LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library

Our Volunteers

Olivia Anderson

Craig Esbeck

Craig’s home is Iowa, but he’s spent much of his life on the move. He was a bank teller, a sign language interpreter, and a primary school science teacher before joining the Peace Corps in Uganda. He stayed on and established an instructional design company and a non-profit, Mango Tree Literacy Lab, supporting literacy in African languages. He’s been an East Africa Ashoka Fellow since 2002. In 2018, the non-profit was recognized by the Library of Congress for its work in Uganda. Craig now lives in Iowa City. He has three sons, a garden and an interest in Hellenistic astrology that keep him occupied when he isn’t volunteering at the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library.

Sean Finn


Sean is a masters student in applied statistics with Loyola University Chicago. He enjoys science fiction, cooking, trees, and connecting with other trans and queer people

Delaney Hajek


Delaney is a fourth year student studying Music on a Pre-occupational therapy track with a minor in Psychology. You can probably find them playing French horn, reading books, writing, improvising, or giving campus walking tours. (Plus volunteering at LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library of course)

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India Johnson

India is an Iowa-City based artist who makes sculptures, installations, and participatory projects in and about libraries. She attended fine binding school at the LLOTJA and holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Instagram: @indi.gram

Erel Michaelis

Erel is an MFA student at the Nonfiction Writing Program and an aspiring archivist. Originally from Israel, Erel is interested in the way archival principles can help writers think differently about their work. They previously worked as an archives assistant at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, translating testimonies from Hebrew to English. He also enjoys geeking out about research and petting cats (preferably at the same time!) 

Diane Ray

Diane is a graduate student at the University of Iowa, pursuing her Masters in Library Science and a Certificate in Book Arts from the Center for the Book. She is particularly interested in studying historical methods to create sustainable, practical, and long-lasting items for everyday use. Diane is also employed as a graduate student at the University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives.

Tamara-Jo Schaapherder

Tamara- Jo is a third year studying Spanish and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. Being able to volunteer with the queer archives in Iowa has brought her as much joy as petting this goat (which is to say: an insane amount of joy)

Looking to volunteer with us? We have volunteers from across the state and opportunities to volunteer on site or at a distance. Fill out our get involved survey and we will be in touch about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Looking to take on a leadership role? We are in search of a dedicated community members to serve as a Volunteer Coordinator or Social Media Coordinator by early 2022. Contact us through our get involved survey if any of these positions interest you!


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Close House – Second Floor
Iowa City, IA 52240

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Iowa City, IA 52244

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