Hello, I’m Nathan Kelber, Manager of Digital Projects at the Detroit Historical Society.

I manage the digital collection at the Detroit Historical Society and am at the head of a new IMLS and NEH-funded archival project which will capture and encode over 750 hours of video material from the city of Detroit. I also co-organize the Detroit-area digital humanities conference Network Detroit.

My work at the Detroit Historical Society centers on the conservation of digital media (photographs, magnetic tape, and film). My dissertation work at the University of Maryland is in the history of the commercialization of play.

Project Management

Digital Literacy and Education

Detroit-area Cultural Heritage

Community Outreach

Network Detroit

A digital humanities conference

Detroit 1967

A multi-year, multi-institutional project on the summer of 1967

Detroit Historical Society

The largest Detroit history collection online

2015 - Present

Detroit Historical Society

Manager of Digital Projects

I currently manage a variety of digital projects at the Detroit Historical Society regarding the preservation of historical and born-digital audiovisual materials. This work includes managing the assets in our digital collection with a team technicians, interns, and volunteers.

2012 - 2014

Lawrence Technological University


At Lawrence Tech, I taught courses in literature, composition, and the digital humanities. I also worked on projects dedicated to improving diversity within STEM and promoting the digital liberal arts.

2008 - 2012

University of Maryland


At the University of Maryland, I taught courses in literature, composition, rhetoric, and the digital humanities.

Expected 2015

University of Maryland

PhD English

My PhD dissertation is on the material history of play and draws from diverse historical examples including drama, chess, pinball, and video games.


Loyola University Chicago

MA English

My master's work involved the study of Shakespeare, textual criticism, and the digital humanities.


Eastern Michigan University

BS English for Secondary Education

My undergraduate degree focused on teaching English and mathematics.