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The results of the Future Initiatives Survey, conducted in fall 2017 are available in the attached PDF.
The Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable is seeking nominations for the appointed ex-officio positions of Blog Coordinator, New Professionals Blog Editor, Junior Social Media Coordinator, and Student Chapter Coordinator (see descriptions below). Ex-officio positions are open to all SNAP members. The term for each office is one year, beginning on January 1, 2018 and ending on December 31, 2018. A second year may optionally be considered after the end of the first year. If...
Please join your GRS Steering Committee for an informal Meet and Greet via conference call on October 18th, 2017 from 12:00 PM (PST) to 1:00PM (PST).  We’ll introduce ourselves and our repositories, and discuss any suggestions that you may have for increasing participation in the Government Records Section.  Feel free to drop in/out of the conference call at any time; participating for the full hour is not required.  Instructions for joining the call are provided below.Access Information -...
Oct 15, 2017   Government Records Section
Hello SAA Government Records Section Members, Let’s try this again!  Please join your GRS Steering Committee for an informal Meet and Greet via conference call on October 18, 2017 from 12:00PM (PST) to 1:00PM (PST).  We’ll introduce ourselves and our repositories, and discuss what you would like to see from the Government Records Section.  Feel free to drop in or out of the conference call at any time; participating for the full hour is not required.  Instructions for joining the Meet and...
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 October newsletter, please send you submission by October 24, 2017.
On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was officially appointed chancellor of Germany. His rise to power ushered in Nazi control of the country and led to the horrors of the Holocaust. Among those targeted by the Third Reich were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. LGBTQ people would be sent to concentration camps alongside Jews, the disabled, and many more — but one of the Nazis's first shows of force against Germany’s LGBTQ community was an attack on information. On May 6, 1933...
The Octavius V. Catto Memorial Fund was created in 2004 and among his champions is Mayor Jim Kenney, who has been determined to memorialize the South Philadelphia scholar, educator, and athlete. Born in 1839, Octavius V. Catto’s many accomplishments include the successful desegregation of horse-drawn street cars in Pennsylvania, the recruitment of Black soldiers for the Civil War and a get out the vote effort that had black men waiting in line at the polls to cast their ballot on Election Day...
In 1989 Redstockings established the Archives for Action to make the formative and radical 1960s experience of the movement more widely available. Below, Annie Tummino (organizer and archivist) and Carol Giardina (organizer and historian) reflect upon how the archives have contributed to their feminist work. Read more of this article here. Read more of Acid Free, a quarterly publication of the Los Angeles Archivists Collective, here.
Forty-four years after the U.S.-supported military coup, the Santiago Museum of Memory and Human Rights has inaugurated a special exhibit of declassified CIA, FBI, Defense Department and White house records on the U.S. role in Chile and the Pinochet dictatorship. The unusual exhibit, which officially opened to the public on September 5, is titled Secretos de Estado: La Historia Desclasificada de la Dictadura Chilena—Secrets of State: the Declassified History of the Chilean Dictatorship.Curated...
France's top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher. In 1994 France backed Rwanda's ethnic Hutu leaders at the time of the genocide by Hutu militias. Some 800,000 people - mostly Tutsis - were killed. The Constitutional Council says a 25-year block on ex-president François Mitterrand's documents is legitimate. A researcher, François Graner, had sought permission to study them. Read more here.
Archival work requires an ethics of care for the deeply personal and the deeply political. My former boss at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics often said that all art is political. The same can be said about archives and archival work. Record creation, keeping, obstruction, or misrepresentation are all acts of identity and power. Who gets to be remembered and historicized by way of record creation? Who is forgotten or purposefully silenced in history by way of omission or...
When the latest barrage of bad news out of Washington batters your hope for the future, it’s time to plan a trip to  Interference Archive in Brooklyn.This place is the Smithsonian of dissent, the Louvre of political organizing—a vast treasure of pamphlets, posters, banners, flyers, photos, buttons, film clips, newspapers, t-shirts, ‘zines, audio recordings and other artifacts from movements that changed the world.You’ll find troves of boxes, files, stacks and shelves shining light on anti-...
Syria's civil war has been one of the modern world's most brutal conflicts and one of its most heavily filmed. Hundreds of thousands of amateur videos uploaded to YouTube document every heartbeat of the war over the past seven years, from momentous events like cities under bombardment to intimate scenes like a father cradling his dead children.Syrian activists fear all that history could be erased as YouTube moves to rein in violent content. In the past few months, the online video giant has...
Election results are in!  Your 2017-18 SAA Research Libraries Section Steering Committee includes:   Lisa Carter, The Ohio State University Libraries:  Chair, 7/29/2017 - 8/18/2018 Vakil Smallen, George Washington University:  Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, 7/29/2017 - 8/18/2018 Daniel Cavanaugh, University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library:  7/29/2017 - 8/7/2019 Anton duPlessis, Texas A&M University Libraries:  8/6/2016 - 8/18/2018 Jean Green, Binghamton University Libraries: 7/...
Sep 19, 2017   Research Libraries Section
CPS will hold a special election to fill a vacant seat on the CPS Steering Committee. Biographical information and responses from the two candidates are below:  1. Rebecca Denne, Special Projects Archivist, University of South Carolina, South Carolina Political Collections, M.L.S., M.A. Public History  What is your experience with congressional papers? My experience with political papers began with graduate research in the Mayoral Archives in Indianapolis which houses the collections of local...
Meeting Notes – GRS Section Meet and Greet - Sept. 11th, 10:00AM-11:00AM PST Hosted by Ingi House – Chair Jessica Knox – Jensen – Chair Elect Topics Discussed Why we need GRS Section A spot to voice about issues and come together, understanding we and our institutions are not the only ones doing it A place that specifically addresses the needs and issues of government archives. A place to talk more about what is going on and on what is working and not working. Sharing in the community to...
Sep 14, 2017   Government Records Section
You asked and we delivered. The new SNAP Student Chapter Manual is now available under "Resources" on the right-hand sidebar of the SNAP webpage. You can also access the Student Chapter Manual here. 
Hello Government Records Section Members!  Please join your GRS Steering Committee for an informal Meet and Greet via conference call on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 10:00AM (PST) to 11:00AM (PST). We’ll introduce ourselves and our repositories, and discuss any suggestions that you may have for increasing participation in the Government Records Section. Feel free to drop in/out of the conference call at any time; participating for the full hour is not required. Instructions for joining the...
Sep 11, 2017   Government Records Section
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 September newsletter, please send you submission by September 22, 2017.
Who is this Guide for? You are a human rights activist, a small or grassroots human rights organization, or media collective; You are creating or collecting digital video to document human rights abuses or issues, and; You want to make sure that the video documentation you have created or collected can be used for advocacy, as evidence , for education or historical memory – not just now but into the future…. But you are not sure where to begin, or you are stuck on a particular problem. If this...