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  • 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:

  • 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!


    *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

    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:

    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?
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