Spring 2022 Meeting Registration is now open!

Join MARAC in Harrisonburg, VA, March 24-26, 2022 to explore the theme of “Communities Big and Small,” where we seek to highlight small and community archives, underrepresented collections, and how archival work can help make a group of people a community.  Our conference offers many sessions and discussions around these themes, as well as learning opportunities that focus on the community aspects of archives, archivists, and archival collections. 

March 24: A variety of pre-conference workshops, tours, and meet-and-greet reception

March 25-26: MARAC Conference: A full slate of sessions, Friday evening reception, business meeting, and more 

Register early and save!  Register online at Spring 2022 Meeting Registration by February 16, 2022 to receive early discount pricing.

Visit MARAC Conference Scholarships to learn more about meeting scholarships and travel awards. Applications must be submitted by close of business on Thursday, February 10, 2022.

With your health and safety at the forefront of our planning, we are actively monitoring all changes in local COVID conditions and will keep registrants apprised of our policies

 Questions? Visit MARAC’s Registration FAQ or contact Sara Predmore at administrator@marac.info

Learn more about our Spring 2022 Harrisonburg Meeting here.


SAA’s Donald Peterson Travel Award

Dear colleagues: 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award! 

Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival  programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. 

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and  include the following: 

1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant’s career goals and potential impact on the archival  profession. 

2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma. 

3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant’s  qualifications. 

Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2022

If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Danielle  Sangalang, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at dsangalang@massart.edu 

For more information on the details on awards from previous years, please visit the Donald Peterson  Student Travel Award on the SAA webpage. Please feel free to pass along this announcement to  colleagues. 

Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee: 

Helen Conger 
Jessica Hornbuckle 
Danielle Sangalang (Chair)

Library Company of Philadelphia Fellowship Opportunity

The Visual Culture Program invites applications for 2022–23 short-term fellowships. Fellows have studied topics as varied as the relationship between text and images in American primers for children, the graphic arts in Philadelphia from 1780 to 1880, and the intersection of science and art in the production of daguerreotypes.

Searchable catalogs to our collections are available online at https://digital.librarycompany.org/discovery with a number of visual culture collections also searchable at https://digital.librarycompany.org/islandora/object/islandora%3Aroot

See individual fellowship descriptions below for more information and instructions on how to apply. For a complete listing of all LCP fellowship opportunities, visit https://librarycompany.org/academic-programs/fellowships/.


The William H. Helfand Fellowship for American Visual Culture

The fellowship is designed to promote scholarship in visual culture through the study of textual and graphic sources from the 16th through early 20th centuries held in the Library Company’s collections. Possible research topics include the production and consumerism of printed graphics; the histories of printing and photographic processes; popular iconography; ephemera; incunabula; the illustrated book trade; and historical depictions of gender, race, and class. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the Library Company’s public programs and events, participate in the vibrant scholarly community of Philadelphia, and present a lecture about their research.

The stipend is $2500 for a one-month fellowship, which may be fulfilled between June 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023.

The Program in Visual Culture Terra Foundation Fellowships for Research on American Popular Graphic Arts

The Terra Foundation Fellowships support research in visual materials from the American popular graphic arts collections. The collection contains prints, photographs, drawings, and ephemera created between the 18th and 20th centuries in multiple aesthetic styles and by a wide range of artists, including Charles Willson Peale, John Sartain, Frederick De Bourg Richards, and Jessie Wilcox Smith. We welcome applicants from a range of disciplines, including, and not limited to scholars, studio artists, curators, conservators, and digital humanists.

The stipend is $2500 for a one-month fellowship. Two awards will be made for Terra Foundation Fellowships, which may be fulfilled between June 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

Please share this announcement with those who might be interested. Application materials are due March 1, 2022, with a decision to be made by April 15.

To apply, fill out the online application form and upload a single PDF file containing a brief CV and a two- to four-page description of your proposed research (single-spaced, not to exceed 1500 words. The proposal should make clear how Library Company collections will support your research.

Application files should be named using this format: Lastname_Firstname_application. In addition, one letter of recommendation in PDF format should be uploaded at https://librarycompany.org/academic-programs/fellowships/application/letters/; please ask your recommender to name files using this format: Lastname_Firstname_letter. Letters should be tailored to the application; we do not accept recommendation letters via Interfolio.

For more information about fellowships offered by the Library Company’s Visual Culture Program, contact program director Erika Piola (epiola@librarycompany.org).

MARAC Member Minute: Meet Gene Castellano!

Gene Castellano

Retired from W.L. Gore and Associates, where I led the project to create the company’s heritage archives.  Prior roles at Gore included being the financial leader for GORE-TEX Fabrics, product manager for skiing and snowboard, and developing a new innovation center to display Gore products and technology.

In retirement, I’m now a contract archivist and historian.

As a kid, I wanted to be… A chemist.  I loved playing with chemistry sets in the basement.  I did go on to be a chemical engineer.

My little known hobby or talent is, Very serious ice dancer for 25 years.

I joined and stay with MARAC because It continues to provide professional skills and insights for my consulting business.  I also enjoy the community of local archivists and librarians who are part of it.

My recommendation to anyone interested in getting involved is:  that you will find many professionals like yourself trying to solve similar problems.  MARAC members are great resources.