Ellice Amanna

Archives Relocation Assistant

Ellice Amanna

Contact & Office Hours

Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

126 West Street, 122A


B.A., Study of Women & Gender, Smith College

Ellice is one of the archives relocation assistants preparing the library’s Special Collections for its move to temporary quarters while the new Neilson Library is under construction. The team has been surveying the Sophia Smith Collection, The College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, assessing potential risks to materials and completing collection preparation.They are also responsible for creating and maintaining associated metadata, as well as cultivating intellectual and physical control over collections. The work includes a wide range of archival activities from rehousing fragile artifacts to accessioning new collections.

Ellice received her B.A. from Smith in the Study of Women and Gender and first began working in the archives as an Ada Comstock Scholar where she assisted in processing the papers of activist-scholar Guida West. She later used West’s work with the National Welfare Rights Organization to help frame her capstone project, which borrowed its title -- "The War Against Poor Women is a War Against All Women," -- from a nationwide campaign to educate professional, mostly white women about their personal stake in combatting attacks on welfare mothers.

Ellice began her career as a reporter and editor in Newark, New Jersey and New York City. She transitioned into political work and served as chief of staff to an elected official in the Washington, D.C. area for many years before moving to New England in 2007. Ellice has worked as a professional event planner and has coordinated numerous events at Smith including, most recently, “Where and When I Enter,” a symposium honoring Smith Professor and Meridians Editor Paula J. Giddings.