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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) has accelerated the launch of a new online feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inviting people to share their human rights stories by video. Initially envisioned as a way to collect personal stories about contemporary human rights issues,“Share Your Story” now creates an opportunity for people to connect and relay their experiences during the pandemic. Participants aged 18 and over are invited to record and upload short videos (up to two...
In August 1992, in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, nearly 2 million books went up in flames. Fragile, 500-hundred-year-old pamphlets and vibrant Ottoman-era manuscripts disintegrated into ash as the building holding them, the National Library of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was shelled and burned. It was not the first act of cultural destruction by Serbian forces against other ethnic groups in the Balkans, and it certainly wasn’t the last: Over the next seven years, Serb nationalists led by dictator...
New light will be shed on one of the most controversial periods of Vatican history on Monday when the archives on Pope Pius XII – accused by critics of being a Nazi sympathiser – are unsealed. A year after Pope Francis announced the move, saying “the church isn’t afraid of history”, the documents from Pius XII’s papacy, which began in 1939 on the brink of the second world war and ended in 1958, will be opened, initially to a small number of scholars. Critics of Pius XII have accused him of...
Our organization and mission depends on donations, admissions, education program fees and event sales to operate. Our closure will have a significant impact on our operating budget and your support is needed now more than ever. Our effort to reveal stories of freedom’s heroes and to challenge and inspire everyone to take courageous steps of freedom today has not been diminished and our light of freedom will shine brighter than ever. Rest assured that, with your contributions during this time,...
In case you haven't had a chance to read our interview with StoryCorps Union Bargaining Committee member Maura Johnson, you can read it here. It has been updated with new informational links by author Claire Bennett. StoryCorps is an American nonprofit founded in 2003 by David Isay with a mission to preserve and share the stories of people from all backgrounds. Modeled after the oral history projects conducted by the WPA in the 1930’s, the organization places recording booths and facilitators...
In April 2019, the Joint Working Group on Issues and Awareness offered the webinar "Archival Advocacy at Home Preparing and Messaging for Visiting District Congressional Offices." To view this webinar, please click the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-qUNEi-K3Vm8SIqAY0XUM3MJ-BRMnkHU/view?usp=sharing
This timely webinar addressed the dynamics of recording remote interviews. The webinar covered the legal and ethical considerations and implications of oral histories conducted via distance interviewing, aspects of interviewing in a distance environment, and best pratices for recording archival-quality distance interviews.  This webinar was conducted by faculty from Baylor University Institute for Oral History and was supported by the Oral History Association. The full recording of the webinar ...
Apr 27, 2020   Oral History Section
The Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section is seeking nominations for a Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, Secretary, and three At-Large positions. To nominate yourself or someone else, please complete our form. Serving in a leadership role on the Section is a wonderful way to become more involved with SNAP and SAA and get to know other archivists. Our proposed SNAP bylaws require that to ensure adequate student representation in SNAP leadership, at least two candidates on the slate must...
Jeremy Linden gave a special extended Preservation Week webinar on May 8th, 2 PM E.S.T. (previously scheduled for May 1st) The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the advent of sustainable practices throughout the cultural heritage community, ranging from redefined standards and best practices to broadened discussions and understanding of what sustainability means in the context of collecting organizations including archives, museums, and libraries. This webinar will: ·     Outline...
Apr 24, 2020   Preservation Section
The next edition of the Business Archives Section Quarterly (BASQ) is in the works! This time we are dealing with the ways in which corporate archives are managing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unusual time for us all, and we are interested in hearing how business archivists are supporting their companies. We've had some great conversations on the message board about this topic and want to take it to the newsletter. You can check out the threads “Your Responses to COVID-19” (March 19...
Apr 23, 2020   Business Archives Section
The Nominating Committee for the Acquisitions & Appraisal Section is seeking individuals interested in acquisitions and appraisal for the following three positions (see below for duties): Vice Chair/Chair Elect Steering Committee At-Large Member (2 positions available) Candidates must be members of SAA and this Section at the time of nomination. We encourage candidates of all experience levels and from various types of institutions. Consider nominating yourself or a colleague! Please...
Are you looking to shape the future direction and activities of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section? Put yourself forward for an elected RAO position!  The Nominating Committee seeks nominations from all current RAO members for these vacancies:  Two Steering Committee members, for two-year terms One Vice-Chair / Chair Elect, for a three-year term. (The successful candidate will serve one year as Vice-Chair, one year as RAO Chair, and one year as Immediate Past Chair).  We value a...
Webinar from March 26, 2020 Authors Among Us: A Conversation with Christina Zamon, Rachael Woody, and Margot Note An hour-long conversation between three archivists about their forays into writing and publishing. Christina Zamon, Rachael Woody, and Margot Note each discuss their impetuses for publishing works on archival topics, such as lone arranging, grant writing, and family archives.
SAA Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Section hosted an "Ask Me Anything" web event on Monday, February 24, 2020, with past SAA Nominating Committee members. Our panel consists of former SAA Nominating Committee members who will be on hand to explain how the Nominating Committee process works. This event, for those newer to SAA, or those who may just need a refresher, aims to demystify how the Nominating Committee works as well as to emphasize the importance of voting in SAA...
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 by March 24, 2020.
The archives of the Museum of Chinese in America may be in better shape than feared, after a five-alarm fire destroyed part of the Chinatown building where they were kept. City workers began the process of recovering the museum's boxes from the building at 70 Mulberry Street on Wednesday. The archives, which boast 85,000 items of historical and cultural significance, were stored on the second floor of the five-story building, where a fire on January 24th destroyed the top floors and roof. Nine...
The official exhibition, in Sandton City until July, begins with a series of large paintings by John Meyer, one of hills, presumably in the Eastern Cape, where three young boys are seen running through rays of sunshine and blades of tall grass. The entrance engulfs the viewer, enabling them to fully immerse themselves in what is about to be an excellently curated narrative of Nelson Mandela. The first gallery invites viewers to feel the power and emotion of one of the most dramatic and...
On February 1, 2020, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience suspended the membership of the National Center for Historical Memory in Bogotá, Colombia, of its worldwide network of more than 275 historical sites, museums and initiatives of memory. To be clear, only the National Center for Historical Memory has been suspended; the Coalition continues to fully support its other Colombian members, including  the Center for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation, the Casa de la Memoria Museum...
This year will be the First International Meeting of Museums of Memory and Human Rights, which will take place in Santiago de Chile on November 12 and 13, organized in the context of our 10th Anniversary. The meeting seeks to foster critical reflection and enhance the coordination of collaborative initiatives that highlight the role of these spaces with respect to the duty to remember that it is the responsibility of the states, and the right to memory that is characteristic of people, peoples...
On January 26, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the sale of the 157,000 square foot National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Seattle facility, which holds permanent federal records for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. This decision raises the question: which is more important, access to historic records or selling a public facility in a high-value real estate market? There has been fierce opposition from historical societies in Alaska and Seattle, historical...
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 authorizing the forced evacuation and relocation of all people in “military areas” who might pose a threat to national security. Since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor had occurred just months earlier, many believed that people of Japanese ancestry posed that threat, and the entire West Coast was deemed a military area. Over the next six months, 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese descent were taken...
Building on the collaborative, community-engaged work of the American Philosophical Society’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), the APS Library & Museum launched The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) in 2016 to foster the development of the next generation of Indigenous and allied students and scholars. As part of its NASI initiative, CNAIR will host a three-day conference in Philadelphia on September 24-26, 2020. The...
StoryCorps is an American nonprofit founded in 2003 by David Isay with a mission to preserve and share the stories of people from all backgrounds. Modeled after the oral history projects conducted by the WPA in the 1930’s, the organization places recording booths and facilitators in accessible spaces to enable anyone to record their story. Among its numerous projects, StoryCorps has permanent recording booths in Chicago, NYC and Atlanta, a mobile booth that travels the U.S. in a retrofitted...
MATTHEW CONNELLY: But in this case, it was fascinating, because what I found and what others have found is that records relating to the death, the sexual assault of undocumented immigrants had been designated as temporary. In other words, these were records they decided had to be deleted after sometimes three years, five years, 10 or, at most, 25 years, in this case. So there was a big outcry. A lot of people — in fact, tens of thousands of people — spoke up in protest. Dozens of members of...
The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of the American experience. It provides a unique opportunity to meet and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities, and with leaders in the museum field. Created in 1994 as Smithsonian Institute for Interpreting and Representing Latino Cultures (SIIRLC), LMSP seeks to...