Hello! My name is Sahar Arafat-Ray and I’m very excited to be joining the SLRM team here at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
I received my Bachelor’s in History from University of Texas at Arlington with an emphasis on Colonial and Revolutionary America. My previous experience in archive work was at the National Archives and Records Administration in Fort Worth. I’ve also done volunteer work at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and The Austin History Center. I have always had an interest in History and have found through study and volunteering that archiving is fascinating, educating, and rewarding. Preserving history is a passion of mine because it tells a story of a point in time or a people that are in the past and helped to shape us into the people we are now.
Working at TSLAC has long been a goal of mine. I’m looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of records management and teaching others about preserving their own records and history.
At home, I have a husband, three cats, stacks of books, too many cookbooks to count, and enjoy a range of fiber arts – crocheting, cross stitching, and sewing. And, of course, reading history.