Gayle Yiotis: Researcher Bio


I’ve worn many hats throughout my life: worked in publishing as managing editor for a small monthly magazine; worked as a museum specialist and archivist at the Smithsonian for many years; a member of the Society of American Archivists (2003-2010) and Academy of Certified Archivists (2004-2010); a former member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; in Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Women. My love is historical research and writing. I wrote a 288-page thesis for my MA degree in anthropology (1992, George Washington University). I received my MA in American history from George Mason University in May 2010. I've spent more than thirty plus years conducting in-depth genealogical, documentary, and historical research, and am very expert in archival research in the Washington DC area (LC, NARA, various Smithsonian Archives, etc.) and online research. I taught a genealogy research class at the Vienna Community Center in Vienna, Virginia, for several years.


Contributor to panel: “The Law and Ethics When Dealing with the Records of Indigenous Peoples,” at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, August 2-8, 2004.

Contributor to panel: “Cultural Sensitivity and Intellectual Property in Anthropological Papers: Ethics and Access,” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, August 17-24, 2003.

Presenter at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Conference, July 2, 1999. Paper entitled: “Object Documentation as Virtual Preservation: Archival and Literature Research into the Herbert W. Krieger 1934 Collection From the Lower Columbia River.”


Edward Palmer: the Man and His Family. A Genealogical Study. Independently published, 2017.

“The Powhatan,” in Native Peoples of the World, Steven L. Danver, ed., Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, (November 2012).

“Henry L. Dawes” in Treaties With American Indians. Edited by Donald Fixico. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO, December 2007.

“William F. Cody ‘Buffalo Bill’” in Encyclopedia of American Indian History. Edited by Bruce Johansen and Barry Pritzker Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, August 2007.

A Research Guide to the Native American Collections in the National Anthropological Archives/Human Studies Film Archives. Privately published by the Smithsonian Institution Native American Repatriation Review Committee. Washington, DC: 2002.


Project Team Member for Native Language Preservation: A Research Guide for Establishing Archives & Repositories (2004–2005)


Member Association of Professional Genealogists, 2011-2012
Member Intertribal Women's Circle, 2005-2010
Member Academy of Certified Archivists, 2004-2010
Member Society of American Archivists, 2003-2010
Member First Archivists Circle, 2005-2007
Member, Native American Archives Roundtable, 2005-2007
Member of the Code of Ethics Committee of the Society of American Archivists, 2003-2005


Chair, the SAA J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee, 2007-2008
Member, the SAA J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee, 2006-2007
Member, Host Committee for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA)
Member, the Steering Committee for the Native American Archives Roundtable 2005-2007
Member, Advisory Board, National Geographic Television & Film, “Jamestown 1607-1609,” 2006