Samantha Montes was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. As a Knowledge River Scholar, she earned her M.A. in Library and Information Science in 2020 with a focus in archives and special collections. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Arizona. Graduated with honors in 2018 with a concentration in children’s literature and the history of the oral, literary, and illustration traditions of fairy tales. Her interest in archival work derives from her passion for rare books, historical artifacts, and the process of preserving stories for future generations.