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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.
  • 13 Mar 2015 8:44 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! A few friendly reminders that the deadline for applying for the Judith Beale Scholarship is approaching so be sure to share it with students and new professionals hoping to attend SFA Annual this year. Also, have you registered for the SFA Annual Meeting yet yourself?!

    From the Country:

    Washington, D.C.: Amid the accusations Hillary Clinton is facing about her email and time as the Secretary of State, it seems the entire department isn't really following the correct email protocols either.

    Boulder, CO: How did the largest archive of Nazi and Holocaust materials end up in Colorado?

    From the World:

    Rome, Italy: Several stolen Michelangelo documents have been offered back to the Vatican...for a price. (sounds like the tagline of a book doesn't it?)

    Singapore: The National Archives of Singapore are launching a Citizen Archivist Portal to allow the public help archive their country's history.

    Cork, Ireland: The archives of the Irish Examiner have been expanded online to include up to 1949 and they plan to roll out of the rest of their archives by the end of the year.

    Nottingham, England, United Kingdom: The UK now has a National Videogame Archive.

    Wellington, New Zealand: An archive of nursing oral histories in New Zealand is now available online.

    From the Blogosphere:

    A call for Voices from the Archives by the SAA blog - let us know if you share one!

    File under weird and fun but not really news: Britain planned to give the US a copy of the Magna Carta to join World War II.

  • 10 Mar 2015 7:47 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Purpose
    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the SFA Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.

    For more information about the scholarship visit http://www.florida-archivists.org/Beale-Scholarship

    Criteria
    Qualified applicants must be current college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or professionals in the archival community. [Note: professionals must demonstrate financial need to attend the annual meeting]. Special consideration will be given to individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

    Successful applicants receive complimentary registration for the SFA's Annual Meeting and are announced at the SFA Annual Meeting, this year (2015) in Miami, FL. Exceptional applicants also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

    Application Process and Submission Deadline
    We're now accepting applications for the 2015 application cycle!

    The deadline is March 20, 2015.

    Application packets must consist of the following materials:
    1. A one-page letter describing the applicant's interest in the scholarship and how it will contribute to their educational or professional goals.
    2. Résumé or curriculum vitae.
    3. Letter of reference from someone knowledgeable about the applicant's course of study or professional work.
    4. Student applicants will submit a transcript of coursework completed and underway. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted.

    Please submit all application materials via email to the Chair of the Judith Beale Scholarship Committee, Natalie Baur (nbaur@miami.edu).


  • 27 Feb 2015 8:55 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! 

    From the State:

    Boynton Beach: A recently acquired 1909 postcard documents one of the area's most famous shipwrecks (and the video features our own Janet DeVries!).

    Bradenton: The Florida Maritime Museum is about to get more financial help to improve and expand the museum.

    From the Country:

    Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin released the amount it paid to acquire the archive of Garcia Marquez this week after the state attorney general ordered it to do so.

    Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Archaeologists and Librarians have combined catalogs and knowledge to allow for online searching of a vast archaeological image database.

    Rochester, NY: A rare collection of Susan B. Anthony Letters at the University of Rochester are now available online.

    From the World:

    Mosul, Iraq: Isis burned over 100,000 books and manuscripts at the Mosul Central Library this week, destroying much of what the residents had been able to save from the prior conflicts in the area. Reports are conflicting so it's still uncertain just what has been destroyed.

    Doncaster, England, United Kingdom: A re-discovery of a fossil in a museum archive lead to a new species being named

    Canberra, Australia: The National Archives have released plans for a new facility for paper records.

    From the Blogosphere:

    So, turns out digital natives still prefer print when reading.

    A handy Fair Use infographic for you as we celebrate Fair Use Week.

    There has been a conversation amongst communications professors and professionals about the value of archives to newspapers and television - worth a look at what they are saying.


  • 20 Feb 2015 8:39 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Good morning everyone! Lots of exciting things going on this week. The Beale Scholarship is open for 2015 applicants and the deadline for presentation proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting has been extended to Tuesday, February 24th!

    From the State

    Palm Beach: You can now download those fantastic bird drawings from John H. Audubon's famous book [I am not actually sure why this is in the Palm Beach Post but it's where I saw it first!]

    From the Country

    New York, NY: A new Dr. Seuss book was found among his papers and will be published later this year.

    Austin, TX: The Briscoe Center for American History has acquired the archives of Spider Martin, photojournalist of, among other things, the Selma March in 1965.

    Princeton, NJ: The largest gift in the school's history, a former alum has left the Princeton University a rare book collection estimated to be worth over $300 million.

    From the World

    London, England, United Kingdom: The Endangered Archives Program has been busy! They released over 500,000 new images online this week.

    St. Petersburg, Russia: The personal archive of Prince Yusupov has returned to Russia and includes items from the Romanov family as well.

    Ibadan, Nigeria: A speech given on the 60th anniversary of the National Archives of Nigeria takes a look at how a national archives program has developed in this African nation.

    Manchester, England, United Kingdom: A mystery manuscript in the Trafford Archives has finally been identified over 120 years after acquisition. 

    Brussels, Belgium: To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Poland's elections in 1989, a turning point in the Cold War, the NATO Archives have declassified and made available documents pertaining to the events in Poland at that time.

    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: A long dispute over who is responsible for archiving historical documents in Victoria may be resolved. 

    From the Blogosphere

    An opinion piece on setting up a Stand-Up Comedy Archive at the University of Kent looks at how you capture an art form that is largely in the moment.

    SAA President Kathleen Roe discusses when and why SAA "says something" about current events like the Oregon situation or the García Márquez papers acquisition.

    A graduate assistant at FSU shares experiences with bringing the archives into the classroom

    A bit of a bleak outlook from the VP of Google on an impending Digital Dark Age (I'm thinking he hasn't spoken to any digital archivists about this yet...we tend to be a tad more optimistic.)

  • 19 Feb 2015 9:32 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The DEADLINE for the 2015 SFA call for conference proposals has been EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 24, 2015. 

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:08 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    48th Annual Georgia Archives Institute

    June 8-19, 2015

    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.  To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

    Gregory S. Hunter, Director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Archives and Records Management, Long Island University, will be the principal instructor.  He is a Society of American Archivists Fellow and founding President of the Academy of Certified Archivists.  Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, and reference, as well as legal and administrative issues.

    Tuition is $500 and enrollment is limited.  Deadline is April 1, 2015 for receipt of application and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute).  Tuition scholarships are available from The Society of Georgia Archivists (www.soga.org) and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History (www.fogah.org)

    For an application to the Institute or additional information, please visit www.georgiaarchivesinstitute.org or contact:

    Georgia Archives Institute
    P. O. Box 4074
    Decatur, GA 30031
    GeorgiaArchivesInstitute@yahoo.com

  • 18 Feb 2015 8:01 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Purpose

    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the SFA Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale    (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.

    For more information about the scholarship visit: http://www.florida-archivists.org/Beale-Scholarship

    Criteria

    Qualified applicants must be current college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or professionals in the archival community. [Note: professionals must demonstrate financial need to attend the annual meeting]. Special consideration will be given to individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

    Successful applicants receive complimentary registration for the SFA's Annual Meeting and are announced at the SFA Annual Meeting, this year (2015) in Miami, FL. Exceptional applicants also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

    Application Process and Submission Deadline

    We're now accepting applications for the 2015 application cycle! The deadline is March 20, 2015.

    Application packets must consist of the following materials:

    1. A one-page letter describing the applicant's interest in the scholarship and how it will contribute to their educational or professional goals.
    2. Résumé or curriculum vitae.
    3. Letter of reference from someone knowledgeable about the applicant's course of study or professional work.
    4. Student applicants will submit a transcript of coursework completed and underway. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted.

    Please submit all application materials via email to the Chair of the Judith Beale Scholarship Committee, Natalie Baur (nbaur@miami.edu).

    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the SFA Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale    (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.


    For more information about the scholarship visit: http://www.florida-archivists.org/Beale-Scholarship

     

    Criteria

    Qualified applicants must be current college students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or professionals in the archival community. [Note: professionals must demonstrate financial need to attend the annual meeting]. Special consideration will be given to individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

     

    Successful applicants receive complimentary registration for the SFA's Annual Meeting and are announced at the SFA Annual Meeting, this year (2015) in Miami, FL. Exceptional applicants also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

     

    Application Process and Submission Deadline

    We're now accepting applications for the 2015 application cycle!

     

    The deadline is March 20, 2015.

     

    Application packets must consist of the following materials:

    [if !supportLists]1.      [endif]A one-page letter describing the applicant's interest in the scholarship and how it will contribute to their educational or professional goals.

    [if !supportLists]2.      [endif]Résumé or curriculum vitae.

    [if !supportLists]3.      [endif]Letter of reference from someone knowledgeable about the applicant's course of study or professional work.

    [if !supportLists]4.      [endif]Student applicants will submit a transcript of coursework completed and underway. Unofficial copies of transcripts will be accepted.

     

    Please submit all application materials via email to the Chair of the Judith Beale Scholarship Committee, Natalie Baur (nbaur@miami.edu).

  • 18 Feb 2015 7:53 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Has one of your colleagues done something really great in the archival world? Please consider nominating them for SFA’s Award of Excellence.

    Each year the Society of Florida Archivists Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions to the preservation of Florida’s documentary heritage. Any person, institution, or exemplary program that has provided noteworthy leadership in the field, promoted excellence through outstanding achievements, or contributed significantly to the betterment of the profession may be considered for the award. 

    For more information and a link to the nomination form please visit the SFA website: http://florida-archivists.org/Award-of-Excellence

    The deadline for nomination is April 3, 2015. We’ll send out additional reminders over the next couple of months.

    The Award of Excellence will be presented at the Annual Meeting in May in Miami. If you have questions about the process, please contact jnemmers@ufl.edu.


  • 10 Feb 2015 9:35 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Society of Florida Archivists seeks nominations for the following Executive Board positions. Terms commence after the SFA Annual Meeting in Miami, May 12-15, 2015.

    President: The President serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible for the general supervision and control of society affairs and finances. One-year term, with opportunity for reelection.

    Vice President: The Vice President assists the President in the management of Society affairs and acts for the President in their absence. One-year term, with opportunity for reelection.

    Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for recording all Society meetings and maintaining records of all Executive Board discussions. Three-year term.

    Director (1 position): Directors serve the Executive Board as representatives of the general membership. Two-year term.

    Please use our online form to recommend candidate(s): http://www.florida-archivists.org/nominations/.

    Nominations are being accepted through March 1, 2015. All confirmed nominees will appear on the election ballot to be distributed April 2015.

    Questions? Contact the Nominating Committee Chair or refer to the SFA Bylaws and Administrative Manual.


  • 06 Feb 2015 11:04 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Friendly reminder: Proposals for presentations at the SFA Annual Meeting this tear are due on February 20th!

    From the State

    Coral Gables: The University of Miami Libraries Digital Collections recently debuted a new online collection of over 100 maps of Cuba dating from the 16th century to 1923. Drawing from the Cuban Heritage Collection’s holdings, the new digital collection includes general maps of the island, provincial maps, city and town maps, tourist maps, and other specialized map formats in a variety of scales, colors, and artistic styles.

    Orlando: Central Florida Future took at look at four of the most notable things in the University Archives at the University of Central Florida.

    Tallahassee: Florida Memory takes a look at Penney Farms. Yes, that Penney.

    From the Country

    Washington D.C: The Rosa Parks Papers are now open at the Library of Congress after a long battle over where they should live.

    Sedalia, MO: The Sedalia Ragtime Archive has a new home at the Sedalia Heritage Foundation

    Brooklyn, NY: A fire at a large warehouse sprinkled pieces of records throughout the surrounding neighborhoods

    Portland, OR: The photograph archive of the largest African American newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, The Skanner, is now available for researchers to use at the Oregon Historical Society.

    St. Joseph, MO: The family of Bobby Vee is working to save his archives as the tape media starts to disintegrate.  

    From the World

    Moscow, Russia: Yet another devastating fire this week at a major research library in Moscow destroyed at least 10% of their holdings

    Vancouver, British Columbia: The University of British Columbia has acquired a papal bull written in 1245.

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom: The National Library of Scotland is trying to raise the funds to purchase the archives of Muriel Spark and are being helped by a former student, Ian Rankin.

    From the Blogosphere

    Our faithful SAA president has the next challenge for us! Ask your supporters why they love the archives!

    The Web Archiving RT for SAA also has a weekly roundup of news and articles as well - be sure to check it out!

    Another look at the decision to sell the Ebony Magazine Photo Archives for the perspective of an archivist.

    We've all had those collections that were a challenge to house. The Smithsonian Institute Archives shares a story of one of their collections this week that had to be housed in a creative way.

    Not exactly an archive but this is just cool: Australia has a venom library.

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