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  • 19 Jan 2017 9:15 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The application period for the 2017 Society of American Archivists Josephine Forman Scholarship is now open. If you are an eligible graduate student in archival science, apply! If you know of an eligible graduate student, please forward this information to that student with encouragement to submit an application! Applications must be submitted to SAA by February 28.

    The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.


    • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.
    • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.
    • The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).
    • The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award.
    • Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.

    For more details or to download the application form please visit:

    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2017.

  • 19 Jan 2017 9:09 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The 31st annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 9-21, 2017. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

    The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

    Dennis Meissner has agreed to serve as the 2017 Principal Faculty Member. Mr. Meissner recently retired from his job as Interim Deputy Director for Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society, and is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He has participated in a number of SAA and international efforts focused on the arrangement, description, and management of archival materials, and presently serves on the board of the SAA Foundation and on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. He has worked closely with the design, delivery, and management of electronic finding aids to archival collections, and has participated in numerous U.S. and international working groups in the development and delivery of collection descriptions and the standards that underlie them, including chairing RLG's EAD Best Practices Working Group and serving on the Encoded Archival Context Working Group.

    Meissner has consulted and presented workshops on archival processing and description and has published largely in those areas, but also in the area of business records management. In 2003, he and Mark Greene (American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming) were awarded a yearlong NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship to study archival processing expectations and backlogs in U.S. repositories and to recommend changes to existing practices. That research led to an article in the American Archivist, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," which has since enjoyed a strong uptake within the archival community.

    Tuition for the Institute is $725 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost. (To assist in tuition payment, a WAI Scholarship is available.)

    The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017. For additional program information, see, or contact:

    Western Archives Institute
    1020 O Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Telephone: (916) 653–7715
    Fax: (916) 653–7134

    The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.

    The application package is available on the California State Archives web site at, and on the Society of California Archivists web site at

  • 13 Jan 2017 2:22 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2017.

    The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting.

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit:

    Good Luck!

    The Mosaic Scholarship Selection Committee:

    Cara Bertram, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Alex Champion, National Archives and Records Administration
    Brittney Farley, Broward Health Dr. Francisco N. Garcia Medical Library
    Andrea Jackson, Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
    Rhonda Jones, Northeastern University School of Law
    Helen Kim, Getty Research Institute

  • 13 Jan 2017 9:58 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    I hope you all had a pleasant week! Quite a lot of fun pop culture in the archives this week; enjoy!

    From the State

    Sarasota: Items from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will be included in a large digitization project capturing circus route books.

    From the Country

    West Long Branch, NJ: Monmouth University is now home to the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

    Los Angeles, CA: George Lucas' settled on a museum location for his fine and popular arts collections.

    Austin, TX: The Mad Men Archive has found a home at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center.

    South Kingstown, RI: A highlight on an archive of sewing patterns at the University of Rhode Island, the largest known collection in the world.

    Los Angeles, CA: UCLA acquires major collection chronicling Sephardic Jewish past in L.A.

    From the World

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: You can follow the Canadian Ice Core Archive as it moves from Ottawa to its new home at the University of Alberta.

    From the Blogosphere

    A new report from IMLS looks at how libraries and museums can engage with their communities.

    A look at how the L.A. Public Library amassed a 3.1 million historic photograph collection.

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:12 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    As a member of the leadership of the Society of Florida Archivists, the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists is asking you to consider creating a nomination for the 2017 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award.

    Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

    Recent Winners:

    2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow
    2015: Adrena Ifill Blagburn
    2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project and National History Day
    2013: Dr. Warren Stewart
    2012: Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart
    2011: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)
    2010: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
    2009: Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)
    2008: Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

    Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession. Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

    Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2017 and should be sent to:

    J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee
    Society of American Archivists
    17 North State Street, Suite 1425
    Chicago, IL 60602-4061

    Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to:

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:07 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!

    Have you read a great new book about archives? Seen an exceptional new finding aid? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

    If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at

    The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017.

    The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”

    (Please note that periodicals are not eligible.)

    Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

  • 12 Jan 2017 9:04 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on the Development of Standardized Holdings Counts and Measures for Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries is pleased to invite comments on its proposed “Level 1 Count” for quantifying and sharing information about the holdings of archival repositories and special collections libraries. Comments are due on or before Friday, 3 March 2017.

    The document is available both online and as a pdf on this SAA website:

    Comments should be directed to either or both of the Task Force co-chairs:

    Martha O’Hara Conway: (for RBMS)
    Emily R. Novak Gustainis: (for SAA)

    You do not need to be a member of RBMS or SAA to comment on the proposed “Level 1 Count.”

    Thank you in advance for your interest and input!

    Martha O’Hara Conway (RBMS) University of Michigan
    Adriana P. Cuervo (SAA) Rutgers University
    Rachel A. D'Agostino (RBMS) Library Company of Philadelphia
    Lara Friedman–Shedlov (RBMS) University of Minnesota
    Angela Fritz (SAA) University of Arkansas
    Emily R. Novak Gustainis (SAA) Harvard Medical School
    E. Haven Hawley (RBMS) University of Florida
    Lisa K. Miller (SAA) Stanford University
    Katy E. Rawdon (RBMS) Temple University
    Cyndi Shein (SAA) University of Nevada

  • 06 Jan 2017 8:46 AM | Hannah Davis
    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.

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