MART Activities for the SAA Annual Meeting 2014

Aug 11: Join in a War of 1812 staff ride (tour) with the to study the Chesapeake Campaign on the 200th Year Bicentennial. Examine the Battle of Bladensburg and Fort McHenry using archival sources such as letters, diaries, and maps that tell the story from individual participants’ points of view. Hear from soldiers, sailors, Marines, British military, and “the bombs red glare!” The Chesapeake Campaign Staff Ride is a free bus tour open to all SAA members. Registration is still open, but the bus is filling fast. Don’t miss this one! Crab cakes any one?


You can add your name to the list by emailing Mike Miller at 


Aug 12: Do you have your own conspiracy theory about the Lincoln assassination? Please join the MART (Military Archives Roundtable) as we study the original Lincoln documents at NARA, and then walk to Ford’s Theater and view other sites associated with the assassination. Registration is now closed but we have a waiting list in case any spots open up.


For information, please email Mike Miller at 


Aug 13, 5:15pm -7:15pm: Join the Military Archivists for our annual business meeting. We will have our usual business meeting followed by presentations from the NARA Archival Recovery Team (not to be missed), and from the American WW II Orphans Network concerning the complications of legacy collections (We need your input and ideas on this most important subject). Anyone interested in these and other common Archives issues are invited to attend.


POINT OF ORDER: We will have a social hour/dinner as usual following our Aug 13 roundtable meeting. For those of you from out of own who have not been to the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood, now is your chance.  We will depart the meeting to go to the famed Smoke and Barrel DC (Beer, BBQ and Bourbon) 2471 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009  (202) 319-9353

The restaurant is only a short 15 minute walk from the Hotel, or a quick taxi ride. 


15 Aug, 9:15am - 10:15am. Please attend Session, 310 Database Management; Challenges for Military Records on the Home Front, our MART sponsored session.


“Using military records as case studies, panelists share how they make information available from their databases.  Short presentations on projects dealing with legacy databases include a citizen archivist project to create a database for previously unknown revolutionary records, a project to make available World War II diaries at the US Air Force Academy, a database set up to provide access to military oral histories, and an overview of accessing US Marine Corps records, all of which should engender discussion about finding records and what archivists do to facilitate working with databases that are not user-friendly.”