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  • Sunday, February 15, 2015 1:38 AM | Anonymous

    First posted on the A.R.T. Listserv on February 12, 2015.


    MCNY and QM share results of CLIR-funded World's Fair Project

    In a collaboration with the Queens Museum, the Museum of the City of New York has completed an 18-month project to make our collections from both the 1939/40 and 1964/65 New York World’s Fairs more accessible as a result of a generous Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  This project allowed the two museums to process and describe their relatively unknown and inaccessible World’s Fair collections, intellectually uniting all materials into a single finding aid for each fair, and providing item level cataloging for selected highlights from both collections. 

    The Museum and the City of New York (MCNY) and the Queens Museum (QM), in conjunction with the Queens Library, are now pleased to share finding aids for both the 1939-1940 and 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, along with item level catalog records for 1650 highlights from these collections via The Archives at Queens Library: Digital Collections.  


    Click here to view joint finding aids and catalog records for MCNY and QM collections:

    Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair finding aid

    Collection on the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair finding aid

    Catalog records for 1650 item level highlights from both fairs (Click “Search” button to display records)


    Local finding aids for just those materials held at MCNY can be found here:

    Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair finding aid

    Collection on the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair finding aid


    The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the CLIR program.  Both museums are also grateful for the partnership with the Queens Library, whose staff worked diligently to help us make these resources available via this new Digital Archives site.


  • Sunday, February 08, 2015 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Erin Allsop, resident archivist with the Waldorf Astoria. Photograph by Luke Spencer for Atlas Obscura.

    A.R.T. Board member Erin Allsop has been featured in the recent Atlas Obscura article "The Long Lost Archives of New York's Most Glamorous Hotel"!

    Erin, who serves as A.R.T. Secretary, also manages the Waldorf Astoria Archives. Luke Spencer recently interviewed her and explored the Waldorf's Astoria unparalleled collection, which includes postcards, menus, cocktail lists, ledgers, photographs, and even bellhop uniforms.

    Luke remarks: "For anyone interested in the forgotten glamor of old New York, it's an incredible find."

    Here is a link to the article:


  • Friday, February 06, 2015 10:39 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to A.R.T. Board alumni & current A.R.T. members Rachel Chatalbash and Bonnie Marie Sauer, along with all serving on the 2015 cohort, for their achievement!

    This announcement was initially posted on the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) website.

    The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI15 cohort!

    We received applications from a diverse group of archival professionals working in institutions throughout the U.S. and abroad.  Each applicant was evaluated by three different Steering Committee members and scored based on their responses to a series of essay questions.  Each of our ALI15 cohort members have shown exceptional leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of diversity within the profession.

    The Program Staff, Steering Committee, and Faculty are all very much looking forward to the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute.

    Jefferson Bailey
    Program Manager
    Internet Archive
    Jefferson Bailey is Program Manager, Web Archiving Programs & Services at Internet Archive. Prior to joining IA, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital preservation, archives, and digital collections at institutions such as the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records. He has an MLIS in Archival Studies from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Oberlin College. He is active in SAA, IIPC, and NDSA and has taught Digital Preservation in a graduate archives program.

    John Bence
    University Archivist
    Emory University
    John Bence is the University Archivist at Emory University where he works in the Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library (MARBL). Previously, he was a Research Library Fellow in MARBL and a Project Archivist in the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. He serves on the Society of American Archivists’ Standards Committee and Web Archiving Roundtable Steering Committee and is a member of the Society of Georgia Archivists. John holds an MA in Archives & Public History from New York University.

    Steven Booth
    National Archives and Records Administration
    Steven D. Booth is an Archivist for the Presidential Materials Division at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. An active member of the American Library Association and Society of American Archivists, he is involved with several diversity and recruitment programs including the Spectrum Scholarship and Knowledge Alliance, and currently serves as co-chair of the SAA Awards Committee. He holds a M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College.

    Jennifer Brannock
    Curator, Rare Books & Mississippiana
    University of Southern Mississippi
    Jennifer Brannock is the Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a BA in Art History and a MSLS from the University of Kentucky. Her professional interests include popular culture, gender and sexuality in midcentury sleaze publications, and special collections outreach and reference service.

    Rachel Chatalbash
    Senior Archivist
    Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT
    Rachel Chatalbash is Senior Archivist at the Yale Center for British Art, previously having held positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Northeastern University, and the MIT Museum. She received her M.S. in archives management from Simmons College and Ph.D. in art history from the CUNY Graduate Center. Rachel currently serves as Co-Chair of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium and Recording Secretary for the Museum Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists, and is a former president of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

    Su Kim Chung
    Head, Special Collections Public Services
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Su Kim Chung is Head of Public Services in Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is in charge of reference, instruction, and outreach. In addition to her public service role, she also serves as curator for entertainment, women, and LGBT collections. Prior to stepping into this role, she spent fourteen years as Manuscripts Librarian in UNLV Special Collections. She has also worked as an archivist for the Toyota Corporate Archives in Torrance, California, and as a regional archives assistant in Special Collections at the University of California, Irvine. She has served on numerous SAA committees, including the editorial board of the American Archivist.  Her MLIS is from UCLA, and she holds BA and MA degrees in history from California State University, Fresno.  She will receive her PhD in Information Studies from UCLA in Winter 2015.

    Jessica Farrell
    Assistant Archivist
    McDonald's Corporation
    As Assistant Archivist at McDonald’s Corporation’s Golden Archives, Jessica has led digital content management and preservation for the company’s global collections since 2012. She proudly serves on the regional Chicago Area Archivists’ Steering Committee and national Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) and has put many volunteer hours into the Chicago Read/Write Library and Father Pfleger Archives. She holds a BA in French from the College of Charleston, MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and has been a Certified Archivist since 2013.

    Rebecca Goldman
    Head, Archives and Digital Initiatives
    La Salle University
    Rebecca Goldman is the Head of Archives and Digital Initiatives at La Salle University's Connelly Library. She holds a MSLIS from Drexel University and is completing a MA in Public History at La Salle. Rebecca is the founder of the Society of American Archivists' (SAA) Students and New Archives Professionals Roundtable and currently holds leadership positions in SAA and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

    Adrien Hilton
    Processing Archivist
    Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
    Adrien Hilton is the Interim Head of Archives Processing at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, she worked as an archivist at NYU and the Redstockings Archives for Action. Adrien holds an MLS from Queens College and a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Rachel Howard
    Digital Initiatives Librarian
    University of Louisville
    Rachel Howard is Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. She received her MLIS from the University of Washington and a BA in history from the University of Notre Dame, and has worked on metadata and digitization of archival collections for the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Global Sound, Cornell University’s Global Performing Art Consortium, and University of Washington and Museum of History and Industry (Seattle)’s King County Snapshots.

    Anne Jenner
    Pacific Northwest Curator
    University of Washington Libraries
    Anne Jenner is Pacific Northwest Curator in Special Collections at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle.  She holds an M.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the UW and an M.L.I.S from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Anne was director of Archives and Special Collections at North Park University in Chicago from 2007 to 2012 and joined the UW Special Collections in summer of 2012.

    Sarah Keen
    Head of Special Collections and University Archivist
    Colgate University
    Sarah Keen is the Head of Special Collections & University Archivist and Associate Professor in the Libraries at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Previously she worked at the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University and at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. Sarah is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and the Society of American Archivists. She earned her B.A. from Alma College (Alma, MI) and her M.S.I. with a specialization in archives and records management from the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

    Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts
    Special Collections Instruction Librarian
    DePaul University
    Morgen MacIntosh Hodgetts joined the Special Collections and Archives Department at DePaul University in 2001 as the archivist for the DeAndreis-Rosati Memorial Archives, the Records of the Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission. Over the past fourteen years, her responsibilities have evolved as the department expanded its programs and services. She currently serves as a Special Collections Instruction Librarian. From 2011 to 2013 she was the Chair of the Chicago Area Archivists (CAA) Steering Committee and is currently the Chair of the 2015 CAA Archives Crawl Working Group.

    April Miller
    Program Lead
    World Bank Group Archives
    April Miller is currently the Program Lead for the Archives of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Archival Studies (MAS) from the University of British Columbia.  She was a Government Records Archivist at the (then) National Archives of Canada, where she was responsible for a portfolio of fifteen federal government departments and agencies.  She is an active member of the Association of Canadian Archivists, as well as the International Council on Archives’ Special Interest Section on International Organizations.

    Virginia Millington
    Director, Recording & Archive
    Virginia Millington is the Director of Recording & Archive at StoryCorps. In addition to working closely and collaboratively with the Library of Congress and other major institutions, Millington currently oversees the StoryCorps @ your library program, a national effort, created in partnership with the American Library Association, to provide public libraries with the tools and resources to record the stories of their communities. She has previously held positions at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Walker Art Center, and she received her MLS from the Pratt Institute.  

    Christie Peterson
    Records Management & Digital Archivist
    The Johns Hopkins University
    Christie Peterson has been Records Management Archivist for Johns Hopkins University’s Ferdinand Hamburger Archives since September 2012. In that role, she is responsible for records management, collection development and accessioning for the university archives, as well as the acquisition, processing, preservation and delivery of born-digital materials in the university archives and manuscripts. She previously worked as an archivist in the Princeton University Archives, as a project archivist with a congressional papers collection at Bates College, and as a graduate student assistant at the Bentley Historical Library. She received her MIS from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, she honed her interviewing and records review skills as an investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Caryn Radick
    Digital Archivist
    Rutgers University
    Caryn Radick is digital archivist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University and an MA in Victorian Literature from the University of Nottingham. She is an active member of MARAC and SAA and has published articles in The American Archivist and Provenance.

    Amanda Ross
    Archives Specialist (Data Standards)
    National Archives and Records Administration
    Amanda Ross is a Data Standards Specialist at the National Archives and Records Administration.  In this role, she serves as Coordinator to the Social Networks and Archival Context cooperative project.  Previously, Amanda worked on the Nixon-era White House Tapes.  She has also led archival and digitization initiatives at the Forest History Society and the Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston.  Amanda holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Bonnie Marie Sauer
    National Archives and Records Administration
    Bonnie Marie Sauer is a Senior Archivist with the National Archives at New York City. Prior to joining the National Archives, she was an Archivist with The Winthrop Group where she processed the papers of Congressman Peter W. Rodino and advised clients how to manage their archival holdings. She completed her internship at the New York Public Library's Billy Rose Theater Collection. Before earning her MLIS and certificate in Archives and Records Management from Long Island University in 2006, Bonnie worked as a Museum Technician for the Nassau County Museum System; Collection Manager and Development Associate for The Smithtown Historical Society; and Public Relations Director for The Smithtown Library.  In her current position, Bonnie serves as Processing Team Lead, Intern Coordinator, and advises on system integration in offices around the country for NARA’s enterprise systems.

    James Schnur
    University Librarian, Special Collections and University Archives
    University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    James Schnur serves as a University Librarian in the Special Collections and University Archives at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he has been a faculty member since 2002. He has also taught at Eckerd College as an adjunct member of the faculty continuously since 1996, has offered a graduate-level course and supervised fieldworks in Archival Management for the USF School of Information since 2008, and presently serves as President of the Pinellas County (Fla.) Historical Society.  He holds master’s degrees in History and Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.

    Nathan Troup
    Assistant Director for Records Management
    Missouri Office of the Secretary of State
    Nathan Troup, CA, CRM, is the Assistant Director for Records Management at the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State having previously served as the Senior Records Analyst and an Electronic Records Archivist. Troup received his MLIS from Kent State University in 2005, Masters in History with a specialization in Public History from Wright State University in 2008, and a Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona in 2011. Reporting to the State Archivist he oversees the development of records retention schedules for state executive agencies, the State Records Center and Imaging Section.

    Meg Tuomala
    Assistant Archivist
    Gates Archive, Seattle, WA
    Meg Tuomala is an Assistant Archivist at the Gates Archive in Seattle, WA where she leads the arrangement and description process track, managing the processing of Gates Archive collections. The Gates Archive is the trusted custodian of the personal and philanthropic archival collections of the Gates family.  Previously, Meg was the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she managed efforts to acquire, preserve, and provide access to born-digital special collections and archival materials. She holds an MSLS with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a certified archivist. Meg is currently serving on the Society of American Archivists’ Standards Committee (2013-2016, co-chair 2014-2016) and the Privacy and Confidentiality Roundtable Steering Committee (2014-2016).

    Casey Westerman
    University Archivist
    Wayne State University Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
    Casey Westerman has been the University Archivist of Wayne State University since 2011. He previously served as the Technical Processes Archivist of Cornell University's Kheel Center. He is a Certified Archivist, a steering committee member of SAA's Regional Archival Associations Consortium, a board member of the Michigan Archival Association, and the president of the Metro Detroit Archivists League. He holds an MLS from the University of Illinois and an MA in English Literature from the University of Georgia.

    Stacie Williams
    Learning Lab Manager
    University of Kentucky
    Stacie Williams is the Learning Lab Manager at the University of Kentucky's Special Collections Research Center, coordinating archives internships, and additionally teaches in UK’s School of Library and Information Science. She previously worked at Tufts University's Digital Collections and Archives, and Harvard Medical Library's Center for the History of Medicine. In 2013, Williams, with scholars from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, presented at SXSW about ways that information professionals can influence grassroots activism on Twitter, and she has published on cyberracism and information literacy. She is a 2010 ALA Spectrum Scholar who holds an M.S. in library science with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College, and a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

    Christina Zamon
    Head of Archives and Special Collections
    Emerson College
    Christina Zamon is the Head of Archives and Special Collections for Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.  She previously served as the archivist for the National Press Club and previously worked at the Frick Art Reference Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  She received her MA/MLS from the University of Maryland and is an active member of SAA and the New England Archivists.  Her book, The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository was published by SAA in February 2012.
  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) Board seeks input from current membership to more effectively meet its needs and increase sustainability.

    The survey can be accessed at:


    Your feedback and comments are invaluable. You may submit your responses anonymously or provide your name and email. If you supply your contact info, the A.R.T. Board may contact you regarding your responses.

    Thank you for your participation! The survey ends February 23, 2015 at midnight EST.

    Please contact Tamar Zeffren, Director of the Membership Committee, for A.R.T. member questions regarding this survey, at membership@nycarchivists.org.

  • Friday, January 30, 2015 9:28 AM | Deleted user

    With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the newly formed Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries and Archives (CCLA) aims to forge a national partnership to examine how crowdsourcing technologies, tools, and platforms can help libraries, museums, and archives augment their collections and enhance user experiences.

    Through an ongoing series of meetings and webinars, the CCLA team is now collecting cutting-edge information and best practices in the field and summarizing them in an accessible way, with accompanying principles, strategies, and resources to be continuously gathered and shared on the CCLA website (www.crowdconsortium.org).

    The questions in this survey cover a variety of topics, including the challenges faced by institutions in implementing crowdsourcing applications as well as personal media usage habits. 

    This survey aims to inform technology development and government agencies' funding of projects in the crowdsourcing domain. With this work, we are establishing what we know and do not know as a community. This anonymous questionnaire will take no more than 10 minutes.

    Here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CCLASurvey2

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:09 PM | Deleted user

    Take the 2015 Archivists Employment Survey!

    SAA is gathering employment data relating to archivists and the archives profession. Your participation will help us better understand the current employment landscape and inform our advocacy efforts. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and spread the word so that the survey reaches as many archives professionals as possible. Thank you!

    Click here to take the survey.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:24 PM | Deleted user

    Interference Archive is continuing their education series, and seeks proposals for single-session classes. Classes could be lectures, film viewing and discussion, hands-on workshops, or any other format you can imagine. In keeping with the mission of Interference Archive, there is a goal of exploring the link between social movements and culture-making.

    Deadline for proposals is January 30th.

    For more information:


  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    Posted on behalf of the SAA Awards Committee.

    The Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. Criteria for nomination include:

    ·        Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section (ARCS) of the Society of American Archivists.

    ·        Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives.

    ·        Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations.

    ·        Evidence of leadership in specific religious archives.

    Only individual archivists are eligible for nomination. The award is sponsored by the Society of Southwest Archivists, in conjunction with Society of American Archivists.  It is named in honor of  Sister M. Claude Lane, the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. The award finalist is recognized with a certificate from SAA and a $300 cash prize provided by the Society of Southwest Archivists at the annual Society of American Archivists meeting. 

    For more information on the Lane Award, including past winners, see:


    To nominate an archivist for the Lane Award please follow the guidelines provided in the Nomination Form via the link on that page.

    All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2015.

    Please contact me if you have any questions:

    David Kingma, CA

    Foley Center Library

    Gonzaga University

    502 East Boone

    Spokane, WA 99258-0095




  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    As reported on the Society of American Archivists website:

    CHICAGO—Thirty-six archivists earned the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework and passing a comprehensive examination in November. SAA’s DAS certificate program was developed by experts in the field of digital archives and provides archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.

    DAS certificate holders must complete nine courses from four tiers: Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, Tools and Services, and Transformational, and pass the comprehensive examination. DAS certificate holders have the skills to understand the nature of electronic records; define requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulate strategies for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives; plan for new tools and technologies and integrate them into existing functions to appraise, capture, preserve, and provide access to digital collections; curate, store, and retrieve original masters and access copies of digital archives; and provide reliable service related to electronic records and digital archives.

    The new Digital Archives Specialists are: Marci Behm (Des Moines Public Library), Michael L. Case (USO), Jenny Cashman (Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences), Ryan A. Donaldson (The Durst Organization), Martin Firestein (William Rainey Harper College), Sharon L. Guthrie (Rice University), Mary Haberle (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), Sarah A. Haug (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Jennifer Ho (Chicago Community Trust), Amy B. James (Maryland State Archives), Kellie M. Johnson (Utah Valley University), Lisa Johnston (University of Minnesota), Jennifer E. King (The George Washington University), Elizabeth S. Knight (Consulting Archivist), Carol Kussmann (University of Minnesota), Matthew B. Leavitt (Brigham Young University), Janice Lurie (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Alexis S. Macklin (University of Colorado, Boulder), Jamie L. Martin (IBM Corporation Archives), Shannon Mawhiney (Missouri State University), Megan H. McGovern (Progressive Insurance), Jessica McIntyre (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Lisa A. Mix (New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center), Martha R. Noble (California Judicial Center Library), Amanda G. Pellerin (Jimmy Carter Presidential Library), Clint Pumphrey (Utah State University), Andrea W. Richardson (The Portman Archives), Rebecca Russell (Rice University), Lisa M. Schmidt (Michigan State University), Lauren Seney (The College of William and Mary), Elizabeth Shepard (Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives), Gina M. Strack (Utah State Archives), Lisa Sutton (Washington National Records Center), Rodney R. Swaner (Utah State Archives), Ashley L. Taylor (University of Pittsburgh), and Todd Welch (Northern Arizona University).

    A total of 186 people have earned Digital Archives Specialist certificates since the program began in October 2011. Currently, there are more than six hundred participants in SAA’s DAS program who are working toward earning a certificate. For more information, visit www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das or contact SAA Education Director Solveig De Sutter (sdesutter@archivists.org).


    Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA enables more than 6,100 individual and institutional members to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. For more information, visit www.archivists.org.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    The National Humanities Alliance is having their annual meeting and advocacy day March 16-17 in Washington DC.  

    What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than meeting members of Congress and advocating for Federal funding of archives?

    For more info and registration see: http://www.nhalliance.org/events/index.shtml

    Advance registration closes January 31st.

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