News from New York State Caucus: 2014 Accomplishments

It is known that each caucus is expected to contribute to the MARAC blog with a post on a rotating basis. Since it was New York’s turn I sent out an email to the members.  Rather than simply giving a list of current activities of their institutions. I thought that the members could provide a glimpse of just a few of the many accomplishments over the last year. I asked the caucus members to send some short descriptions about the processing project, exhibit, website, finding aid, publication or whatever else I may have left out; they were most proud of and consider one of the best things you have worked on over the entire year. I thought this would give everyone a view of the variety of the work we all diligently and ably do each and every day.

Here are the responses I received that I would like to share with everyone.
The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) launched a new website in October that makes it easier to navigate our collections, study finding aids, search our databases, browse links to digital objects, and explore related collections. www.ajhs.org
Also easily navigated is information about upcoming and past programs and events, resources throughout the Center for Jewish History where AJHS resides and access to AJHS publications.
Features include “Special Holdings” under the “Collections Tab” – www.ajhs.org/special-holdings, which gives users one-click access to the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection; the Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement; the Loeb Portrait Database of American Jewish portraits prior to 1865; and Jews in America, a portal to a growing aggregation of records from many collections throughout the country.
The United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York Collection project continues through summer 2015, when the completed finding aid will be posted online. This will give researchers access to the finding aid to the approximately 2000 cubic feet that comprise the collection as well as to the photographs, audio files and documents that will have been digitized by next year.  While the collection is still undergoing processing, please explore and enjoy the project blog – http://thiscangobacktothearchives.wordpress.com/
Susan Woodland
Senior Archivist
UJA-Federation of New York Collection
American Jewish Historical Society
In September 2014 the Trinity Wall Street Archives moved its 2000+ linear foot collection from 74 Trinity Place to 120 Broadway in Manhattan, its first new home in eighty years. The Archives will be located at 120 Broadway for the next several years while 74 Trinity Place is redeveloped into new office and community space for Trinity Wall Street, including a new archives component with expanded space and updated facilities.
Anne Petrimoulx
Archivist
Trinity Wall Street Archives
I’m most proud of the fact that, after 24 years of teaching Archives and Records Management at SUNY Buffalo, in 2014 I converted my former classroom-only Records Management Course to an online hybrid course with 21 students online and 6 in the classroom.   
James M. Tammaro
Adjunct Professor
Library And Information Studies      
The Maryknoll Archives has rolled out our new website – http://maryknollmissionarchives.org which chronicles the history of Maryknoll and connects the visitor to the Archon interface that displays our collections that are open for research.
We also are implementing “Preservica”, the digital preservation system this coming January 2015.
The archives is located in Ossining New York and is a collaborative archive of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America or Maryknoll Fathers, the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic or Maryknoll Congregation and the Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful or Maryknoll Lay Missioners.
Ellen Pierce, CA
Director
Maryknoll Mission Archives
Thank you to everyone who responded and to many more accomplishments and successes in 2015.

Michael P. Martin
MARAC New York State Caucus Chair

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