LA as Subject Executive Committee

Mallory Furnier, Executive Committee Chair, 2019-2021 (email)
Mallory Furnier is the Archivist for the Urban Archives and Old China Hands Archives at California State University, Northridge. The Urban Archives document urban development in Los Angeles County from the late nineteenth century to the present, while the Old China Hands Archives document the experiences of foreigners living in China in the early 20th century. She has an MLIS, an MA in History with a focus in American History and Archival Administration, and is a Certified Archivist.

Prior to joining the team at CSUN, Mallory spent seven years working with archival collections at the Library and Archives of the Autry Museum. There she worked on everything from small collections related to arts and cultures of the American West, to large collections documenting productions that created the imaginary West through television shows like Bonanza and the films of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She also has experience working with large photographic collections, conducting oral histories, and moving two research libraries to a newly renovated research facility. She has a passion for Southern California neighborhood history, and a strong interest in making sure that diverse and inclusive stories about the people and places that made us who we are today are preserved and made accessible.

Yolanda Bustos, Executive Committee Member, Publicity & Outreach Lead, 2020-2022 (email)


Lisa Crane, Executive Committee Member, Secretary, 2020-2022 (email)

Lisa Crane is the Western Americana Manuscripts Librarian in Special Collections of The Claremont Colleges Library where she oversees archival processing, teaches primary source literacy, performs collection development for Special Collections Western Americana materials, curates Special Collections exhibitions, and serves as the interim head of the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS).  

Prior to her current position, Lisa served as Digital Projects Coordinator for one year and then Digital Production Librarian for two years where she managed digitization, metadata creation, and the upload of digital objects into the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

Lisa holds a B.S. in Criminology, with a minor in History, from the University of La Verne and a MLIS, with an archival emphasis, from San Jose State University.

Alejandra Gaeta, Executive Committee Member, Exhibits Lead, 2020-2022 (email)


Phyllis Hansen, Executive Committee Member, Programming & Education Lead, 2019-2021 (email)

Phyllis Hansen joined the Executive Committee in 2017. She has a degree in Marketing and works professionally, now on a freelance basis, in the advertising field as a writer/creative director and author. She is also a private collector, maintaining archives of several historic artists whose focus was on early California and its ranchos, pioneering figures and stories. Her love of research, combined with her passion for collecting, led her down new and quite surprising paths into the world of early California history herself. Meeting many remarkable, interesting people and making many exciting discoveries along the way, she now finds herself deeply immersed in the activities of a number of historical organizations and writing/editing on related topics. In free moments she does some art herself.

Presently Phyllis serves on the Board of the Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association, concentrating on building the library and archives for this organization. She is also on the Board of Directors of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and was a founding member/director and officer of (and now advisor to) The Museum of the San Fernando Valley. Through a speaker at an LAAS meeting, she was inspired to become a “Wikipedian”, volunteering on through local edit-a-thons to grow and expand the story of greater Los Angeles on the online encyclopedia site as well as helping balance the gender gap of Wikipedia’s contributors and content. In the past she has also been on the steering committee for Los Angeles’ Heritage Day.

As a frequent guest speaker on several of her areas of expertise and collecting, she loves getting others excited about her passions and sharing what she has learned with current and future researchers, historians and lovers of art.

Suzi Noruschat, Executive Committee Member, Archives Bazaar Lead, 2020-2022 (email)

Suzi Noruschat is Southern California Studies Specialist at USC Libraries Special Collections, where she oversees the Regional History Collection focusing on Southern California and the American West.  This Collection features both books and archives, and includes a wide range of materials, from the Los Angeles Examiner and Dick Whittington Studio photography collections to the records of the Webster Commission that investigated the Los Angeles Police Department following the uprisings in LA in 1992.  Before coming to USC, Suzi worked as Architectural Records Archivist in Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University Library and processed design archives at the Getty Research Institute.  She has an MLIS from UCLA and a PhD in Art History, with a specialization in modern architecture, from Emory University.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Suzi has a deep and longstanding interest in LA history and is glad that she can share this passion with others in the LA as Subject community.

Julie Yamashita, Executive Committee Member, Membership & Nominating Lead, 2019-2021 (email)

Julie Yamashita is the Archivist at the Lanterman House Museum in La Cañada Flintridge, California as well as an independent archives consultant. In both capacities, her work revolves around expanding access to larger audiences through strategic implementation of digitization projects and customizing solutions to fit each unique institution or clients. Her areas of expertise include retro-conversion projects involving legacy finding aids, controlled vocabularies, and creating pre-digitization workflows. She is currently a member of the Independent Archivists Steering Committee and serves on the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives Committee of SAA.  Employers have included the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Broad; UCLA; LAC-Group; the Historical Society of Long Beach; as well as private clients.  Julie holds an MLIS in Archival Studies, an MA in Art History/Museum Studies, a Digital Archives Certification, and is a Certified Archivist.