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  • 21 Feb 2012 3:07 PM | Anonymous
    At this time, The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York would like to bring to membership's attention our upcoming annual election for open Board positions. Elections will open at the end of May and the winners will be announced at our business meeting in June, however, we invite members to inquire about open positions now.
    Board positions are a two-year commitment.  Being on the ART Board is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the profession, volunteer within the local community and to network with fellow archivists. If you are interested in running for open positions, or know of anyone who would make a good candidate, please email the Membership and Nominating Committee at to begin a conversation, and learn more about the opportunities on the ART Board.
    Thank you, and we look forward to your participation!

    Heather F. Ball
    Membership and Nominating Committee Coordinator, ART
  • 19 Feb 2012 11:38 PM | Anonymous
    Society of American Archivists Workshop: Visual Literacy for Photograph Collections

    Monday, May 21, 2012
    9 am- 5pm
    The National Archives at New York City
    New York, NY

    Workshop Description
    This workshop provides methods to gain information from photographs and to understand how this information can be applied in a practical manner to help manage, arrange, and describe collections more effectively and for researchers to extract information. If you’ve attended SAA’s “Understanding Photographs” workshop, this is your next step! This workshop adds more concepts that are important for understanding the intellectual and physical nature of photographs. Incorporating these concepts into daily practice can have practical and economical benefit for the archivist and provide better service to the researcher. Learn to understand the photograph as artifact,visual literacy, and their application to photograph collection management and research uses.

    Upon completing this workshop, you’ll:

    • Have examined visual literacy in-depth and learned to apply this information in practice always to arrange and describe photograph collections;
    • Know about the importance of the concept of object and image in collection management and the difference between physical order and intellectual order;
    • Comprehend the intellectual and social nature of photographs;
    • Understand the photographic messages, the complex collective life of photographs, and how the photographic information can be obscured or changed over time; and
    • Be able to apply this knowledge to managing photo collections to save time and money.
    • Who should attend? Archivists or others who work with photograph collections and researchers wishing to understand more about finding information contained in photographs. Archivists or others who want to build on the knowledge gained from the introductory SAA “Understanding Photographs” workshop.
    Attendance limited to 30.

    More information and a link to registration is available at the following link:

    The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is proud to serve as a co-sponsor of this event. ART members receive a discount of $25 off the early bird registration price by entering code VLPC25NY during online registration.

    Thanks to the National Archives at New York City for graciously hosting this event. Please direct all questions regarding the workshop to the Society of American Archivists.

  • 09 Feb 2012 10:04 AM | Anonymous
    Call for Donations!
    Help Occupy Wall Street Archives

    Your fellow archivists need your help!

    Since the early days of Occupy Wall Street, members of the OWS Archives Working Group have been engaged in collecting materials significant to documenting the movement.  Without financial support, however, the collections languish in a general office space, uncataloged and exposed to the surrounding environment.
    As part of its mission, the Archivists Round Table Advocacy Committee is working to support the efforts of the OWS archivists. To that end, the ART Advocacy Committee is holding a donation drive to collect materials desperately needed by the OWS Archives to process the collections.  Please consider donating any unneeded materials or materials ready to be discarded by your institutions.

    Your donations will help the OWS archivists fulfill their mission to develop a grass roots collection documenting the actions and legacy of the movement, in the overall spirit of openness and transparency advocated by the OWS movement.  In addition, support from the professional archival community will lend a legitimacy to the OWS Archives and boost their visibility within the OWS movement.

    We are collecting donations of:
    •    Acid-free boxes (any size)
    •    Acid-free folders (any size)
    •    Pencils
    •    Archival-quality pens
    •    Acid-free tissue paper
    •    Archival-quality labels
    •    Digital storage media (i.e. flash drives, hard drives)
    •    Any office supplies (notepads, paper, pens, etc.)

    If you are able to donate, please contact the ART Advocacy Committee at with a list of materials. We will determine on a case-by-case basis how best to collect materials.

    For more information on the OWS archives, see the following websites:

    OWS Archives Working Group:

    OWS Archives Mission Statement:
    NYC General Assembly:

    Submitted by ART Advocacy Committee
  • 30 Jan 2012 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that ART member Rachel L. Conrad has joined the staff of Metropolitan Archivist, as a managing editor. Rachel brings a unique set of skills and experiences to her role:  she currently serves as publications editor at the New York Philharmonic, where she was originally employed as an editorial assistant from 2003 to 2006 while she pursued a master's degree in library science at Pratt's School of Library and Information Science, which she obtained in 2006. 

    She added that degree to an already impressive academic portfolio, which includes a bachelor's degree in flute performance and music history from Temple University and an M.A. in musicology from NYU. After earning her library degree, Rachel spent three years in Washington D.C. as an online publishing specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. 

    She returned to New York in 2010, when the Philharmonic offered her her current position as publications editor. As a managing editor at the Metropolitan Archivist, Rachel joins a team that already includes Mary Ann Quinn and Madeline Rogers, both of whom are delighted to welcome her.  

    Rachel's extracurricular passion, apart from her cat Mimi, is hiking and long-distance walking. Between hiking trips abroad (most recently to Tenerife) she stays in shape by walking at least one way to work each day, weather permitting, from her home in Brooklyn (about eight miles).

    Submitted by Madeline Rogers

  • 22 Jan 2012 9:00 PM | Anonymous



    STEVEN W. SIEGEL died early Saturday morning, 21 January 2012, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He would have been 66 on Feb. 23.


    Funeral, Monday, Jan. 23rd at 10AM at the Plaza Memorial Chapel,

    630 Amsterdam Avenue, (91st Street) in Manhattan (

    Please direct condolences in care of Steve’s mother, Mrs. Eleanor Siegel,
    9511 Weldon Circle – Apt 302, Tamarac, Florida 33321.


    Steve was a dear friend and mentor to countless Jewish genealogists. A founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (NY) and an original member of the JGS Executive Council, he served as JGS president from 1985 to 1989 and again in 2011. He was the only founding member of the JGS who served on the JGS Executive Board from its inception in 1977 to now. He served on the Center for Jewish History's Genealogy Task Force which helped establish the Center's Genealogy Institute.

    Steve was also active in the wider genealogical and archival communities. A professional archivist and librarian, he worked for many years as library director at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan. He was past president of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and initiated New York's annual Family History Fair, an event that he chaired for 16 years. Steve was the 2004 recipient of the Archival Achievement award in recognition of his management of the Fair for so many years.

    A proficient writer and editor, Steve was co-founder and co-editor of "Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy," from 1977 to 1983, and served as managing editor and acting editor of JGS's newsletter, Dorot. He also compiled Archival Resources, Volume I of Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the USA (Saur, 1978) and, with Zachary Baker, "A Bibliography of Eastern European Memorial (Yizkor) Books" (1992).

    Steve was president of the Jewish Historical Society of New York, a director of the Jewish Book Council, and a member of Association of Professional Genealogists. A proud Cornell alumnus, he served on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University Hillel and on the Cornell University Council. He recently received the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award for 2011.

    Steve was a native of New Jersey -- he was born in Union City and grew up in Teaneck -- but he lived on Manhattan's upper East Side for many years. Beloved son of Eleanor Simon Siegel and the late Morris Siegel, he is also survived by his brother, Jerry Siegel; sister, Connie Siegel Dennis and nieces Jessica and Katelyn Dennis. Steve's life partner for 29 years, Rob Selden, died in 2008.

    May his memory be as a blessing.


    Roni Seibel Liebowitz

    President, JGS, Inc. (NY)

    To make a gift anyone can use any of the following options – and for each one – please make sure to note that it is in memory of Steven Siegel.

    Mail a check (made out to Cornell University with Cornell Hillel.
    IMO Steven Siegel in the memo line or attached note) to:
    Cornell University
    Box 223623
    Pittsburgh, PA 15251-2623

    To make a gift by phone, call our Annual Fund office at: 1-800-279-3099 and mention that the gift is directed to Cornell Hillel in memory of Steven Siegel.

    Or, to make a gift online, click on the link below: and in “Other” Section, “Cornell Hillel” can be noted along with indication of it being in memory of Steven Siegel.

  • 10 Jan 2012 9:31 AM | Anonymous


    "Conservators Converse," the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network blog of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, has published a nice review of ART's Artists' Records in the Archives symposium. The symposium was held in October as part of the 2011 New York Archives Week.

    The blog post was written by Amy Brost, and she describes how the symposium was relevant for conservators working today. She concluded by saying "I gained a new appreciation for the field of archives and preservation, and I am excited by the new directions for collaboration between archivists and conservators."

    The post can be accessed at:

    ART wants to thank Amy and the American Institute for Conservation. We also look forward to future collaborations between archivists and conservators!

  • 03 Jan 2012 1:59 AM | Anonymous

    The new winter issue of Metropolitan Archivist is now available on the ART website or can

    Direct link:

    In this issue:


    "FROM FEVER TO FOLDER: Session Presentations from the 'To the Source' Symposium"
    featuring contributions from Grace Lile, Jonathan Lill, and Jenna Freedman

    "The Cooper Union 100th Anniversary Photographs"
    by Julie Castelluzzo & Carol Salomon

    "Roundabout Theatre's Stephen Sondheim Theatre: Discovering Its Past"
    by Tiffany Nixon

    "Edward Steichen Archive Now Available at the Museum of Modern Art"
    by Celia Hartmann

    "Brooklyn Historical Society Launches Project to Teach Undergrads to Use Archives"
    by Robin Katz

    "METRO Digitization Grant at the Center for Jewish History"
    by Susan Woodland

    "History Coming Home"
    by John Beekman
    with Jason Kucsma, Executive Director,
    Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

        *BOOK REVIEWS*



       *And more, so... take a look inside!

  • 17 Dec 2011 3:01 PM | Anonymous
    The New York Public Library welcomes Carl Ballenas and the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School. They will present an illustrated lecture of

    When: Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Where: New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Branch,
    40th Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016

    This program is FREE.
    Please note elevators access the 6th floor after 6p.m.

    About the presenters:
    Carl Ballenas, a local historian, author and award-winning teacher with The Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School, a group of academically gifted students under his direction, previously partnered on the book Images of America: Jamaica Estates. Mr. Ballenas is also the coauthor of Images of America: Richmond Hill and Images of America: Maple Grove Cemetery.

    2011 ART Award Ceremony Honorees by archivistsrt, on Flickr
    The 2011 Archivists Round Table honorees (from left to right): Brian G. Andersson, retired commissioner, NYC Department of Records; Councilwoman Gale Brewer;  New York Philharmonic Archivist-Historian Barbara Haws; Bob George, director, ARChive of Contemporary Music; Amne Madi, past president, Aquinas Honor Society; and Carl Ballenas, moderator, Aquinas Honor Society. Photograph by Michael Lorenzini, 10/13/11. Via ART's Flickr page.

    Mr. Ballenas and his students received the Educational Use of Archives Award from ART at the 2011 Awards Ceremony held at Columbia University's Faculty House. The Awards Ceremony was the premier event of this year's 23rd Annual New York Archives Week. Archives Week events include lectures, tours of repositories, and workshops, all free and open to the public. These special events are designed to celebrate the importance of historical records, and to familiarize interested organizations and the public with a wealth of fascinating archival materials illuminating centuries of New York City history and culture.

    Video of the awards event has been by provided by Amne Madi, Former President of the Aquinas Honor Society:

    K-12 Archival Education Institute
    Carl Ballenas examines documents from his collections with Betsy Rosalen at the K-12 Archival Education Institute at the National Archives on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Photograph by Johanna O'Toole. Via ART's Flickr page.

    Mr. Ballenas also participated in ART's inaugural K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI). The AEI paired professional archivists with Metropolitan New York educators to demonstrate how archival documents can be incorporated in class curriculum to achieve state mandated learning standards. The focus of the 2010 AEI was on the theme of civil and human rights curricula. ART, in partnership with the National Archives at New York City and United Federation of Teachers/United Teachers of Social Studies, sponsor the AEI each year. More details, including registration information, about the 2012 AEI will become available this Spring on the ART website. 

    More about the K-12 Archives Education Institute:

    "NARA K-12 Education Institute," Archives and Public History Digital Post:

    *On January 19th, 2012, ART will present Young Historians, Local Educators, and Availing Archivists: Teaching with Primary Source Materials and Common Core Standards. This special program features the AEI, with a presentation by Marisa Gitto, AEI Curriculum Coordinator. This event is hosted by the National Archives at New York City. Admission is free but pre-registration is required on the ART website.* ART thanks MetLife for its generous support of the Archives Education Institute. 

  • 14 Dec 2011 9:47 AM | Anonymous
    New York History Blog Editor

    Description: ART seeks a dedicated and motivated volunteer to serve as ART’s Editor for the New York History blog- Nearly 2,000 people get New York History each day via E-Mail, RSS, or Twitter or Facebook updates. In this position, the Editor will be responsible for soliciting and editing 1 blog entry per month on ART’s behalf. Content for the New York History blog will be submitted to the Editor from the ART Board and ART members.
    Goals: Highlighting the work of archives and archivists in the New York metropolitan area; increasing exposure to the opportunities and challenges faced by archives and archivists; providing examples of how archivists add value to historical collections and provide service to their communities and the public
    Qualifications: Current ART member; previous experience with editing (3+ years); demonstrated experience with social media and public relations campaigns; proven ability to manage projects
    Terms: This position is for a one-year term that begins in January 2012. The position is eligible for renewal on an annual basis. The position will require 3-5 hours per month and includes soliciting submissions, editing of submissions, reviewing image permissions forms, and uploading the final copy and images to the New York History blog interface. Blog entry submissions are to be 250-500 words with 1-2 photos.
    To Apply: Please send your resume/CV to Ryan Anthony Donaldson, ART Communications and Outreach Coordinator- The deadline to apply is December 20, 2011.
  • 03 Nov 2011 7:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Archivists Round Table will be publishing proceedings from its recent symposium, Artists’ Records in the Archives, held on October 11th and 12th in New York City. We are looking for ART members who would like to help facilitate this project. Project responsibilities will include communication with symposium speakers, editing and formatting of submissions, and help with publicity. This work will be completed between January and June 2012. 

    Contact: Rachel Chatalbash, President,


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