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The Nelson Mandela Foundation partnered with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) today in launching the exhibition Insurgent Citizens: Reflections on Protest in Democratic South Africa at the Foundation’s Centre of Memory.  Keynote speaker for the event was former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. The exhibition is designed to provoke discussion on South Africa’s constitutionally protected right to protest, the limits to that right, and appropriate ways of participating in...
In March 2019, The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives changed its name. Today, we are known as The ArQuives, a name we believe more accurately reflects the diversity of our communities, the people and communities that are already represented in our collection. We spent 6-months reaching out to our stakeholders and recognized the growing number of underrepresented people; most notably trans, queer, bisexual, and 2-spirited folks.  Read the rest of this post here and read about the new ArQuives...
The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) offers Grant-in-Aid Awards to support a visit in order to conduct research in our collections. Awards are available through co-sponsorship from the Immigration History Research Center and the IHRCA through the ethnic and general funds. This award is open to scholars of all levels, including independent scholars, and supports a research visit of 5 days or more. Typically, awards are for $1,000, and four awards are given each year. The...
As the French President Emmanuel Macron tours East Africa, he is certain to get a cordial welcome. If everything goes to plan, it will be all smiles and few uncomfortable questions. However, this should not be the case. Macron has called for an international conference on the return of African art and artefacts looted during colonialism. But art and artefacts are not the only things that should be returned. The colonial archive, the thousands of official records and documents that trace the...
On the 43rd anniversary of the military coup in Argentina, the Argentine government of Mauricio Macri has announced that the Trump Administration will provide “the largest delivery of declassified documents, in size and file quality, to another nation”—formerly secret U.S. records relating to human rights abuses committed during under the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. The official transfer of the records is planned for mid-April during a visit by Argentina’s minister of justice...
First Look Media announced Wednesday that it was shutting down access to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s massive trove of leaked National Security Agency documents.Over the past several years, The Intercept, which is owned by First Look Media, has maintained a research team to handle the large number of documents provided by Snowden to Intercept journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald.But in an email to staff Wednesday evening, First Look CEO Michael Bloom said that as other major news...
If you are attending any of the above conferences in April, the HRA Section Blog could use your help! It's not as hard as it sounds, and it's a great way to add a publication to your resume. The post can be a simple summary of the issues discussed at a certain session, or you can get a little opinionated and say what you thought was most productive about the session or not as productive.  Here are two examples of sessions covered in the past year. If you're interested in covering a session at...
Anna Smith, Special Collections Librarian at Charleston Library Society, digs into both the logistics and ethics of making a digital database from asylum records. Her post features a presentation at the Society of North Carolina Archivists on UNC-Chapel Hill's Community Histories Workshop. Read the post in its entirety here.
The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC), in partnership with the Holocaust & Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, New Jersey, will launch its pilot Peer Guide Training Program through the exhibit “Anne Frank: A History for Today” at three high schools in Atlantic and Cape May counties this spring, following a public exhibition February 9-22 at Stockton University.Anne Frank wrote, “Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they...
Five historical volumes covering the period 1863-1975 are available online in PDF format. They provide an overview of the ICRC operational and legal activities and therefore provide an ideal springboard for more in-depth research in the ICRC archives.Read more here.
Some of the most populous states passed laws between 1985 and 1995, covering nearly one-third of the US population, requiring the teaching of the Holocaust in public schools. In each case, the law specified that knowledge about the Holocaust ought to be connected to human rights issues. Prejudice and discrimination must be identified with genocide, leading to an emphasis on “the personal responsibility that each citizen bears to fight racism and hatred whenever and wherever it happens” (New...
African Americans and the disABILITY Experience is presented by the Museum of disABILITY History  and a group of colleagues working in disability services at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (PBCUs), and the Taishoff Center at Syracuse University. This consortium is identifying ways to provide culturally responsive disability services and classroom instruction to Black and African American college students with disabilities...
I am pleased to announce that the C&U Section Steering Committee recently voted for the theme of campus and campus-related histories, as this year’s Section focus. We will center on social justice-related work, such as inclusive and evolving historical narratives, contested commemorations, town-gown relations, and privilege within the archival record. I welcome your feedback on key questions we might pose, outputs that would be helpful to you in your jobs, or programmatic ideas for working...
Hello, Would anyone like to share their collection development policy? I wrote one for a university a couple of years ago so I generally know what it should cover, but I would like to see a couple of examples of local government collection development policies. Thank you. Kelly Smith
Are you facing the problem of incomplete data in ArchivesSpace? Is there data missing from your records that you would like to fix one day, only when will you ever have time to do all of that work? Is the missing data threatening to cause much larger problems down the road for your organization? In 2017, George Washington University Special Collections Research Center faced just this problem when we upgraded our instance of ArchivesSpace to version 1.5. The biggest change introduced by this...
SAA Statement on Obama Presidential LibraryFebruary 28, 2019-The decision not to build a federally administered presidential library as part of the Obama Presidential Center has resulted in a robust discussion within and beyond the archives profession. SAA has not taken a position on the matter, but is aware of the many challenges associated with the rapid transition to electronic and born-digital records.President Obama, the "social media president," led an administration that relied heavily...
Feb 28, 2019   Issues and Advocacy Section
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This project will gather data about the current state of institutional web-available histories of Special Collections and University Archives. As a result of this data collection, the Archival History Section will be able to promote the writing of online archival histories of research and academic institutions, including archives and special collections in college and university libraries. Please visit Achival History News for more information.
Feb 12, 2019   Archival History Section
SAA I&A Steering Committee Meeting, 2019-02-06 11:00am-12:00pm PST TAKE 2 WITH ZOOM! Join Zoom Meeting https://ucla.zoom.us/j/865350528 One tap mobile +16699006833,,865350528# US (San Jose) +16465588656,,865350528# US (New York) Dial by your location        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 865 350 528 Present: Courtney, Steve, Rachel, Samantha, Sara Not Present: Kristin, Ruth, Summer Notetaker: Sara Agenda Introductions N/A...
SAA I&A Steering Committee Meeting, 2019-01-09 11:00am-12:00pm PST LET’S TRY ZOOM! Just kidding Zoom is down this morning! Back to our usual call-in number. Call-in Number: (641) 715-0700 Access Code: 767350 Present: Courtney, Samantha, Rachel, Steve, Ruth, Summer Not Present: Kristin Notetaker: Sara Agenda Introductions Ruth- Kristin Announcements: Summer transitioning out of Vice-Chair role and out of field; not renewing SAA membership. Will continue to volunteer and work on re...
  The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists is spreading the word about nominations for the 2019 cycle of the award. Can you help us spread the word to GRS members about the award and that we welcome nominations from them? Suggested text for the announcement is below.    The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists is asking you to create a nomination for the 2019 J. Franklin Jameson...
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 February newsletter, please send you submission by February 21, 2019.
Immigration, the hallmark issue of the Trump presidency, was front page news all year. Assaults on birthright citizenship, Trump’s family separation policy, a new proposed public charge rule, the asylum ban, the lowest refugee cap ever, fearmongering the migrant caravan, the tragic deaths of children in U.S. custody, and the fight to fund Trump’s wall; at every turn the cruelty of U.S. immigration policy past and present has been on full display. The news cried out for historical analysis and...
This article explores questions regarding the development and support of Indigenous priorities and self-determination in Australian libraries and archives. It calls for greater use of Indigenous research methodologies within library and archival science in order to seek ways to decolonize and simultaneously indiginze libraries and archives. As a written reflection, the article shares the perspectives of the author, who has worked in the sector for the past two decades as an Indigenous...