As Archivist, Laura Morris manages the Foundation’s archival collections and facilitates access to these research materials for scholars, curators, students, and others with an interest in Mitchell’s life and work. She answers reference questions regarding individual works’ exhibition and publication histories. Laura also oversees copyright permissions for Mitchell’s artwork and provides research and logistical support to exhibitions, publications, and educational projects internationally. A Tennessee native, Laura earned a . in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar. She spent a year abroad in France as an undergraduate, and later returned to Aix-en-Provence to live and paint. Laura holds a master’s degree in Library Science, with an Archives Management concentration, as well as an . in History, from Simmons College. Her master's thesis concerned the use of photography in 19th century French medical practice. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Laura worked as an Archivist for the Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard Business School Historical Collections, the Harvard University Archives, and the New York Public Library / Manuscripts Division. In her creative life, Laura paints, binds books, marbles paper, knits, and bakes.
There are no hard and fast rules about organizing a comparison/contrast paper, of course. Just be sure that your reader can easily tell what’s going on! Be aware, too, of the placement of your different points. If you are writing a comparison/contrast in service of an argument, keep in mind that the last point you make is the one you are leaving your reader with. For example, if I am trying to argue that Amante is better than Pepper’s, I should end with a contrast that leaves Amante sounding good, rather than with a point of comparison that I have to admit makes Pepper’s look better. If you’ve decided that the differences between the items you’re comparing/contrasting are most important, you’ll want to end with the differences—and vice versa, if the similarities seem most important to you.