Cambridge Scholarship Winners

The Scholarship Committee is excited to announce the following recipients of travel awards for the Fall 2019 conference in Cambridge, MD:

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

Gabriella Messinger

Gabriella Messinger has worked at the Baltimore Museum of Industry as a Museum Educator, Archives Technician and Front Desk Supervisor.  She has a degree in English Literature from Goucher College and is considering an advance degree in archives.

Marsha A. Trimble Meeting and Travel Award Scholarship ($400):

Jesse Brody

Jesse Brody is an archives technician with Drexel University and had worked in Special Collections at Westchester University.  He has a degree in classical studies from Bryn Mawr and is a member of the Delaware Valley Archivists Group and MARAC.

Joan Echtenkamp Klein Meeting and Travel Award ($250)

Kayla Heslin

Kayla Heslin is pursuing a masters degree in Public History from James Madison University.  Kayla is active with SAA and is on the Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) section steering committee and is on the MARAC program committee for the Harrisonburg, VA meeting.  


Congratulations to the winners!


MARAC Scholarship Committee

Nicole Topich
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Christy Fic
Sheridan Sayles, Junior Co-Chair
Cindy Bendroth, Senior Co-Chair

MARMIA Workshop

When?: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1:30-5:00PM

Where?:Impact HUB, 10 E North Ave, Suite 5 (MARMIA’s OFFICE) Baltimore, MD 21202

Who may attend?: Staff or volunteers of your organization

NOTE: Participants limited to 24; only one attendee from each organization please.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) will teach the basics of how to build and support a simple, no-frills audiovisual digitization station at your organization. The workshop will include information on equipment and workflows for analog-to-digital conversion of audio cassettes and VHS videotapes, as well as recommendations for troubleshooting, maintenance, and keeping a digitization station running smoothly. The first part of the program will be a lecture to set up the technology and context of audiovisual analog to digital conversion. The majority of the workshop, however, will be breaking out into groups to learn through doing: how to set up digitization stations, repair analog technology, and cleaning the playback decks.
Key takeaways of the day?
  • How to budget and advocate for a simple AV digitization station for your collections;
  • How to purchase, hook up, run, clean, and troubleshoot a VHS and audio cassette digitization station
Parking?: Street parking is available for free or at meters in the surrounding neighborhood. We recommend St. Paul, Charles, North Ave, and 20th Street. The parking lot adjacent to the space charges $6 cash and can be paid at the cash box located on the old bank teller building. Since early 2019, we have not heard any accounts of people being towed from the lot. Please do pay nevertheless. The lot is not owned or operated by Impact Hub.
This event is made possible through the generous financial support of the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC) under the auspices of the Maryland Historical Records Advisory Board. 
Contact Rob Schoeberlein with questions at (410) 396-3884 or

Cambridge Meeting Travel Scholarships

Meeting Scholarships and Travel Awards

There are three awards available for the Cambridge Maryland meeting:

1) Marsha Trimble Meeting and Travel Award ($400)

2) Joan Echtenkamp Klein Meeting and Travel Award ($250)

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

APPLICATION: Applicants for either award should submit the following:

1) Cover letter that includes:

  1. a) Award for which you are applying (name and amount)
  2. b) Statement of financial need
  3. 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, Christy Fic, via email at

DEADLINE: October 4, 2019 for the Fall 2019 Cambridge, MD meeting

TO APPLY: Send a single PDF of the cover letter and resume to Christy Fic , MARAC Scholarship Committee Chair, at Letter of recommendation should be sent by the reference as a PDF directly to Christy Fic, 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 (Marsha Trimble Meeting and Travel Award) and $250 (Joan Echtenkamp Klein Meeting and Travel Award)

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.

MARAC’s Graduate School Archival Education Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for MARAC’s Graduate School Archival Education Scholarship (2019-2020). Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019

Purpose:  To provide financial assistance to a student in the MARAC region and to promote the study of archival administration.

Award: One-time $1000 award for the 2019-2020 school year (to be awarded for the spring 2020 semester). The award will be paid directly to the educational institution. The Graduate awards also come with a $20 student-level MARAC membership, for a total award value of $1,020.

Two awards are available for the 2019-2020 cycle.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • a resident or full-time student residing in one of the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, and in the District of Columbia.
  • currently enrolled or accepted into a graduate program in archival studies or archives related program such as history or information studies.

Application: Applications are to be sent to and due October 31, 2019 and must include the following documents:

  • Current resume including:
    • Current Address
    • Education (undergraduate and graduate); anticipated graduation date
    • Relevant (archives related) employment/volunteer/internship experience
    • Honors, scholarships, or awards received
    • Memberships in professional organizations
  • Essay of no more than 500 words outlining the applicant’s interests and future goals in archival administration and how the scholarship would help you meet them.
  • One letter of recommendation (sent directly to
  • Documentation of “good standing” with the educational institution (may be a letter or official transcript)

The scholarship recipient is required to submit a brief article to be included in the next issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist Newsletter following the award.

The above information is also available for download here.

Arline Custer Memorial Award

DEADLINE:  July 31, 2019

The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee.  This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.



The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to: monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.



Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

Preference will be given to works by archivists.



Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2019 award(s) will be announced at the Fall 2019 Conference in Eastern Shore, MD.


Physical Submission Instructions 

Please send two physical copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Laura Streett
Digital Archivist & Access Librarian
Vassar College Libraries
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 20, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


Electronic Submission Instructions 

Please send a PDF of the entirety of the work along with a PDF of a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:



Entries must be received by July 31, 2019


For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site:

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MARAC Supports New DC Archives

On behalf of the DC Caucus, the Steering Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) submitted a letter to the DC Government Operations Committee to advocate for a new, state-of-the-art Archives; significantly more staff and upgraded facilities for the current Archives; and comprehensive records management for the DC Government.

MARAC joins in supporting the Bowser Administration’s commitment to a modern, state-of-the-art District Archives and to move the Archives to a new facility at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).  You may view the letter in its entirety at Letter to DC Government Operations Committee.pdf