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Steering committee member Heidi Butler put up this year's first blog post, Sharing Some Archives Love. Look for more blog entries in the coming weeks! Though the initial deadline has passed, we are still collecting stories about projects to try, and projects to steer away from. You will find the Google form here. Thanks to those who have already submitted!
Attention, Members! The RAO Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the RAO Steering Committee; we invite you to volunteer yourself or someone as a candidate!  We value a variety of ideas and perspectives in RAO and we encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, institutions, professional settings, and experience.  Students and new professionals should feel welcome to run for these leadership roles. The Nominating Committee seeks nominations from all...
Something important to you missing from this newsletter? Send a submission my way and let me know what you would like to see.Please submit newsletter items about archives and human rights (writ broadly) to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. These can be recent publications, upcoming events or exhibitions, opportunities and scholarships, or something else entirely as long as it connects to archives and human rights. For the March newsletter, please send you submission March 23, 2017.
The human rights archives blog is making a comeback and we need your contributions! Is there an issue that really irks you and you have something to say? Is there something in the news that can benefit from an archival perspective? Did you work on an incredible project related to archives and human rights and you want to share you insights?Send blog post pitches to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. Include a short summary of your idea and why you're the best person to write it. Publication experience...
Join us from 1 pm to 4:30 pm on Monday, March 13, 2017 to celebrate Sunshine Week and learn more about open government! Leading experts, advocates and technologists will join the National Archives’ Office of Government Information Services for this special afternoon program. The event is free and open to the public but registration is recommended. See the schedule of events here and register here.
Washington, D.C. February 7, 2017 – CIA covert aid to Italy continued well after the agency’s involvement in the 1948 elections – into the early 1960s – averaging around $5 million a year, according to a draft Defense Department historical study published today for the first time by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University. Read more here.
We are very excited to talk with Jarrett Drake, digital archivist at Princeton University’s Mudd Manuscript Library. He was awarded an Innovation Award from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) in 2016 for his work in challenging and re-examining the practices of archiving and documenting history, particularly relating to preserving the under-represented voices in history. Follow his writings here. Read the interview here.
On January 11, 2017, Senators Mike Lee (Utah) and Marco Rubio (Florida) introduced S.103–115th Congress, the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017.” The language is blunt: “no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.” A similar billwas also proposed in the House of Representatives. Read more here.
In 2016 the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Global Leadership Academy of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) convened two six-day dialogues with “memory workers” from nine countries. This was the second series of international Mandela Dialogues, the first having taken place in 2013-2014. Informing the first series had been a discomfort with what was seen as a growing orthodoxy around “transitional justice”. The discomfort gave rise to a range of questions aimed...
Beth Cron and Courtney Bailey had a good conversation with Seth Shaw and Jeremy Gibson about open source records management tools.  If you didn’t have a chance to join, you can view it here. On February 8, the Records Management Section hosted a Hangout with Snowden Becker of the UCLA Department of Information Studies to discuss law enforcement body-worn camera footage and recordings. If you missed the Hangout, you can watch the recorded version here. In addition, Snowden prepared some...
* Half-day course question pool requires 30 questions * One-day question pool requires 40 questions * Two-day question pool requires 60 questions * Webinar question pool require 20 questions Attached are e documents to assist you in preparing exam questions for CoE courses: 1. Item Construction Form: fill this out for each question 2. Guide to Preparing Questions: contains tips and suggestions for good questions and answers 3. Exam Submisison Criteria: contains criteria for CoE exams
Mar 7, 2017   Education Committee
The latest issue of Solo is available! Featuring content by Melissa Torres, Ashley Levine, and Julianna Monjeau, this issue covers changes in affinity group naming, new SAA position statements and resolutions, highlights from our listserv, an informal survey on unprocessed collections, and a profile of the lone arranger archive at the Public Design Commission of the City of New York! Check out Volume 2, Issue 2 (March 2017) here.  
Mar 7, 2017   Lone Arrangers Section
Louisville Underground Music Archive Project Oral Histories Heather Fox, Archivist for Manuscript Collections and Co-Director of the Oral History Center, Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville Louisville, Kentucky has a rich musical heritage, including an underground scene that influenced the sound of not only punk, indie, and hardcore, but also popular music regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2013, after the loss of several members of this scene, archivists...
Feb 20, 2017   Oral History Section
Montana Historical Society Receives Grant to Capture Oral Histories on State’s Brewing Industry Anneliese Warhank, Archivist and Oral Historian, Montana Historical Society The Montana Historical Society Research Center has received a $4,500 grant from Humanities Montana to conduct a series of oral history interviews designed to begin capturing the history of modern craft brewing and breweries in Montana. Anneliese Warhank, Certified Archivist and Oral Historian for MHS, will coordinate the...
Feb 20, 2017   Oral History Section
A Century of Women in Congress Office of the House Historian, U.S. House of Representatives On November 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress. To commemorate the centennial of Rankin’s election to the House of Representatives and her April 1917 swearing-in, the Office of the House Historian conducted interviews with former women Representatives and staff to create A Century of Women in Congress, an ongoing web-based oral history project that examines...
Feb 20, 2017   Oral History Section
Taking Flight in Oral History - Lessons Learned from Conducting the Flying Voices Oral History Project Abra Schnur, MLS Candidate, Project Director of the Flying Voices Oral History Project.   The Flying Voices Oral History Project: In-flight and Ground Experiences of Braniff International Airways captures experiences and perspectives from former employees of the North Texas-based airline. Braniff shaped the aviation industry of the 1960s. It was the first major U.S. airline to...
Feb 19, 2017   Oral History Section
Archives Alive:  Democratizing Public Library Archives through Oral History Diantha Dow Schull, DDSchull Associates Archivists and special collections librarians across the country are employing myriad approaches to community documentation, ranging from crowdsourcing and scanning events to social archives, digital memory projects and documentary films. Among these approaches, oral history is especially effective, enabling archivists to animate and expand local history collections. ...
Feb 18, 2017   Oral History Section
Note from the Chair Happy 2017 to everyone! Our new year brings with it a new newsletter editor, and I would like to start by welcoming and thanking Melissa Lindberg, who volunteered to take over the reins of Dialogue. We are all looking forward to working with her and getting out the news on section and member activities. On a more somber note, the new year has also brought with it fresh concerns, including the potential impacts of recent Executive Orders. As oral historians and archivists, we...
Feb 18, 2017   Oral History Section
The Archival History Section seeks an editor--or two!--to help relaunch a newsletter for AHS members and other interested parties. Founded in 1986 as the Archival History Roundtable, the AHS advocates for and promotes an understanding of the history of the American archival profession. Inspired by the work of other SAA sections (see, for example, the Lone Arrangers Quarterly Newsletter, https://lonearrangers.wordpress.com/about/), this digital newsletter will function as a dynamic space to keep...
Feb 15, 2017   Archival History Section
The results of the special election are in: we are pleased to welcome Adriana Flores as the new SNAP committee Secretary! We would like to thank the candidates and all those who voted for their participation. 
Something important to you missing from this newsletter? Send a submission my way and let me know what you would like to see. I did not get any newsletter submissions last month (shocking, I know) but you can remedy that! Please submit newsletter items about archives and human rights (writ broadly) to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. These can be recent publications, upcoming events or exhibitions, opportunities and scholarships, or something else entirely as long as it connects to archives and...
The human rights archives blog is making a comeback and we need your contributions! Is there an issue that really irks you and you have something to say? Is there something in the news that can benefit from an archival perspective? Did you work on an incredible project related to archives and human rights and you want to share you insights? Send blog post pitches to hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com. Include a short summary of your idea and why you're the best person to write it. Publication...
Chapter 1: How Khmer Rouge Came to Power With the support of the European Union and Rei Foundation Limited, Bophana Center is currently developing a smart-device application for learning Khmer Rouge history. In line with this project, Bophana Center launches a series of thematic panel discussions about Khmer Rouge history and its education with special guests. The first edition will be dedicated to the theme of "How the Khmer Rouge came to power" which constitutes the first chapter of...
Librarians and Archivists with Palestine invites you to join our annual international reading campaign, One Book, Many Communities held in April 2017, in concurrence with National Reading Week in Palestine. This year’s reading is “Returning to Haifa” by Ghassan Kanafani, a novella that can be found in the collection Palestine’s Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories. This project draws inspiration from the “one book, one town" idea, wherein people in local communities come...
It is amazing what you can discover in the archives – sometimes a piece of history itself! In 2014, History Associates archivist Valerie Vanden Bossche was working to organize and preserve the archives of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), founded by Bethune and led by Civil Rights icon Dorothy I. Height. In this house, the NCNW spearheaded strategies...