Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Call for Submissions: Arline Custer Memorial Award

Arline Custer Memorial Award given by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archival Conference (MARAC)

DEADLINE: July 31, 2016

Arline Custer Memorial Award

Presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee, this award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.


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, West Virginia

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to, monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.


Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written and organized.  Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

Preference will be given to works by archivists.


Up to two awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2016 awards will be announced at the Fall 2016 Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

How to submit an entry

Please send two copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Laura Stoner
Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Va. 23220 

Entries must be received by July 31, 2016

For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site:

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities Leavenworth, Kansas, July 2016

Claretian Archive Workshops is pleased to announce the seventh Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities. It will be held at the Marillac Center, Leavenworth, KS from July 24-29, 2016. This 5-day intensive program is designed for religious archivists who are interested in learning about theory, best practices and issues affecting our collections.

For more information, visit the website at www.archiveworkshops.wordpress.com

Unlike other archival workshops, the sessions focus on unique records found in the archives of men’s and women’s religious communities. These document the communities themselves, the evolution of Catholicism in the United States and its impact on educational, social and charitable institutions that shaped the nation’s history. 

The program is directed by professional religious archivists Malachy McCarthy and Colleen McFarland Rademaker. Learning activities include lectures, practice applications a religious archive tour and opportunities for sharing and discussion.

Registrations are now being accepted. The deadline for registration is June 17, 2016.

Visit the website: www.archiveworkshops.wordpress.com or contact Workshop Coordinator Patricia Carroll at 312-544-8174,email:carrollp@claretians.org


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives Launches Blog Series on Fashion Designer Charles James

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the launch of a new series of blog posts focused on a project to prepare for research the business and personal papers of American fashion designer Charles James:http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/in-circulation/2016/charles-james-intro.

Widely considered America's first couturier, James died in September 1978, leaving behind a trove of archival material self-consciously amassed in his Chelsea Hotel apartment during the final decades of his life. This archive—which includes business and personal correspondence, photographs, press clippings, and ephemera—was acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. Two professional archivists, in consultation with staff from Met’s Costume Institute, will arrange, describe, and rehouse the James papers, with the goal of making them easily usable by scholars, graduate students, designers, and others interested in studying the James legacy. As this work continues in the months ahead, the project archivists will post additional reports on interesting findings among the papers, technical aspects of conserving and organizing the material, and milestones of the life and careerof Charles James that are illuminated by the collection.  Please visit the Met’s “In Circulation” blog page here for future installments: http://www.metmuseum.org/blogs/in-circulation.

For further information on The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives visit our website:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Call for Proposals: Pittsburgh Pop-Ups

The call for Pittsburgh Pop-Up proposals is now open! To learn more about the Pittsburgh Pop-Up process and submit your own proposal, please visit the following Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/VmZ20WP2mQ

Proposals will be accepted until Monday, March 28 at 9am EST.

Please contact either Lora Davis (ljdavis@jhu.edu) or Deirdre Joyce (djoyce@clrc.org), Pop-Up Session Coordinators, with questions.