News from Maryland Caucus: State of the State

Here is a sampling of some of the big things going on in Maryland (presented alphabetically by institution). 
1. Columbia Archives, Columbia, Maryland
Columbia Archives is continuing its exhibit series Creating Columbia – 50 Years Ago Today.  Columbia Maryland will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2017 but the history of Columbia began in 1962 with the first land purchase.  Creating Columbia – 50 Years Ago Today is chronicling the events leading up to the June 21,1967 date that marks the beginning of Columbia.  The November 11, 2014 opening of the third in the exhibit series corresponds to the presentation of the Columbia Plan on November 11, 1964.  In addition to the exhibit a three session lecture series will be offered in February.  
Columbia Archives accessioned 15 linear feet of James Rouse correspondence from 1986-1996 relating to Enterprise Foundation. This donation from Enterprise Community Partners fills in missing dates in the James Rouse Manuscript Collection.
Marian Currens, a University of Maryland MLS student, is interning for the fall semester.  Her main project is to input data into DB/Textworks database enabling faster searching and easier access to materials that have been separated from records collections.  In addition she will be assisting with outreach projects and other varied tasks that arise in a small community archives.
2. Maryland State Archives and the War of 1812 in Maryland
2014 was the bicentennial year for the British invasion of Maryland during the War of 1812.   There were activities across the state culminating in a “Star Spangled Spectacular” in Baltimore on the weekend of September 13-14.  A number of libraries and archives across the state participated with special programming.  At the University of Maryland, the focus was on Bladensburg, the site near our campus of the catastrophic battle that led to the capture of Washington DC in August 1814.  Our major exhibition in Hornbake Library for the 2014-2015 academic year is “Beyond the Battle: Bladensburg Rediscovered,” which examines the often overlooked town that was the site of the famous battle.  This exhibit was accompanied by a symposium on October 11, 2014: “Beyond the Battle: Bladensburg’s History in Context.”  Both the exhibit and symposium are the culmination of a multi-year project by local historians to recover lost narratives and reinterpret an historic place.
More information about the exhibit is available from: http://bladensburgrediscovered.wordpress.com/
3. University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Albin O. Kuhn Library at UMBC Awarded $23,000 Grant!
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has awarded a 16-month, $23,000 grant to the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) for the creation of collection level records for all archival collections and the implementation of an Encoded Archival Description (EAD-XML) compliant workflow.
Chief Curator Tom Beck, Archivist Lindsey Loeper, and Catalog Librarian Vicki Sipe will review, revise, and create collection level records and finding aids for the archival collections maintained by the Special Collections department in the Library. Collections will include the University Archives, the Center for Biological Sciences Archives, and local history collections including the new folklife collections donated by the Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Traditions. The descriptive records will be mapped for reuse in multiple access systems including the Library Catalog, UMBC’s Digital Collections, and the Special Collections Search. The EAD-XML formatted finding aids will comply with national standards and may be harvested for access through union catalogs such as OCLC’s ArchiveGrid and the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium. The main goal of this project is to increase access to UMBC’s unique archival collections and to reach the researchers, scholars, students and community members that are seeking the high research value materials held at UMBC.
The NHPRC is the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supporting “a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.” The grant is awarded as part of the Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records program. A list of all May 2014 NHPRC awardees is available here: http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/awards/awards-5-14.html
4. University of Maryland, College Park
— University Archives of UMD’s Current Outreach Activities
The University of Maryland Archives is maintaining a busy outreach schedule for the fall 2014 semester, including:
· Presentations on UMD history to visitors for Family Weekend, the Cornell Club of Washington, the university’s Legacy Leadership Institute, and a seminar sponsored by University Human Resources
·Tours of the Archives for 11 sections of UNIV 100, the university’s basic, introductory, “getting used to university life” course required of all freshmen
·Exhibits in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center and at the first-ever arts tailgate before the Maryland vs. West Virginia football game on September 13
·Hosting a special event to commemorate the Queen’s Game, the 1957 visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to the university to see “a typical American sport”
University Archivist Anne Turkos and Assistant University Archivist Jason Speck are also preparing to repeat their semester-long course on UMD history, which they taught for the first time in spring 2014. In addition the Archives staff is close to completing the arrangement and description of 444 document boxes housing the presidential files of Harry Clifton Byrd, who served as UMD president from 1935 to 1954, and is preparing the first segment of the photo morgue accessioned from the Diamondback, the primary student newspaper on campus, for digitization and addition to the Archives’ online image repository, University AlbUM. 
— War of 1812 in Maryland Exhibition and Symposium
2014 was the bicentennial year for the British invasion of Maryland during the War of 1812.   There were activities across the state culminating in a “Star Spangled Spectacular” in Baltimore on the weekend of September 13-14.  A number of libraries and archives across the state participated with special programming.  At the University of Maryland, the focus was on Bladensburg, the site near our campus of the catastrophic battle that led to the capture of Washington DC in August 1814.  Our major exhibition in Hornbake Library for the 2014-2015 academic year is “Beyond the Battle: Bladensburg Rediscovered,” which examines the often overlooked town that was the site of the famous battle.  This exhibit was accompanied by a symposium on October 11, 2014: “Beyond the Battle: Bladensburg’s History in Context.”  Both the exhibit and symposium are the culmination of a multi-year project by local historians to recover lost narratives and reinterpret an historic place.
More information about the exhibit is available from: http://bladensburgrediscovered.wordpress.com/
— New D.C. Punk & Indie Fanzine Collection at Special Collections in Performing Arts
The Washington, D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine Collection (DCPIFC) documents the variety of publications that were created by fans of and participants in the punk and indie music scenes that have thrived in the Washington, D.C.-area since the late 1970s. The DCPIFC contains fanzines – publications produced by enthusiasts, generally in small runs – created by members of the D.C. punk and indie music communities, as well as fanzines from outside of D.C. that include coverage of D.C. punk and indie music. The collection includes primarily paper fanzines like Who Cares, Bikini Kill, and Descenes, but it also includes born digital fanzines and digitized files of some paper fanzine materials. Founded with donations from some D.C.-area musicians and journalists, the DCPIFC was enhanced by an approach that saw SCPA utilize social media to reach music fans who still had copies of older fanzines in their collections. The efforts were successful and the collection has grown steadily since its introduction in early 2014.
5. Special Collections & Archives at the U.S. Naval Academy
Over the summer, Special Collections & Archives at the U.S. Naval Academy completed a large finding aid conversion project, which converted all of our legacy print finding aids and html guides to EAD. We now have over 225 EAD manuscript collection finding aids online, available through our department website (http://www.usna.edu/Library/sca/Manuscript%20Collections.php) and through our digital collections on CONTENTdm (http://cdm16099.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search/collection/p16099coll5).

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