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.
  • 28 Jul 2017 8:55 AM | Hannah Davis

    Congratulations to State of Florida Archives and Records Management Bureau Chief Gerard Clark on his retirement, which was celebrated at a party in his honor on Monday, July 24th at the R.A. Gray Building, home of the State Archives of Florida. Gerard was the recent recipient of a lifetime achievement award presented to him at the Society of Florida Archivists annual meeting in St. Petersburg in May this year.

    Among his accomplishments in serving the archival profession for 38 years:

    - He played a key role in the acquisition and organization of many of the historical records that formed the core of the State Archives’ early collections.
    - He was an original SFA founder, charter member and one of its first presidents.
    - He served as coordinator of the State Historical Records Advisory Board and was instrumental in securing and      distributing grant funds to archives around Florida. 

    Gerard's passion for preserving, promoting, and making historical records accessible to the public has encouraged and inspired his staff, students and colleagues. We wish him well!

    From the State

    Cocoa, FL: The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science will be featuring the traveling exhibition "Florida Before Statehood.

    From the Country

    Washington, DC: The National Archives have released thousands of records on the JFK assassination online. 

    From the World

    Minsk, Belarus: Look at this library. Just look at it.

  • 21 Jul 2017 11:51 AM | Hannah Davis

    From the State
    Tampa, FL: 1000 new historic photos of Tampa have been digitized as part of an ongoing project at the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative

    From the Country
    Chicago, IL: New Vivian Maier prints have been donated to the University of Chicago

    Stanford, CA: 2000+ audio cassettes from the Allen Ginsberg collection now streaming.

    College Station, TX: George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, has been depositing his papers at Texas A & M for the past 20 years. 

    From the Blogosphere

    There is a new exhibit on the Origins of Sound Recording available on the National Parks Service's website.

    Amidst concern that Soundcloud will shut down imminently, Archive Team has prepared to conduct a large scale backup of the site.

  • 14 Jul 2017 8:40 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday all! Hope you're all having safe and productive summers. SFA is already busily working on next year's annual meeting. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on dates and location!

    Special note: The Smithsonian is looking for participants for the 2017 Archives Fair in October. Proposals are due by July 16th!

    From the State

    Bradenton: Hernando de Soto statue removed from South Florida Museum

    From the Country

    Provo, UT: A look at Special Collections at Brigham Young University.

    From the World

    Taipei, Taiwan: Taipei's National Palace Museum has placed 70,000 high-quality electronic images in a free-to-download archive so that online users can enjoy its exhibitions.

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: LAC is looking for its new home to last 500 years.

    Tokyo, Japan: More than a thousand books that demonstrate the Japanese government's strict censorship of materials in the first half of the 20th century are now available for public viewing as digital archives at the National Diet Library.

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation is talking to federal officials about turning a mothballed NORAD complex into a secure repository for the country’s endangered audio-visual archive.

    From the Blogosphere

    In case you need a pick-me up on this Friday, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will text you!

  • 07 Jul 2017 9:21 AM | Hannah Davis

    Happy Friday! After lots of travel, I'm back in the saddle and ready to go with your weekly news update!

    From the Country

    New York, NY: Phone booths have been set up in Times Square where people can listen to oral histories.

    Tulsa, OK: Take a look at Bob Dylan's secret archives.

    Berkeley, CA: A group of students at UC Berkeley have created a digital archive documenting the City's history int he 1970s.

    Washington, DC: The Library of Congress is launching a Webcomics Web Archive.

  • 30 Jun 2017 8:18 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Engage… Explore… Enjoy !

    2017 Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Meeting

    Documenting the Present: Archival Conscience and Proactive Archives

    November 2-3, 2017
    Brasstown Valley Resort
    6321 U.S. 76
    Young Harris, GA 30582

    Nestled among the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is the premier North Georgia mountain destination that quietly redefines the typical mountain getaway. Enjoy exceptional accommodations against the backdrop of breathtaking Blue Ridge splendor, as you engage in SGA activities and network with your colleagues.

    Pre-conference Workshop Date: November 1, 2017
    Meeting Dates: November 2-3, 2017
    LocationBrasstown Valley Resort

    Venue Information

    Brasstown Valley Resort
    6321 U.S. 76
    Young Harris, GA 30582
    Rate: $169/night
    Resort Service Fee: $15/night (includes self-parking and other amenities)

    Resort registration is now open:

    • Follow the link above and click on the ‘check availability’ button at the bottom of the page.
    • enter arrival/departure dates and click on the ‘click here for special rates’ arrow box.
    • type in the GROUP code box: SOC1031 (SOC letters 1031 numbers).
    • click on green ‘check availability’ button -select room type and make reservation.

    2017 Annual Meeting Theme:

    Documenting the Present: Archival Conscience and Proactive Archives

    Documenting the Present reflects on the particular challenges archives face with contemporary material, and how archivists are preserving our present cultural environment for future generations.  How do we adapt and apply archival ethics and organizational concepts to new and emerging information and communication technology?  As advocates, how do we preserve our own work for future generations?

    Documenting the Present is a demanding issue in archives, and one with which we all grapple.  The 2017 Conference Program Committee asks that you share your personal and institutional approaches to current archi val procedures, and expound on the archival conscience in the face of changing technology, politics, and cultural values.

    Annual meeting Registration

    Early Bird Meeting Registration will open June 3, 2017 and run through Sept 15, 2017.

    • Member: $115
    • NON member: $140
    • Student: $80

    Additional guest tickets may be purchased for lunch buffet and the reception.

    • Lunch buffet and Reception package: $40
    • Lunch buffet only: $25
    • Reception only: $20

    Call for Proposals

    The 2017 SGA Program Committee seeks session proposals that highlight innovative research, applied projects, and collective insights which improve our understanding of the following key topics:

    • Practical tools and approaches for documenting the present, including contemporary materials in emerging formats, such as social media, and current traditional media practices
    • Nimble and creative funding strategies for nontraditional materials
    • Negotiating ethics, politics, and the role of archivists as advocates
    • Improving representation of under-documented groups via both external and internal inclusion and collaboration
    • Navigating the complexities of the private sphere as public record
    • Archival responsiveness to changing information and communication technology, including the use of global vendors and reliance on cloud storage.

    To submit a proposal, please use the form found here ( )

  • 16 Jun 2017 8:26 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Happy Friday everyone! Lot sof news from DC and London this week so enjoy!

    From the Country

    Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress announced two new born-digital collections – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.

    Springfield, IL: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum confirmed that the search for Lincoln documents is being suspended in Washington, D.C.

    Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University archivist makes Japanese Internment Camp Collection digitally accessible.

    Washington D.C.: An Illinois Representative introduced the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement (COVFEFE) Act which aims to amend the Presidential Records Act to make sure that social media posts, including deleted tweets, are archived and classified as "documentary material."

    Pittsburgh, PA: Taking care of the Charles “Teenie” Harris Archive at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

    Washington, D.C.:  The National Holocaust Museum seeks funds to preserve war diaries via Kickstarter. 

    From the World

    London, England, United Kingdom: A volunteer reflects on her experience in the archives of The Guardian.

    London, England, United Kingdom: British Film Institute launches major archive of films showing Britain at the seaside.

    London, England, United Kingdom: Michael Palin donates Monty Python's archive to British Library.

    From the Blogosphere

    The National Archives (NARA) shared its digital personas to help improve their digital presence for its researchers.

  • 09 Jun 2017 8:04 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hello all! I hope you all had marvelous and productive week! Congratulations to our new and returning SFA board members which were announced this week. Now, onto the news!

    From the Country:

    Santa Fe, NM: The Institute of American Indian Arts has acquired the archives and art collection of longtime Native American historian and advocate Suzan Harjo.

    New York, NY: We all have those hard to clean places but the Museum of Natural History has some tricky ones like its blue whale — a life-size model 94 feet long and 21,000 pounds that hangs from the ceiling. Take a look at how it gets its annual bath!

    Austin, TX: Researchers have found a previously unseen play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton in 1901.

    New Haven, CT: The Yale Center for British Art has now made available through its online collection nearly seventy thousand images of works of art in the public domain that are compliant with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).

    Stanford, CA: In cooperation with the Allen Ginsberg Estate, Stanford Libraries has recently digitized Allen Ginsberg’s original drafts of “Howl”

    From the World:

    Tbilisi, Georgia: The National Archives of Georgia are welcoming the public into their vaults in celebration of International Archives Day.

    From the Blogosphere:

    A look at how NPR took advantage of a building move to better establish its corporate archive.

    The Internet Archive is taking on a new ambitious project: The Great 78 Project. It will collect and digitize over 400,000 digitized 78rpm recordings to make them publicly available, creating a rich data set to do large scale analysis.

    All Things Considered on NPR took a look at the race to preserve videotapes.


  • 07 Jun 2017 9:15 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Election Results for SFA are IN!

    New members on the Executive Board are:

    Susan Swiatosz, President
    Brittney Farley, Vice President
    Alexandra Curran, Director

    Erin Mahaney will transition to the role of Immediate Past President.

    Members of the Executive Board continuing to serve their terms:

    Janet DeVries, Secretary
    Jason Sylvestre, Treasurer
    Gerrianne Schaad, Director

    You can always see who is serving on the Executive Board on the website as well as find contact information for board members.

  • 06 Jun 2017 10:56 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    We've very pleased to be able to update the website's slideshow with photographs from the recent 2017 Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg. SFA would like to thank Lisa Petrillo for allowing us to share these on the website. If you'd like to re-use any photographs, please provide the proper credit to Lisa!


  • 01 Jun 2017 3:48 PM | Hannah Davis

    Happy Thursday! I hope you all enjoy this early news post.

    From the Country

    New York City, NY: Sonny Rollins' archives are headed home to Harlem.
    Salem, OR: The Oregon Historical Society launched their digital archives.

    From the World

    Havana, Cuba: UCLA Library staff traveled to Cuba to transfer 16" radio transcription discs.
    Mosul, Iraq: ISIS militants have started to burn their archives and records.

    From the Blogosphere

    How your dusty cookbooks ended up in the archives of Baylor University.
    Beautiful miniature books that are worth sacrificing your eyesight for.

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