Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Arline Custer Memorial Award Call for Entries

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.

Eligibility

The Custer 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. The committee accepts electronic copies of articles and books but requests print copies when possible for consistency and ease of distribution and review.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Evaluation

Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They should be original and well-researched. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well-written, and organized. Visual materials, if present, should be appropriate to the text.

Preference will be given to works by archivists.

Award

Up to two awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2017 awards will be announced at the Fall 2017 MARAC meeting in Buffalo, New York.

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 Surles
Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library
Rutgers University-Newark
185 University Ave.
Newark, NJ 07102
elizabeth.surles@rutgers.edu

Entries must be postmarked (and preferably received) by July 31, 2017.

For additional information and list of previous award winners, please see: https://marac.memberclicks.net/arline-custer-memorial-award

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Call for Submissions: C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

The Finch Award honors 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 Online Publication Award. To be eligible for the award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

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 2017 award will be announced at the Business Meeting of the MARAC Fall 2017 conference in Buffalo, New York.

Please note: 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. Stay tuned for the call for submissions later this year.

Submission Deadline 
Entries must be received by July 31, 2017. Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee:

Caitlin Goodman
Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee

Curator, Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia
goodmanca@freelibrary.org