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  • 11 Jan 2016 12:43 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The 30th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at Santa Clara University from July 10–22, 2016. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

    The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

    Thomas Wilsted has agreed to serve as the 2016 Principal Faculty Member. During his career, he has worked at the Illinois State Historical Library, the National Library of New Zealand, The Salvation Army Archives and Research Center, and the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. He is currently the principal at Wilsted Consulting. He is the author of Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (SAA, 1991), Planning New and Remodeled Archival Facilities (SAA, 2007) and co-editor of Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2010).

    Wilsted taught archives administration at the University of Wyoming and the University of Connecticut, as well as numerous workshops for the Society of American Archivists. Most recently, he developed and taught workshops and webinars on fundraising and archival management for the California State Historical Records Advisory Board. Mr. Wilsted is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

    Tuition for the Institute is $700 and includes a selection of archival publications. Other non-negotiable fees including program transportation, facility fees, opening dinner, and luncheon at the closing program will be available in early February. Housing and meal plans are available at additional cost.

    The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016. For additional program information, see, or contact:

    Western Archives Institute
    1020 O Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Telephone: (916) 653–7715
    Fax: (916) 653–7134

    The Western Archives Institute is co-sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives.

    The application package is available on the California State Archives web site at, and on the Society of California Archivists web site at

  • 08 Jan 2016 8:51 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy 2016 everyone! I hope the holidays were wonderful for whatever you were celebrating (or just enjoying some time off for no reason!)

    SFA is very much looking forward to all the excitement coming this year with the weeklong DAS courses being held in May to our joint meeting with the Society of Georgia Archivists in October. First up is a facelift for our website! This work will be beginning today into next week so if you find some wonky pages or links (or weird formatting in general over the next few days, that is why! I will send out an announcement when all the work is officially done.

    Onto the first news round-up of the year!

    From the State:

    Miami: The Miami International Map Fair will be held next month.

    Miami Beach: A current exhibit at The Jewish Museum of Florida at Florida International University is the center of a discussion about what will happen to its artifacts once its tour of the US is complete.

    Tallahassee: Continuing to learn about accessioning a rare books collection at FSU's Special Collections & Archives

    From the Country:

    New York, NY: NYPL released over 180,000 high resolution images of public domain materials this week and encourages to do with them what you will.

    Austin, TX: The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas Austin will use a recent CLIR grant to digitize over 24,000 pages from the Gabriel García Márquez archive.

    New Haven, CT: A discovery in the Yale Law Library archives might shed some light on Bluebook, the citation guidelines for law students and lawyers alike.

    Lubbock, TX: The Archive of Modern American Warfare at Texas Tech University is putting out a call for donations to its collection.

    From the World:

    Buenos Aires, Argentina: A possible change in the leadership at the National Archive of Memory has human rights activists very concerned. 

    Canberra, Australia: The closure of the Australian Academy of Science's Basser Library and Fenner Archives has many scientists upset and worried about the future of the collections.

    From the Blogosphere:

    NPR is wondering if we're in the Digital Dark Ages (there is also a Part 2 to the discussion)

    We've passed another Public Domain Day (January 1st) and the US remains...behind.

    Twitter and Politwoops are friends again and the public can once again access their archive of deleted politicians' tweets.

    If you really want to lose hours of your life, you can now tour the entire British Museum via Google Cultural Institute.

  • 08 Jan 2016 8:28 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    MAC is soliciting applications for the 2016 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students.

    The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.

    Applications are due on March 1. Further details can be found at this site

  • 07 Jan 2016 10:47 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Staff of Florida museums, archives, zoos, library special collections, historic sites, and archaeology collections, are invited to take part in the next free FL Connecting to Collections Workshop Series: Module #3: Emergency Personnel. Registration closes on January 29, 2016!

    Find out better ways to interact with the "human" factor of your emergency plan (staff and visitors), see resources and emergency personnel that the county and state government has available for institutions in times of disaster, and learn the basics of incident command systems (ICS) and how it can be used by our institutions on February 5. Go home with clear instructions on how to develop your museum’s response. Come back on April 8 to refine it with peers, and participate in a hands-on activity to enhance your learning.

    Both workshops are held in 3 different cities so no one has to travel far and so you can network with peers in your region:

    FSU Libraries – Tallahassee
    Museum of Fine Art - St. Pete
    Miami-Dade EOC - Doral

    Deadline for Registration: January 29, 2016

    Cost: Free

    Join us to improve or create a new plan; register as a mentee. OR join us to mentor colleagues. Registration and more info:

    Questions: Robin Bauer Kilgo, Project Manager, Florida Connecting to Collections at

  • 04 Jan 2016 9:29 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Hello 2016!

    The deadline for the Winter 2016 newsletter is two weeks away! If you have any news or announcements that you would like featured, please email it them to Marissa Kings by January 15. The newsletter is also looking for a collection to be featured in the Archives Spotlight, so let me know if anyone is interested in writing up a piece.

  • 18 Dec 2015 8:47 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Holidays everyone! This is the last news post for 2015. The news will return January 8, 2016. Also, the new theme and layout for the SFA website will debut that week as well! 

    From the Country

    Washington, D.C.: Winston Churchill's World War II Engagement Diary will find a new home at George Washington University.

    Cheyenne, WY: Wyoming's state parks and cultural sites are looking for funds to create an electronic archives system.

    Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota received a book containing the oldest known printed map of Europe

    Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress announced the 2015 class for the National Film Registry

    From the World

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: An archive in Vietnam is quietly documenting LGBT life in the country.

    Southampton, England, UK: A new collection showcases the musical life of Jane Austen and her family.

    Paris, France: The memorials left following the terrorist attacks on Paris in November will be archived by the Archives of Paris.

    Gatineau, QC, Canada: Library and Archives Canada announce funding for new documentary heritage projects.

    From the Blogosphere

    A little movie opens today by the name of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Maybe you heard about it? The Smithsonian shares some of its Star Wars treasures on its blog this week.

    Impressive citizen archivist! A Toronto man has created a comprehensive Apollo 17 archive online.

  • 16 Dec 2015 9:38 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    49th Annual Georgia Archives Institute
    June 13-24, 2016
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the Institute provides general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and the management of traditional and modern documentary materials. The two-week program is held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia and includes five days of classroom instruction in basic concepts and one day of preservation instruction. Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference, as well as legal and administrative issues. To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

    Kathleen D. Roe, Director of Archives and Records Management Operations at the New York State Archives, will be the principal instructor. She is a Society of American Archivists (SAA) Fellow and has served as President of SAA and the Council of State Archivists. She has published and taught extensively in the areas of archival descriptive practices, advocating for archival programs, and documenting disasters and tragedies.

    Tuition is $500 and enrollment is limited. Deadline is April 1, 2016 for receipt of application and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute). Tuition scholarships are available from The Society of Georgia Archivists ( and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History (

    For an application to the Institute or additional information, please visit

  • 15 Dec 2015 1:51 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Distinguished Service Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2016 award. We are sending this message out to the general SAA audience, but in order to secure a higher number of nominations for this award, our subcommittee decided to also make contact with regional archival organizations, such as the Society of Florida Archivists, because you may be aware of programs or institutions in your area that are very deserving of this award and can encourage nominations from your members.

    Nominees should be an archival institution that has “provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession.” Archival institutions, education programs, nonprofit organizations, and government organizations providing service or support to the archives community in North America are eligible.

    If you know of any archival institutions deserving of this recognition, please consider submitting a nomination. The deadline is February 28. A description of the award and nomination form is located here: . Three letters of support are also required for the nomination.

    Please note that self-nominations can be accepted and are encouraged! If you would like your organization or institution recognized for contributions to our professions, please consider submitting a nomination.

  • 11 Dec 2015 8:05 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    I hope those of us in academic libraries survived finals week! The dates of the SFA-SGA Joint Meeting in 2016 were announced in our newsletter last month but in case you missed it, it will be held October 13-14 in Savannah, GA. Look for more details soon!

    From the Country

    Bloomington, IN: A look at how Indiana University is preserving history in the digital age.

    Hyde Park, NY: The FDR Presidential Library released a lot of new audio of FDR's speeches online for the first time this week.

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University's Mudd Library is actively collecting student activism with a new initiative

    West Chester, PA: Retired Congressman Curt Weldon donated his congressional archive to West Chester University.

    Rochester, NY: Enjoy an hour long video tour of the Kodak Technology Vault at the George Eastman House.

    Madison, WI: A look at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at UW-Madison.

    Cedar Rapids, IA: Newspaper Archive Inc. ordered to pay up for tricking users into donations and other dodgy business practices

    From the World

    Jerusalem, Israel: An archive long closed, the Khalidi library has reopened its doors.

    London, England, UK: The British Film Institute wants to make sure if you're a football fan, you can watch a lot of old games (that's soccer to us Americans).

    Vienna, Austria: In partnership with the US Holocaust Museum, ephemeral films from the Nazi era are being digitized

    Rushden, England, UK: Behind the scenes look into the archives of Random House in Northamptonshire.

    Canada: You can find some weird stuff in politicians' papers archivists at Library and Archives Canada have found.

    From the Blogosphere

    The Force Awakens is almost here! In the meantime, check out how audio archivists are saving the audio archives of Star Wars by...baking.

    Finding Christmas in the collections at Drexel University.

    The push to collect stories over Thanksgiving was a success for StoryCorps.

  • 04 Dec 2015 8:27 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy December everyone! If your year is going like mine, you're now wondering where November went. A heads up on a few things. One, we're hoping to roll out a revamped design for the website sometime this month and two, out last news post of the year will be on December 18th.

    From the State

    Tallahassee: FSU shines a light on one of its more unique collections, the Robert E. Hancock, Jr. Antarctic Collection.

    From the Country

    Ann Arbor, MI: Indie filmmaker Ira Deutchman donated his entire archives to the University of Michigan.

    Boston, MA: The Rare Books Department at Boston Public Library has reopened after dealing with a mold outbreak.

    New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University is host to a unique multimedia archival collection documenting the music scene of New Brunswick from the 1980s to today.

    Champaign, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was awarded a Mellon grant to explore the benefits for users of linked open data in digitized special collections.

    New York, NY: A celebration was held to mark the completion of the former mayor of NYC, David N. Dinkins, archives and oral history project at Columbia University.

    Washington, D.C.: The Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Collection has been acquired by the Library of Congress and includes the couple's early television recordings.

    Yorba Linda, CA: About 66,000 more pages have been made public by the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.

    From the World

    London, England, UK: The British Library has acquired diaries of British TV personality and star Kenneth Williams.

    Ahmedabad, India: The world's largest archive on Mahatma Gandhi was opened by the Indian president. 

    Dublin, Ireland: University College Dublin launched the Irish Poetry Reading Archive this week.

    Paris, France: UNESCO has granted the archives of Sir Winston Churchill United Nations protection.

    Istanbul, Turkey: Famous photojournalist Ara Guler has cancelled agreements to turn over his archives to a holding company. It's unclear what will happen with his archives.

    From the Blogosphere

    The Smithsonian wants your rock concert photographs.

    So, someone wants to send a digital archive to the moon...

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