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In memoriam: Nadia Seiler

“It’s satisfying to put the pieces of a puzzle together when we can, but it’s just as exciting to think of the undiscovered treasures that might be hiding in this collection.”—Nadia Seiler

Nadia Seiler (1978-2014)

Nadia Seiler (1978-2014)

To be a great cataloger is to love a puzzle, to obsess over details, and to delight in sharing discoveries. Nadia Seiler was one such cataloger, someone whose work contributed to the scholarly record and whose joy in revealing collection materials helped shape what we do. In her seven years at the Folger, Nadia added 2,614 records to Hamnet, edited thousands more, and was responsible for describing 4,208 individual manuscripts in Folger finding aids. She identified a previously unattributed autograph poem from noted writer Hannah More to theater impresario David Garrick (Y.d.1089 (18)). Her familiarity with, and interest in, Shakespeare and the Folger’s collection made her the perfect assistant to Folger Director Michael Witmore and artist Rosamund Purcell as they prepared their 2012 exhibit, “Very Like a Whale,” which sought to forge connections between Shakespeare’s words and the spiraling associations they provoke across the Folger collection and into the domains of natural history and photography.


My most sincere condolences to Nadia’s families at home and at the Folger. Your loss is too deep for words to describe. Remember her joy in life and in her work.

Jackie Dooley — August 19, 2014


So very sorry to hear of the death of such a brilliant young colleague. The loss of Nadia diminishes our profession. You have all of my sympathy. The members of the Society of American Archivists stand with you as you mourn your loss of this gifted young professional.

Diane Vogt-O'Connor — August 19, 2014


Most sincere and heartfelt condolences.

Louis Butelli — August 19, 2014


[…] Read about the brilliant, funny, and delightful Nadia here. […]

Turning Inward | Yogini Neen — August 19, 2014


I will miss Nadia very much. What a tremendous loss. Nadia’s family and the Folger community are in my thoughts.

Cassandra Berman — August 19, 2014


Nadia was one of the most joyous people I knew.

Seeing Nadia at the Folger last April was a joyful reunion, and we were so glad our daughter Sarah had an opportunity to meet her.

Nadia was so kind and smart and warm-hearted. She made that visit to the Folger utterly memorable.

I cannot find the words to express the depth of my grief.

Karen Murphy — August 20, 2014


Such a tragedy. Thank you for sharing this thoughtful reflection on Nadia and her work at Folger.

Trevor Owens — August 20, 2014


I worked very closely with Nadia when I interned at the Folger and worked on the Booth letters. She was brilliant and friendly and taught me so much. It was a privilege to work with her and her loss will be felt by many for a long time. Long-distance hugs to both her family and the Folger family.

Rebecca Hranj — August 20, 2014


Thank you for these lovely words. May good memories and the support of friends, family and the archival community bring you peace.

Danna Bell — August 20, 2014


I’m so sorry to hear about this tragedy. During my short time there as an intern, Nadia was so welcoming and always happy to explain things to me and help me out. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

Chelsea McKelvey — August 24, 2014


I’m deeply saddened by Nadia’s passing. She will always have a place in my heart.

Ginny Roth — August 26, 2014


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