MARAC Statement on the Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Federal Budget

As guardians of all manner of historic documentation for the sake of future generations, the members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) strongly oppose the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget from the 45th President of the United States of America. Any federal budget that eliminates support for the arts and humanities demonstrates that this country makes no commitment to those very elements that define the human experience and those institutions that preserve our national heritage. We are a better nation than what this budget represents.

While scholars and artists will most feel the consequences of this proposed budget, it will also harm the archival profession for years to come. MARAC members are encouraged to contact their congressional representatives to urge opposition to any proposed budget that eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Please visit the following site to learn how to contact your House Representative:

Please visit the following site to learn how to contact your Senators:

MARAC excitement is coming back to New Jersey!

The New Jersey Caucus looks forward to seeing you April 20th – 22nd when it hosts the Spring 2017 MARAC meeting in reinvigorated, rejuvenated, revitalized, extremely historic, and ultra-exciting and awesome Newark, New Jersey, America’s third oldest city. The conference hotel, the Robert Treat Best Western, named for the original settler of Newark, opened in 1916 and has hosted American presidents and other dignitaries. Right across the street from beautiful Military Park and the newly renovated Hahne & Co. building, it is also conveniently located within walking distance of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, Public Library, and Rutgers University-Newark.

For the first time, MARAC will conduct a Business Archives Forum on Thursday, April 20. Additionally, MARAC-In-Service: A Community Service Project, where professionals assist local archives, will take place at the New Jersey Historical Society. The traditional full and half-day workshops are also available, including “An Introduction to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Archivists” and “Data Privacy for Born-Digital Collections.” Newark offers a wide array of destinations of cultural and historical significance, arts and entertainment and fine dining that conference attendees are sure to enjoy. See the spectacular Branch Brook Park cherry blossoms which bloom in April and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the fifth-largest cathedral in the United States. Tour radio station WBGO, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, and enjoy the current exhibits at the Newark Museum. End the day at the Member Meet-and-Greet reception on the hotel’s rooftop terrace.

On Friday, the plenary will be given by Dr. David Kirsch, associate professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Timothy J. Crist, president of the Newark History Society. After a full day of breakout sessions, join us for a reception at 15 Washington Street, a 1920s skyscraper that first served as the headquarters for the American Insurance Company and later became Rutgers’ S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice. Rutgers renovated the building in 2015 and restored its Great Hall, which will serve as our backdrop while we listen to some swinging jazz, savor Iberian-themed appetizers, and enjoy historical displays from local repositories. Before you call it a night, stop back at the hotel where we’ll be showing a few films on Newark history.

To view a complete list of workshops, tours, sessions and speakers, check out the program available at the MARAC web page at

All roads, railroad tracks and runways lead to Newark. Located on the convenient Northeast/I95 corridor and served by one of the largest and busiest airline hubs in the country, you will find your transportation options ample and plentiful as you plan your travel to Newark. If traveling by rail, Newark’s Penn Station is reached via the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line, New Jersey Transit regional services and the PATH line running to and from downtown New York. Newark International Airport is one of United Airline’s busiest regional hubs, and is also served by all other major airlines. The Garden State Parkway connects to the New York Thruway to the north and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to the south. The New Jersey Turnpike is at the center of the I95 corridor of the Boston to Washington megalopolis. Additionally, all national and regional bus services stop in Newark.

So be sure to register today for “Adaptable Archives: Redefine, Repurpose, and Renew” in Newark! You can find complete conference and local information at our conference web page, We’re looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat in Newark, truly a remarkable renaissance city.

From the Local Arrangements Committee, MARAC Spring 2017 Conference

Call for Posters

Share your work!

The Program Committee for the Spring 2017 MARAC meeting in Newark, NJ is still accepting proposals posters that showcase current work of the MARAC membership.

Posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which individuals or groups have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which MARAC members have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous year (2016-2017). Poster dimensions: 32 inches by 40 inches (may read vertically or horizontally).

Notifications regarding accepted submissions will be sent in late March 2017. Accepted posters will be on display throughout the MARAC Newark meeting, with one special time slot and location devoted to presentation and discussion of the posters.

To submit a poster proposal, please complete the proposal form
( ) no later than March 15, 2017. (Proposals received after this date will not be considered.) Emailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

Note: This call for proposals is open to ANY professional or student who is conducting archival work or research.

Jennie Levine Knies
Head Librarian
Nesbitt Library
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Old Route 115, P.O. Box PSU
Lehman, PA 18627-0217
Phone: 570-675-9295

Society of American Archivists Diversity Award

On behalf of the SAA Diversity Award committee, I write to encourage you to consider nominating a colleague, project, or institution for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2017 Diversity Award. This award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives in the archives field. The award is given based on the
long-term impact on improving and promoting diversity as defined in the SAA Statement on Diversity.

Eligible Nominees:

Eligible nominees include any individual, group, or organization. To encourage SAA member participation,  preference may be given to SAA individual and/or institutional members.

Recent Award Recipients Include:

2012: The Chicano Studies Research Center

2013:  Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Joan Krizack, Archives Consultant
Karen Underhill, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library

2014:  Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program,
University of Houston
Jennifer O’Neal, University of Oregon Libraries

2015:  The Shorefront Legacy Center
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

2016: Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives SAA Roundtable
“Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” webinar series

Nomination Requirements:

Two letters of support. Nominations will be accepted from any individual, group, or institution.

Sponsor and Funding:

Society of American Archivists Foundation.


Up to two awards may be given each year. The prize will include a certificate and one complimentary registration per awardee to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

Please consider submitting a nomination by February 28, 2017. The nomination form can be found here:

If you have any questions, please let me know. Please feel free to forward this message to any individual or group that you think might have a potential nominee in mind. We are hoping to get a large number of nominations, as more than a single award can be given.

Thank you for your consideration.

Natalia Fernández, on behalf of the SAA Diversity Award committee

Natalia Fernández
Curator and Archivist, Oregon Multicultural Archives & OSU Queer Archives
OSU Libraries: Special Collections and Archives Research Center

The Barnes Foundation’s Archives and Special Collections Moves to the Parkway

In the spring of 2016, as a result of internal restructuring, the Barnes Foundation’s Archives, Libraries, and Special Collections department lost two of its valuable members. The shakeup also included an ambitious plan to move the institution’s archives and special collections from its home on the Merion campus to the Foundation’s new building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The goal of this monumental move, beyond reuniting the archives with the art library, was to create a research center that would serve the Barnes Foundation’s staff and students as well as visiting scholars researching the history of the Barnes and its collections.
Almost immediately, rumors circulated that the Honickman Art Library had closed. It may have seemed so over the summer when our hours were extremely limited. The library closed to the general public but remained open one day per week during the summer months, primarily for the use of staff members. Previously focusing on archival work and managing the Horticulture Library and Rare Books Collection, Amanda McKnight received a promotion to Associate Archivist and Librarian which expanded her duties to also include overseeing the Honickman Art Library.
Secure, fireproof shelving installed in the back-of-the-house hallway to manage library over flow and compact shelving in secure, climate
controlled storage for the archives
Over the summer, Archivist Barbara Anne Beaucar began planning the move of this rather significant collection. She sent RFPs to prospective movers and, working the registrar, selected Atelier, the art movers that had moved the Barnes Foundation’s art collection to the Parkway in 2012. The facilities staff then coordinated the logistics for the installation of new shelving preceding the move. Fireproof, secure cabinets were installed in the lower level back-of-the-house hallway and the former library storage room at the end of the hallway was refitted with compact shelving to house the archival collections.
Atelier set up two staging areas in the administration building in Merion, one on the first floor and another on the second floor balcony. Archival materials were then hand-carried from the third floor storage area down three flights of steps to be packed and secured in wooden crates or bakers’ shelves before being loaded onto the moving trucks. Two facilities staff members joined the archivists on either end of the move, one team in Merion while the collection was being packed and loaded, and another on the Parkway as the trucks were unloaded and unpacked.
Atelier crew moving the archives from Merion and the archival collections in their new home on the Parkway
Since the move in September, Amanda has re-organized the circulating collection and addressed redundancies in reference materials due to the merge. She has updated the library catalogue, re-arranged and labeled more clearly the rare book collection, enhanced metrics collection, and continued to work closely with the necessary departments to maintain appropriate access of art library resources for our constituents.  Currently, she is managing library operations on both campuses—the Horticulture Library remains on the Merion campus supporting the living collections staff, students, and arboretum gardeners.
The Honickman Art Library and the Archives and Special Collections established new hours on the Parkway: Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM. We continue to welcome members of the Barnes community—staff, faculty, students, docents, and volunteers and are open to external researchers by appointment only.
Submitted by Barbara Anne Beaucar
Web Page:
Online Library Catalog:
The online library catalog is available via the URL:


Department Staff:
Barbara Beaucar
Amanda McKnight

Associate Archivist and Librarian

MARAC Statement on the President’s Executive Order Restricting Travel

MARAC is strongly against the President’s Executive Order that restricts entry into the United States by people from seven Muslim-majority countries because it is incompatible with our goal to be a diverse and inclusive member organization.  MARAC applauds and endorses the Society of American Archivist Statement on the Executive Order, as well as those by the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and other related professional associations. To view these statements, please visit:


American Library Association:


Scholarships for MARAC Spring 2017

The MARAC Scholarship Committee is currently accepting applications for scholarships to support attendance at the Spring 2017 meeting to be held April 20-22, 2017 in Newark, NJ.

There are three awards available:
1)    MARAC Meeting and Travel Awards (2 awards: $400 and $250)
2)    Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award
Additional information about each award is included below.
APPLICATION: Applicants for either award should submit the following:
1)    Cover letter that includes:
a)    Award for which you are applying
b)    Statement of financial need
c)    Expected benefits of attending the conference (citing specific sessions or workshops of interest)
2)    Resume
3)    Letter of reference from a person with knowledge of the applicant’s work (sent directly to the MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, Emily Cottle, via email at
DEADLINE: March 10, 2017
TO APPLY: Send a single PDF of the cover letter and resume to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at Letter of recommendation should be sent by the reference as a PDF directly to Emily Cottle, MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at Please include MARAC Scholarship Application in the subject line. All applicants will receive an email confirming their application has been received.

MARAC Meeting & Travel Awards

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers travel awards of $400 and $250 for attendance at our conference in Newark, NJ on April 20-22, 2017.
Scholarship funds may be used for conference registration, workshops, lodging, conference meals, and other travel expenses. Persons meeting the criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply.
QUALIFICATIONS: For this award, an individual must currently:
●      Be employed in the MARAC region in an archival or archives-related position, OR
●      Be enrolled as a graduate student in a program that includes courses in archival administration OR
●      Be a MARAC member in good standing

Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop & Conference Attendance Award

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) offers awards for one full or half-day workshop, and conference registration, including the Friday Luncheon and Saturday Breakfast. Please note this award does not cover any travel expenses, but only the registration costs outlined above.
Named in memory of Karen A. Stuart, a Library of Congress archivist who had been head librarian at the Maryland Historical Society, this award is expressly aimed at those associated with Local History Collections. Active with MARAC on the Publications Committee and also as Maryland Caucus Chair, Karen maintained a life-long interest in local history and genealogy, respecting and encouraging the scholarly practice of each. In her career, she assisted thousands of researchers investigating Maryland local history, and through her guidance she also impacted the careers of local history practitioners throughout the state. Karen loved local history so it is fitting that this award bears her name as MARAC supports the professional growth of others dedicated to the field.

QUALIFICATIONS: Individuals must currently be associated with a local history collection that is open to the public on a regular basis in the MARAC region. Volunteers as well as paid staff are eligible. Priority is given to local history collections located in the meeting’s host city for the purpose of networking opportunities, but will not exclude other applicants.