Meet the Staff

Photograph of Marcus C. Robyns, CA reading a book in front of stack of more books

Marcus C. Robyns, CA

University Archivist

Marcus is professor and University Archivist at Northern Michigan University.  He worked professionally in Texas and Oregon before coming to NMU in 1997.  Marcus is the author of numerous publications, including Functional Analysis in Archival Appraisal: A Practical and Effective Alternative to Traditional Appraisal Methodologies (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).  He is currently the Regent for Exam Administration, Academy of Certified Archivists. For Marcus’ complete curriculum vitae click here

Watch Marcus talk about the Archives here.


Stefan holding a fish on a frozen lake

Stefan Nelson

Senior Student Assistant "Number One"

Stefan Nelson is a Fisheries and Wildlife Management major from Stillwater, Minnesota. He enjoys playing soccer and tennis and is an avid cross country skier. He likes doing most anything and everything in the outdoors like camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking. Stefan enjoys reading fantasy among other things. He enjoys learning about various historical documents



Emily Wros

Arrangement and Description Specialist

Emily is a History major and plans to be a Librarian or Archivist when she grows up. She enjoys longs walks in the woods, looking at cute haircuts on Pinterest, and reading bad fanfiction. She also enjoys politics and modern history, and watching television shows three years after everyone else.




Lucas Knapp

Records Center Specialist

Lucas is majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Environmental Studies. He is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. When Lucas is not working in the Archives, or studying for classes, he's usually listening to podcasts and audiobooks, playing board games, cooking, baking, or simply watching television. Lucas likes working in the archives because it gives him the chance to learn, and he enjoys being curious about many things.




Eliza Compton

Arrangement and Description Specialist

Eliza Compton is a Secondary Education Social Studies major and double minoring in Secondary Education Spanish, and Secondary Education English. She is a Marquette native, and enjoys dancing very unprofessional ballet, falling in love with fictional and not so fictional characters, cuddling her dog and eating anything that has to do with cheese. She is excited to be learning more about her home town and how to work in archives in general!




Kyleigh Sapp

Digitization Specialist I

Kyleigh is an International Studies Major, from Hudsonville, Michigan.Her interests include learning Spanish, watching random documentaries on Youtube and Netflix, and making food with friends. She is excited to see what she can learn from working at the Archives.




Grace Menter

Accession Specialist

Grace is from a little town in downstate Michigan, called Chelsea, and she is a History major here at NMU. Her interests include herbal teas, cats (and animals in general), Netflix and movies, spontaneous road trips, and books. She loves working at the archives because she gets to be constantly immersed in the past.




Lydia Henning

Website and Digitization Specialist

Lydia is a senior Spanish major with a minor in Art and Design, from Fowlerville, Michigan. She is a digitization/ web specialist here. You might also see Lydia working upstairs from us in the Library. Lydia is excited to learn more about the history of the U.P.! She enjoys learning languages, dance, and reading historical fiction.



Libby Serra

Digitization Specialist II

Libby is a junior and a Digital Cinema major from the Chicago area. She chose NMU because she loves hiking and all things outdoors and the art programs are really cool! She loves making videos with her friends and finally decided to put all that to use here at NMU. She decided to apply to the Archives because she has had an extensive background in library work as well as computer programs. She loves watching documentaries, reading, listening and discovering new music, and enjoys going on scuba diving trips with her family.


Glenda Ward

Glenda Ward

Senior Archives/ Library Clerk/ Bindery/ Mending

Glenda has a B.S. in Native American Studies and a minor in Public History. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate program here at NMU.  In her free time she enjoys reading Scandinavian crime thrillers, watching British crime dramas, studying and researching local history, and having a good cup of coffee.

Watch Glenda's video.



Annika Peterson

Archives Clerk

Annika is primarily working on updating the archives database, especially its location system. She graduated from NMU in May 2017 with majors in history and math. She enjoys reading anything and everything, watching Star Trek, and playing video games, especially old role playing games like Final Fantasy.


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Karen Kasper

Genealogy Specialist and Research Consultant

Karen Kasper is the Archives’ Genealogical Research Consultant. She volunteers her time in the Archives each Tuesday and Thursday. Karen was born and raised in Marquette County and is a graduate of Northern Michigan University. She is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment to help patrons with their genealogical research. In her spare time, Karen enjoys crafting and being a vendor at craft shows, reading her Kindle and is addicted to Farmville 2

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Dr. Steven Peters

Volunteer Project Archivist

As cataloger, Steve creates bibliographic records for items in the library and archives collections. He also performs maintenance on the records in the online catalog. Steve has processed and prepared finding aids for the papers of John D. Voelker, AKA Robert Traver. Currently, he is working on processing the Bay de Noquet Lumber Company records. For questions concerning the Voelker papers or the Bay de Noquet papers, please contact Dr. Peters.