2002-2003 Annual Report

2002-2003 Student Members:
Karen Walton, President
Mark Matienzo (Fall), Meg Glass (Winter), Vice Presidents
Anne Holcomb, Secretary
Leigh Jasmer, Treasurer
Michelle Sweetser, Program Chair
Sam Jacob, Social Chair
Joel Blanco, Webmaster


The University of Michigan SAA Student Chapter had a very active and visible year. Due to the enthusiastic efforts of the officers, students from all School of Information specializations participated in chapter-sponsored tours, panels, roundtables, and social events. The chapter also collaborated with other SI student organizations to host several joint events.

Throughout the year, the chapter held occasional Happy Hours for students, faculty and friends. The chapter also sold “Michigan Archives” t-shirts to raise money to help send an SI student to the 2003 SAA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA.

In February 2003, SAA officers met with SI Archives and Records Management (ARM) faculty during a curriculum roundtable to discuss the past, present and future of the ARM specialization. A recent result of this meeting has been the restructuring of the ARM Practicum, which will now consist of classroom instruction and placement in area archival institutions for semester-long practical experience.

Other chapter events included:

Fall 2002 (September – December)

  • Welcome Potluck for incoming students
  • Tour of the Labadie Collection, Special Collections, University of Michigan
  • Tour of the Media Union Visual Resources Collection, University of Michigan
  • Brown Bag Lunch with Robert Warner, Dean Emeritus of the School of Information and former Archivist of the United States
  • Tour of Papyrology Lab, University of Michigan
  • Non-textual Records Roundtable with Nancy Deromedi, Lisa Robinson and Carl Longstreth
  • Panel on summer internships in archives
  • Visit of Wayne State library students and Tour of UM Special Collections
  • End of Semester Potluck

Winter 2003 (January – April)

  • Tour and discussion of the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
  • ALA/SAA Student Chapters Bowling Night
  • Resume Workshop
  • Speaker: Nancy Deromedi, Bentley Historical Library, WIRED FACULTY: Research to Assess the Archival Value of Faculty Websites to Document their Functions and Activities at the University of Michigan
  • Tour of the Bentley Historical Library Conservation Lab, University of Michigan
  • Speaker: Jeannette Bastion, Simmons College, Owning History, Archives and Memory in a Postcolonial Community
  • Speaker: Judith Endelman, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, The History Principles at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
  • Tour and Discussion of the Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan
  • Speakers: Elizabeth Adkins, Ford Motor Company, and Terry Hoover, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, The History of the Ford Motor Company Archives and the Collaborative Relationship Between Ford and the Henry Ford Museum’s Research Center
  • Reception for archives students, faculty and professionals, Bentley Historical Library
  • Speaker: Karen Jania, Bentley Historical Library, The Obscure and the Obvious: Primary Sources for Genealogists
  • Brown Bag Lunch with Frank Boles, Director Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, and SAA Council member
  • End of semester ALA/SAA Student Chapters Miniature Golf Night

The chapter is a recognized University of Michigan student group and has a University bank account. More chapter information can be found at http://www.si.umich.edu/SAA/.