Dr. Julie Holcomb

Dr. Julie Holcomb
Associate Professor in Museum Studies
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Associate Professor in Museum Studies

Editor, Quaker History


  • B.A., Pacific University
  • M.L.I.S., University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

Dr. Julie Holcomb is associate professor of museum studies. She has taught at Baylor since 2008, before which she was director of the Pearce Civil War and Western Art Museums at Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas. Additionally, she has several years’ experience working in public, school, and academic libraries.

In addition to issues related to museum, archival, and library collections, Dr. Holcomb’s research interests include Quakers, abolition, and the Civil War. She has published two books, most recently Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy (Cornell University Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in the journal Slavery and Abolition and in the edited collections Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities (Texas A & M University Press, 2017) and Quakers and Their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808 (Routledge, 2015). Dr. Holcomb's book Exploring the American Civil War through 50 Historic Treasures is under contract with Rowman and Littlefield. She is also working on a biography of Quaker reformer and free produce activist George W. Taylor. Dr. Holcomb has held faculty research fellowships at Haverford College and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Emancipation.

Dr. Holcomb serves the editor of Quaker History, a scholarly publication of the Friends Historical Association. She is active in the Pennsylvania Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Dr. Holcomb is a Certified Archivist. As a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, she has served on the committee reviewing petitions for recertification and has proctored the certification exam. Dr. Holcomb is an active member of the Texas Association of Museums, serving on the board of the Collection Managers Committee and the annual program committee. Dr. Holcomb is also a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists and the National Council on Public History.

Dr. Holcomb teaches courses in museum and archival collections management, preventive conservation, and ethics. She has led professional development workshops for TAM and SSA.

Primary courses taught
  • Introduction to Museums (U)
  • Introduction to Collection and Management (U)
  • Preservation Management (U)
  • Archival Collections and Museums (U)
  • Introduction to Ethical Issues in Collections Management (U)
  • Collections Management (G)
  • Archival Arrangement and Description (G)
  • Issues in Preservation Management (G)
  • Ethical Issues in Museum Collections Management (G)

Department of Museum Studies

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