The Manuscripts & Audiovisual Collections are rich archival records created by Ohioans documenting more than 200 years of our shared history. From unique daguerreotypes and handwritten diaries to coupons for White Castle hamburgers, these collections preserve the records of Ohio businesses, families and organizations.

Meet our Manuscripts and Audiovisual curators.

Matt Benz, Manuscripts Curator

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Matthew Benz has a master's degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. Since joining Ohio History Connection in 1994, he has held the positions of reference archivist, business collections archivist and manuscripts curator. Matt has worked on archival projects for White Castle Systems, Inc.; the Columbus School for Girls; Columbus City Schools; and the University District Organization.

Lisa Wood, Audiovisual Curator

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Lisa has a bachelor's degree in history and public administration from Ohio University and a master's degree in library and information science from Kent State University. She began her career at Ohio History Connection in 1997 and previously held the positions of customer service representative, archives research assistant and digitization specialist. As a digitization specialist, she was part of the development team for the Fight for the Colors web resource and the OhioPix online image database.

Lisa has been the audiovisual curator since 2001. She has contributed to many exhibits at the Ohio History Center, including It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings; Over Here, Over There: Ohioans in Times of War; and Controversy 2: Pieces We Don’t Talk About. Lisa regularly contributes to Ohio History Connection's collections blog and print and electronic newsletters. She has published articles in Timeline magazine and the Midwest Archives Conference newsletter.

Wendy Korwin, Manuscripts Curator

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Wendy Korwin has spent most of her days since college working in libraries. At the University of Virginia, she checked out undergraduate course reserves until 2 a.m. and learned that you needed to type “videorecording” into the library catalog to find the VHS tapes and LaserDiscs.

After completing a master's in Library Science at Simmons College and working for several years in youth services, Wendy returned to graduate school at the College of William & Mary. Thirteen short years later, she earned her doctorate in American Studies by writing about advertising and literacy in the early 1900s.

Wendy has processed archival collections for the College of William & Mary’s Special Collections Research Center, the Pembroke Center at Brown University, and the Providence, Rhode Island Public Library. She moved to Ohio in 2018 and began working at the Ohio History Connection the following year, holding positions as a Government Records Archivist and Project Archivist for the Warren G. Harding papers before joining the curatorial team in 2022.

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Interested in donating documents, photographs or other materials to our Manuscripts and Audiovisual Collections? See our Donation Guide for more information about the materials we are accepting and how to contact us.

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