Melissa A Weber

Curator, Hogan Jazz Archive

Primary Responsibilities

The Curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive, part of the Special Collections Division at the Howard‐Tilton Memorial Library, develops partnerships across Tulane University and the broader research community to document the unique musical legacy and culture of New Orleans and the surrounding region. She will develop a collecting strategy that strengthens and expands on the holdings of the Hogan Jazz Archive, and that aligns with the mission and goals of the Special Collections division and the Library. She works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and community members to identify and facilitate new acquisitions. In collaboration with Special Collections staff and the Library’s Scholarly Engagement team, she will provide instruction that promotes the use of primary source materials in teaching and learning at Tulane and that is responsive to the research needs of faculty and students. The curator also supports division outreach efforts by contributing to exhibitions, online content, and other programming. In partnership with the Director of Special Collections, the Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources, and University Advancement, she will identify, cultivate, and steward donors to enhance the Archive’s support base, while contributing to setting and advancing division goals and evaluating outcomes.

About Melissa A Weber

Melissa A. Weber is a music, arts, education, and communications professional whose appointment as Hogan Jazz Archive curator became effective in August 2019. As a music historian, her writing can be found in a number of music journalism sources, and she has presented papers at academic conferences for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music; the Museum of Pop Culture; the National Council for Black Studies; and the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter.

Her professional affiliations include the American Musicological Society (AMS), Greater New Orleans Archivists, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, and Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association, Inc. (SEMLA). She also regularly volunteers with local arts and music organizations.  

A native of New Orleans, Weber is also well-known both locally and internationally under the stage moniker of Soul Sister, the vinyl-collecting veteran WWOZ FM (since 1994) show host, and a live DJ artist whose performances have earned her two Big Easy Entertainment Awards.

Her M.A work in musicology from Tulane University is in progress.