Sharad J. Shah

Collections Management Librarian

Sharad splits the bulk of his time working at both the National Air & Space Museum (NASM) and the Museum Support Center (MSC), with occasional visits to the National Museum of American History (NMAH), National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex (SILRA), and any other locations in need of collections management.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Sharad (rhymes with "Jared") spent four years working in the Library of Congress's Rare Books and Special Collections Division (RBSCD) and the U.S. Copyright Office. Before moving to the DC-Metro area, he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he worked as an archivist, historical consultant, and in special collections at UNC-Wilmington's William Randall Library, the New Hanover County Public Library, and the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

In his free time, Sharad enjoys traveling, reading history-related topics, hitting the gym, rooting for his Philadelphia teams (go, Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers!), playing video games (fan of Fallout and Red Dead Redemption), and binge-watching Netflix and HBO.


Certified Archivist (CA), The Academy of Certified Archivists (2013)

MSLIS (concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management), The Catholic University of America (2013)

MA in History (concentration in Public History), The University of North Carolina-Wilmington (2008)

BAs in English and History (minor in Film Studies), The University of North Carolina-Wilmington (1999)


American Library Association (ALA), American Historical Association (AHA), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Society of American Archivists (SAA), Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), Washington Rare Book Group (WRBG).



Shah, Sharad J. A History of Public Health in New Hanover County. Wilmington, NC: New Hanover County Health Department/LinPrint Company, Inc., 2010.

Shah, Sharad J. “Killing the Golden Goose: Balancing Preservation and Development in Wilmington, North Carolina.”  Master’s Thesis, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2008.

Shah, Sharad J. “Operation TPAJAX and Blowback in the Middle East,” in Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians 16 (April 2008): 1-33.