Melissa A. Weber
Curator, Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz
As curator of the Hogan Archive, a unit of Tulane University Special Collections, Weber promotes and educates about archives and use of primary sources related to the music and culture of New Orleans and the surrounding region. She oversees the responsible stewardship, accessibility, and discoverability of the Hogan's archival collections and materials. Her work includes collection development, acquisitions, reference and research services, donor relations, formal instruction, and outreach and community engagement.
Weber received a BA from the University of New Orleans with a major in communications and minor in English writing. Her research and expertise includes 20th century Black American popular music and the music and culture of her native New Orleans. She has presented papers at academic conferences for the American Musicological Society, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, National Council for Black Studies, Radio Preservation Task Force of the Library of Congress, Society of American Archivists, and the Society for Ethnomusicology, among others.
In her spare time, she enjoys collecting music, reading about music, discussing music, teaching about music, writing about music, learning about music, sharing music, and enjoying music - regardless of genre or style.