MARAC/NEA Spring 2015: Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students

The New England Archivists Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students is interested in collaborating with MARAC early professionals and students on a Spring 2015 NEA MARAC Conference proposal. The Roundtable would like to propose a session, possibly in the PechaKucha format or lightening talks, dealing with issues that are relevant to students and early professionals. According to the call for proposals, the PechaKucha format allows for up to 12 presenters to talk for 6 minutes each.

If you are a student or early professional, please add your comments to the MARAC NEA Google Groups thread if you are interested in collaborating on a session and/or if you would like to suggest ideas for topics. Here is the link: ttps://!topic/marac-nea/waLrIEC-WKY. Please add your name and contact information so that we can follow up.

News from The Rockefeller Library, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: Online Exhibit

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.

The library staff welcomes feedback, suggestions and corrections from the community, as compilation of caption data for the photos is ongoing.
A special note of thanks is due to Amy Speckart, Special Collections intern, who co-curated the exhibit with Marianne Martin, Visual Resources Librarian. Amy’s historical and editorial expertise is gratefully appreciated! We also wish to acknowledge the guidance and assistance of Brian Palmer, Rockefeller Library Fellow; Linda Rowe, historian; and Doug Mayo, Associate Librarian and Head of Special Collections.

Marianne Martin

Visual Resources Librarian
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Phone: 757-565-8542
Fax: 757-565-8528

Friends of the District of Columbia Archives (FDCA)

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 FDCA agreed to three immediate goals:

–Bring public attention and support for the DC Archives though activism in the District government and with the general public.

–Offer direct support the $44 million the District Government committed last year for a new Archives, including more funding if needed to create a world-class facility.

–Spotlight the Archives’ treasures, the dangers posed by current conditions, and the importance of saving the digital records of the city government.

“The District desperately needs a new, modern archives and I am delighted that the FDCA will work to that end,” said Trudy Peterson, FDCA co-chair and a former head of the National Archives. “Our city cannot be great if it does not take care of its past, especially one with as rich and varied history as ours.”

“The FDCA will represent the diverse groups of researchers interested in D.C. history,” said Mary Beth Corrigan, also co-chair and former trustee of the Historical Society. “Their views are essential to the planning of a new state-of-the-art facility that will meet their needs.”

The FDCA includes archivists, historians, D.C. government employees, and anyone interested in recovering and preserving the stories of the District’s past. Participants at the founding meeting had current and former affiliations with the Historical Society of Washington, DC, the Society of American Archivists, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, the National Archives, The George Washington University, and the D.C. Archives.
The FDCA plans to solicit membership from all who want to support the Archives as it continues to advocate for the DC Archives. FDCA members recently testified before the District Council’s Committee on Government Operations on May 1st. Additionally, FDCA has received some promising press coverage from the Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Washington Post. Anyone interested in learned more about the Friends of the DC Archives can follow the group on Twitter: @FDCArchives.

Call for Submissions: C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

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.

Submission Deadline
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:

Regine Heberlein

Arline Custer Memorial Award

DEADLINE: July 31, 2014
Description of the Arline Custer Memorial Award
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, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
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 two awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles.  The 2014 awards will be announced at the Fall 2014 Conference in Baltimore, MD.
How to submit an entry
Please send two copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:
Elizabeth Shepard
39 Harrison Avenue, Unit #8
Montclair, NY 07042
Entries must be received by July 31, 2014.
For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site at

MARAC/NEA Spring 2015: Google Forum

The Joint Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and the New England Archivists will be held from March 19-21, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Spring 2015 Program Committee is hoping for session proposals that will highlight the knowledge, experience, and creativity of members from both organizations and encourage you all to connect through our Google Forum at

The Google Forum was created for MARAC and NEA members to talk to one another about potential session topics, formats, and presenters. Some of your colleagues have already begun to communicate about potential topics. Join the conversation or start one on your own!

This Google Forum will be accessible through the deadline for proposals on July 2, 2014. We look forward to receiving your proposals at:

Please contact one of the program chairs below if you have any questions.

Sharmila Bhatia at
Camille Torres Hoven at
Liz Francis at