Please consider nominations for the Society of American Archivists Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award!

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2018 award.

This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

Recent winners include:


Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.


A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Application Deadline:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.

For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

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Updates and Corrections to the Hershey Conference Program

Over the course of the last year, the Program Committee for the Spring 2018 MARAC Conference has worked hard to gather together a distinguished group of archival practitioners to bring our members the very latest in archival innovation, activities, and thought from our region. And now, with the upcoming conference program hot off the presses, we truly believe that MARAC members can look forward to another high quality meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Even so, things change. Last minute developments from some of our panelists, as well as copy-editing corrections required by our own fallibility, lead us to issue the following substantive revisions to the program as printed:**

Session 1: Archives and Advocacy: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Disability History (p.13)

This panel description mistakenly left off the names of two participants: Tyler Stump (Pennsylvania State Archives) and Margaret Sly (Temple University Special Collections).

Session 6: Chester Made: Building the Biography of a Block with Artists, Students and Residents (p.15)

Panelist Devon Walls (MJ Freed Theater & Artist Warehouse) will be replaced with Ulysses “Butch” Slaughter (the project manager for “Chester Made”).

Session 9: Serving Archival Communities: Regional Programs in the MARAC Region (p.15)

Samantha Forsko (Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts) will not be presenting at this session. Her co-presenter and colleague, Dyani Feige, will present Ms. Forsko’s content.

Session 10: Disparate Digital Designs: Using Virtual Spaces to Build Archival Capacity (p.16)

Robin Pike (University of Maryland) will not be presenting at this session. There is no one scheduled to take her place at this time.

Session 11. Not Just Another Bunch of Papers (p.16)

Linda Ries is incorrectly listed as “retired” from the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

Session 18: Grow Your Role: New Directions for Special Collections Collaboration (p.18)

Please note the title change which was not included in the printed program (printed as: “Radical Role Reinvention: New Directions for Special Collections Collaboration”).

A slight change to the panel description is reflected in the following text:

Special Collections has traditionally followed a specific model; tried and true approaches to building, sustaining, and providing access to collections. But are these approaches effective and innovative ways to respond to the changing needs of the communities we serve and the communities we document? How can we expand our repertoire to include new skills and collaborations? This panel will showcase examples of radical collaboration and reimaging of the special collections playbook; a new blueprint that includes initiating collaborations between departments and disciplines, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, and designing services, policies, and instructional offerings to enhance and broaden what we provide to our readers and communities. Panelists will discuss a collaborative data analysis approach to collection development and public services, a more broadly realized approach to all activities contained in the spectrum of reader services, and outreach to the STEM fields.

Session 21: Documenting a Community, Building a Community: The Robert J. Sullivan Jr. Papers at James Madison University Special Collections (p.19)

The speakers in this session (Kate Morris, Tiffany Cole, and Lynn Eaton) are listed as affiliated with George Mason University. This is incorrect and should read as James Madison University as reflected in the title of the session.

For mistakes in the copy-editing process, the Program Committee Co-Chairs offer our sincere apologies to all affected panelists. Non-substantive changes to program text that occurred as part of that editing process are not included in this update.

**Note: these changes will be reflected in the program supplement and corrected for the guidebook app.

Deadline Extended, Call for Posters: MARAC Spring 2018 Meeting in Hershey, PA

There is still time to submit a poster proposal for the Spring 2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference “Finding the Sweet Spot: Communities, Collaboration, and the Archives” to be held in Hershey, PA on April 12-14, 2018.

Share your research or new approaches to archival work in Chocolatetown, USA. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
● applied or theoretical research projects
● experimental collection development initiatives
● new methods of providing reference services, instruction or outreach
● innovative arrangement and description practices

● Professional or student engaged in archival work
● Research or activity conducted within the previous year (2017-2018)
● Poster size: minimum 22 x 28 inches; maximum 36 x 48 inches; may read vertically or horizontally

The new deadline for poster proposals is 11:59 PM EST on February 18. Proposals received after this date will not be considered and e-mailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

To submit a poster proposal, complete the form

Notifications regarding accepted proposals will be sent out on March 1. A dedicated poster session has been scheduled from 2:45-3:45 on Friday April 13 during the conference.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Susan Wiesner