2002 Annual Report

2002-2003 Student Members:
Jessica Holada, President
Michael Kathleen Svetlik, Vice President
Johnna Weaver, Vice President
Dale Stieber, Treasurer
Christine Figueroa, Secretary
Catherine Butler, Program Officer

Anne Gilliland-Swetland, Faculty Liaison

Activities 2002

In addition to regular meetings....

Special tour with Getty Research Institute Curator, Francis Turpack of the Devices of Wonder exhibition at the Getty Center. Panel discussion with recent graduates of the program offering their first experiences in the field.

Tour with Morgan P. Yates of the Automobile Club of Southern California Archives. Our chapter gained insight into an atypical corporate archive, which has the duel purpose of managing their institutional archives, while collaborating on exhibitions featuring popular culture aspects of the AAA collections, including automotive history, city development, and tourism.

We were pleased to have a practical, instructive roundtable talk with Jackie Dooley, who discussed professional involvement and career options with our student chapter members. Tour with curator, Carolyn Cole of The Los Angeles Public Library Photographs Collections. Several of our student chapter members attended the SCA conference in San Diego and the SAA Conference in Birmingham.

Activities 2002-2003

In addition to regular meetings...

Build site and contact list for future chapter members. Tour of the Autry Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Elections for Vice President! Two teams of two run for vice president!!!! Our student chapter numbers blossom. New archives students interested in all aspects of archives work, from museums to corporations. We re-register with the school as an official Student Organization and write a new statement of purpose. We start a checking account with the UCLA Credit Union.

"Archives in Context Tour." The Student Chapter enjoyed a day in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, where we received a special docent tour of the Charles Lummis Home (current home of the Southern California Historical Society) and later received an insightful tour from Kim Walters of the Braun Research Center at the Southwest Museum, which houses the Lummis archives, manuscripts, photographs, books, wax cylinders, and objects. BAKE SALE!!! We held a very successful bake sale to raise funds for a UCLA Student Chapter sponsored reception at the SAA Annual Conference. We featured a "spotlight on archives," in keeping with the annual conference theme. Our topic: The Hemingway Archives in Cuba. This educational component is designed to spread archives awareness throughout the IS department. We hope to "spotlight" lesser known archives on campus (which may be sites for future internships) and other archives in the greater Los Angeles area for upcoming bake sales.

After our election for Vice President in October, we amended our constitution to expand voting options to include e-mail voting. We also amended our constitution to include an Information Officer position to handle all aspects of web authoring and updating in collaboration with the other student officers. We hope to have our web site become a more dynamic, reliable resource for current and prospective archives students at UCLA. We will hold elections for this position in the Spring.

In addition to Annual Conference activities here in Los Angeles, our student chapter hopes to possibly work with Cal State Fullerton (part of the San Jose State program), which just formed a Student Chapter. We are interested in planning joint panels and projects together in the future to expand our educational and networking opportunities. We hope to sponsor a workshop on grant writing for archivists. We hope to invite a leader(s) in the field to speak with our students about the "real world:" jobs, qualifications, interview process, etc. This outlines our significant student chapter activities. I hope this is helpful to SAA. Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, I have distributed the Student Chapter Surveys, which I will return as soon as they are collected at our next meeting.