Bachelor magna cum laude, University Minnesota, 1966. Master of Arts, University Minnesota, 1973.
Curator Social Welfare History Archives University Minn, Minneapolis, 1967-1978, director Walter Library, 1978-1984, director Women's History Sources Survey, 1975-1979, instructor archives administration, department history, 1975-1983. Archivist Young Men’s Christian Association Archives, since 1985.
Fellow Society of America Archivists (president 1984-1985, executive council 1975-1979). Member Organization American Historians (executive council 1977-1980), Midwest Archives Conference, Greenpeace.
Married William Roy Van Essendelft, April 25, 1970 (divorced 1976). Married David Brent Holst, May 25, 1989.