Kim Walters holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from Western Connecticut State University, an M.A. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.
She was the Director of the Braun Research Library and Archives for more than 20 years and also served as Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian/Autry Museum of the American West, working closely with Native American tribes. Publications to her credit including Respecting Their Word: How the Braun Research Library Works with Native Communities. At the Southwest Museum/Autry she curated 19 exhibitions, including Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery which is currently on display at the Southwest Museum Campus in Mt. Washington. She serves as an advisor and research consultant for the Los Cautivos: The First Battle Over Native American Education documentary film project, and with her intimate knowledge of Charles F. Lummis she has served as a consultant on two KCET programs. She also serves on the boards of the Historical Society of Southern California and the City of Monrovia’s Public Library.