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  There are two MARS board positions up for election in 2019: Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and Communications Liaison. Here you can read about the candidates before casting your vote. Thank you to our candidates and to the MARS membership for your continuing participation!   Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate: Eliot Wilczek  Biography Statement  Eliot Wilczek is the Corporate Records and Archives Manager at The MITRE Corporation. MITRE is a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded...
Jun 4, 2019   Military Archives Section
Vacant Position Chair-Elect: Three-year term - first year Chair-elect, second year as Chair, and third year as immediate past Chair The main responsibilities of the vacant position are providing leadership & direction for the Security Section. This includes, but is not limited to, planning the annual meeting, holding additional meetings as needed to evaluate activities/direction of the section, sending relevant announcements to the section via the listserv, and updating the section's...
Jun 4, 2019   Security Section
The University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library is seeking to fill the position of the Michigan Historical Collections field archivist, more formally known as the the Johanna Meijer Magoon Principal Archivist, thanks to a wonderful endowment gift that supports the position. Job posting is available on the University of Michigan Careers website: http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/173345/archivist_associate_archivist_assistant_archivist
Candidate Biographies and Statements Vice Chair/Chair-elect               Michelle Sweetser Michelle Sweetser is the Head Librarian and University Archivist at the Center for Archival Collections (CAC) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Before joining BGSU in 2016, she served as the University Archivist at Marquette University (2004-2016). Sweetser has been involved with the C&U Section since 2011, first serving as the newsletter editor and then managing the newsletter’s transition...
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2019 Native American Archives Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for: One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (two-year term); and Three Steering Committee members (two-year terms). Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!  Vice Chair/Chair-Elect...
  Issues and Advocacy Section 2019 Ballot   Chair (vote for one)   Joanna Black    Biographical Information: My name is Joanna Black, and I have worked in archives for over ten years, beginning with an archives internship at the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives in San Francisco. I hold a BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and an MLIS with a specialization in Archival Studies from UCLA. Currently, I serve as Digital Archivist for the William E. Colby Memorial...
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2019 Archival Educators Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for: One Chair, for a one-year term; and 3 Steering Committee members (two-year terms).  Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!  Chair Candidates The following candidates...
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2019 Government Records Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for 2 steering committee members. Following standing tradition, the candidate with the most votes will be asked to serve as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot...
May 31, 2019   Government Records Section
This year the Archivists and Archives of Color Seciton is electing three new members into the following leadership roles: Co-Chair/Chair-Elect, Newsletter Editor, and Steering Committee Member focusing on student/early career perspectives. As a note, this year's candidates were not asked for headshots, as an attempt to avoid potential bias.     Co-Chair/Chair-Elect Name: Tarienne Mitchell Institution: Archivist, LDS Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah Bio/Statement: I would like...
2019: Candidate Statements Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for the 2019 Description Section election. Please read below for candidate biographies and statements of interest. You will be voting for: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect One (1) Member-at-Large Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate The following candidates are running for the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect position: Katie Duvall Manuscripts Division, Library of Congress Biography: Katie Duvall has been an Archivist at the Smithsonian...
May 31, 2019   Description Section
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2019 Diverse Sexuality and Gender Section (DSGS) election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for:Co-Chair, for a two-year term. Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for the ballot!    Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.   Anthony Wright de Hernandez Community Collections...
Thank you to all our excellent nominees for the 2019 Records Management Section steering committee election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for: One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, who will then serve one year as Chair and one year as Immediate Past Chair; and Two Steering Committee members (three-year terms). We will include with the ballot survey questions to enable the section membership to...
May 31, 2019   Records Management Section
Candidates for Co-Chair (2019-2021) Alison Anderson, MLIS, CA Senior Processing Archivist; Harvard Property Information Resource Center Biography and Candidate Statement: I am currently the Senior Processing Archivist at the Property Information Resource Center (PIRC) in the Harvard Planning Office, where I have worked for the last twelve years. The PIRC is the main repository for Harvard’s building and land records and supports capital-level construction and campus planning at Harvard. As...
May 31, 2019   Design Records Section
Open Positions:  Vice-Chair (1) Steering Committee (2)   Candidate for Vice-Chair:  Name: Robert Lay Title: Head of Arrangement and Description Institution: Richard B. Russell LIbrary for Political Research and Studies  Biography: Robert Lay is the Head of Arrangement and Description at the Richard B. Russell Library at the University of Georgia. In this role, he oversees archival processing and digital projects and serves as the curator of the Georgia Disability History Archive. Robert...
2019 Election: Candidate Statements Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2019 Students and New Archival Professionals Section election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice. You will be voting for: One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, for a two-year term; and One Secretary (one-year term) Three Steering Committee members (one-year terms). Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey...
The Independent Archivist Section Elections will be held in early July 2019. The ballot will be sent to all members of the section through SAA Connect and voting will be conducted via Survey Monkey. Ballots will remain open for two weeks. Steering Committee Candidate Rachael Woody  I have been an archivist for more than 10-years with 2-years (and counting) as a consulting archivist. Along the way I've developed a passion for advocacy and specifically, advocating for our value as archivists. As...
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 June newsletter, please send you submission by June 24, 2019.
If you are attending any of the above conferences in the coming month, 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...
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) continues its Freedom 55 Programming Series this spring as part of its year-long commemoration of the 55th anniversary of Freedom Summer, an integral milestone in the nation’s civil rights history.“Being an institution focused on the continual struggle for human rights, it’s important that we further this discussion and honor all freedom fighters,” says Jacqueline Dace, NURFC deputy director. “Focusing on Freedom 55 not only allows us to...
The decades-long history of the two-spirit movement here in Manitoba and throughout North America is now being saved and preserved at the University of Winnipeg Archives. The collection — mostly donated by long-time Winnipeg two-spirit activist Albert McLeod — will be on display at the archive's launch Monday, kicking off the school's Pride Week celebrations. Believed to be the most comprehensive collection of two-spirit materials in Canada, Mcleod says the archives will be used by researchers...
In August 2017 an exhibit titled A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism, and Antisemitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1942 opened in Elmer L. Andersen Library, the home of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota. The exhibit was a culmination of years of original research pulling from archival materials to tell the story of racism and surveillance of students on campus during the interwar years. My involvement, as Archivist for the Upper...
The National Security Archive, along with 15 other media organizations, filed a “friend of the court” brief on April 29 in the lawsuit Barr v. Redacted challenging the FBI’s authority to issue national security letters (NSLs) without any judicial oversight and under indefinite gag orders. The letters demand business records from a wide array of organizations for national security investigations, and their accompanying gag orders prohibit the recipient from speaking with anyone about the NSL,...
Esther F. arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in August 1944 — a period when the camp’s crematoriums were operating at full capacity. Esther, a physician, was held for five days before being transported to Guben, a labor camp in Germany where she was assigned to care for Jewish factory workers. At Guben, a sub-camp of the Gross-Rosen concentration camp in eastern Germany (present-day Poland), a female Nazi officer instructed Esther to produce a list of medical supplies she needed. Mentally and...
At last month’s “Vision & Justice” convening hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, luminaries from Harvard and beyond came together to consider the most pressing problems at the juncture of justice, arts, and race. In particular, the conference description characterized the “foundational right of representation in a democracy” as “the right to be recognized justly.”So it was peculiar that neither the event nor the subsequent publicationreferenced the ongoing struggle of...
In the latest on our blog, Eira Tansey relates how historians put today's politics in historical context. Eira, Digital Archivist/Records Manager at the University of Cincinnati Libraries, reflected on her experience as an archivist attending the Organization of American Historians Conference. Her piece touches on issues of racial justice, labor and surveillance. Read the post here. If you'd be interested in writing for the Human Rights Archives Section blog, email hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com...