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.
  • 06 Jan 2017 8:46 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)
    Happy New Year! We're excited to be back and bringing the best archives and library news to you!

    From the State

    Miami, FL: The Wolfson Archives recently acquired an early-1980s RCA Selectavision videodisc player and made a video demonstration of how it works

    Sorrento, FL: Librarians created a fake patron to prevent important but low-circulating books from being weeded from their library

    From the Country

    New York City, NY: New York's "Division of Ancient Records" is undergoing a massive overhaul. 

    From the World

    Vatican City, Italy: Pop Francis has chosen the first woman, Barbara Jatta, to head the Vatican Museums.

    From the Blogosphere

    Lots of folks had something to say about the depiction of archives in the latest Star Wars installment, Rogue One (beware! may contain spoilers and salty language!):

    How Not to Build a Digital Archive: Lessons from the Dark Side of the Force

    From Tape Drives to Memor Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck

    The Internet Archive has launched an archive dedicated to documenting video of Donald Trump

  • 13 Dec 2016 10:27 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Due to holiday schedules (and a slight plague that is sweeping through Strozier Library at the moment), we apologize for the lack of news posts since Thanksgiving. We've decided we'll take a little holiday break from them and get back to a shiny new start with the first Friday in January.

    We here at the Society of Florida Archivists wish you and your families a very happy and safe holiday season!  

  • 23 Nov 2016 8:03 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We here at the Society of Florida Archivists would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. 

    There will be no News of the Week on Friday; we'll be back next Friday, December 2nd on our regular news schedule.

  • 18 Nov 2016 7:49 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hello everyone! I hope your November has been good since we're actually already halfway through! The Fall newsletter for SFA is now available online (you can also download a PDF version). A reminder that there will be no news post next week in light of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    From the Country

    Orange, CA: The Oskar Schindler Archive opened at Chapman University.

    Dayton, OH: Wright Memorial Public Library launched an Election 2016 Oral History project this week.

    From the World

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: The Library of Parliament digitized its copy of John Audubon's famous book, The Birds of America.

    Cork, Ireland: University College Cork acquired the photographs of John Minihan.

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada: A look at the Leonard Cohen Archives at the University of Toronto.

    From the Blogosphere

    A new app from the National Museum of African Art "Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean" gives users a different look at that area of the world and its communities.

  • 04 Nov 2016 8:25 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Can you believe that it's almost November? I sure can't - it feels like yesterday that I was enjoying the beautiful Savannah weather with all of you at our joint meeting.

    From the State
    Miami, FL: The UM Special Collections will be hosting a historic board game night on November 19th, and be sure to check out their exhibit featuring many of the games to be played. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

    From the Country
    Detroit, MI: The Motown Museum is going to get a massive expansion.

    Chicago, IL: The Chicago Tribune pulled out a front page story from Cubs' World Series win in 1908 from their archives.

    Washington, D.C.: The process of transferring President Obama's records to the National Archives has begun.

    From the World
    Quito, Ecuador: A man found almost 300 perfectly preserved reel-to-reel tapes in his grandfather's apartment.

    From the Blogosphere
    Check out posts on Twitter from #AudiovisualHeritage Day, which was on October 27th.

    #FlashbackFriday: The Internet Archive has launched GifCities: The GeoCities Animated Gif Search Engine.

    Where have all of Hitler's home movies gone?

  • 21 Oct 2016 8:11 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    It was lovely seeing everyone in Savannah last week! Our 2017 annual meeting was announced to be in St. Petersburg in May. Look for more details as they are finalized by our wonderful planning committee. Time for the news:

    From Country

    Richmond, VA: a new plan by the Virginian governor would involve layoffs at the Library of Virginia, hindering its ability to do its job. 

    Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress releases sound recordings and essays from the National Press Club Collection online.

    San Francisco, CA: The GLBT Historical Society received a grant to digitize back issues of the Bay Area Reporter.

    Springfield, IL: The University of Illinois Springfield is hosting a “history harvest” aiming at collecting political memorabilia.

    From World

    Galway, Ireland: A new digital archive highlights papers from the Brendan Duddy collection who acted as a communication channel for the British government and IRA Army Council.

    From Blogosphere

    DPLA has a new exhibit, Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections.

    The Smithsonian is looking for help to preserve Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers

  • 11 Oct 2016 2:09 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We have the latest update on the Annual Meeting from the Arrangements committee:

    The conference hotel has indicated to us that they are up and running and ready to receive guests in spite of some damage that they received. While we regret having to cancel Wednesday's workshops, we are glad to be moving forward with the conference activities on Thursday and Friday. For those who RSVP'd to the happy hour on Wednesday evening, please be advised that it is still happening.

    If you are a registrant of a workshop scheduled for Wednesday, an additional update will be sent to you directly. If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact

    For those with Tuesday hotel bookings at the conference hotel, the hotel has indicated that they have no issue with Tuesday night room cancellations. For those with offsite accommodations, please contact your individual hotel for more information.

    A couple of our annual meeting attendees are looking for rooms due to their accommodations being unable to honor their reservations. If anyone currently has an extra bed they'd be willing to offer, please contact

    Additional information about the Bonaventure Cemetery tour planned for Friday afternoon will be provided soon. It's possible that the tour will be cancelled. If it's cancelled, anyone who donated to the Bonaventure Historical Society will have the option of being reimbursed.

    When traveling, please use caution. There has been a curfew in effect and its implementation is being handled on a day-to-day basis. The latest we have is that Chatham County is currently under a curfew from 10pm to 7am, so we strongly advise arriving before 10pm if traveling. While some of the county is under a boil water notice, City of Savannah water has been deemed safe--if staying outside of the city, follow local advisories. To avoid potential lines at gas stations in town, recommendations are for people to fuel up at least 40 miles out from Savannah if possible.

    Additional links for information are as follows: (includes volunteer info)

    While some restaurants are closed, several are starting to re-open. We hope to send out a list of local restaurants tomorrow by noon.

    An updated program will be sent out and also made available on our website at

    Thank you all again for your patience and support as SGA and SFA support making #SavannahStrong

  • 07 Oct 2016 9:14 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)
    What an exciting week! Archivists all over the country kicked off American Archives Month with #AskAnArchivist Day, and there are tons more events happening all over the state and the country. Doubly exciting - the Joint SFA-SGA meeting is next week! We'll see you in Savannah!

    From the State

    Tallahassee, FL: FSU Special Collections & Archives has a roundup of questions asked during #AskAnArchivist Day.

    Tallahassee, FL: The State Archives is hosting several events for Archives Month.

    Orlando, FL: UCF Special Collections and University Archives features #14daysofducks on their Facebook.

    From the Country

    Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Library is celebrating its new Punk Collection by hosting an inaugural exhibit: Anarchy in the Archives

    Philadelphia, PA: A collector of springerle cookie molds has been invited to display and talk about his collection as part of Archives Month Philly.

    All over the country: Several cities are celebrating American Archives Month by hosting Archives Crawls: Portland, OR; Ellensburg, WA; Sacramento, CA; Dayton and Cincinatti, OH.

  • 03 Oct 2016 2:19 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Thank you to those who have submitted feedback on the amended Bylaws and additions ( To accommodate those who cannot attend this year, a vote on the amended Bylaws will take place via email after the Annual Meeting has concluded to maximize member participation.

    There will be a discussion to address questions, comments, and suggestions regarding the proposed Bylaw changes at the Business Meeting in Savannah. If you are unable to attend, please submit comments and suggestions prior to the Business Meeting (10/13/2016) to the Chair of the Bylaws Committee, Rachel Walton, at

    Thank you for your participation!

  • 30 Sep 2016 8:37 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Our annual meeting is almost upon us! Make sure you’ve registered! Also, American Archives Month starts tomorrow and SFA will be sharing Spotlights and Found in the Archive features throughout the month of October so be sure to be watching the social media channels especially our Archives Month twitter feed (@ArchivesMonth). #AskAnArchivist day is on October 5th this year, are you participating? Be sure to let SAA know so you get listed in their list on Twitter!

    From the State

    The Smithsonian Magazine recently highlighted the Baldwin Library of Historical Literature collection at the University of Florida.

    Continued coverage of the outstanding work being done by the Orange County Regional History Center to preserve the Pulse memorial objects.

    From the Country

    Holyoke, MA: The city of Holyoke is working to fill a gap in its city archive by collecting stories of Puerto Ricans who moved into the city during the second half of the 20th century.

    Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Libraries acquired several rare English Renaissance texts.

    Washington, D.C.: The Historical Society of Washington is currently closed due to a mold outbreak.

    Richland, WA: A look at the Hanford History Project working to preserve artifacts from the Manhattan Project and Cold War era.

    Cooperstown, NY: The latest editions to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s digital library, Pastime, highlights the history of the Negro Leagues.

    Ann Arbor, MI: The Clements Library at the University of Michigan acquired a previously unknown hand drawn map of Detroit.

    From the World

    The Hague, Netherlands: The International Criminal Court sentenced its first criminal for destruction of a cultural heritage site.

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada: With the help of the USC Shoah Foundation, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre is launching an online collection of Canadian Holocaust testimonies.

    Basseterre, St. Kitts: an interview with the archivist at the National Archives of St. Kitts and Nevis.

    London, England, United Kingdom: The Associated Press has acquired the British Movietone archive of almost a century of newsreel footage.

    Milan, Italy: A look at the shoes in the archives and museum for fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo.

    From the Blogosphere

    OCLC and the Internet Archive are now working together to ensure the sustainability of

    How did the Smithsonian plan to document the opening of the newest museum and how did it differ from past openings? The SI Archives blog has answers.

    In case you need a way to kill some time on this lovely Friday, NARA has shared an online library of GIFs through Giphy

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