Meet the Staff

Marcus C. Robyns, CA

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 a former Regent for Exam Administration, Academy of Certified Archivists. For Marcus’ complete curriculum vitae click here

Watch Marcus talk about the Archives here.


Glenda Ward

Glenda Ward

Senior Archives/Library Clerk

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. She also enjoys working as a freelance researcher and transcribing historical documents and records. 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.


Annika Peterson

UPLINK Digital Project Manager

Annika is a project archivist for the 2 year UPLINK (Upper Peninsula Digital Network) grant. The goal of UPLINK is to help heritage organizations around the UP be able to afford to digitize their records and get them online. Annika got her B.A. in history and mathematics from NMU (during which time she worked at the archives as a student assistant) and also has an MLIS from Wayne State. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching TV, and hiking.

        Number 1 Emily Tinder

Emily Tinder

Senior Student Assistant/Outreach Specialist III (Aka #1)

Emily Tinder is a junior History major from Hudsonville, Michigan who loves reading (good) books from thrift stores, watching (not so good) foreign films on Netflix, and listening to music while passively staring out windows. She is passionate about spreading knowledge and kindness to her community, and hopes to do so in the future with a career in archival or museum work. And listens to podcasts.



AJ Laatsch

AJ Laatsch

Digitization Specialist II/Accessioning Specialist II

AJ is junior at Northern Michigan University. He is an Art and Design Major with a concentration in Computer Art, and he is from a small city in Southeastern Wisconsin called Theresa. His interests include watching cartoons, drawing, hanging with friends, and getting active with sports like Ultimate Frisbee. He hopes to improve his people skills and to hone a prevalent ability in digital art. And listens to podcasts.

Jonathan Sullivan

Jonathan Sullivan

Records Center Retrieval Specialist II

Jonathan is studying for a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. From Kalamazoo, Michigan, his hobbies include spending time outdoors and watching fishing videos. He enjoys working in the archives, transferring collections and learning about different aspects of life in the U.P. from local government to federal projects.

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

Steven Peters at a desk

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.