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A brand new public tour that explores the rich and complex human rights history of the Métis people will launched on Louis Riel Day (February 19), free with admission at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).The 75-minute tour takes visitors on a journey through many of the exhibits at the Museum related to Métis rights and includes activities and group discussion. It begins at the Ancestral Place Circle in the CMHR’s welcome hall and continues through the Indigenous Perspectives gallery...
Britain, 1910. EM Forster published Howards End; Cora Crippen was murdered by her husband, sparking an international manhunt as he went on the run with his mistress; and the suffragettes felt the wrath of the home secretary, Winston Churchill, on “Black Friday”, as 300 women attempted to enter parliament to argue for their rights. After the ensuing riot, the government desperately attempted to cover up evidence of police brutality and serious physical assaults on the suffragettes, but the...
On the Internet no one knows you’re a dog, as the old joke goes. But does anonymity truly exist on the web anymore? And when it’s taken from us, what else do we lose? So Sad Today talks about the value of anonymity for women and self-care. Jonathan Hirshon shares his personal battle to keep his face off Facebook. New Yorker cartoonists Peter Steiner and Kaamran Hafeez discuss the evolution of memes and digital anonymity, in dog years. And Alison Macrina and Morgan Taylor reveal what’s...
I was excited to be part of a symposium in New York, Libraries in the Context of Capitalism, put on by the Metropolitan New York Library Council in their new digs on 11th avenue. It’s a nifty space where people can do things – have a meeting or workshop, use equipment to transfer older format media (VHS tapes, audio cassettes, etc.) to digital, or record a podcast. The Council also coordinates a number of programs among libraries and archives in the area. This symposium, the first of a series...
All these conferences have sessions related to human rights and archives, and the HRA Blog needs YOU to write posts summarizing them. It's not as hard as it sounds, and it's a great way to ad a publication to your resume. Here are two examples of sessions covered at SAA 2017. If you're interested in covering a session at these or other conferences, or if you have any questions, email hilary.h.barlow@gmail.com
Archival silences distort the past, shaping our current and future self-understanding, so preserving Princeton’s history sometimes means attempting to correct the work of our predecessors. My struggle to bring 19th and early 20th-century African American graduate alumni to light illustrates one way white supremacy of that era continues to influence us today. It also supports the argument that archives are not neutral, so researchers and archival staff must pay close attention to the ways...
We are looking for folks who would like to share their stories and experiences of working on the front lines of reference, access, and outreach to contribute to the RAO News blog. (See what we're about at https://raoarchivists.wordpress.com/.) Share your successes, your failures, your inspirations, your innovations. We are especially interested in "intersections"--both in areas of overlap and cooperation, or potential for cooperation, with our other SAA sections, and in ways we can aid and...
On February 22, 2018 we held our second Google Hangout. The topic was "silo-ing" or the creation of different sets of metadata for the same items. The session was attended by 14 people. The transcript of the session is attached as a PDF.
The Steering Committee of the SAA Web Archiving Section proposes to change the Section's governing “Standing Rules,” that dictate its composition and portfolio of responsibilities in advance of its next call for leadership nominations, anticipated in May 2018. We welcome you to review the attached PDF, which tracks changes to the Section’s Standing Rules as last updated and approved in 2017. In brief however, the Steering Committee propose to do the following: Eliminate the positions of...
Feb 21, 2018   Web Archiving Section
I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start! A big thanks to the Steering Committee for the dedication and passion that they are bringing to the work of the section so far. Since the annual meeting, we submitted our annual report that outlines our projects and goals for the next year https://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/1117-VI-P-SectAnnReports.pdf (pg. 51). Streamlining communication between the Steering Committee and membership is a core focus.  Also, while revisiting the...
Feb 16, 2018   Oral History Section
Preserving Stories from the Greatest Generation Gavin Do, Archivist, Go For Broke National Education Center Boiled down, oral histories are inherently about allowing individuals to tell their stories while ensuring these stories stand the test of time. For the past twenty years, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) has focused on preserving stories from a special group of individuals. Seventy-five years ago, the world was embroiled in war. The United States had entered World War II...
Feb 14, 2018   Oral History Section
Digital Archives Seeks to "Unhide" Stories of Japanese American World War II Veterans Gavin Do, Archivist, Go For Broke National Education Center The Japanese American Military History Collective (JAMHC) is a digital cooperative based on a partnership between the Japanese American Service Committee, Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club of Hawaii, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Go For Broke National Education Center and other partners. The goal of JAMHC is to increase access and...
Feb 14, 2018   Oral History Section
Page 1- Letter from the Chair, Janet Hauck, University Archivist, Whitworth UniversityPages 2-3- $385,205 Awarded to Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations from Carol Smith, Archivist, Christ Church Preservation TrustPage 4- “Archiving Antigua” Project at the Moravian Archives from Paul M. Peucker, Archivist and Director, Moravian Archives, Bethlehem- Last Call for Nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award from Jillian Ewalt, Metadata Archivist, California State University...
Volunteer One Hour to Help Us Transform the Understanding of Metadata Practices for Oral History Jaycie Vos, Oral History Association Metadata Task Force The Oral History Association Metadata Task Force (MTF) is charged with improving access and discovery for oral history interviews by helping their creators and caretakers improve the capture and preservation of the interviews’ metadata. The MTF saw the need for more structured information to offer a base understanding of metadata: what it is...
Feb 10, 2018   Oral History Section
Texas After Violence Project Oral Histories Jane Field, Project Coordinator and Digital Archivist, Texas After Violence Project Ten years ago, the Texas After Violence Project (TAVP) conducted its first official interview with Ireland Beazley, whose son, Napoleon, was executed by the State of Texas for a crime he committed as a minor. Like our interview with Ireland, many of our early oral histories focused nearly exclusively on those who were affected by capital punishment, but we have since...
Feb 10, 2018   Oral History Section
National Education Association Oral Histories at George Washington University Libraries Vakil Smallen, National Education Association Project Archivist, George Washington University Libraries The National Education Association (NEA) and the libraries of the George Washington University (GWU) formed a partnership in 2008 to process and house the Association’s archives and library at the Gelman Library within the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).  Following the official opening of the...
Feb 10, 2018   Oral History Section
Billy Graham Center Archives Oral History Interviews Online Bob Shuster, Archivist, Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College In 2017, the staff of the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois transcribed over 38 hours of oral history interviews, filling 646 pages. Most of these transcripts have been put online and can be found, along with the audio file, at: http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/newtran.html  They are also all available for viewing in the BGC...
Feb 10, 2018   Oral History Section
Samantha Bradbeer, Archivist and Historian, Hallmark Cards, Inc. Samantha Bradbeer spends her days at Hallmark making sure that an accurate and varied record of company, family, and product history is preserved for future generations.  As the company archivist and historian, Bradbeer oversees the preservation of advertisements, audio visual materials, chromolithographs, company records, greeting cards and other products, original artwork, postcards, progressive proof books, rare books, prints...
Feb 4, 2018   Business Archives Section
by Dave J. Moore, Brand Archivist and Historian Three dollars could buy you a good sized order of overalls at the turn of the 20th century. This check was submitted to Hamilton Carhartt & Co., based in Detroit, from D.L. Powers of Jonesville, Michigan in 1898. 120 years later, Powers Clothing is still going strong… and still selling Carhartt. When you have retail partners that old, you know you must be doing something right. Financial records like this are just one example of the materials...
Jan 25, 2018   Business Archives Section
A press release announcing the approval of the Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries was jointly issued by ACRL and SAA on January 25, 2018.  The new document was approved by the ACRL Board of Directors in October 2017 and by the SAA Council in January 2018. Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries is available on the ACRL...
Happy 2018! For the new year, the incoming PLASC Steering Committee will be focusing on the following projects: Conducting a survey to determine how PLASC can better serve its members Determining the best modes of communication for members to share news, research, and other resources Identifying possible collaborations with ALA, PLA, and other organizations Streamlining internal documents and processes for the Steering Committee Planning the 2018 annual section meeting Please note that moving...
The inaugural issue of Archival History News, the official newsletter of the Archival History Section, was released in October 2017, just in time for Archives Month. Brighten up your winter months by enjoying the Winter 2018 issue! Featuring excellent writing and the most up-to-date information, Archival History Newscommunicates the value of archival history to a broad public, through the publication of ongoing research, biographical notes, book reviews, and announcements. In this issue, read...
Jan 24, 2018   Archival History Section
Detail illustration from the 200 East 42nd Street marketing brochure, 1958. Illustration features the front entrance of the building, located on 42nd Street and Third Avenue. Durst Archives. By Ryan Donaldson, Senior Manager of Heritage and Information Services Founded in 1915, The Durst Organization (“Durst”) is a family-run business dedicated to the principles of innovation, integrity, community, and sustainability. Durst develops, builds, owns, and manages premier office towers and...
Jan 4, 2018   Business Archives Section
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Admitting and identifying personal biases can be difficult. Nearly two decades of scientific research has persuasively demonstrated that each of us harbor implicit bias even if we seem to hold no explicit prejudice. Society is saturated with attitudes and stereotypes about social groups and people encompassing a range of intersectional identities and over time these feelings and beliefs can become more ingrained. The Open Your Mind learning lab is designed to assist the public in...