- Library e-resources management
- Systems librarianship
- History of musical instruments
- Traditional music and folklore
Amy Shaw is the Head of Archives & Special Collections at St. Kate's, and for many years before this recent move she was the Systems Librarian. While new to the Archives, Amy has a lot of experience doing research to uncover the provenance for primary source material. Her book, Ole Hendricks and His Tunebook: Folk Music and Community on the Frontier (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020), reflects this. Starting from a fragile, nearly forgotten, and rather mysterious manuscript of fiddle tunes, Amy reconstructs the world of this Norwegian immigrant musician who settled in Minnesota's Red River Valley in 1890.
Amy has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Indiana University, an MS in Music Literature from the University of South Dakota, and a BS in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University. Her master's thesis, "Transverse Flutes by London Makers, 1750-1900" led to a passion for playing the wooden flute, and that is what she is often doing when not working at the library!
Selected Publications, Presentations, and Awards
O’Rourke’s Feast. O’Rourke’s Feast. New Folk Records. CD. 2014. See more information.
Kreitzer, Amy. “Sweet Harmonies from Little Wooden Boxes: Mandolin Playing in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota History 75 (Spring 2001):218-235.
Kreitzer, Amy. "Serial Numbers and Hallmarks on Flutes from the Workshop of Monzani & Hill." The Galpin Society Journal 48 (March 1995):168-180.
Shaw, Amy. “Vitality, Life, Soul: Building Up a Town with a Fiddle.” Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota, October 29, 2016.
Shaw, Amy. “It really was a WOODwind: The story of the flute from 1550-1850,” Twin Cities Early Music Festival, Minneapolis, MN, 15 August 2015.
Shaw, Amy. “Winds of Change II,” a lecture recital presented at the National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota, 25 April 2014.
Shaw, Amy. “Winds of Change,” a lecture recital presented at the National Music Museum, Vermillion, South Dakota, 5 April 2013.
Kreitzer, Amy. “The Mandolin in Minnesota: An Illustrated History.” Paper presented at the Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention, Minneapolis, MN, 5 November 1999.
Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation – 2017-2018