Bachelor of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1973; Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1975; student, Mount Holyoke College, 1969-1971; postgraduate, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe U., Frankfurt, West Germany, 1973-1974; postgraduate, University of Wisconsin, since 1991.
Archivist State History Society, Madison, Wisconsin, 1975-1976. Head rare books, manuscripts and archives Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, New York City, 1976-1981. Curator of manuscripts New York Public Library, 1982-1988.
Assistant state archivist State History Society of Wisconsin, since 1992. Adjustment lecturer School Library Service, Columbia University, New York City, 1983-1988. Adjunct instructor Graduate School Library and Information Science, Queens College, New York, 1981-1982.
Grant reviewer National Endowment for Humanities, National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
Member Society of America Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, Library Association and iNfo. Science Education.
Married Miles Jay Gerstein, December 7, 1980. Children— Emily Davis Gerstein, Peter Harris Gerstein.