Paula Sigman-Lowery is an internationally recognized expert on Walt Disney and the history of The Walt Disney Company. A former archivist for the Walt Disney Archives, she was one of the lead creative consultants in the design and development of the critically acclaimed Walt Disney Family Museum, which opened in San Francisco’s famed Presidio in late 2009.
For the past several years Paula has served as a lead story consultant for several traveling Disney exhibitions traveling in Japan, including the current “Inside the Walt Disney Archives” exhibit that premiered in February 2018 at Japan’s D23 Expo. She also supports the Archives D23 Expo exhibitions and programs, and provides archival research for bonus features for Disney documentaries and home video enhanced content.
Due to her expertise Paula is also a popular panel guest and has been a featured speaker at the D23 Expo, the Walt Disney Family Museum, fan groups, and has appeared on numerous Disney DVD and Blu-ray film documentaries, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp, Destino, 101 Dalmatians, Peter Pan, Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella, and along with Andreas Deja and Pete Docter served as one of the on-camera Cine-Explore hosts for the high-definition release of Dumbo. She also was featured on The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics, a 2008 Turner Classic Movies special documentary showcasing Disney’s live-action film library.
A noted Robin Hood historian on the legendary figure of Robin Hood, Paula appears on the DVD and Blu-ray release of the classic film, The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn
She also is a respected writer and editor. As founding manager of The Walt Disney Collectors Society, she edited and wrote for its quarterly publications, Sketches and NewsFlash. Her articles have also appeared in Disney Magazine, and she has written scripts for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh television series, interactive computer adventures for Disney films, Disney storytelling records and books, Disney On Ice shows. and several radio programs featuring First Lady Barbara Bush reading stories to Disney characters. She has researched and written extensive Disney trivia questions and fun facts for books, games, and DVD releases, and has been a regular contributor to the Walt Disney Family Museum’s member newsletter and blog. She has authored liner notes for the Disney Legacy Soundtrack CD series releases of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Robin Hood, and chapters in Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man (2014), How to Be a Disney Historian (2016), and Disney Editions’ forthcoming Practically Poppins in Every Way (Fall, 2018).
A trained librarian and archivist with special expertise in the field of fantasy literature, she has also developed projects include historical tours of Walt Disney’s home in Los Feliz, California, and presentations about P.L. Travers, Walt Disney, and the making of Mary Poppins.
Along with her husband, Howard Lowery, Paula produced numerous art exhibits and auctions of fine animation art based out of their art gallery in Burbank, California. Among the treasures they discovered was the “Schultheis Notebook,” an astonishing record by Disney special effects engineer Herman Schultheis documenting many of the techniques used to create the innovative camera and animation techniques used in the production of Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Bambi. The Schultheis Notebook, considered the Rosetta Stone of special effects animation, is now on display at The Walt Disney Family Museum.
After 20 years at The Walt Disney Company, Paula left to raise her family, but continues to serve as a creative consultant, writer, and consulting historian for The Walt Disney Family Museum as well as for several divisions of The Walt Disney Company.