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.


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 She also enjoys working as a freelance researcher and transcribing historical documents and records.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




Emily Tinder

Senior Student Assistant/Outreach Specialist II

Emily Tinder is a sophomore 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.



Eliza Compton

Eliza Compton

Arrangement and Description Specialist III

Eliza Compton is a Secondary Education English major and double minoring in Secondary Education Spanish and History. She is a Marquette native, and enjoys ballet, podcasts, spending too much time on Netflix, traveling to new places, and cuddling her dog. She enjoys working in the archives because she is continuously learning about the area and learning better research skills.

Kyleigh Sapp

Kyleigh Sapp

Digitization Specialist III/Accessioning 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. And listens to podcasts, because it sparks joy.

AJ Laatsch

AJ Laatsch

Digitization Specialist II/Accessioning Specialist I

AJ is a sophomore 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 Mayville. His interests include watching cartoons, drawing, hanging with friends, and getting active with sports like Ultimate Frisbee. He hopes to improve his people and computer skills and wants to learn as much as he can about website building and basic computer programming. And listens to podcasts.


Jacob Stine

Digitization Specialist II

Jacob is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University and a new addition to the NMU Archives. He is undecided in what major he wants to pursue, but has an interest in coding and welding. He was born here in Marquette, but moved out to Negaunee.  His interests include playing video games, reading and writing. He hopes to improve his people skills.

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.