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 The SFA Board uses this blog to post news items and announcements of interest to members. Additionally, you may want to read current and past issues of The Florida Archivist.
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  • 20 Oct 2017 2:20 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Suddenly we're almost at the end of October! Time flies when you're having fun. Archives Month has been in full swing here on the SFA website; be sure to check out all the cool posts contributed by your fellow members. Also, are you attending SFA's annual meeting in 2018? The hotel block is open so get your rooms now!

    From the Country

    Chicago, IL: The archives from the Sun-Times movie division is headed to the University of Illinois.

    Washington, D.C.: An exploration into how the National Museum of African American History and Culture is collecting materials from today's social movements.

    Boston, MA:  The Boston Public Library announced the transfer of significant holdings from its Sound Archives Collection to the Internet Archive, which will digitize, preserve and make these recordings accessible to the public.

    Lubbock, TX: The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University has been renamed The Sam Johnson Vietnam Archives.

    Washington, D.C.: National Archives periodically warns Trump White House to preserve documents.

    From the World

    Jerusalem, Israel:  A museum and visitors center in memory of Albert Einstein will be constructed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Einstein House will also include the scientist’s personal archives.

    Lund, Sweden: A new online portal at Lund University makes a unique archive containing first-hand accounts from Nazi concentration camp survivors freely accessible.

    Patna, Bihar, India: A 100 year old university is establishing its first "archive cell" to collect its history.

    From the Blogosphere

    Internet Archive is "liberating" books published after 1923 using a little known law.

    The chief sculptor of Mount Rushmore is now honored on the site after his family proved his contribution using the National Archives.

    And in case you missed it, the librarians channeling the Kardashians.

  • 13 Oct 2017 11:03 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Happy Friday the 13th! We have some great news for you this week. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out all the awesome Archives Month posts.

    From the State

    Tallahassee, FL: The State Archives of Florida has commemorated the 70th anniversary of Weeki Wachee Springs.

    From the Country

    New Have, CT: The Beinecke will soon acquire Judy Blume's archives.

    New York, NY: Cartier will have 500 pieces of historic couture on display at its renovated Fifth Avenue store.

    Las Vegas, NV: Check out this spotlight on UNLV's Special Collections.

    From the World

    Calgary, Canada: The University of Calgary has received a $2M grant to preserve more than 18,000 audio files.

    From the Blogosphere

    Can the Library of Congress save Gawker's website from extinction?


  • 06 Oct 2017 8:41 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Lots going on this week with SFA! We announced the dates and hotel for SFA's 2018 Annual Meeting. Be sure to get it on your calendars! We started up our Archives Month festivities as well so be on the lookout for our Spotlights and Found It posts all month long. Also, please note, the deadline for getting into the next newsletter has been extended to October 22. Onto the news!

    From the State

    Key West: Hemingway's first short story was discovered in Key West this year.

    From the Country

    Iowa City, IA: Iowa Women's Archives turns 25.

    Atlanta, GA: Emory University acquires letter to Jack Kerouac that inspired 'On the Road'.

    Austin, TX: Students, researchers and public have access to the archive of Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro at the Harry Ransom Center.

    Hattiesburg, MS: A large donation of cookbooks to the University of Southern Mississippi supports the region's culinary research.

    Fullerton, CA: A spotlight on the special collections at Cal State Fullerton

    From the World

    New Delhi, India: The Delhi archives has started an ambitious digitization project.

    London, England, United Kingdom: A look at how digitization and the digital age is changing the work of the National Archives.

    Galway, Ireland: The Irish language organisation Conradh na Gaeilge has presented its archive to NUI Galway.

    From the Blogosphere

    The Library of Congress re-designed its portal for librarians and archivists.

    FYI: U.S. Copyright Office provides Congress with results of public inquiry on establishing mass digitization of books pilot program.

  • 05 Oct 2017 12:10 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has recently compiled resources on how to apply for Federal disaster assistance, specifically for those in Florida and Texas affected by recent hurricanes.

    Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance in Florida

    Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance in Texas

    RAAC regionals in Florida and Texas can take advantage of this funding. For more resources, please see the SAA Disaster Response and Relief Resources page.


  • 29 Sep 2017 8:34 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Happy Friday! Be sure to get your Archives Month submissions in!

    From the State

    Palm Beach County, FL: Photographer Johanne Rahaman maintains a photographic archive documenting the daily lives of black communities in Florida.

    From the Country

    Denver, CO: The Denver Museum now has an online archive displaying the work of extremely secretive artist, Clyfford Still.

    Berkeley, CA: A previously undiscovered Mark Twain story has been unearthed at UC Berkeley.

    From the World

    London, UK: Historical watercolors have been digitized and are now available on The Watercoulour World.

    Mexico City, Mexico: The Permanencia Voluntaria Film Archive was damaged in the recent earthquake in Mexico.

    From the Blogosphere

    Twist Bioscience, a company that synthesizes DNA, has encoded archival-quality audio recordings onto DNA.


  • 22 Sep 2017 9:09 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We here at SFA hope everyone and their institutions came through Irma with minor or no damage and that you and your families are also all safe. Working to get back into the swing of things across the state this week!

    From the State

    Gainesville: University of Florida's Architecture & Fine Arts Library was expanded this summer.

    From the Country

    Little Rock, AR: One of many states, Arkansas praised open access to public records...and then put a lot of exceptions on the laws to keep them public.

    San Marcos, TX: Country singer and songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker has donated his music archives to The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

    Chicago, IL: The Newberry opens collection of 30,000 French Revolution pamphlets to digital scholarship.

    From the World

    Paris, France: France's top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher.

    Monrovia, Liberia: The National Archives of Liberia have been working to revitalize their agency.

    Canberra, Australia: A look at how a small team is unearthing the indigenous peoples' history at the National Library of Australia.

    Harrow, England, United Kingdom: Westminster University's Harrow campus in the United Kingdom has claimed to have created the world's first dedicated archive of men's fashion open to public.

    From the Blogosphere

    For those librarians recovering from Harvey and Irma, some advice from those who recovered from Hurricane Katrina

    Ask an Archivist Day is right around the corner! Are you participating?

  • 18 Sep 2017 11:24 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We here at SFA hope everyone (and their archives) came through Irma without too much damage and stress.

    If you are in need of assistance, remember the Society of American Archivists has a National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives available. Visit their website for more information and stay safe as Florida continues to get back up and running.


  • 01 Sep 2017 9:44 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Happy September, everyone, and happy new semester for all of you at academic institutions! The Summer 2017 newsletter is now available, so make sure to check it out. There is also an open call for papers to be included in the inaugural issue of the Society of Florida Archivists Journal (SFAJ). More information about the journal can be found in the newsletter.

    From the State
    Miami, FL: The Eastern Air Lines Archive has landed at University of Miami.

    From the Country
    Washington, DC: Alexander Hamilton papers are now available online.
    Houston, TX: Hip-hop group UGK's archives were destroyed in the Houston flood.

    From the Blogosphere
    I really enjoyed this article about the Pack Horse Library "book women," and I think you will, too!

    Millennials are big fans of libraries.


  • 21 Aug 2017 2:36 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is pleased to be leading the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program (RHSP), serving Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. With a goal of creating working communities of practice among small organizations facing related challenges, RHSP offers a unique opportunity to increase collections care in individual institutions, as well as to meet and network with other collections care professionals in the region.

    CCAHA would like to announce the following upcoming opportunities:

    Preservation Needs Assessment Grant

    We are seeking applicants for our RHSP Preservation Needs Assessment Program. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of completely subsidized preservation needs assessments (valued at over $5,500). A preservation needs assessment is a key first step in the process of caring for collections. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is widely recognized as a valuable tool in fundraising. Many funders strongly recommend that potential applicants cite the findings of these assessments within their grant applications for conservation and preservation projects.

    Applications are due September 1st. Click here for more information, and to download the application.

    Questions or concerns about your Preservation Needs Assessment application? Join us for an online question and answer session on Thursday, October 24th at 2:00 pm EST. Click here to register.

    Introduction to Emergency Planning and Risk Assessment Free Webinar

    Date & Time: August 30, 2017 at 2:00pm EST

    One of the most important steps any cultural institution can take to safeguard its collections is to be prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. This webinar will provide a “big picture” overview of emergency planning and preparedness. The terminology of emergency planning, the basic components of an emergency preparedness and response plan, and the importance of risk assessment will be covered. Click here to register!

    In Person Workshops

    Essential Policies and Procedures for Cultural Collections

    An institution’s collections care and business practices are defined by its written policies and procedures. Institutional memory is often lost through staff changes, but best practices are encoded in these important documents. This workshop will provide an overview of policy and planning documents that are essential for collections care, such as collections management policies, handling guidelines, and maintenance policies.

    Wednesday, October 25th, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the Goodwood Museum , Tallahassee, FL

    Monday, October 30th, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the DeSoto County Museum, Hernando, MS

    Risk Assessment for Cultural Institutions

    Before an institution can begin developing an emergency preparedness and response plan, it is important to understand just what kinds of risks its collections might face. A risk assessment identifies potential risks and outlines strategies that might mitigate damage in the event of an emergency or disaster. This workshop will offer tips for conducting these assessments on a site-wide level and for specific collections, as well as case studies of institutions that have dealt with disasters, and advice on forming relationships with first responders and other outside contacts who can help conduct risk assessments.

    Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the Goodwood Museum , Tallahassee, FL

    Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, 9am – 4pm, the DeSoto County Museum, Hernando, MS

    Fees: $30 per day or $50 for both Workshops

    For more information and to register, please visit CCAHA’s program calendar here.

    Funding for RHSP is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    About CCAHA

    The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in 1977, CCAHA serves nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations. CCAHA's preservation services staff present educational programs, conduct preservation assessments, and develop emergency preparedness plans. CCAHA also offers fellowships, fundraising support, and disaster assistance.

  • 28 Jul 2017 8:55 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Congratulations to State of Florida Archives and Records Management Bureau Chief Gerard Clark on his retirement, which was celebrated at a party in his honor on Monday, July 24th at the R.A. Gray Building, home of the State Archives of Florida. Gerard was the recent recipient of a lifetime achievement award presented to him at the Society of Florida Archivists annual meeting in St. Petersburg in May this year.

    Among his accomplishments in serving the archival profession for 38 years:

    - He played a key role in the acquisition and organization of many of the historical records that formed the core of the State Archives’ early collections.
    - He was an original SFA founder, charter member and one of its first presidents.
    - He served as coordinator of the State Historical Records Advisory Board and was instrumental in securing and      distributing grant funds to archives around Florida. 

    Gerard's passion for preserving, promoting, and making historical records accessible to the public has encouraged and inspired his staff, students and colleagues. We wish him well!

    From the State

    Cocoa, FL: The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science will be featuring the traveling exhibition "Florida Before Statehood.

    From the Country

    Washington, DC: The National Archives have released thousands of records on the JFK assassination online. 

    From the World

    Minsk, Belarus: Look at this library. Just look at it.


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