Blogs

This is second entry in our new series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of the individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of the archivist in society. Doug Boyd, Ph.D. In this post, COPA member Vince Lee brings you an interview with Doug Boyd, Ph.D., Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.  Dr. Boyd is a...
Nov 29, 2018   Archives AWARE!
American Archives Month, held each October since 2006, gives archivists an opportunity to find creative ways to educate the public about the importance of archives. Many institutions kicked off the month by participating in #AskanArchivist Day on October 3. (Check out the ArchivesAWARE! recap of #AskanArchivist Day 2018 here). Throughout the remainder of the month, events, tours, exhibits, and other programs were held across the country with the goal of highlighting archival collections and...
Nov 7, 2018   Archives AWARE!
The Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) presented “A Finding Aid To My Soul,” an open-mic storytelling session on August 18 at the COSA/NAGARA/SAA joint meeting. The event was a smashing success, with twelve archivists sharing stories to a packed room that were sad, funny, profound, and even a little scary at times. SAA and COPA will be sharing recorded audio from a number of the storytellers over the coming months. To kick things off, and in the spirit of the Halloween season, here are a...
Oct 31, 2018   Archives AWARE!
http://www.thehistorymakers.org/digital-archive Reviewed by Jessica Ballard, Visiting Archives Resident, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [PDF Full Text] The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an online oral history portal dedicated to making accessible interviews and preserving histories of African Americans. Headquartered in Chicago, The HistoryMakers is a national nonprofit institution for education that creates curricula, produces oral histories, and hosts public programs.[1]...
Oct 29, 2018   AA Reviews
By Nancy Beaumont, SAA Executive Director Like many professional associations, SAA has a Code of Conduct that applies to all SAA-sponsored events, online spaces, and formal mentoring relationships. Development of a Code was proposed by SAA members Rebecca Goldman and Mark Matienzo in January 2014. Council members Terry Baxter and Lisa Mangiafico were appointed to work with Goldman, Matienzo, and me to prepare a draft for Council discussion. From the May 2014 discussion document: “The ability of...
Oct 26, 2018   Off the Record
This is the latest post in our new series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of the individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of the archivist in society. Bryan Giemza This is Part 2 of Lindsay Anderberg’s interview with Bryan Giemza, Director of the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the Wilson Special Collections Library, part of the University...
Oct 19, 2018   Archives AWARE!
Another fantastic #AskAnArchivist Day has come and gone, and we wanted to share a wonderful recap of the day’s highlights from our colleague Emily Lonie, who blogs at Things I’m Fonds Of.  We couldn’t have said it better! A big thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s #AskAnArchivist Day!  And it’s never too early to start preparing your promotional memes for 2019…
Oct 12, 2018   Archives AWARE!
This is the inaugural post in our new series Archival Innovators!  In this new series, we aim to raise awareness of the individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of the archivist in society. Bryan Giemza Our first Archival Innovators post brings you an interview with Bryan Giemza, Director of the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the Wilson Special Collections Library, part...
Oct 4, 2018   Archives AWARE!
  The members of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) get excited when #AskAnArchivist Day comes around. This year’s #AskAnArchivist Day will be Weds, Oct 3. On that day, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist, letting us engage directly with the public about what we do, why it’s important, and of course, to share our “most interesting/bizarre/touching etc., records” stories. Between now and October 3, we...
Sep 27, 2018   Archives AWARE!
dennis meissner on NHPRC’s Archival research fellowships program and “more product, less process” Dennis Meissner Dennis Meissner is the retired Deputy Director for Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, and a past president of SAA. Most of his career has focused on the arrangement, description, and use of archival materials, and he has participated in a number of national and international efforts to develop standards and...
Sep 20, 2018   Archives AWARE!
This is the seventh post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series, which will feature examples of archivists working in places you might not expect.  To continue this new series, COPA member Rachel Seale, Outreach Archivist at Iowa State University, brings you an interview with Meredith Torre, Archivist for Atlanta Housing Archives (AH). Photograph of Meredith Torre. Courtesy of Meredith Torre. Meredith Torre is the Archivist for Atlanta Housing Archives. Torre earned her MLS with...
Sep 13, 2018   Archives AWARE!
http://tjrs.monticello.org/ Reviewed by Rivi Feinsilber, Simmons College [PDF Full Text] Providing users with accurate and authentic transcription of archival material is the mission of Monticello’s Jefferson Quotes and Family Letters project, the “online companion” to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series project that published Jefferson’s early nineteenth-century correspondence.[1] The digital project covers the span of three centuries, but heavily focuses on 1809 to 1830, with...
Sep 10, 2018   AA Reviews
In this post, authors Vince Lee and Rachel Seale, members of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA), share their impressions from attending the COPA-sponsored “Carpe Media! Communications and Media Training for Archivists” workshop at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018. Workshop facilitator Jason Steinhauer role-playing with an attendee. Photo courtesy of Vince Lee. “Carpe Media! Communications and Media Training for Archivists” was a day long workshop put together by SAA’s Committee...
Sep 6, 2018   Archives AWARE!
A pre-recorded video version of this address is available here. Good morning and welcome again to the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists. I am honored to be speaking to you this morning as SAA’s 73rd President and would like to express my gratitude for having the opportunity to represent our organization this past year. Three years ago, our SAA annual meeting theme was about Telling the Story of Archives as part of President Kathleen Roe’s Year of Living Dangerously. Recently...
Aug 17, 2018   Off the Record
http://scalar.usc.edu/works/prague-spring-archive/index Reviewed by Nora Dolliver, Archives Assistant, Special Collections Research Center, University of Michigan Library [PDF Full Text] In early 1968, Communist Party leader Alexander Dubček introduced a series of liberalizing reforms in Czechoslovakia under the slogan of “socialism with a human face.”[1] In August that same year, the countries of the Warsaw Pact, led by the Soviet Union, invaded Czechoslovakia. By year’s end, the “Prague...
Aug 1, 2018   AA Reviews