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 The SFA Board uses this blog to post news items and announcements of interest to members. Additionally, you may want to read current and past issues of The Florida Archivist.
  • 08 Mar 2018 9:56 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The 2018 SFA Annual Meeting Committee is pleased to release our program for the meeting to be held in Tallahassee, May 8-11, 2018. You may view the program here on the website. A PDF version is forthcoming.

    Please remember this program is tentative and subject to change. We'll also be adding the details for our Friday walking sessions hopefully in the next week.

    Don't forget to register and get your hotel room by April 9, 2018, as that is when the early bird rate and hotel block expire and regular rates will take effect.

    We're looking forward to seeing all of you in May in Tallahassee!

  • 02 Mar 2018 9:28 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Happy Friday! Be sure to share and apply for the Judith Beale Scholarship by March 23rd!

    From the Country

    Washington, DC : If you still have Olympic fever, read about how NARA is the custodian several Winter Olympics Patent Records.
    Moline, IL: The John Deere Corporate Archives has some might neat stuff.
    Storrs, CT: Maurice Sendak's archives will be headed to its new home at UConn.
    Washington, GA: Archaeologists have started using cadaver dogs to identify graves at the Kettle Creek Revolutionary Battle Ground.

    From the World

    London, UK: Materials related to the "Silpho Saucer" have been uncovered at the Archives of London Museum.


  • 23 Feb 2018 12:27 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Good afternoon! My morning got away from me so you get after-lunch news headlines this week. Don't forget registration is open for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Tallahassee. Registration is also open for both pre-conference workshops as well. be sure to get your spot!

    From the Country

    Storrs, CT: The finished artwork for his published books, and certain manuscripts, sketches, and other related materials created by Maurice Sendak, considered the leading artist of children’s books in the 20th century, will be hosted and maintained at the University of Connecticut.

    Schenectady, NY: Union College made a big discovery this week, hair from George Washington's head. Maybe.

    From the World

    Guingamp, France: A fire in the local municipality's archives has left much of its materials destroyed or in dire straits (article is in French and the video is the stuff of archival nightmares but interesting!)

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada: McGill University acquired the papers of Jean Drapeau, a former mayor of Montreal instrumental in bringing the 1976 summer Olympics to the city.

    London, England, UK: Lawrence of Arabia's revolver donated to National Army Museum.

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Reconciliation is rewriting Canada's memory banks as archivists across the country work to make their collections more open to and sensitive towards Indigenous people. Library and Archives Canada is leading the way with a $12-million project to hire Aboriginal archivists to work in First Nations communities and to give more control over materials gathered there to the people who created them.

    From the Blogosphere

    Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented) is a growing project to bring together information about student activism archives from colleges and universities.

    A pretty cool look into the archives at John Deere

  • 15 Feb 2018 8:43 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Society of Florida Archivists is seeking nominations for the Executive Board for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself!

    Vice-President/President-Elect (1 year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 3. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall have the following responsibilities: assist the President in the management of the affairs of the Society; perform such duties as the President may assign; and perform the duties of the President in his or her absence, particularly at Executive Board meetings. The Vice-President/President-Elect shall become the President when his or her term as Vice-President expires.

    Secretary (3 year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 4. The Secretary shall have the following responsibilities: keep a record of all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board; keep a record of all Executive Board discussions conducted in-person, by telephone, or electronically; retain and file all Society records in the Society’s Archives; send meeting notices to members; and prepare an annual report to be presented at the Annual Meeting.

    Director (2 year term)

    Bylaws Article IV, Section 6. The Directors shall serve as general members of the Executive Board and as members of committees as designated by the President. They shall perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Board.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 27, 2018. More information on these positions is available on the SFA website, and the process is open to all SFA members. Please contact the 2018 SFA Nominating Committee with any questions.

    To Nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the form below:


  • 14 Feb 2018 12:44 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The College and University Archives Section* of SFA is seeking nominations for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself!

    College and University Archives Section Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (1 Year Term)

    The Vice-Chair/Chair-elect becomes Chair after a year of service. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair-elect shall assume the Chair's duties, namely to preside over Section meetings and over meetings of the officers, and, with the assistance of other Section officers, direct the Section's activities.

    College and University Archives Section Secretary/Treasurer (1 Year Term)

    Assists Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect with administrative and financial responsibilities of the Section, gives input on and helps conduct Section activities.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 27, 2018. Thank you!

    COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES SECTION NOMINATION FORM*

    *If you are interested in joining the CUA Section, more information is available here. Please contact the CUA Section leadership or the 2018 SFA Nominating Committee with any questions.

  • 02 Feb 2018 10:38 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    From the State:

    Tallahassee, FL: FSU highlights some pop-up books from the Marsha Gontarski Children's Literature Collection.

    Gainesville, FL: University of Florida architecture students created a model of an un-built Frank Lloyd Wright fraternity house based on plans held in UF'S Special Collections.

    From the Country:

    Jamestown, NY: Archivists are working to save decades of film and other scientific information that could hold clues to protecting species and habitats today.

    Rutgers, NY: Rutgers archivist collecting Women’s March signs and memorabilia

    From the World:

    Canterbury, UK: There was a serious break-in at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

    From the Blogosphere:

    The Gawker archives will be preserved by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
    IASA has revised and re-published The Safeguarding of the Audiovisual Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy.


  • 26 Jan 2018 11:35 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! Lots to share with you today but first up, don't forget to get your proposals in for a slot on the program at the 2018 SFA Annual Meeting - proposals are due by February 4th! Now, onto the news!

    From the Country

    Bloomington, IN: Preserved film of 1954 basketball games that inspired Hoosiers to be stored at Indiana University archive.

    University Park, PA: Kirschner brothers donate Holocaust-era, immigration correspondence to Penn State University Libraries.

    Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University adds 2 signed books by Martin Luther King Jr. to archive.

    Philadelphia, PA: A new grant will allow the Penn Libraries to digitize portions of its Marian Anderson collection, including 1,200 performance programs, 146 notebooks and diaries, 34 scrapbooks, 34 interview transcriptions, and 277 hours of recordings.

    Boston, MA: Digital archive of signs from last year’s Boston Women’s March now available online.

    From the World

    Lodz, Poland: A collection of 1,200 film programs released in the years 1920-1980 to accompany Polish and foreign films has been made available in the Digital Library of the University of Lodz.

    Leeds, England, United Kingdom: Thousands of historic bird eggs have been painstakingly catalogued in a decade-long archiving project for Leeds Discovery Centre.

    Read more at: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/natural-scientist-tells-all-behind-leeds-museum-s-egg-citing-archive-1-8976889

    From the Blogsphere

    Rutgers University is collecting signs from the Second Women's March.

    Peter Jackson to make 3D First World War film restoring unseen archive footage.

    Explore how a library handles a rare and deadly book of wallpaper samples.

    Is there a place for paleography in archives?
  • 19 Jan 2018 10:24 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Happy Friday! Here's some news from this week.

    From the State

    Tallahassee, FL: FSU's new exhibit "In his 'Great Shadow': Robert Burns' Legacy" opens today.
    Miami, FL: FIU joins effort to raise Florida presence in national online library

    From the Country

    Bangor, ME: Original Stephen King manuscripts have been destroyed in a flood.
    Washington, DC: Radioactive papers documenting the women who worked at the Radium Luminous Material Corporation have been digitized and are available online.
    Austin, TX: Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller's Archive.

    From the Blogosphere

    TEDx Talk: Democracy depends on how we archive and share data.

  • 12 Jan 2018 8:35 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy 2018 everyone! We had a bit of a sluggish start around here but we should be back on our weekly schedule from here on out! SFA is working hard on the plans for the 2018 Annual Meeting. We should have new and exciting announcements later today about the preliminary schedule. Look for registration to open later this month or early February!

    From the Country

    Boston, MA: Call us jealous. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has the cutest new employee...a bug-sniffing puppy.

    Austin, TX: Playwright Arthur Miller’s archive was acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

    Normal, IL: Illinois State University Special Collections and Archives has received a massive addition to their Circus and Allied Arts Collection.

    Bismarck, ND: A new presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt is moving forward in the badlands of North Dakota.

    New York, NY: New York University's Fales Library acquired works and the papers of conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll.

    Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will create a unique online data hub that will change the way scholars and the public understand African slavery.

    Bloomington, IN: New equipment and a newly donated collection of commercials at Indiana University's Moving Image Archive open portals into history.

    New York, NY: Who's up for a road trip? The New-York Historical Society is hosting Harry Potter: A History of Magic from The British Library starting in October of 2018.

    From the World

    Vancouver, BC, Canada: The University of British Columbia Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections has acquired the first item ever printed in the city of Vancouver.

    Dublin, Ireland: A new digitization project at the National Library of Ireland will bring pre-independence era materials online.

    London, England, UK: The Tate digitizes rare excerpts from famous artists’ sketchbooks, letters, and photos.

    Vancouver, BC, Canada: The Vancouver Sun and Province are donating their collection of photographic negatives to the Vancouver Archives — the largest donation in the history of the civic institution.

    From the Blogosphere

    The story of Recy Taylor told through the archives.

    Explore the works that entered the public domain on January 1, 2018 in a new HathiTrust collection.

    The Olympics are coming! Take a look at the artifacts held at the National Olympic Archives in Colorado and get a (sneak) peek at their forthcoming museum.

  • 11 Jan 2018 8:36 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The College and University Archives Section of SFA is seeking nominations for the following positions. Please consider nominating someone or running for office yourself! Nominations will be accepted until February 27, 2018. Please contact the 2018 SFA Nominating Committee with questions on the nomination process.

    *Note: Only members of the College and University Archives Section may nominate and vote for these positions. Please contact the CUA Section with any questions regarding membership.*

    College and University Archives Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect (1 Year Term)

    The Vice-Chair/Chair-elect becomes Chair after a year of service. In the absence of the Chair, the Vice Chair/Chair-elect shall assume the Chair's duties, namely to preside over Section meetings and over meetings of the officers, and, with the assistance of other Section officers, direct the Section's activities. 

    College and University Archives Secretary/Treasurer (1 Year Term)

    Assists Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect with administrative and financial responsibilities of the Section, gives input on and helps conduct Section activities.

    Please fill out the form below to put a name forward for nomination:


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