The Rockefeller Library is pleased to announce that a new online exhibit is available via our Omeka site. Titled “Highlights of the Albert Durant Collection,” it features a selection of photos taken by Albert Durant, the first licensed African American photographer in Williamsburg. The exhibit is divided into the following categories: Biography, Education, Local Businesses, Local Organizations, Recreation, Entertainment, and Spiritual Life. Accompanying text provides brief background and context information for each photo.
At a recent meeting in historic Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street NW in Washington, DC, a group of individuals interested in DC government and history came together to form the Friends of the District of Columbia Archives (FDCA). The attendees shared a deep concern that the physical and digital records of the Nation’s Capital are at risk due to the poor physical conditions at the DC Archives and District-wide inattention to record-keeping.
The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.
The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
Call for Submissions
The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the Finding Aids Award. To be eligible for the award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
The committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design. One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. The 2014 award will be announced at the MARAC Fall 2014 conference.
Entries must be received by July 31, 2014. Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee: