SAA Foundation Awards Five Strategic Growth Grants
July 17, 2019
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Four New Books to Improve the Way You Work

Archival Fundamentals Series III
Check out the first three volumes in SAA's new seven-volume series on best practices for archives and manuscripts.
  • Volume 1Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs, edited by Peter Gottlieb and David W. Carmicheal, provides plentiful examples of successful leadership practices from the archives field for students, aspiring and newly appointed managers, those working alone or with few staff, and veteran practitioners. 
  • Volume 2Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts, by Dennis Meissner, provides a solid foundation in the history, theory, and standards supporting arrangement and description, as well as demonstrates the methods and mechanics required to process archival collections.
  • Volume 3Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists, by Kathleen D. Roe, will help you adopt an “advocacy frame of mind” and encourage you to do the work that will bring the change you seek.
One Book, One Profession
  • Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene, edited by Christine Weideman and Mary A. Caldera, is the 2019 selection for SAA's One Book, One Profession reading initiative. In this exquisite collection of essays, twenty-three archivists from repositories across the profession examine the values that comprise SAA's Core Values statement.
ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 Is Almost Here!

 Register now for the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) and SAA that will take place in Austin, Texas, July 31–August 6.

Once you've registered, browse the conference schedule to find pre-conference courses, education sessions, plenary speakers, and more—then create your personal online itinerary for the week. 
Sharpen Your Storytelling Skills
As archivists, we’ve all got tales to tell. That's why during ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 SAA's Committee on Public Awareness is sponsoring a FREE two-hour Storytelling Workshop on August 3, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Sign up for this lively and practical workshop to learn vital storytelling strategies and how to apply them to archival work. The workshop instructor is two-time Moth GrandSLAM winner (and former Moth director of education) Micaela Blei, PhD. Registration required by July 19; apply here.

Let's Do Lunch!
Dive into a lunch discussion of the professional literature with your colleagues during ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 Find Out How to Become an SAA Education Instructor
Interested in becoming an SAA Education instructor? Join us for an information and discussion session on August 2. Learn how SAA supports instructors in developing courses, brainstorm ideas for new courses, and connect with the Committee on Education and current instructors! Add it to your conference schedule.

SAA Statement on ICE Records and Government Transparency
Substantial concern is being raised about recent action by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) regarding the presentation of two sets of records on their website. Learn more about the issue and read SAA's statement, approved by the Council on July 8.
Revisions to SAA Code of Conduct/Equal Opportunity Policy
The SAA Council has approved final revisions to the SAA Code of Conduct and the Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy. Read the new versions. 

SAA Foundation Awards Five Strategic Growth Grants
The SAA Foundation Board awards grants that meet the mission and goals of the Foundation and/or SAA's strategic planning priorities. Now in its fourth year of the program, the Foundation is pleased to announce the following awards:

  • Develop workshops and a toolkit related to the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials, submitted by Stephen Curley, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Archives, funded in the amount of $5,000.
  • Initiate the project "Documenting Asian American Community Music Ensembles," submitted by Eric Hung, Music of Asian America Research Center, funded in the amount of $5,000.
  • Implement a regional emergency response plan, submitted by Tracie Gieselman-Holthaus, Special Collections and Archives, Missouri State University, funded in the amount of $2,500.
  • Write biographical Wikipedia entries about American archivists, especially women and archivists of color, submitted by April Anderson-Zorn, Illinois State University, funded in the amount of $4,134.
  • Create a workbook related to the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials to assist institutions holding such materials, submitted by Liza Posas, The Autry Museum, funded in the amount of $5,000.
Call for Submissions to Performance!
Submit to Performance!, the SAA Performing Arts Section's newsletter. Browse the Spring 2019 issue of Performance! then share your news, projects, and experience working with performing arts collections. Send your ideas to and kelly.kress@gmail.comDeadline: August 9.

Read the Newest Issue of Archival Outlook 
In the latest issue, a new acquisition reveals additional evidence from an unsolved murder case; Anna Trammell travels by road, boat, and on foot to assist with the archives of the remote Holden Village; and Lydia Tang shares a checklist that can help in designing accessible archives spaces. Also in this issue, Brian Watson considers bias and inclusivity in metadata; a collaborative project makes Portland’s African American history more accessible; and the Nomadic Archivists Project creates the Black Podcast Archives, with support from a Strategic Growth Grant from the SAA Foundation. Start reading online now!

Spring/Summer 2019 Issue of American Archivist

Articles in the latest issue of American Archivist survey the status of Catholic archives, offer new models for environmentally sustainable digital preservation, explore how collaborative student research projects can assist in building collections, recommend best practices for designing websites that prepare researchers for visiting the archives, and more! In addition, readers review eleven archival publications, including The No-Nonsense Guide to Born-Digital Content by Heather Ryan and Walker Sampson, which won SAA’s 2019 Preservation Publication Award. Start reading the digital edition now—and keep an eye on your mailbox for the print edition!



Take advantage of your time at the Joint Annual Meeting with CoSA and SAA in Austin to further your education with these dynamic courses. But hurry—classes are filling up! Fall Into Professional Devleopment
Register today for these September courses!

At a Glance
  • The Virtual Footlocker Project, an IMLS grant project led by SAA member Edward Benoit III, preserves veteran artifacts, correspondence, and photographs, reports Science News Wire.
  • Planetary archivists share notes during the Annual Planetary Data Workshop in Flagstaff, reports the Arizona Daily Sun.
  • The New York Times shares an inside look at its photo archives team.

NHPRC Grant Proposals and Q&A Conference Call
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission Public Engagement with Historical Records grant program seeks projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online. The NHPRC is looking for projects that create models and technologies that other institutions can freely adopt. A Q&A conference call will be held July 17 at 4 pm EDT. To attend, dial 1-866-654-5750 and enter participant code 94793466#. Drafts of proposals due August 1.

NARA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Disposition of ICE Detainee Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced that it’s in the final stages of a records scheduling process with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for schedule DAA-0567-2015-0013, Detainee Records. The schedule, which covers records related to deaths of detainees and allegations of sexual assault and abuse of detainees, received a record number of public comments when initially released in 2017. NARA has published a Notice in the Federal Register and consolidated reply to comments on The public has an additional 45 days to submit comments to NARA specifically related to items proposed for disposition on the schedule. Read SAA’s news release. SAA encourages individual members to comment. Deadline: August 5.

USHRAB Grants for Increasing Access and Preserving Collections
The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) is offering grants of up to $7,500 for local governments and nonprofit cultural heritage institutions seeking funding on projects designed to increase access to and preserve historical records. Applications due August 31.

Submit to the Arline Custer Memorial Award
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). Submissions may be monographs, articles, popular narratives, reference works, and exhibition catalogs using archival sources. Individuals or institutions may submit two works published between July 2018 and June 2019. Deadline: July 31.

Call for Papers on Teaching, History, and Pop Culture
The Area of Education, Teaching, History and Popular Culture is accepting submissions for the 2020 Popular Culture Association National Conference, held April 15–18 in Philadelphia. Submissions should address themes of schooling and education, teaching throughout history, history, and archival studies in light of their connections to popular culture. Undergraduate presentations are encouraged. Submit proposals by November 1.

Governor’s House Library in Florida Completes Two-Year Grant Project
Governor’s House Library in St. Augustine, Florida, completed its project, Opening St. Augustine: Preserving and Providing Access to 450 Years of American History. Through a grant by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, approximately 900 maps, 1,000 design records, and 28,000 photographs collected by the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board during its operational years (1959–1997) were processed. Finding aids for each collection are available online and a selection of digitized material is available at UF Digital Collections. The team also created and edited more than 80 Wikipedia articles and added more than 200 photographs to HistoryPin and WhatWasThere. Learn more about the project's process on Wordpress, Instagram, and Facebook. Governor’s House Library is jointly managed by the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc.


Attention, Job Seekers!
Here are the latest career opportunities posted to SAA’s Career Center. View all postings.

July 19
Registration for Storytelling Workshop at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019
July 31
Early-bird Deadline for Designing the Archive 2019
July 31
MARAC's Arline Custer Memorial Award
Aug. 1
NHPRC's Public Engagement with Historical Records Grant Program
Aug. 5
Comment on NARA's Proposed Disposition of ICE Detainee Records
Aug. 9
Submissions to Performance! Newsletter
Aug. 31
Utah State historical Records Advisory Board Grants
Nov. 1
Call for Papers on Teaching, History, and Pop Culture
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