I have been providing research and consulting services since 2013, drawing on my organizational skills and years of experience managing multiple projects to accomplish desired outcomes. My goal is always to provide first-rate service to my clients and work exhaustively on their behalf.

I have over twenty-five years of experience in the following areas:

  • RESEARCH

  • WRITING

  • ARCHIVAL ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

  • EXHIBIT RESEARCH AND INSTALLATION

 

In addition, since 2005 I have been been a member of the United States Golf Teachers Federation and certified in golf club repair and fitting. (See my page "Golf Instruction").

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RESEARCH

I have loved doing research and learning new things since I was a kid. In my adult life I have used those skills for the Smithsonian Institution the office of Senator Mark Hatfield.

As Assistant University Archivist at George Washington University I did research every day on behalf of faculty, staff, and outside agencies to discover information on a myriad of subjects.

Included were producers of radio and television programs, such as: PBS American Experience; Smithsonian Institution, ESPN, History Channel, NPR Radio, Discovery Channel, ABC News Nightline, and the BBC.

I apply the same exhaustive approach to my own research, which has taken me to numerous libraries, archives, and historical societies: Library of Congress, National Archives, Howard University, Columbia University, Smithsonian Institution, United States Golf Association, University of St Andrews, etc. Online databases, such as Ancestry.com, Family Search.org, JSTOR.org, Newspapers.com, and HathiTrust Digital Library.org are also valuable sources of information.

In my professional life I have handled and organized all types of documents - books, pamphlets, posters, maps - photographs (including glass plate negatives.) As well as artifacts, audio cassettes and tape, along with film and video. I understand how to care for these items, how to organize them, how to make them available, and how to use them for research purposes.

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Samples of my original research below

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WRITING

I have been utilizing my writing skills professionally since 1983, when I assisted a former professor and his colleague in writing a book on a former one-room school house in Washington state. I conducted oral history interviews with former students and also produced a narrated slide program used at an event celebrating the school's history and preservation.

While at George Washington University I served as co-editor of the “GW Historical Encyclopedia” (a then university on-line publication), and contributed over 300 articles on history of the university going back to 1821. (Click here for a sampling of articles.)  I also contributed articles to GW Magazine, and Washington History magazine.

While doing work for the United States Golf Association, I wrote on the history of women's golf in this country from the 1890s to the present. I also wrote on the development of the Curtis Cup, a biennial competition between teams of women from the U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland, and the first match in 1932.

      

 

 

 

Books

I am the author of three books. Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions: A Legacy of Hope was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016, and is described in the tab on this page titled “Books.” Below are two reviews of it.

“Anyone who appreciates the cosmic connection between golf’s seen and unseen worlds understands that success is inextricably linked to the player’s ability—and determination—to overcome adversity in whatever form it comes. In this way, the game really is a lively microcosm of life, a human principle brilliantly reinforced in Lyle Slovick’s outstanding new book Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions. As both fan and historian, I admire how he’s adroitly chosen examples of courage and determination under fire that link us all to the giants of the game, presenting a very important message about golf’s greatest, if rarely explored, gift—a refiner’s fire that reveals and sometimes elevates the inner man. This is a book to read slowly and savior—and even meditate upon.” — James Dodson, author of USGA Book Award winners Ben Hogan: An American Life and American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf

“Typically, golf books are written by either sportswriters or golfers. However, Slovick tackles golf from the perspective of a historian . . . [T]his narrative provides an affirmation of grace in the face of adversity. Slovick profiles six golfers who achieved fame in the 20th century: Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Ben Hogan, Charlie Sifford, and Ken Venturi, along with one caddy, Bruce Edwards. Notably, all of the personages had long careers and grew into the role of elder statesmen. While Slovick’s perspective is focused, it relies heavily on previously published work. As such, the footnotes and bibliography are noteworthy. The question one has to ask is why these seven? Through the years, other golfers have faced daunting challenges, though perhaps the ones presented here were iconic. This book provides a helpful backdrop for more contemporary studies. . . .VERDICT Best suited for those new to the game with a pious respect and knowledge of the past.”  — Library Journal

 

Select Magazine Articles

 

“George Y. Coffin: A Schoolboy’s Life in 19th Century Washington”

 

“The St Andrews Rabbit Wars of 1801-1821”

 

“The 1932 Curtis Cup: Its Evolution and Legacy” (Part 1)

“The 1932 Curtis Cup: Its Evolution and Legacy” (Part 2)

“The 1932 Curtis Cup: Its Evolution and Legacy” (Part 3)

"Old Tom Morris: His Last Decade and Sad Financial Troubles"

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ARCHIVAL MANAGEMENT

I have 13 years of experience cataloging, processing, housing, and making available materials of all kinds. At George Washington University  I maintained effective bibliographic and intellectual control over 1,000 collections consisting of approximately 4,700 linear feet of materials. As a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, I applied the accepted best practices of my field to my duties.

  • Selected by the Korean Embassy (DC) to assist them in establishing an archival repository.

  • Processed to box and folder level (according to proper archival standards) 19 collections comprising approximately 200 linear feet of materials, and wrote finding aid guides for them. 

  • Developed a prioritized plan and work flow for eliminating a substantial backlog, and in two years, accessioned and made ready for researchers 158 small collections.

  • Created a comprehensive 134-page pathfinder to subject headings in the archival collections.

  • Organized and did preliminary cataloging for 1,300 linear feet of materials from the audio archives of the former Mutual Broadcasting Network.

  • Processed and created a container list for over 6,000 photographs, slides, and postcards of historic Washington, D.C.  Produced final finding aid.

  • Managed the unpacking and shelving of 18,000 books on Jewish life and culture, directing a crew of four workers.

  • Organized and cataloged 7,000 pamphlets from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Collection.  Final inventory and finding aid created.

  • Analyzed researcher demand for subject information, and produced fourteen bibliographies/pathfinders for areas of the collections.

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EXHIBITS INSTALLATION

I have considerable experience researching, selecting items, and mounting them for educational exhibits. While at GWU I worked on more than a dozen, including:

  • “The President’s Physician: The Life and Legacy of Janet G. Travell"

  • “City Invincible: Walt Whitman's Washington, 1863-1873”

  • “Washington, D.C., Then and Now: The Photographic Legacy of Charles Suddarth Kelly”

  • “Fantastic Foggy Bottom: The Changing Face of a Neighborhood”

 

I also curated a small museum with artifacts highlighting the university's history. Created displays and gave visitors tours of University Archives during several Parent and Alumni Weekends.

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