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.

Marcus also keeps a blog, The Marchivist: Adventures of an Aging Archival Raconteur and Blatherskite, where he accounts the daily happenings of the Archives.


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 He enjoys learning about various historical documents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

Accession 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.



Grace holding a puppy

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 by lake

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 likes to eat many kinds of foods (like sushi!). She enjoys learning different languages, taking strolls (especially along our Gitche Gumee), and reading historical fiction.


Glenda Ward

Glenda Ward

Arrangement and Description Specialist

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.


Karen in the archives smiling

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.