Collection. Cara has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Montana and an MLIS with a specialty in Archives Management from Simmons College.
Carson Grace Becker serves as the Program Specialist for the Clark Chateau. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and arts educator. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and founder of The Root & The Bloom Collective, housed at The Historic Clark Chateau. She has 25 years of experience working in new play development, youth outreach and humanities/arts education in various communities, ranging from Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and now Montana.