Who We Are

Ralph Blumenthala Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College since 2010, was a reporter for The New York Times from 1964 to 2009: a foreign correspondent in Germany, Vietnam and Cambodia, an investigative reporter, arts writer and Texas bureau chief. He holds a master’s from Columbia Journalism School and is the author and co-author of seven non-fiction books on criminal justice and cultural history. His latest is “The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack,” published by High Road Books of the University of New Mexico Press on March 15, 2021.

Aleksandr Gelfand is Project Archivist for the Institute of Public Administration Collection at Baruch College, and an associate in the Library since 2004. The author of scholarly articles on archival research, he holds an honors degree in history from Baruch and a master’s in Archives and Public History from New York University.

Jessica Wagner Webster, the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Baruch College, holds a master’s in American History and a master’s in Library Science in Archives from the University of Maryland, College Park. She previously worked at the New-York Historical Society and at Adelphi University, and has written several scholarly articles on archives and history.

Sandra Roff, Professor at Baruch College and Head, Archives & Special Collections, holds master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute and the Cooperstown Graduate Program. She is the author of numerous articles in scholarly publications and was previously senior reference librarian at the New-York Historical Society.

Steven Calco is Assistant Archivist at Baruch College. Currently enrolled as an Alliance for Disaster Response trainee and prospective Digital Archive Specialist, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brooklyn College with a degree in History and holds a master’s in Library Science degree from Queens College with a specialization in Archival Management and Preservation of Cultural Materials.

 Anwarul Alam is a senior at Baruch College majoring in accounting, minoring in library information.

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  1. Mr. Blumenthal, I’m the fellow you were talking to about the Kennedys this afternoon after your lecture at 48 Wall Street. Could you be so kind as to send me the name and email of the reference librarian you mentioned so that I can make arrangements to see the case of scrip you discussed and I asked that question of? Thank you!

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