Sally Sims Stokes developed the CUA-LIS Art and Museum Libraries Institute, LSC 834, and has been its academic director for several years. She also teaches History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions, LSC 677. Her most recent work outside LIS is as a consultant to the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She previously served for five years as Senior Research Specialist at the White House Historical Association, where she was responsible for the White House Art Collection online image database as well as for exhibition and publication research. She was a curator of The Working White House, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that completed its tour in 2012. She has worked at the National Archives as a staff member and scholar, and at the Ohio State University Libraries in subject-area database instruction in the arts and humanities. From 1987 to 2003 she managed the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection at the University of Maryland, where she developed the online periodicals database, enhanced the collection's holdings in both trade and gray-literature materials, and initiated the manuscripts collection on the history of the preservation field.
Ms. Stokes has curated exhibitions, presented scholarly papers, and conducted projects in support of cultural heritage research throughout the US and in the UK. She has taught at Kent State, Clarion University, and the University of Maryland. Her professional publications range from studies of 19th-century dress reform, to analyses of California architecture, to interpretations of British children’s literature and of children in the performing arts. She has received two NEH fellowships, and has been a Kawaler Scholar, a Gladstone Williams Scholar, and a White House History Fellow in Pre-Collegiate Education. She is a recipient of a 2011-2012 grant from the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies at Cornell University to study the influence of religion in the architecture of Clarence Stein.
Sally Stokes has served on boards and committees in a variety of professional organizations in the museum, library, and heritage fields. Her memberships include ARLIS/NA, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the Society of American Archivists, and the DC Library Association, for which she was the 2010–2011 co-chair of the Emerging Technologies Interest Group. She holds a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary; an M.A. in American Studies from the George Washington University; and an M.S. in Library Science from Clarion University.