MARAC Member Minute: Meet Christopher Anglim!

Christopher Anglim
Making History Come Alive for All Who Visit

As a kid, I wanted to be: a time traveller.

My little known hobby or talent is: photography, storytelling, and painting

I joined and stayed with MARAC because: I enjoy being in the community of archivists.

Any position(s) held in MARAC: Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Why I chose to volunteer: Working with fellow archivists

My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: do it…you won’t regret it.

Final words: Vita est archives! (Archives is Life)

Fall 2021 Meeting Call for Proposals!

Don’t forget, there’s still time! The deadline for proposals is February 2, 2021.

The MARAC Blog

Call for Proposals: MARAC Fall 2021

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is seeking session proposals for the Fall 2021 meeting scheduled to be held October 7-9 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The meeting theme is “Sites of Memory,” and the deadline for proposals is February 2, 2021.

The session proposal form is available athttps://bit.ly/marac_fall2021_propose.

In 1863 Gettysburg was indelibly marked by the Civil War and was ultimately memorialized as the site of the Gettysburg Address. Today it is the site of countless memorials dedicated to the memory of both union and confederate veterans. The Program Committee invites session proposals that explore archives as “sites of memory,” with particular emphasis on how archives are influenced by, or else are influencers in, emerging world events and technologies as well as how archives serve and adapt to the changing needs of our diverse users. Topics may include:

  • The impact of societal events…

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Mid-Atlantic Archivist Winter ’21 out now!

The Winter issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist is out now! Be sure to check out Michael Comeau, Autumn Haag, and Alan Delozier’s analysis of “The Enduring Value of Defeated Presidential Candidate’s Papers” in the newly published Winter 2021 issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist beginning on page 4.
https://marac.memberclicks.net/assets/maa/maracwinter21.pdf#page=6

MARAC Member Minute: Meet Deb Schiff!

I am the Archives Librarian at The College of New Jersey. The most interesting thing about my job is that the majority of the collection is unprocessed. So, it’s an adventure each time I open a box!

As a kid, I wanted to be: An astronaut.

My little known hobby or talent is: Knitting

I joined and stay with MARAC because: it’s the best bang for the buck, as far as conferences and continuing education offerings are concerned.

Any position(s) held in MARAC: Programming Committee member, Local Arrangements Committee member, Virtual Coordinating Committee Co-chair, Sponsorship Subcommittee Chair, Mentorship Committee member

Why I chose to volunteer: I choose to volunteer because over the years, MARAC has given me many opportunities to learn, grow in my career, and most importantly, meet new friends in the field. The most rewarding part of any position I’ve held has been to help new archivists and folks new to MARAC..

My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: To keep an open mind, remain flexible, and let fellow volunteers know they’re doing a great job privately and publicly.

Final words: Just that I very much look forward to when we can all gather again for professional development, visiting with friends, and meeting the new members.

Fall 2021 Meeting Call for Proposals!

Call for Proposals: MARAC Fall 2021

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is seeking session proposals for the Fall 2021 meeting scheduled to be held October 7-9 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The meeting theme is “Sites of Memory,” and the deadline for proposals is February 2, 2021. 

The session proposal form is available at https://bit.ly/marac_fall2021_propose

In 1863 Gettysburg was indelibly marked by the Civil War and was ultimately memorialized as the site of the Gettysburg Address. Today it is the site of countless memorials dedicated to the memory of both union and confederate veterans. The Program Committee invites session proposals that explore archives as “sites of memory,” with particular emphasis on how archives are influenced by, or else are influencers in, emerging world events and technologies as well as how archives serve and adapt to the changing needs of our diverse users. Topics may include:

  • The impact of societal events, trends, and crises on archives and memory
  • The preservation and representation of current world events in archives
  • Social justice and accountability in archives
  • The diversification of a repository’s collections, human resources, or users (including but not limited to artists, performers, business leaders, healthcare professionals, scientists, activists, and educators)
  • Service, cultivating relationships, and continuing to meet the needs of our users

Proposals related to other topics and themes will be considered, and the Program Committee welcomes both traditional and innovative formats. We also encourage proposals for the Diversity and Inclusion Session Scholarship. More details on the scholarship are available in the proposal submission form.

We hope that COVID-19 will be a “memory” by the Fall 2021 conference but recognize that restrictions may be necessary. Presenters are asked to plan to conduct their sessions in-person but be prepared to shift to a hybrid or virtual platform.

For more information about the conference, please see https://www.marac.info/fall-2021-conference. A Google spreadsheet to aid with finding collaborators can be found at https://bit.ly/marac_fall2021_plan. The Program Committee will not monitor this spreadsheet, and all proposals must be submitted at https://bit.ly/marac_fall2021_propose.

Member Minute: Geof Huth


As the Chief Records Officer and the Chief Law Librarian of the New York State Unified Court System, much of my work is administrative, but my work has also included working personally on a giant years-long inventory of all of our oldest records, from 1674 on, and working in amazingly dirty conditions.

As a kid, I wanted to be a “fireman” or a “policeman,” as those were the only known choices. I didn’t know what my dad was, because it was too amorphous, and because he started his career as a CIA analyst.

My little known hobby or talent is, though this isn’t little known, I spend much of my time making poems, essays, drawings, and sculptures (often with references to archives), and documenting these creations in a huge relational database that serves as a catalogue raisonne.

I joined and stay with MARAC because I believe in making connections. Part of the allure to archives for me is that archives connect to other bodies of records and facts in the past and they allow us to imagine those pasts through the natural human act to connect.

Any position(s) held in MARAC: Chair, Caucus Chair, Steering Committee Member-at-Large, Local Arrangements Chair, Program Chair, and others.

Why I chose to volunteer: I have volunteered for the connection to people and the ability to help create MARAC’s and our future.

My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is: Ask to be involved, and do it in person, or directly with an email or call. My integration into MARAC was slowed because I originally volunteered annually on a form when I paid my dues. That didn’t work.

Final words: Let’s get together for an in-person MARAC meeting soon!

Call for Technical Leaflet Submissions

Dear MARAC members, 

The Communications Committee is seeking new submissions and suggestions for the MARAC Technical Leaflet Series, (Print ISSN 2577-9400 and Electronic ISSN 2577-9419), a double-blind, peer-reviewed serial publication that provides practical guidance for specific archival tasks not commonly addressed in the professional literature.  

Since 2018, the Editorial Board of the Technical Leaflet Series is aiming to produce at least two publications per calendar year (spring and winter). Topics of particular interest for future publications may include:

  • Creating and maintaining acquisitions files
  • Curation and storage of oversize objects and realia
  • Data analytics
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives for archives 
  • Handling of classified or proprietary materials in a government or corporate repository
  • Oral history in archives 
  • Preservation, handling, and description of any of the following:
    • 19th-century photographs
    • Audio-visual materials
    • Datasets
    • Email
    • Textile materials
  • Reparative (re)processing of archival materials
  • Web archiving

Please submit any proposals or topic suggestions to marac.communications@gmail.com.  Publication guidelines for submissions are available on the MARAC website.  Authors are encouraged to observe a soft limit of 25-30 pages of content. Fall 2020 submissions have a projected publication date of December 2021 for our Winter issue.  Our next call for proposals will be in April 2021.  All submissions will be reviewed by members of our Editorial Board.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss your leaflet ideas further, please contact us.

Sincerely,

Alex Japha, Editor-in-Chief
Heidi Abbey Moyer, Editor
Diane Wunsch, Editor
MARAC Technical Leaflet Series Editorial Board  

MARAC Distinguished Service Award: Call for Nominations

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to MARAC as well as contributions to the broader archival profession. Service to MARAC will be weighted more heavily. This recognition is accompanied by a $250 honorarium, provided through the generosity of Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc.

For more details and the nomination form see https://www.marac.info/distinguished-service-award.

Nomination Deadline: January 31, 2021

Please send nominations and any questions to Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, Distinguished Service Award Committee Chair, grover@etown.edu.

The MARAC Member Minute

By the time we gather in person again in Gettysburg October 2021 (fingers crossed!), it will have been two years since we’ve been together. Two years! That’s a long time…hundreds of new members, professional achievements, personal updates, and water cooler chats.

It’s the personal side of MARAC that makes it such a special group, so why wait? Let’s share a little bit about ourselves now!  In an effort to get to know each other, MARAC is undertaking a new initiative called the Member Minute. The Member Minute will highlight the personal and professional stories of MARAC members.

The feature is completely voluntary, but any member can complete the brief survey about themselves or nudge a fellow member to do so. Questions include information about professional history, activities in MARAC, and personal interests. The Member Minute will be featured on MARAC’s social media platforms and blog. You can share your story at Member Minute Survey

Through this initiative, we hope to learn more about our membership and stay connected. All members are encouraged to participate. Questions can be addressed to Josette Schluter, MARAC Member-at-Large at josetteschluter@gmail.com.

October is American Archives Month!

October is American Archives Month, and we wanted to take a moment to recognize our MARAC colleagues’ creative efforts to promote and celebrate archives during this unprecedented time.

* Archives Month Philly once again pulled together a diverse set of mostly virtual programs, exhibits, and tours by its participating institutions. This year’s calendar included 27 events at 15 institutions in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. You can find the full schedule at https://archivesmonthphilly.com/ 

* Virginia Archives Month included several virtual programs, as well as the debut of an “Archives 101” video to give viewers a brief introduction to archives. The 2020 Virginia Archives Month Flickr album includes images contributed from 19 repositories around the state, and you can experience some of those images as online jigsaw puzzles or downloadable coloring pages.

* Regardless of whether their institutions planned larger programs, many MARAC archivists joined in on Twitter for #AskAnArchivist Day on October 7 and Electronic Records Day (#ERecsDay) on October 10. You can catch up on those conversations at https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskAnArchivist and https://twitter.com/hashtag/ERecsDay.

We’d love to hear more about how your institution celebrated American Archives Month this year! Email us at marac.communications@gmail.com, and we’ll aim to share a longer list of 2020 programs in a future post.