An alumna of Spelman, Taronda returned to her alma mater as the archivist in 1998. In 2000, she was appointed college historian. Taronda was well-known and well-respected by alumnae, faculty, staff, and students for her extensive knowledge of Spelman’s history, and the extent to which she would go to ensure that the College’s history was accurately documented, accessible, and relevant for the campus community, and the community at large.
A second generation archivist, Taronda was a student assistant assigned to the Spelman College Archives before earning a bachelor of arts degree in history from the College in 1980. In 1985, she received a master of arts degree in history and archives administration from the University of New Orleans.
Professionally, she has worked at a number of institutions including the Amistad Research Center (where her mother was an assistant archivist) and the Historic New Orleans Collection in New Orleans, as well as the Walter P. Reuther Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit. Taronda was also the archivist for the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College and the Atlanta chapter.
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