Karma Foley is an audiovisual archivist and freelance researcher, currently working for the Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA), Smithsonian Institution. She has processed two large moving image collections for the HSFA: the John Marshall Ju/’hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection and the Jorge Prelorán Collection.
Prior to finding her calling as an archivist, Foley worked for nearly a decade in documentary film and television as an associate producer, assistant editor, and researcher. Among other projects, she assisted John Marshall in the completion of his six-hour documentary series, A Kalahari Family. Foley serves on the Board of Directors for Documentary Educational Resources. Her professional interests include documentary and ethnographic film, archives outreach, and digital repatriation of cultural materials.