MARAC Spring 2019 Poster Proposals

Poster proposals are now being accepted for the Spring 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference “Working Archives: A Labor of Love” to be held in Morgantown, WV from April 11-13, 2019. We highly encourage first-time submissions and students to present.

Share your research or new approaches to archival work.

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
  • work related to labor in archives or labor history
  • local history topics relating to the state of WV and surrounding areas


  • Professional or student engaged in archival work
  • Research or activity conducted within the previous year (2018-2019)
  • Poster size: minimum 22 x 28 inches; maximum 36 x 48 inches; may read vertically or horizontally
  • Participants will be given a 6 foot easel in which to display their poster. It is recommended the participant supply their own backing such as foam board or other material for stability

Poster proposals are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 25, 2019. Proposals received after this date may not be considered.


Use this Google form to submit your proposal for a poster.


Notifications regarding accepted proposals will be sent out by March 8, 2019. The poster session has been scheduled for Friday, April 12th from 3:15-4:00 PM during the conference.


For more information or questions, please contact: Marie Elia ( or Liz Scott (

SAA’s C.F.W. Coker Award

Call for Nominations – 2019 SAA’s C.F.W. Coker Award

It is that time of the year where we ask for your to help us identify archivists and groups of archivists who have made valuable contributions to our profession!  As a part of these efforts, we are looking for nominations for the C.F.W. Coker Award, which is awarded annually to an individual or group who have performed outstanding and innovative archival descriptive work.

This descriptive work can take many forms, including:

  1. Finding aids, including, among others, multi-institutional guides, record surveys, repository guides, special subject lists, finding aids to individual collections or records groups, and narrative descriptions of holdings.
  2. Finding aid systems, including, among others, manual or automatic indexing systems, computer databases, or current awareness systems for notifying users of holdings.
  3. Descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids, including, among others, subject thesauri, authority files, data element dictionaries, manuals establishing descriptive standards, and such reference works as atlases and administrative histories.
  4. Projects that involve innovative developments in archival description, including, among others, cooperative ventures that result in the exchange of finding aid information among repositories, efforts at building national information systems, and survey projects.

If you are aware of innovative work in any of these areas we ask that you please consider submitting a nomination (self-nominations are welcome!) via our nomination formby February 28, 2019.

For more information about the C.F.W. Coker Award please visit:

Thank you everyone for your consideration and time.

The C.F.W. Coker Award Subcommittee:

Shannon Lausch (chair)

Suzanne Reller

Linda Sellars

Elizabeth Wilkinson

The Brenda S. Banks Travel Award for SAA

Apply Now for the 2019 Society of American Archivists Brenda S. Banks Travel Award!

The Brenda S. Banks Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications for a new Society of American Archivists (SAA) award. The Brenda S. Banks Travel Award recognizes and acknowledges individuals of color, such as those of African, Asian, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander descent, who are employed in archives and who manifest an interest in becoming active members of SAA. Recipients receive full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, recipients receive a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

This award supports the objectives of SAA’s Archivists and Archives of Color Section’s objectives:

·  Providing individuals of color employed in an archives with an opportunity for professional development and networking through engagement with SAA; and

·  Promoting increased participation in SAA by individuals of color employed in an archives by exposing first-time Annual Meeting attendees to the experience of attending national meetings and encouraging them to join and remain members of the organization.

Created in 2017, the award is named in honor of Brenda S. Banks, Fellow and Past President of SAA and co-founder of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section. The award is sponsored by SAA’s Archivists and Archives of Color Section and funded through the SAA Foundation.

Application Requirements:
Recipients will be selected based on the strength of their personal statement/essay. Personal statements/essays must be no more than 500 words and will be evaluated on:

·  Overall clarity;

·  Understanding of professional goals and experience with and/or commitment to working with, or documenting and preserving the histories of communities of color;

·  Description of the benefits of attending the SAA Annual Meeting; and

·  Explanation of commitment to SAA, diversity and inclusion, and the profession.
In addition, applicants must include a current CV or resume.

To be eligible, the applicant:

·  Must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander descent;

·  Must be currently employed in an archives; and

·  Shall not have previously attended an SAA Annual Meeting.
Click here to preview the application and/or to apply.

Applications must be received by February 28, 2019.

Questions? Please direct them to Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Ph.D., Chair of the Brenda S. Banks Travel Award Subcommittee, or (352) 273-2692.

Thank you on behalf of the Brenda S. Banks Travel Award Subcommittee!