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Metropolitan Archivist

The Metropolitan Archivist is the digital publication of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. The Metropolitan Archivist is a forum for archivists in the New York metropolitan area and beyond to publish on local histories and collections, issues impacting the field, new projects undertaken within our professional community, and more.

Starting in the Fall of 2020, The Metropolitan Archivist is inaugurating a new quarterly format organized around a central thematic, which can be broadly interpreted through an archival lens. The new format includes articles, interviews, spotlights on members and collections, in-depth advocacy and issue articles, digital exhibitions, and reviews.

2020 Fall Issue: Invisible City

The Fall 2020 issue of the Metropolitan Archivist is organized around the thematic of the Invisible City, in recognition of the various ways in which the historic events of the past six months have made visible that which has failed to register in the mainstream consciousness for far too long. The COVID-19 pandemic transformed our daily lives and made way for the groundswell of public demonstrations over the loss of Black lives. These seismic events have revealed aspects of our culture and society, both historical and present day, that rightfully demand to be seen and transformed.

Find the Metropolitan Archivist on Medium to read and share: https://medium.com/metropolitan-archivist

Please join us in celebrating the publication of the inaugural digital issue Invisible City on Thursday, October 29th. Held in conjunction with New York Archives Week, and moderated by co-editors Emily Andresini and Amye McCarther, the panel will expand on the authors’ engagement with bringing invisible and historically marginalized legacies to light. 

Details: Metropolitan Archivist Issue Launch: Invisible City

To volunteer for the Publications Committee, or to submit comments or questions please contact Director of Publications Emily Andresini at:

Metropolitan Archivist (2011-2016)

ART’s bi-annual publication, Metropolitan Archivist, served its members by informing them of ART activities through reports of monthly meetings and committee activities, relating important announcements about individual members and member repositories, reporting important news related to the New York metropolitan area archival profession, and providing a forum to discuss archival issues.




ARTISTS' RECORDS in the ARCHIVES: Symposium Proceedings

This publication documents the New York Archives Week symposium, "Artists’ Records in the Archives,"  held on October 11, 2011 at the New York Public Library, and on October 12, 2011 at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The symposium was dedicated to investigating and broadening the discussion surrounding artists’ records—documents created by artists that bear witness to the creative process, often including sketches, doodles, and other notations. Eight sessions featuring twenty-seven presenters addressed the relationships among artists’ records, artwork, and artists; the significance of artists’ records in archives for scholars and curators; and how archivists and special collections librarians manage artists’ records in their repositories.

For the Record (2011-2013)

For The Record was a blog written by ART from 2011 to 2013 to keep members up to date with news between meetings, and inform the archives community of current issues between publications of the Metropolitan Archivist.

Issue #12: March/April 2013
Issue#11: September/October 2012
Issue #10: July/August 2012
Issue #9: May/June 2012
Issue #8: March 2012
ssue #7: February 2012

Issue #6: January 2012

Issue #5: December 2011

Issue #4: November 2011

Issue #3: October 2011

Issue #2: September 2011

Issue #1: August 2011

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