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  • 30 Jan 2015 7:51 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Lots of SFA news this week: We're looking for nominations to fill open executive board seats [we even added one this week - Secretary is also an open position!] and we released the Winter 2015 newsletter! Also, don't forget, registration is open online for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Miami. Now, onto the news!

    Around the Country

    Eugene, OR: A controversy over the release of documents to a professor from the UOregon Archives was resolved this week.

    Chicago, IL: Called the African American Getty by its current owner, the photo archives of Ebony magazine is up for sale.

    Atlanta, GA: Emory University has acquired the photographic archives of Ron Sherman, who covered three decades of Atlanta and Southern history with his camera. 

    Denton, TX: The University of North Texas will preserve 30 years worth of station news footage on the Portal to Texas History.

    Boston, MA and Belfast, Northern Ireland: More developments in the Boston College Belfast Oral History project and how it may be used in Northern Ireland for court cases against former IRA members.

    Around the World

    Kolkata, India: The Zoological Survey of India is putting its collections online, some dating back to the 19th century with specimens over 200 years old.

    Boston Spa, England, United Kingdom: The new home of the British Library's Newspaper Archive is officially open. This video will let you ride the robots running behind the scenes.

    Istanbul, Turkey: The archive of Taha Toros, "Archive Man", will be digitized and preserved by Istanbul Şehir University.

    Warsaw, Poland: Avant-garde artists and advocates Stefan and Franciszka Themerson archive has been donated to the National Library of Poland.

    Around the Blogosphere

    An interesting discussion over on ArchivesNext about what it means to not be a maker especially in today's digital humanities climate.

    The Electronic Records Section of SAA now has a blog: bloggERS

    Some helpful tips on maintaining and archiving personal digital presence online from the Smithsonian.

  • 27 Jan 2015 12:48 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. Criteria for nomination include:
    • Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section (ARCS) of the Society of American Archivists.
    • Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives.
    • Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations.
    • Evidence of leadership in specific religious archives.
    Only individual archivists are eligible for nomination. The award is sponsored by the Society of Southwest Archivists, in conjunction with Society of American Archivists. It is named in honor of Sister M. Claude Lane, the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. The award finalist is recognized with a certificate from SAA and a $300 cash prize provided by the Society of Southwest Archivists at the annual Society of American Archivists meeting.

    For more information on the Lane Award, including past winners, see:

    To nominate an archivist for the Lane Award please follow the guidelines provided in the Nomination Form via the link on that page.

    All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2015.

    Contact you have any questions:

    David Kingma, CA
    Foley Center Library
    Gonzaga University
    502 E Boone Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99258-0095
  • 27 Jan 2015 7:54 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Thank you to everyone who volunteered! Listed below are the members for this year:

    Kathy Turner Thompson, Chair
    Mary Rubin, University of Central Florida
    Megan Oliver, The Ringling Museum

    John Nemmers, Chair - University of Florida
    Gerrianne Schaad, Florida Southern College
    Sue Rishworth, American Academy of Surgeons
    Laura Capell, University of Miami

    Tomaro Taylor, Chair - University of South Florida
    Stephanie Pincus, Pasco Hernando State College
    LuAnn Mimms, Bok Tower Gardens

    Judith Beale Scholarship
    Natalie Baur, Chair - University of Miami
    Vickie Torzano, Florida International University
    Rachel Walton, Rollins College
    Amanda Richards, University of South Florida
  • 21 Jan 2015 10:00 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.
    • 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):

    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.

  • 21 Jan 2015 8:29 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again! For those of you new to SFA, or members who want to participate more, this is a great opportunity to get involved! Listed below are the current appointments and those spots that are still available. Please contact me for questions or to volunteer.

    Awards Committee:

    Chair, John Nemmers
    Member, Susan Rishworth
    (1) vacancy

    Judith Beale Scholarship Committee:

    Chair, Natalie Bauer
    (1-2) vacancies

    Membership Committee:

    Chair, Garret Kremer-Wright

    Nominating Committee:

    Chair, Tomaro Taylor
    (1-2 )vacancies

    Audit Committee:

    (2-3) vacancies

  • 20 Jan 2015 4:03 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Florida Gulf Coast ARMA Chapter is hosting an exciting educational seminar on Records and Information Management at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, and you are invited!

    Two Tracks – 16 sessions in the RIM track
        CRM Exam Prep Training Parts I – VI

    Keynote Speaker is Paul Wester, Chief Records Officer for the United States, from the National Archives and Records Administration

    Topics include:

    • Predictive Coding 
    • Big Data
    • Business Continuity 
    • Document Recovery
    • Social Media and Records
    • The Cloud and Your Records
    • Bring Your Own Device 
    • Email Management
    • Information Governance 
    • Cleaning Up Shared Drives

    Early Registration through February 28th $175
    Registration on March 1st $200

    For Registration Information

    For Hotel Reservations

  • 16 Jan 2015 8:39 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Check out our news feed this week for lots of information on SAA awards and scholarships. All have application and nomination deadlines of the end of February so get to work!

    From the State:

    Gainesville: The UF Libraries have received a $500,000 NEH grant to build access to collections around the Jewish experience in Florida.

    Bradenton: South Florida Museum has announced a major expansion and fundraising project.

    Tallahassee: Florida Memory looks at Raising Cane in the state.

    West Palm Beach: A public fundraising project is launched to help the Norton Museum of Art to reach its need for an expansion project. They have already raised half of their money goal through private donations.

    Gainesville: Sue has arrived! 

    Tallahassee: A look at working with a museum studies class in creating an exhibit for Special Collections.

    From the Country:

    Ithaca, NY: arXiv, the scientific open access resource and archive, has reached 1 million submissions.

    Oakland, CA: California Digital Library is now working with Internet Archive's Archive-It.

    Washington, D.C.: A behind the scenes look at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

    Chapel Hill, NC: The Documenting the American South (DocSouth) project has just released DocSouth Data which makes the text of its materials downloadable via text files.

    Niagara Falls, NY: A local photo archive of the city has been donated to the public library from the Niagara Falls Review.

    Washington, D.C.: A punk archive comes to the DC Public Library complete with concert in the library.

    From the World:

    Ajmer, India: A film archive in Ajmer is threatened by lack of funds and a location that is hazardous to its collections

    London, England, United Kingdom: The sound archive at the British Library needs funds in order to preserve and maintain access to its collections.

    From the Blogosphere:

    An interview with the Documents Man, the man whose job it is to travel with the Magna Carta.

    In case you're in need of some Tumblr blogs to follow, someone has handily gathered together their favorite archives on Tumblr.

  • 15 Jan 2015 11:25 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs.  The award subsidizes travel to the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

    Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28, 2015.  If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Dawne Lucas, Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair, at

    Purpose and Criteria for Selection

    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 the Association 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.

    Eligibility: Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

    Sponsor and Funding: The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

    Prize: Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

    First Awarded: 2006

    Application Form and Documentation

    Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:

    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.
    4. Application form. 

    Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

  • 15 Jan 2015 11:22 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.  The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work.  Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year. 

    Recent Winners:

    2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project

             National History Day

    2013:  Dr. Warren Stewart

    2012:  Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart

    2011:  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)

    2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

    2009:  Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)

    2008:  Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

    Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.  Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

    Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2015 and should be sent to:

    J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee

    Society of American Archivists

    17 North State Street, Suite 1425

    Chicago, IL 60602-4061

    Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. 

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to:
  • 15 Jan 2015 11:19 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The application period for the 2015 Society of American Archivists Josephine Forman Scholarship is now open.  If you are an eligible graduate student in archival science, apply!  If you know of an eligible graduate student, please forward this information to that student with encouragement to submit an application!  Applications must be submitted to SAA by February 28.

    The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.


    ·  The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

    ·  The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.

    ·  The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.

    ·  The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).

    ·  The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award. 

    ·  Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.

    For more details or to download the application form please visit:

    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.
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