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  • Monday, January 28, 2013 11:35 AM | Anonymous
    Call For Judges- Long Island History Day- March 10th

    Long Island is the largest regional National History Day in New York State. Thirty-five schools and 575 students from across Nassau and Suffolk counties participated last year.

    ART members are asked to volunteer as judges for this year’s Long Island History Day, scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Hoffstra University. Judges must arrive for an 8:00 AM orientation and the day ends for judges anywhere between 1:00 and 2:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch and provided.

    Here is the survey form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dExYY0pQWUwwMEdzbTd6SmhqVnhncVE6MQ#gid=0

    For more information about Long Island History Day, please visit New York State History Day at http://www.nyshistoryday.org/ or National History Day at http://nationalhistoryday.org/.

    If you have any questions about Long Island History Day, please contact Susan Glaser at sglaser22@gmail.com or susan@glasermills.com or Robbie Harte at harte4622@aol.com. Thank you.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:19 AM | Anonymous member
    On 12 December 2012, in conjunction with the ART Holiday Party, co-sponsored by and hosted at the Warburg Lounge of the 92nd Street Y, New York City, a special election was held in order to vote for a vacancy for the position of Director of the Education Committee, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York Inc. (ART). 

    Karen Murphy was unanimously elected to the ART Board of Directors as Director of the Education Committee. Karen has worked at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the agency responsible for managing the New York City water supply, since 2007. As part of the Office of Records and Archives Management she manages, preserves and increases access to records which help DEP operate and build upon New York City’s vast water infrastructure. Karen earned her MA in History with a certificate in Archival Management from NYU in 2007. During that time she worked at the NYU Archives as a Graduate Assistant and also interned with the Archives of Irish America and the Museum of the City of New York. Karen has been a member of the Archivists Round Table since 2005 and has volunteered with the Membership Committee since 2008, serving on the ART Board as Coordinator of the Membership and Nominating Committee from 2008 – 2010.

    Thank you to ART members for participating in this special election. 

    Congratulations to Karen Murphy, Director of the Education Committee, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:06 PM | Anonymous member

    A special meeting is called by the ART Board of Directors, in conjunction with the ART December event/Holiday Party, in order to vote for a vacancy for the position of Director of the Education Committee, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York Inc. (ART).  This position was filled by Board appointment on 08/31/12 until an official member election could take place.

    Follow the links for candidate bio and statement and election ballot:

    2012 Special Election Candidate Bio and Statement
    2012 Special Election Ballot
    Voting in person by current ART members will be possible from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the ART Holiday Party on December 12, 2012 at the 92nd Street Y, Warburg Lounge, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128.

    If you are unable to attend the December 2012 meeting/holiday party you may vote by proxy via email. Please send an email to admin@nycarchivists.org by 3:00 pm on 12 December 2012; you may attach the ballot or indicate for whom you cast your vote. You must include your full name and must vote using the official email address registered with your ART membership account.

    Results of the election will be announced at the end of the ART December event/Holiday party once the tally has been completed and membership will also be notified of the results following the election via email.

    Thank you for participating in this special election.

  • Friday, November 09, 2012 5:09 PM | Deleted user
    The State Archives has received word that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has scheduled applicant briefings for grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations that provide services of an educational or governmental nature. Eligible nonprofits include entities such as libraries, museums, performing arts facilities, and community arts centers.

    If your organization has suffered records damage, you should attend the applicants briefing in the county where your damaged facility is located to learn how to apply for FEMA funding. Because the schedule is subject to change, please confirm the date, time and location of the briefings in your county. Note that these briefings will not address programs for individuals or businesses.

    For more information on the FEMA Public Assistance process, see
  • Tuesday, November 06, 2012 11:33 PM | Anonymous

    ART Book Club

    a meeting in the ART Discussion Group series

    Please join us for a gathering of the ART Book Club. The group will convene on January 23, 2013 at 6pm at a location to be determined for an informal discussion of Francis X. Blouin Jr. and William G. Rosenberg’s book, Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archives (Oxford, 2011).

    We ask that all participants commit to reading the book and come prepared with one or two questions for group discussion.

    The ART Discussion Group series is a periodic gathering of ART members to discuss issues of professional interest. All ART members are welcome. The Book Club grew out of a member's suggestion that books are a great way to initiate discussions around a theme.

    Participants to the Book Club will be capped at 15. 

    The group is kept small to encourage discussion among all attendees. 

    If you are interested in attending, please email us to save a spot: discussions@nycarchivists.org

    We will email separately regarding the meeting location upon RSVP.

    Processing the Past has provoked significant debate amongst archivists and historians.

    From Oxford University Press:


    Processing the Past explores the dramatic changes taking place in historical understanding and archival management, and hence the relations between historians and archivists. Written by an archivist and a historian, it shows how these changes have been brought on by new historical thinking, new conceptions of archives, changing notions of historical authority, modifications in archival practices, and new information technologies. The book takes an "archival turn" by situating archives as subjects rather than places of study, and examining the increasingly problematic relationships between historical and archival work.

    By showing how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historians and archivists in Europe and North America came to occupy the same conceptual and methodological space, the book sets the background to these changes. In the past, authoritative history was based on authoritative archives and mutual understandings of scientific research. These connections changed as historians began to ask questions not easily answered by traditional documentation, and archivists began to confront an unmanageable increase in the amount of material they processed and the challenges of new electronic technologies.

    The authors contend that historians and archivists have divided into two entirely separate professions with distinct conceptual frameworks, training, and purposes, as well as different understandings of the authorities that govern their work. Processing the Past moves toward bridging this divide by speaking in one voice to these very different audiences. Blouin and Rosenberg conclude by raising the worrisome question of what future historical archives might be like if historical scholars and archivists no longer understand each other, and indeed, whether their now different notions of what is archival and historical will ever again be joined.


    • a unique approach to the relationships between archives and the formation of historical knowledge jointly conceptualized by an archivist and a historian

    • develops a new understanding of the "archival divide" separating contemporary historical scholars and their former colleagues in the archival community

    • an essential work for scholars interested in understanding how archives really work, and for archivists interested in understanding current dimensions of historical scholarship

    • addresses how the study of history has and will change with the development of new technology

    • explains problems of access to archives and why they are likely to continue for conceptual, political, and technological reasons


    "Blouin and Rosenberg have once again joined forces to write what is very like a total history of the modern western archive. From lust to dust to techno-rust, they detail the convergences and divergences of historical authority and archival practice, providing a sweeping and deeply researched account of the impact of political and technological change on archives past, present and future. As indispensably, the authors narrate the tectonic shifts we in the last few generations of historians and archivists have lived through without, perhaps, fully realizing the revolution under our feet - and under our fingertips as well. Both genealogy and prophecy, this book is a must read for anyone who cares about what history is and what it will be beyond our lifetimes."-Antoinette Burton, editor, Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History

    "Processing the Past provides a compelling and well-illustrated analysis of the growing divergence between archivists and historians. Blouin and Rosenberg will generate constructive reflection and discussion with this substantial work of scholarship. They will help the community take a step towards bridging the gap between humanists and those who would serve their needs." -Roger C. Schonfeld, Manager of Research, Ithaka S+R; author of JSTOR: A History

    More about the book

    A review of the book is available in the Journal of Archival Information, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, 2011: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15332748.2011.640886

    For an interview with the authors, see the American Historical Association’s November 2011 issue of Perspectives on History: http://www.historians.org/perspectives/issues/2011/1111/1111con1.cfm

    Kate Theimer has several related blog posts: http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=2448

    * * *

    The ART Discussion Group series, in General

    ART Discussion Groups take on topics that address the immediate needs and interests of working archivists. The meetings are intended to create a space where archivists may engage in focused, informal conversation around specific problems derived from archival work, exploring strategies from everyday practice. Participants come away with fresh approaches to practical challenges. The size of each group is kept small to encourage all attendees to participate. When noted, sessions are designed for archivists at similar levels of experience.

    ART members themselves devise and lead the discussion groups. In order for the program to succeed, we need to hear from you! Please send in your ideas for future discussion topics. Or, even better, if you would like to lead a discussion, let us know. Send comments, questions and suggestions to Wendy Scheir and Maria LaCalle at discussions@nycarchivists.org.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Friday, November 02, 2012 6:40 PM | Anonymous

    Recovery of Wet Art and Historic Collection Information

    A free public presentation on recovering wet art and cultural materials will be held Sunday, November 4 from noon until 2 p.m. at The Museum of Modern Art. Speakers from the American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT), along with conservators from MoMA, will provide suggestions and answer questions on how to safely handle and dry wet materials such as paintings, drawings, books, sculpture, and other artistic and cultural works. The consortium will take place in MoMA's Celeste Bartos Theater, in the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54 Street, New York. 

    The presentation is designed to be of special help to the many artists and galleries whose works were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    MoMA has also issued a document, Immediate Response for Collections, that offers guidelines for dealing with art damaged by flooding. It offers step by step measures that can be taken to conserve artworks in a variety of mediums that have been damaged by water, including library and archive collections. It also includes a list of suppliers and emergency services that can provide some of the services listed in the document. The document is available on the Museum’s web site, MoMA.org
    The American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the national association of conservation professionals, is offering free emergency response assistance to cultural organizations.

    *       Call AIC's 24-hour assistance number at 202.661.8068 for advice by phone.

    *       Call 202.661.8068 to arrange for a team to come to the site to complete damage assessments and help with salvage organization.

    AIC-CERT volunteers have provided assistance and advice to dozens of museums, libraries, and archives since 2007.  AIC-CERT teams were on the ground following Tropical Storm Irene and flooding in Minot, North Dakota in 2011, the Midwest floods in 2008, and in the Galveston area following Hurricane Ike later that year. AIC-CERT members and other AIC conservators participated in an 18-month-long project in Haiti assisting with recovery of cultural materials damaged in the 2010 earthquake.

    AIC-CERT is supported and managed by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC).  In 2007 and again in 2010, FAIC received funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services to support an advanced training program for conservators and other museum professionals that resulted in a force of 107 "rapid responders" trained to assess damage and initiate salvage of cultural collections after a disaster has occurred.  They are ready to assist.

    Resources and information on disaster recovery and salvage can be found on the AIC website at www.conservation-us.org/disaster.  The public can also call AIC-CERT at 202.661.8068.  Donations can be made at www.conservation-us.org/donate.
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    About AIC
    The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works is the national membership organization supporting the professionals who preserve our cultural heritage.  AIC plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public. 
    Learn more about AIC at www.conservation-us.org.
    About FAIC
    The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that advance the conservation profession nationally and internationally while promoting understanding of our global cultural heritage. 
    Learn more about FAIC at www.conservation-us.org/foundation.
  • Thursday, November 01, 2012 2:51 PM | Anonymous
    Resources for Archives, Galleries, Libraries and Museums Affected by Hurricane Sandy 
    Circulated by the Alliance for Response-NYC.

    Resources for artists and galleries affected by Hurricane Sandy


    *****Do not throw damaged art away without first consulting a conservator!*****

    Sources of assistance for artists and galleries:

    Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF): www.craftemergency.org, 802-229-2306

    New York Foundation for the Arts: www.nyfa.org

    AIC’s Find a Conservator service: http://www.conservationus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=495

    ArtsReady Useful Links


    See especially the links to funding for emergency relief.

    Disaster response resources and salvage guides:

    AIC: http://www.conservationus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=593

    NCPTT, Wet Recovery resources: http://ncptt.nps.gov/wet-recovery/

    Heritage Preservation:


    Connecting 2 Collections forum on disaster recovery


  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) has created a simple
    survey to assess how metropolitan New York institutions have been impacted 
    by the storm and to gauge who might be interested in volunteer help.

    We encourage ART members to complete the survey and 
    assist with helping assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

    You can access the simple survey here :

    Thank you.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 2:31 PM | Anonymous

    As published on the Society of American Archivists website:

    National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

    In September 2005, the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists created the SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Fund established to address the stabilization and recovery needs of archival repositories that were directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. In October of that year, the Fund was expanded to include repositories affected by Hurricane Rita. Both SAA and SSA provided $5,000 in “seed” money to establish the Fund.

    Working together, SSA and SAA have expanded the original scope of the Fund to provide grants that support the recovery of archival collections from major disasters, regardless of region or repository type.

    Any repository that holds archival records or special collections is eligible to apply for a grant. The repository need not be a member of SSA or SAA. Grant monies may be used for the direct recovery of damaged or at-risk archival materials; such services as freeze drying, storage, transportation of materials, and rental facilities; supplies, including acid-free boxes and folders, storage cartons, cleaning materials, plastic milk crates, and protective gear; and to defray the costs for volunteers or other laborers who assist with the recovery.



    How much funding is available? Initially grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded. Additional requests may be considered if funds remain available. Approved grant payments may be made directly to a service provider, upon the grantee's request, if an itemized invoice is presented. Recipients will be asked to provide a financial accounting of expenditures made using the award within 6 months of receiving the funding.

    How do I apply? Download and complete the application document and send as an e-mail attachment to saahq@archivists.org. Or, if you prefer, you may submit a letter containing the same information. Ideally the letter should come from the head of your organization, but it may come from a primary contact. Please include contact information for both the head of the organization and the primary contact if these are different individuals.

    Send your application/letter, via either email attachment or postal service, to:

    Society of American Archivists Foundation
    Attn:  National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives
    17 North State Street, Suite 1425
    Chicago, IL  60602
    866-722-7858 (toll-free)
    fax 312-606-0728

    How will recipients be selected? A review panel comprising representatives of SSA and SAA will review applications and select the grant recipients. The committee will score proposals based on the application criteria. The Society of American Archivists is responsible for financial administration of the fund.

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:17 PM | Anonymous
    Some More #Sandy Disaster Recovery Resources from METRO - http://metro.org/articles/disaster-recovery-resources/

    Thank you to METRO for compiling this list.

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