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Kari L. Quiballo

About Kari L. Quiballo

Kari L. Quiballo is currently a Doctoral Candidate and LIbrary Information Associate in Access and Information Services at UA's Main Library. She has recently completed a Research Assistantship at the Native Nations Institute (NNI) working on the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN). She was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Many Nations of Native America teaching team (2017) in the American Indian Studies Department of the University of Arizona (UofA). Ms. Quiballo graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) from the UofA. Her IDS degree concentrations were in Art History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy. Ms. Quiballo's master's degree is from the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), with a concentration in photographic and film archiving. She is a Knowledge River Scholar (KR) cohort 11. KR is a singular scholarship program at the UofA that focuses on information issues that effect Indigenous Americans. While a KR scholar her research focused on the commodification of information and the resulting privatization and commercialization in information institutions. Concentrating on the control non-Native run institutions have over Indigenous cultural information and identity. Ms. Quiballo looked at the othering and identity creation of Indigenous people that arises from inhospitable professional care and exile of the Indigenous voice in terms of their material culture and information objects in archives and the archival profession. Specifically, Ms. Quiballo focused on how these issues effect sovereignty in reference to Indigenous people as producers of information and cultural responsive care and repatriation of archival materials. Currently, Ms. Quiballo is researching the application of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) principles in First Nations Health Care research to online photographic and film archives of American Indians, specialized digital archival tools for Indigenous communities, and the protection of intellectual property rights of American Indians in the twenty-first century. 


Old Pascua Museum & Yaqui Culture Center

Processing a collection of over 4,000 photographs documenting the building of the Pascua Center, celebrations and other activities at the center, along with other photographic documentation of events in community members lives, including work, school, and art work and exhibits. The collection includes ephemera, as in flyers, newsprint and other publications on the Pascua Yaqui community 

  Center for Creative Photography

§  W. Eugene Smith Photographic Collection- created index for 190 boxes of work prints, photographs, and negatives that document the life and work of W. Eugene Smith. Created an inventory of the number of negatives the Center has of Eugene Smith’s work. Also helped with identification of prints and negatives for Eugene Smith Big Book Project. 

§  Gary Winogrand- reprocessed negatives, identified photos 

§  Arthur Bell- created finding aid and reestablished hierarchical series allotted by previous 

§  Cataloged archival collections using original MARC, ACCR2/DACS standards, and 
descriptive and subject headings. Inputted records into OCLC. 

§  Marion Post Wolcott- integrated the last of Wolcott’s donation to the Center after her death in 1990. 

§  Joe Deal-conducted original inventory after acquisition re-housed material to initiate 
processing; created a processing plan; established hierarchical series, to create finding aid. This is the current collection I am working on. When complete I will have processed Joe Deal from acquisition to access. 

§  Rehoused photographic materials including fine art prints, work prints, negatives, and slides in various collections that document the life and works of various photographers. 
Assist researchers with inquires about collection holdings. Ensured that patrons use materials appropriately in order to ensure preservation of artifacts.

Heard Museum

§  Processed collections for the NEA grant Master Works Collection. This Collection includes over 100 Contemporary Native artists from such medium as pottery, weaving, silversmith works, Painting, photography and sculpture. This collection required archiving all photographic and manuscript materials documenting each artist work by arranging it, creating files and finding aids. 

§  For the NEA grant the use of Photoshop was necessary to create multipage pdf’s of exhibition catalogs featuring the NEA grant artists. This collection is made available digitally through Argus and ContentDM. 

§  Processed and archived over 600 slides documenting the "Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House: Honoring Native America" White House lawn installation and exhibition. Processing each artist contribution documented through 35mm slides and adding collection description to the installation finding aid. 

§  Processed an accretion to the Jonathon Wittenberg Collection. Over 90 fine art prints from his book “Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs”. This collection was also exhibited at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock. A letter of receipt of gift was written to J. Wittenberg, the prints were processed, and the finding aid for the accretion amended. 

§  La Posada Hotel acquisition was inventoried, letter of receipt of gift was written, items were archived physically and digitally, with photographs. Identification of origin of some items was needed. 

§  Cataloged over 2000 photographs from the Eagle Eye Press collection and added all to the pathfinder (finding aid) of the collection.

American Indian Film Gallery

  • Researches archival films about Native American in order to ensure accurate representation of cultural heritage within metadata, establish provenance, and enable access to collections.
  • Cherokee Films: Parade (Self documentation); W.W. Keeler Phillips 66 (PSA for National Congress of American Indians); The Rivers Still Flow (documentary by Alan Shilin)
  • Ojibwa/Chippewa/Saulteaux Film: Bay Mills Indian Community 1 & 2 (Self Documentation); Grand Portage Reservation 1-8 (Self Cultural Heritage Documentation)
  • Oneida Film: All Tribes Indian Center (Chicago “Eye On America” program)

      Sioux: Fallen Eagle (documentary by Alan Shilin)

     Lower Sioux Film: Lower Sioux 1-5 (Self Cultural Heritage Documentation)

  • Create and establish descriptive tags, folksonomies, and controlled vocabulary to ensure access to researchers 

  • Examine marginalizing dialogue in the films to reframe Native culture and lifeways more accurately 

  • Works in a digital environment:
  • Presented research based on work conducted at the Film Gallery at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Annual Conference.

Arizona Historical Society

  • The Mexican Heritage Project: conducted in depth research on selected photographs in order to provide historical reference points for Heritage Project photos. 

  • Extracted metadata from the collections of the Manzo, Elias, Leon, Peyron, Aragon, 
Gradillas and Montiel families. My research also includes research on photos of the Felix, Laos, Flores and Esparza families. This research helped complete the information made accessible for patrons. 

  • Researched and read Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941, the inspiration for the project.


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Kari L. Quiballo
American Indian Studies PhD Candidate/Graduate Teaching Assistant/Graduate Research Assistant


Doctorate Candidate, American Indian Studies, accepted 2014.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Focus: Epistemic Justice and Information Governance: American Indian Imaginaries In Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ALMS)

Masters of Arts, Information Resources and Library Science, Dec. 2013.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Focus: Photographic and Film Archiving, American Indian Information and Identity Issues.


Bachelors of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Summa Cum Laude, May 2011.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Concentration Areas: Philosophy, Art History, and Religious Studies.


Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, High Honors, May 2009.

Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ. Focus: Photography, Philosophy, and Art History


Courses Taught

§  AIS ANTH ENVS GEOG RAM RNR WFSC WSM 431A/531A Traditional Ecological Knowledge TEK Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) to Dr. Ronald Trosper 2015

Introduces students from many disciplines to Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its relationships to the ecological and social sciences. Students are introduced; taught to describe, utilize, and evaluate the components of TEK, compare those components with other knowledge systems, more specifically Western formal sciences. Students do research on contemporary implementation of TEK in the sciences and explain the relationship between TEK, resilience, and adaptive management.

§  AIS LAW PA 537A Nation Building (NB): Issues of Leadership, Institution-Building, Governance, and Culture GTA to Dr. Ronald Trosper 2015

§  This course explores critical nation-building issues confronting indigenous peoples in North America, with a primary focus on Native peoples in the United States. NB examines multi-dimensional settings that confront Native societies and their social, cultural, political, educational, and economic leaders. The issues analyzed, include: education (formal and informal) from both contemporary and historical contexts, economic development, culture and identity; and leadership and institution building. Issues, concepts, and theories examined in the course will provide a basis for examining current Native institutions of self-government; assessing educational policies of federal, First Nation/tribal, and state/provincial governments; analyzing how to enhance the foundational capacities for effective governance and for strategic attacks on education, economic, and community development problems of Native nations; and augmenting leadership skills, knowledge, and abilities for nation-building

§  AIS160A Many Nations of Native America Teaching Team and Teacher of Summer Session 1 2014-2015

Inculcating students with the ability to define "sovereignty" and explain its historic implications and contemporary implementations, compare and contrast the various worldviews and epistemologies of the different tribes covered in class. Students are able to identify and discuss several key issues faced by Native peoples since contact and explain how Native peoples have adapted to the changing political landscape and implemented policies of self-determination.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences