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Guest post by Meg Phillips, External Affairs Liaison at the National Archives and Records Administration The National Archives has been hard at work preparing for and then supporting the change in Presidential administrations. This is one of the moments when NARA’s role is particularly critical in ensuring that the normal functioning of government continues, that outgoing and incoming officials understand their responsibilities under the law, and that the records of the outgoing President are...
Apr 27, 2017   Off the Record
Project: Documenting Modern Living Alexander Girard textile design floor plan, ca. 1956, on the IMA Archives Digital Archives Portal landing page (archive.imamuseum.org) Granting Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Program: Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Institution: Indianapolis Museum of Art State: Indiana Congressional District: Indiana US District 7 Grant Period: April 2012 – May 2015 Award Amount: $190,000 Institutional Match...
Apr 25, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Committee on Education Spring Meeting Report Lauren Goodley, Committee on Education Vice-Chair/Incoming Chair This March 9 and 10, the Committee on Education (CoE) met for our yearly work meeting. We met from 8-5 on day one, and 8-1 on day two (so everyone can fly out that day), including working breakfasts and lunches. By the end of the meeting, we got to know each other and our work, had a few heated discussions and found places of agreement, and we forged a clear path ahead for the coming...
Apr 24, 2017   Off the Record
Project: Preservation at the Charleston County Records Center Granting Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Program: Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Institution: Charleston County Government State: South Carolina Congressional District: SC 1st Congressional District Grant Period: January 2016 – June 2017 Award Amount: $6,000 Jobs Created: 1 contract consultant job created Project Description Preservation needs assessment conducted by a Lyrasis...
Apr 11, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Project: Archives, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance Celebration (1934), Copyright, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Douglas and Bruce Fraser. Granting Agency: NHPRC (National Historical Publications & Records Commission) Grant Program: Archives and Records Projects Institution: Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance State: New York Congressional District: NYS 10th Congressional District Grant Period: Numerous Award Amount: Various...
Apr 3, 2017   Archives AWARE!
On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump sent an outline of his proposed FY 2018 budget to Congress, to be followed by a more detailed proposal in the spring. The budget, known as “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” proposes a $54 billion increase in defense and public safety spending that is offset by equivalent cuts in discretionary non-defense programs. Included in those cuts are reductions in, or the total elimination of, funding for federal agencies with a...
Mar 28, 2017   Archives AWARE!
Thanks to SAA’s Archivist, Abbi Nye, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for her guest blog post and watch for periodic highlights from the collections: SAA Archives One of the delightful benefits in assuming the role of SAA Archivist is that I have a reason to meander through the years of SAA’s development.  It’s fascinating, of course, to gain a better understanding of our organizational history, but it’s the people and the stories that really seize my attention.  Prominent...
Feb 13, 2017   Off the Record
Beyond the Elevator is a cartoon strip created by Mandy Mastrovita and Jill Severn. The strip expresses their heartfelt belief that the magic of archives can and should be worked into ANY conversation or situation.  The prospect of this axiom has exhorted the two into paroxysms of giggles, chortles, and howls despite the sober and noble subject matter.  Indeed, they have spent hours cooking up likely scenarios to bring to life in future cartoons.  These little gems appear in ArchivesAWARE! on...
Feb 13, 2017   Archives AWARE!
http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/special-collections/the-bauhaus Reviewed by Margot Note, Consultant  [PDF Full Text] 2019 will mark the centennial of the founding of the Bauhaus, the influential German school of art and design. Founded by architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus encouraged collaborations across creative disciplines and sought to bridge the divide between high and low culture, using design to improve the quality of life by making its objects practical and affordable....
Feb 9, 2017   AA Reviews
By Michelle Light and Tanya Zanish-Belcher Dear All: We have received several questions about how SAA makes statements, how the most recent statements came into being, and how SAA members might become more involved in initiating statements. We are glad to see so much interest and hope this post will answer some of these questions. This will be the first of several blog posts on SAA’s advocacy efforts. Look for information about how you can be involved coming shortly! The SAA Council (or its...
Feb 9, 2017   Off the Record
  In December, a document outlining Recommendations on Federal Archives and Records Management Issues was submitted to the Trump Presidential Transition Team by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The document was authored by the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA/RAAC Joint Working Group on Issues and Awareness. Chris...
Jan 16, 2017   Archives AWARE!