Arline Custer Memorial Award

DEADLINE:  July 31, 2019

The Arline Custer Memorial Award is 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.



The Arline Custer Memorial 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.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.



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

Preference will be given to works by archivists.



Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2019 award(s) will be announced at the Fall 2019 Conference in Eastern Shore, MD.


Physical Submission Instructions 

Please send two physical copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Laura Streett
Digital Archivist & Access Librarian
Vassar College Libraries
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 20, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


Electronic Submission Instructions 

Please send a PDF of the entirety of the work along with a PDF of a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:



Entries must be received by July 31, 2019


For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site:


Upload Your Morgantown Presentation to DRUM!

MARAC Supports New DC Archives

On behalf of the DC Caucus, the Steering Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) submitted a letter to the DC Government Operations Committee to advocate for a new, state-of-the-art Archives; significantly more staff and upgraded facilities for the current Archives; and comprehensive records management for the DC Government.

MARAC joins in supporting the Bowser Administration’s commitment to a modern, state-of-the-art District Archives and to move the Archives to a new facility at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).  You may view the letter in its entirety at Letter to DC Government Operations Committee.pdf


Steering Committee Statement on Hollins University Yearbooks

The Steering Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference supports and affirms the recommendation of the Hollins University Working Group on Slavery and Its Contemporary Legacies and the Wyndham Robertson Library that Hollins should immediately restore full online access to their yearbook (The Spinster).

You can find the entirety of the Steering Committee’s statement in support of full access to the Hollins University yearbooks here:
MARAC Statement on Hollins Yearbooks

Morgantown Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our Morgantown Scholarship winners!

The Scholarship Committee is excited to announce the following recipients of travel awards for the Spring 2019 conference in Morgantown, WV:

Marsha A. Trimble Meeting and Travel Award Scholarship ($400):
Suzanna Calev

Suzanna Calev is the new Archivist and Public Services Librarian at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She received her dual-masters degree in History and Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons in 2014.

Additional $400 awards were presented to:

Casey Bowser
Casey is the archivist for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. After receiving her undergraduate degree in History and Public History, she earned an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2016.

Jacob Gordon
Jacob is currently the Outreach & Instruction Librarian at Juniata College. He earned his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.

Charlotte Johnson
Charlotte is the Offsite Processing Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has facilitated the moves of special collections to UMD’s offsite facility, and works closely with Special Collections & University Archives to ensure access for researchers


MARAC Scholarship Committee
Cindy Bendroth
Alan Delozier
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
Elizabeth Wilkinson
Christy Fic, Junior Co-Chair
Emily Cottle, Senior Co-Chair

MARAC Morgantown Meeting

Join us for the MARAC Spring 2019 Conference April 11 – 13, 2019 in Morgantown, WV!

Discover new research, new ideas, and new connections to grow and enhance your career, and create lasting impact on the individuals and communities that you serve! The Mountaineer city of Morgantown is home to the state’s flagship university and has something for everyone, including arts and entertainment, unique dining, historical sites, and outdoor fun. The conference hotel, the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, overlooks the picturesque Monongahela River and is conveniently located near great dining options and within walking distance of downtown Morgantown.

April 11: A variety of pre-conference workshops, tours, a service activity, and Conference Meet-and-Greet Reception

April 12-13: MARAC Conference: Working Archives: A Labor of Love 

Pre-registration is open through Wednesday, March 27th.

View Program and Register

MARAC Mentoring Program

Plato had Socrates. Thoreau was advised by Emerson. Eleanor Roosevelt credited much of her life’s successes to the influence of her teacher and close friend Marie Souvestre. Early in her career Alice Walker found encouragement and advice from poet Muriel Rukeyser. And where would the Ninja Turtles be without the wisdom of Master Splinter?

Just like these people (and turtles) of history and literature, behind every successful archivist there is a mentor somewhere in their past. Oprah once said that “mentors are important, and I don’t think anybody makes it in this world without some form of mentorship.” And who among us would disagree with Oprah? Beginning this summer MARAC members can act on this sage advice by joining a new mentoring program.

MARAC mentoring is looking for mentors and mentees interested in networking, career development, and personal growth to participate when the program launches on July 1, 2019.

Modeled after a successful mentoring program created by the New England Archivists, the program will feature team-based mentoring with one or two mentors working with small cohorts of mentees. Cohorts will be organized by subject area, technical area, education or professional status. If you’re looking for a place where you can join a group of like-minded archivists (or aspiring archivists) and mentors who have the same experiences and interests, this is the program for you!

When you participate in MARAC mentoring, that means you’ll be benefitting from years of experience in the archival field, practical advice from others who has faced the same challenges as you, and a supportive group to give you perspective on your career—  the personalized attention we all need to grow as archivists.

Mentoring groups will be meeting both in-person and online, so no matter where you live and work in the MARAC region you’ll be able to participate. Mentoring groups will work together over the course of a year, meeting about once a month.

The MARAC Mentoring Subcommittee will begin recruiting mentors and mentees during the Spring, look for our table at the upcoming Morgantown meeting and for future announcements for signup on the MARAC website. Application and program guidelines are available at

Don’t go alone, be a part of our MARAC mentoring program!