Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tracing the History of Southern Archives and Social Justice

The Archival History Roundtable, an affinity group of the Society of American Archivists, will meet in Atlanta for the first time since 1988. This pre-conference event is open to non-members and non-registrants, and will be held in Room 303 of the Atlanta Hilton (255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA) on Wednesday August 3 at 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Recognizing the importance of Atlanta in regional and national history, the steering committee of the Archival History Roundtable has invited three panelists to discuss the social impact of archives and special collections within the South. 

Ashley Stevens, an Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives, plans to investigate the personal identities and professional relationships of Alexander Salley, Jr., Thomas Owen, and Dunbar Rowland. The second speaker -- an assistant professor in Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics, Dr. Alexander Poole -- will assess the contributions of Harold T. Pinkett, who grew up in the segregated South and worked for the National Archives and Records Administration. Dr. Vicki Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, will speak about two large and historically important civil rights collections, the Morehouse College MLK, Jr. Collection and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Collection at Emory University, and their continuing role in social justice work. The discussion will be moderated by a practitioner in the field of archival history.   

For more information on the Archival History Roundtable, please visit this website:

For more information about the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, please visit the conference website:


Eric Stoykovich

Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Archival History Roundtable, SAA

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops

Mark your calendars for the second annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops. If you can’t make it, please still read on.

When: all day Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (coincides with SAA conference)

Where: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia

How Much: Free! You’ll have to spring for your own lunch.

What: An “unconference” is a collaborative, non-hierarchical program in which all participants actively inhabit the roles of teacher-learner-conference planner. The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference organizers seek to create a forum of exchange and foster participation from the wider community of individuals who employ primary sources in teaching and learning activities. Educators, librarians, museum professionals, public historians, artists and designers, scientists, and archivists are encouraged to attend. Individuals employed in or volunteering with K-12, higher education, and community-based programs are all welcome. The unconference is a full day of activities, but participants may come and go as they please depending on their schedules, needs, and interests. While workshops will be organized in advance, unconference sessions will be spontaneous.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference Team is diligently working as you read this announcement to line up a great selection of workshops. We will post this information on our website ( once speakers have accepted. Anything else is up to the collective will of the participants who show up on August 3. 

Sign Me Up: Okay!

Even if you aren’t traveling to Atlanta in August, you can help make the unconference a success by passing along this announcement to people in your professional and personal networks. Past and present researchers who have visited your repository, alumni groups from library school, the high school teacher you met during Archives Week and subsequently friended, those cool public librarians you met at ALA one time: please tell them about the unconference. We’re casting a wide net and you can assist us.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference Team is comprised of members of the Teaching with/about Primary Sources (TPS) Committee of the Society of American Archivists’ Reference, Access and Outreach Section. In case you missed it, here’s an article about the inaugural unconference from Archival Outlook: LINK

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Papers of Asian Art Collector Mary Griggs Burke Preserved by Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mary Griggs Burke's landmark bequest of over 300 masterworks of Japanese and Korean art to The Metropolitan Museum of Art is honored in the current Met exhibition “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection”.  In addition to Mrs. Burke's distinguished art collection and a $12,000,000 endowment to help fund future acquisitions, The Met also received a trove of correspondence, photographic prints, scrapbooks, and documents that illuminate her role as a pioneering collector and philanthropist. In a collaborative effort between the Museum Archives and Department of Asian Art, project archivist Angela Salisbury is organizing these files to make them accessible for scholarly research. In a new blog post, Salisbury shares her insights about Mrs. Burke as a collector and philanthropist:
For further information about The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives visit or email

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind

New exhibition by artist Teresa Jaynes explores the nature of perception.
Now on display at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

The Library Company presents a major new exhibition entitled Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind. Organized by the library’s Visual Culture Program (VCP at LCP) and curated by artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes, the exhibition is inspired by the Library Company’s Michael Zinman Collection of Printing for the Blind. By juxtaposing her multisensory artwork with historical materials documenting the education of the visually impaired in the 19th century, Jaynes explores the nature, foundations, and limits of perception. Common Touch is on view April 4-October 21, 2016, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4:45 pm, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

Common Touch immerses visitors into a world of discovery in which history intersects with new forms of tactile expression.  Complemented by 19th-century personal narratives, raised-print textbooks, and teaching tools of the visually impaired, Jaynes original works will challenge our cultural assumptions about the interrelationship between art, sight, and the history of disability.

Common Touch exhibition in the main gallery of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

For more information about the exhibition and its accompanying programming, visit Common Touch has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Teresa Jaynes
For more than 25 years, Teresa Jaynes has created installations and artists’ books based on extensive research in special collections and libraries. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as grants from the Independence Foundation, Art Matters, National Endowment for the Arts, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Jaynes received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has exhibited her work in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, and The Rosenbach Museum & Library.