Lea Osborne

Lea Osborne (she/her) is a professional musician and archivist. She has worked at various New York institutions, such as Columbia University, the Leo Baeck Institute, and the 92nd Street Y. Currently, she is acting Assistant Director of Special Collections Processing at New York Public Library where she oversees special collections cataloging and archival processing. She holds a B.M. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, a M.A. in U.S. History from Sarah Lawrence, and a MLIS from Long Island University.

Relevant Projects

My team is responsible for processing archival collections for the Manuscript and Archive Division, the Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. All major description comes from our central hub. Currently, we are reworking our processing manual in conjunction with our ArchivesSpace manual and our digital archives documentation. This is a cross-departmental, collaborative project designed to address issues concerning harmful, past descriptive practices and provide a framework for moving forward.


New York Public Library


United States