The Finding Aid Award is given yearly to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the MARAC region. Nominated finding aids must be first made available to the public during 2012.
The top award will receive the designation of the Fredric M. Miller Finding Aids Award, in honor of Dr. Miller’s contributions to the field as archivist and author. Monetary awards will be presented at the Spring 2013 meeting in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Call for Submissions
In the last decade, there have been significant changes in the processes by which archivists arrange, describe and make their collections available to the public: most notably, the widespread adoption of streamlined processing practices and a push to make our work available online. At the same time, the fundamentals of good finding aids have remained the same: they provide content that enables researchers to understand the materials in our collections and are designed to help them find what they need easily and quickly.
The Finding Aids Committee invites MARAC members to nominate exceptional finding aids for the 2012 MARAC Finding Aid Awards. Successful finding aids will have outstanding content, take full advantage of the design capabilities inherent in their medium of publication, and incorporate successful innovations that enable researchers to more effectively access and use archival materials. Please see Characteristics of Successful Finding Aids for more details.
Submissions are due by December 31, 2012 and must include:
– A link to the finding aid’s URL or 5 hard copies of the finding aid (if only available in print)
– A nomination letter that addresses the finding aids’ exceptional qualities and/or discusses elements not readily apparent from examination of the finding aid itself.
Please see our Finding Aid Awards Submission Checklist for further information concerning the nomination letter and optional submission materials. Submissions should be sent to the Chair of the Finding Aid Award Committee:
Laurel Macondray — Chair
(Spring 2011-Spring 2013)
8601 Adelphi Road
RD-DC Motion, Room 3360
College Park, MD 20740
For further information on the award see the Finding Aids Award Committee.