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JoAnn Zeise, MA

Curator, Waring Historical Library

MUSC Libraries
Department of Waring Historical Library
Waring Historical Library | 843-792-2290

JoAnn Zeise is Curator of the Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina. The Waring Historical Library comprises over 14,000 volumes covering six centuries of medical thought and practice. The library is also home to rich collections of artifacts, audio recordings, and photographs. She oversees care of the collection, research requests and patron service, and works to promote the collection through research, programs, and publication. JoAnn is also faculty advisor for the Student Medical History Club.

Prior to her work at the Medical University of South Carolina, JoAnn was the Cultural History Curator at the South Carolina State Museum, a position she held for 11 years. Before that she was at the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina. Her work focuses on public history and material culture, with a specialty in the 18th and 19th century American South. She has been honored to work with community partners and collogues on projects that promote diversity, accessibility, equity, and inclusion.

JoAnn serves on the board of the Palmetto Archives, Libraries, and Museum Council on Preservation, the South Carolina Historical Association, the South Carolina Abandoned Cultural Properties Board, the South Carolina Public Archeology Division, and is past board member of the South Carolina Federation of Museums.


  • MA (Public History), University of South Carolina, 2012
  • BA (History and English), University of South Carolina, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Zeise, J., 2012, Dawn of Freedom: The Freedmen's Community of Mitchelville on Hilton Head, South Carolina, 2012 [Master's thesis, University of South Carolina]

Selected Presentations

  • New Thinking in Museum Collecting, South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference, 2023
  • COVID and Virtual Outreach; How We've Adapted, Palmetto Archives Libraries and Museum Conference, 2022
  • Diversity, Equity and Accessibility and Inclusion at your Museum, South Carolina Federation of Museum Conference, 2021
  • Big Ideas, Little Labels, South Carolina Federation of Museums, 2019
  • Museums Stand Up, Southeastern Museum Conference, 2015