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  • 25 May 2018 8:42 AM | Hannah Davis

    Happy Friday, and welcome back to the weekly news! I hope everyone who attended the SFA meeting had a great time, and enjoyed all of the cool stuff Tallahassee has to offer.

    From the State

    South Walton, FL - Calling all scuba divers! The Underwater Museum of Art will open sometime this summer.

    From the Country

    Tempe, AZ - Arizona State University Library will house Senator John McCain Archives.

    Los Angeles, CA - The Academy announces major collections gift from George Steves, Jr..

    San Diego, CA - San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Library & Archives Launches New 100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail Online Exhibit.

    Boston, MA - There's a Boston hip-hop memorabilia archive in the works.

    From the World

    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina -  An information center giving access to the war crimes case archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia opened in Sarajevo’s iconic city hall.

    St. Vith, Belgium - I want to go to there: the world's only Sourdough Library.

    From the Blogosphere

    "The internet's collective memory has no backup: the Wayback Machine depends on good will and ignorance".

  • 18 May 2018 9:17 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    It has been a long time but we're getting back onto our regular posting news schedule around here now that Annual Meeting madness is behind us. We hope you enjoyed the Annual Meeting! If you missed it, or are ready to relive it, presentation materials are available online now and new photos from the event will be on the website within the next week. Also, congrats to this year's Award of Excellence winners, Judith Beale Scholarship recipients and to our new board members for both the Executive Board and the College and University Archives Section Board. Now, onto the news!

    From the State

    Society of Florida Archivists sponsored two awards at Florida's History Day this year. See the winners here!

    From the Country

    Baltimore, MD: $1.25M gift will support digital upgrade of Johns Hopkins medical archives on its 40th anniversary.

    New Haven, CT: A spotlight article on the Yale University archive preserving Holocaust histories through survivors’ testimonies.

    New York, NY: Tom Wolfe pop-up at New York Public Library to pull from the author’s archives.

    Boston, MA: Hip-Hop archival materials, joining the UMass Archive, show Boston roots of a worldwide phenomenon.

    From the World

    Oslo, Norway: Edvard Munch Museum launched an online archive of the artist's works.

    Vancouver, BC, Canada: University of British Columbia Library digitizes Kelmscott Chaucer and launches digital coloring book series.

    Limerick, Ireland: Stories from the lives of Limerick’s fishermen are being heard for the first time in a new online oral history archive launched by Limerick Archives.

    Rome, Italy: The oldest British archive outside of England has opened its doors to the public in Rome for a new exhibition.

    Cairo, Egypt: A renovated Egyptian National Library and Archives will soon be open to the public after the damage caused by an attack on the nearby Cairo Police HQ in 2014.

    From the Blogosphere

    Studs Terkel Archive, 21 Years in the Making, Takes Aim at 'United States of Amnesia.'

    A look behind the scenes at the archives of some of the world's best known fashion brands.

    Royal Wedding Mania is reaching its fever pitch ahead of the big event tomorrow. The UK National Archives shares the history of the building that will host the ceremony.

  • 16 May 2018 3:48 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Society of Florida Archivists enjoys being able to sponsor the awards for primary sources at Florida History Day. Every year, one of our members is lucky enough to meet the students in person and award the students with their prize. This year, Burt Altman represented SFA at the Awards Ceremony. 

    For Best Use of Primary Sources: Junior Division, Rachel Gambrell, Angela Li, Serena Bhaskar and Sonia Mithani from Dunedin Highland Middle School ( Pinellas - Teacher: Teresa Bergstrom) won for their documentary The Partition of India: A Tryst with Destiny, Delivering Conflict with Compromise.

    For Best Use of Primary Sources: Senior Division, Manoj Kambara, Logan Beatty and Emily Schuler from Land O' Lakes High School (Pasco - Teacher: Jennifer O'Connor-Podraza) won for their website When Compromise Creates Conflict: The Kent State Shooting Changes the Course of the Vietnam War.

  • 23 Mar 2018 8:55 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    In lieu of Friday news, we're going to highlight ALL. THE. THINGS. about the 2018 Annual Meeting. The early bird prices will expire in 17 days so we want to make sure you know what you'd be missing out on! Get your hotel room and register now to make sure you don't miss out on all the fun.

    Our pre-conference workshops need some love! If we don't get more registrants by April 8 (a day earlier), these will be cancelled so be sure to get your seat ASAP!

    The two conferences are great professional development opportunities for both ends of the archival spectrum - one more traditional and one more digital:

    • Disaster Preparedness and Response Workshop will include a wet materials hands-on component (I'm not saying you'll need a swimsuit may get wet)
    • The SAA DAS course will cover how to get your born-digital archives off the ground and get your stakeholders invested in making it a success. 
    Once we're onto the fun of the meeting itself, we have a great line-up of presentations and discussions to be held by our colleagues in Florida (and beyond!) about their work over the last year. 

    We'll also (very soon) have exciting news about our new Walking Sessions on Friday which will give you the chance to go behind the scenes at cultural heritage sites all over Tallahassee. We hope this gives our colleagues a chance to show off their work in action and give us all new ideas to take home for our own institutions. 

    In the meantime, check out this list of things to see, do and eat (because really, where you're eating is the most important thing to figure out, let's be honest) while you're in the capital city.

    So, what are you all waiting for? Get your spot today for the 2018 Annual Meeting!
  • 16 Mar 2018 9:33 AM | Hannah Davis

    From the State

    St. Petersburg, FL: La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas is now live.

    From the Country

    Stanford, CA: Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have been analyzing palimpsests with high-powered x-rays.

    Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian has acquired the archives of LGBT organization Academy of Washington, D.C..

    From the Blogosphere

    The compact disc era may finally be entering its hospice stage.

    Check out this exclusive look into Adidas' sneaker and clothing archive.

  • 13 Mar 2018 9:38 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archival professionals with funding to attend the Society of Florida Archivist Annual Meeting [May 8-11, Tallahassee]. Named in honor of professional archivist and Society of Florida Archivists member Judith Beale [d.2010], the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.

    Qualified applicants must be current students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree OR new archives professionals [no more than five years in the field]. The applicant must be a current or new member of the Society of Florida Archivists. Special consideration will be given to students and individuals new to the profession in Florida. Exceptional applicants may also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

    For more information, please visit the Beale Scholarship page on the Society of Florida Archivists' website.

    Please direct inquiries and completed applications to LuAnn Mims at

    Deadline for all applications is Friday, March 23, 2018.

  • 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

    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:

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