Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award

The Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28,2013. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Douglas Bicknese, Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair, at

Purpose and Criteria for Selection
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

First Awarded

Application Form and Documentation

Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:
  • A 500-word essay describing the applicant’s career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
  • Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications. Application form.

Application Deadline
February 28, 2013


Fellowships: University at Buffalo Humanities Institute

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the UB Libraries, is offering two fellowships for visiting scholars and graduate students working on their dissertations to use the UB Libraries’ outstanding special collections, which include the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Music Library, the Polish Collection, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Follow this link to find out more about some of the more notable collections in the UB libraries:

The fellowships provide stipends to cover the cost of fellows’ travel to Buffalo and accommodation and expenses during the time of their stay. In addition to the stipend, Fellows will receive library and parking privileges at UB and are invited to participate in any Humanities Institute events that occur during the time of their visit. If feasible, Fellows are invited to give one public lecture on their research. Fellows are also asked to submit a one page, single-spaced report on the value of having used the collection at UB that will be posted on the Humanities Institute website.

The timing and duration of the Fellows’ residence in Buffalo are flexible, though we would anticipate a minimum stay of two weeks. Both graduate students at an advanced stage of dissertation research and more senior scholars are invited to apply.
  • The James Joyce Fellowship: The stipend is up to $2,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research is centered on the writings of James Joyce, Modernism, Joyce-related research, research on Sylvia Beach, Modernist publishers, Modernist genetic criticism, Joyce’s literary circle, his literary colleagues, or his influences.
  • The Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship: The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research would be enhanced by any of the books, manuscripts or unique documents in the UB Libraries special collections, which include materials from the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Polish Collection, the Music Library, and the History of Medicine Collection.
Please note that applicants may apply for only one fellowship per academic year.
Selection Criteria and Application Procedure
The deadline for applications for the 2013/2014 academic year is January 15, 2013. Applications must include the following in a single PDF file or portfolio:
  • Cover letter;
  • Brief two- to three-page, single-spaced research proposal, including length and approximate timing of proposed visit;
  • Current two- to three-page CV that indicates in detail previous and upcoming research support (grants, fellowships, leaves, etc.);
  • Letter of support from department chair or dissertation director.
Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of UB’s special collections to the proposed project, the value of the project to the applicant’s field, and the qualifications of the applicant as indicated by research experience and other academic achievement.
Applicants must email all application materials as a single PDF file or portfolio by Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to the program administrator at

Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2013 award.  This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Recent winners include:
  • 2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
  • 2011: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project Team
  • 2010: The Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 2009: Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo’s “From Institution to Independence”
  • 2008: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les Archives de Radio-Canada)

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

Application Deadline:
All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28th.

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to .

Sister M. Claude Lane Award Nominations

The Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award was created in 1974 and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.

Criteria for nomination include:
  • Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists.
  • Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives.
  • Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations.
  • Evidence of leadership in specific religious archives.
Only individual archivists are eligible for nomination. The award is funded by the Society of American Archivists, in conjunction with the Society of Southwest Archivists, in honor of Sister M. Claude Lane, the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. A certificate awarded by SAA and a cash prize provided by the Society of Southwest Archivists is presented to the winner at the annual Society of American Archivists meeting.
For more information on the Lane Award, and to download the nomination form, please see:
All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2013. Electronic submission of nominations is accepted, please see the nomination form for more information.

FEMA Assistance for the Cultural Community

FEMA ASSISTANCE FOR THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY: A Forum for Private Nonprofits and Local, Regional, and State Governments

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Wilson Hall Auditorium, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

If your facility and/or cultural collections were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, you have until December 30, 2012, to apply for disaster aid from FEMA through the Public Assistance program. This forum will provide the information cultural heritage stewards need to know about applying for federal disaster aid.

FEMA representatives will explain how to apply to the Public Assistance program for repairs to structures and the recovery of collections; assistance provided by the Small Business Administration to private nonprofits; and the Individual Assistance program that may be available to artists. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

This program is sponsored by the Heritage Emergency National Task Force in cooperation with the following New Jersey State partners: the Council on the Arts, the Council for the Humanities, the Historic Preservation Office, the Historical Commission, the State Library, the State Archives, and the NJ Association of Museums.

Registration for this free program will begin shortly.
Helpful links:

Request for Public Assistance Form
Guide to Navigating FEMA and SBA Disaster Aid for Cultural

FEMA contact:
Alan Aiches

Heritage Emergency National Task Force contact:
Lori Foley

Sneak Peak at Erie Sessions and a Call for Speakers

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2013 Program Committee is seeking presentations to round out the sessions slated for the spring meeting. As a sneak peak of what will be presented at the Erie meeting, we are seeking papers on:

  • Military History, with a focus on the War of 1812 – 2 speakers to highlight archival collections which document the diverse experiences of the War of 1812 or other military conflicts
  • Erie and Western Pennsylvania History – 1 speaker to highlight local archival collections and their visibility and use in local communities
  • Donor Relations – 1 speaker who can discuss practical aspects of donor relations, with a preference for a speaker who can also discuss donor agreements for digital items
  • Evaluating User Experience in Archives – 2 speakers who can address aspects of usability studies for in-person and virtual patrons
  • True Single Search – 2 speakers who can address the benefits and challenges posed by different kinds of single search interfaces and the inclusion of archival descriptions in library catalogs
  • Pushing the Limits on Fair Use – 2 speakers to discuss copyright law and fair use as it pertains to archives, with a preference for speakers who can address recent developments and legal decisions
  • Using Use Statistics – 1 speaker to discuss the practical and powerful applications of use statistics
  • Records Management – 1 speaker who can addres the importance of records management for university, organizational, or corporate archives
  • Crowdfunding the Archives – 1 speaker to address innovative or unconventional fundraising projects
  • EAC-CPF – 1 speaker who can discuss implementation of EAC-CPF, current projects, and how it has enhanced access

We are also still looking for approximately 8 individuals to serve as session chairs. The duties include introducing the speakers and keeping time for each speaker and the session. If you’re planning on coming to Erie, please consider serving as a chairperson for a session.

If you are interested in participating in a session either as a speaker or a chair, please send your name, contact information, and a brief description of your talk to the Program Committee at no later than December 19, 2012.

Victor D’Amico Papers Open at The Museum of Modern Art Archives

Author: Celia Hartmann, Project Assistant Archivist, The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Victor D’Amico Papers are now processed and open for researchers to use onsite, by appointment only at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)’s Archives reading room in Long island City, Queens. The collection’s finding aid is searchable online from any web-enabled device, along with MoMA’s other archival collections.
The collection includes correspondence, audio and videotapes, clippings, draft and completed publications, as well as personal documents, awards, and honors. It is especially rich in photographic documentation of D’Amico’s best-known programs at MoMA: classes and exhibitions of artwork created at the War Veterans’ Art Center, People’s Art Center, The Art Barge, and Children’s Art Carnival (both at MoMA and overseas) in the 1950s and 1960s; and the extensive program of circulating exhibitions distributed through MoMA’s New York City High Schools Program from the 1940s into the early 1970s. The range and variety of photographs are evidence of the extensive publicity that introduced and promoted these programs worldwide, helping to promulgate D’Amico’s progressive ideal of art education for a range of populations: children, adults, families, veterans, and seniors.
As founding director of MoMA’s Department of Education from 1937 to 1969, Victor D’Amico championed art education in the museum setting through innovations that are now standard offerings in museums around the world. At MoMA these included classes for servicepersons at the War Veterans’ Art Center and for children and families at the People’s Art Center; participatory experiences at the Children’s Art Carnival in its many versions at MoMA and in Milan, Brussels, Barcelona, Delhi, and its eventual home in Harlem; and summer art instruction programs at the Art Barge, on eastern Long Island. Under his auspices, MoMA published instructional books for home use, introducing the layperson to artistic expression through woodworking, ceramics, jewelrymaking, and metalworking.
During D’Amico’s tenure at MoMA, the Department of Education organized a wide range of exhibitions, both at the Museum and in other locations. Some were curated by students involved in MoMA’s High Schools Program; others showcased works created by students in the Department’s various programs.
Processing of the Victor D’Amico Papers was made possible by generous funding from Ann L. Freedman; The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art; Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Trustee Committee on Archives, Library, and Research; The Cowles Charitable Trust; Ngaere Macray; Beverley M. Galban; Lori and Eric Friedman; Jean Long Ostrow; Anne and John McAlinden.
An entry about the collection’s availability on MoMA/PS1’s blog Inside/Out can be found here.
For more information on the Victor D’Amico Papers and the Archives at The Museum of Modern Art, go to or