NEC Call for Volunteers and Nominations for 2016 Election

MARAC’s Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking volunteers and nominations of
members to stand for election in the 2016 election. Open positions include:

  • Treasurer
  • Caucus Representative for DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV
  • Nominations and Elections Committee (3 members)
  • Finding Aids Award Committee (2 members)
  • Arline Custer Award Committee (2 members)
  • Distinguished Service Award Committee (2 members)

Pending the outcome of the bylaws vote, the Nominations and Elections Committee will also
be seeking additional candidates as follows:

If the bylaws revision is passed:

  • Chair Elect
  • Awards Committee Chair
  • Scholarship Committee (6 members)

If the bylaws revision is not passed:

  • Secretary

[NOTE: For additional background information regarding the bylaws please view the
information available at, as well as the finalized text of the
proposed bylaws revision at

Information about committees and governance is available on MARAC’s website ( and the MARAC wiki (

Contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee if you are interested in running
or if you would like to nominate a colleague.

The 2015-2016 Nominations and Elections Committee

Cindy Bendroth (
Rebecca Goldman (
Susan Kline (
Christie Lutz (
Charlotte Sturm, Chair (


Queens College Libraries: “Resurrecting Paper Cadavers: Archives in Postwar Societies”

The Pine Tree Foundation Lecture Series in Archives and Special Collections
“Resurrecting Paper Cadavers: Archives in Postwar Societies” 
Dr. Kirsten Weld, Harvard University
A Collaborative Series Presented by the Queens College Libraries Department of 
Special Collections and Archives, the Queens College Graduate School 
of Library and Information Studies, and the Pine Tree Foundation
 Co-sponsored by the Queens College Latin American and Latino Studies Program
Inaugural Lecture: Kirsten Weld, Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University

 Date/Time: Thursday November 5, 2015 at 6pm

 Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230 

Kirsten Weld is a historian of modern Latin America. Her research centers on the 20th-century history of political and ideological conflict in the Americas, particularly during the region’s long Cold War, as well as on the politics of historical and archival knowledge production. 
Her first book, Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala, was published by Duke University Press in 2014. It is a historical and ethnographic study of the archives generated by Guatemala’s National Police, which were used as tools of state repression during the country’s civil war, kept hidden from the truth commission charged with investigating crimes against humanity at the war’s conclusion, stumbled upon and rescued by justice activists in 2005, and repurposed in the service of historical accounting and postwar reconstruction. Paper Cadavers is a broad meditation on how history is produced as social knowledge, on the labour behind transformative social change, and on the stakes of the stories we tell ourselves about the past. 
Following Dr. Weld’s lead, the Pine Tree Lecture Series takes up the archive as a central site of interdisciplinary intersections across academic communities and society. In response to the ever-expanding range of stakeholders in the fate and future of archives, this inaugural lecture is intended to be the first in a series of events that bring disparate individuals and departments together to discuss and reflect upon the impacts of archives on culture, society, and history.
For more information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Unpaid Internship Opportunity – Archival Processing (Deadline for application 11-1-2015)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives seeks an intern in the spring 2016 semester to gain hands-on processing experience and academic credit working with archival records held by the Museum’s Department of Photographs.
In 2005, The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the Gilman Paper Company Collection, widely regarded as the world’s finest collection of photographs in private hands. With exceptional examples of 19th-century French, British, and American photographs, as well as masterpieces from the turn-of-the-century and modernist periods, the Gilman Collection has played a central role in establishing photography’s historical canon and has long set the standard for connoisseurship in the field. The collection contains more than 8,500 photographs, dating primarily from the first century of the medium, 1839-1939.
Working under the supervision of staff in the Museum Archives and Department of Photographs the intern will assist with processing and drafting a preliminary finding aid for administrative papers which correspond to this collection and its curator, Pierre Apraxine. The archive consists of about 20 linear feet of correspondence, research files, financial documents, clippings, object files, artist files, acquisition and sale files dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Duties will include surveying the records and assisting with the creation of processing plan; performing basic preservation; rehousing and physically arranging records; entering collection metadata into Archivists Toolkit.  Please note that processing of the entire archive will not be completed during the course of this spring 2016 internship.
The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a graduate program in library/information science or archives management, and have an interest in the history of photography.  Candidates who will receive academic credit for their internship are strongly preferred.

Call for Additional Presenters: MARAC Pittsburgh, Spring 2016

The Program Committee is looking for additional presenters for the following topics. See descriptions below for details and contact information.
MARAC Pittsburgh will also feature pop-up sessions and a graduate student poster session–more details soon!
Topic: MPLP
Do you love MPLP? Hate it? Have stories of how it worked wonders or maybe was a total disaster? Looking to organize a lively debate on this topic. Contact Emily Cottle (
Topic: How to Create an Oral History Program
Do you work with oral history collections? Have you started an oral history program? Then consider helping to run a mini-workshop at MARAC on starting oral history programs! This workshop will cover the main steps from defining the project’s focus and developing questions all the way through thinking about how to promote and use the oral histories once they’ve been transcribed and edited. Participants will leave the workshop with a step-by-step plan to start an oral history program once they return to their institutions. Contact Kelsey Duinkerken (
Topic: “Scope Drift,” aka Archivists Dealing with Non-Archival Materials
Many archivists, particularly lone arrangers, experience “scope drift” and end up being responsible for collections that fall outside the scope of traditional archives.  For example, my title is “Archivist,” but I am responsible for all of the historic collections (art and artifacts included) at my institution.  This session will discuss our experiences dealing with non-archival collections and how our training as archivists prepared us to take on the challenges of caring and making accessible other types of collections. Depending on the number of speakers, I would like to keep presentations short and make the session more discussion and question/answer based.  Looking for 1-2 additional speakers. Contact Theresa Altieri (

MARAC Roanoke: We Want to Hear From You! Seeking Questions for Session 4 Mentoring New Archivists

We want to hear from you! Seeking Questions for Session 4 (S4) Mentoring New Archivists: An Open Exchange Session.

Wish there was something you’d been told early in your career that new professionals will benefit from? Or maybe you’re a new archivist who has questions for more experienced colleagues?  Join us in S4: Mentoring New Archivists: An Open Exchange Session, on Friday, October 9, 2015 (10:15-11:45 am) in Roanoke. 

But first, send us your questions! There’s a few ways to do this:

Google Form: (You can submit anonymously!)
Tweet: @sarahbdenison

Not sure what you want to ask just yet? There will be many opportunities to ask your questions in person and further engage panelists in smaller breakout groups during the session. 

See you in Roanoke!


More info on S S4: Mentoring New Archivists: An Open Exchange Session

S4. Mentoring New Archivists: An Open Exchange Conference sessions designed for new archivists can sometimes lack sufficient perspective or attendance from more seasoned peers. In this session, we bring together new and experienced archivists for an exchange of advice and ideas. A panel of archivists from a variety of institutions and backgrounds will offer prepared remarks on topics such as “what I wish I’d known” and “the best advice I ever got” before opening it up to questions from attendees. There will also be an opportunity for new archivists to submit questions in advance—watch the MARAC Blog for more information! Finally, the panelists will lead breakout sessions in which new archivists can ask questions in a smaller setting and experienced attendees can share their own advice.

Moderator: Sarah Denison, Delaware Public Archives

Panelists: Lloyd A. Beers, National Archives and Records Administration; Emily R. Cottle, The Winthrop Group; Lynn Eaton, James Madison University; and Brigette C. Kamsler, Columbia University

News from the Delaware Caucus: State of the State

The archival institutions of the first state, Delaware, are excited to share the following news, upcoming events, and exhibits with our fellow MARAC members.

Hagley Library
Hagley Library has been awarded the James J. Bradley Distinguished Service award, which is given to a library or archive that has done great work to preserve motor vehicle resource material. The award is being presented in recognition of the Z. Taylor Vinson collection, which openned to researchers in early 2015 ( Also opening October 2, 2015, is an exhibit entitled, “Driving Desire: Automobile Advertising and the American Dream,” which will feature items from the Vinson collection.

University of Delaware Special Collections
On view through December 15, 2015, in the information area of the Morris Library is an exhibition celebrationg the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (

Delaware Public Archives
On October 3, 2015, at 10:30 am, DPA is holding a program called The Life and Times of Ann Moore Ridgely. The presentation by Dr. Suzanne Fox is based on a collection of over 800 family letters housed in the Delaware Public Archives (

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
On October 2, 2015, Winterthur will host New York Times bestselling author Andrea Wulf to discuss the life of Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer and scientist who can up with the idea of human-induced climate change in 1800 (

Emily R. Cottle, CA
Delaware Caucus Representative

News from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

At the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), where I am Director of Preservation Services, we don’t just clean and repair precious paper materials. We also help institutions, many of them archives and many of them in the Mid-Atlantic region, learn how to take care of their collections more effectively. Sometimes this is through ongoing relationships, like those fostered through the Philadelphia Stewardship Program, a William Penn Foundation-sponsored initiative designed to assist non-profit collecting institutions in the Philadelphia area in achieving their preservation and conservation goals for their collections over time. It is also through one- or two-day educational programs on a wide-ranging variety of topics related to collections care.

And sometimes it is through even closer, more enduring partnerships, like the one on which CCAHA embarked in 2014 with the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives at Philadelphia’s William Way LGBT Community Center (pictured below).

William Way LGBT Community Center, from the Center’s Website

The Archives, originally established in 1976, have been housed at the Center since 1997. The largest collection documents the 30-year history of the Center itself, but there are over 30 additional discrete collections documenting the history of the LGBT community in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region.

In the summer of 2014, the Center received a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation that aims to support the management and preservation of the Center’s unique, significant archival
collections. Among other important endeavors, the grant enabled the Center to create a paid staff  position for Curator Bob Skiba, who previously worked with the Archives on a volunteer basis since 2006, and hire a new Archivist, John Anderies. The funds will also provide for a complete renovation and expansion of the Archives’ storage space, which will now include a dedicated reading room space for researchers.

CCAHA were identified as project managers for the initiative, which will last through August 2017.
CCAHA’s work over the course of these exciting three years includes:
  • Hands-on conservation assistance
  • Written policy development and updating
  • Preservation planning
  • Emergency preparedness & response plan development and staff training in response protocols
  • Environmental and pest management planning
  • Conservation collections surveys for both the Archives and the Center’s art collection
Visit the links below to read more about the Archives: 
“Day in the Life of: An Archivist.” By Ryan Kasley. Philadelphia Gay News July 2, 2015. 
“Reanimating the Archives at William Way.” By Erin Brenard. Hidden City Philadelphia December 17, 2014.
“Archivist Keeps Alive Story of Gay Culture in Philadelphia.” By Melissa Dribben. Philadelphia Inquirer April 29, 2011.