Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome to Roanoke!

Image by Goins Photography CC BY 2.0

I know what some of you are thinking… “Roanoke? Where the heck is Roanoke? Why is it so far away? Is it worth it?” I am here to tell you it is.

I am a native of Southwest Virginia, from a town even further southwest than Roanoke. I live in Richmond now, but love the opportunity to head south. MARAC will be in Roanoke when the fall foliage is nearing its peak. Autumn in the Blue Ridge is simply gorgeous. For me that is reason enough to go. The weather is cool, but not cold (average high 69, average low 47), which sounds delightful in the heat of July and August.

View of Roanoke from Mill Mountain. Image by Joe Ravi, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Although our main priority for this visit to Roanoke is the conference, it is still nice to take in the local color and flavor. The conference hotel, Hotel Roanoke, also known as the “Grand Old Lady,” was constructed in 1882 and is a National Historical Landmark. Don’t worry though, it has been thoroughly modernized. The hotel is situated in the bustling downtown of the Star City.

There are great dining options (more on that in a future post), shopping, and plenty of activities. If there isn’t some festival like BaconFest happening (that’s right BaconFest, too bad it is in August), then there is live music in one of the local restaurants or art galleries and museums to peruse.  A favorite place of mine is the Taubman Museum of Art. No trip to Roanoke would be complete without a visit to the City Market, the oldest continuously operating open air market in Virginia.

For those of you who love the great outdoors, Roanoke is the place to be. The area is a hiker’s dream. Nearby is McAfee Knob, the most photographed site along the Appalachian Trail. Google it and you will see why. If you prefer your trails to be paved then check out the greenways located in the city limits.

I could go on and on, but why don’t you come down and see for yourself.

For more information about and registration for the Fall 2015 MARAC Meeting in Roanoke, which will be held October 8-10, 2015, please visit

Come on know you want to.
Photo credit Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions, Cahas Mountain, Callaway, VA.

Friday, June 5, 2015

News from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Unpaid Internship Opportunity--Archival Processing

Deadline for application 6-12-2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives seeks an intern in the fall 2015 semester to gain hands-on processing experience and academic credit working with archival records held by the Museum’s Department of Photographs.
In 2005, The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the Gilman Paper Company Collection, widely regarded as the world's finest collection of photographs in private hands. With exceptional examples of 19th-century French, British, and American photographs, as well as masterpieces from the turn-of-the-century and modernist periods, the Gilman Collection has played a central role in establishing photography's historical canon and has long set the standard for connoisseurship in the field. The collection contains more than 8,500 photographs, dating primarily from the first century of the medium, 1839-1939.

The intern will assist with processing and drafting a finding aid for administrative papers which correspond to this collection and its curator, Pierre Apraxine. The archive consists of about 20 linear feet of correspondence, research files, financial documents, clippings, object files, artist files, acquisition and sale files dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Please note that processing of the entire archive will not be completed during the course of this fall 2015 internship.
The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a graduate program in library/information science or archives management, and have an interest in the history of photography.  Candidates who will receive academic credit for their internship are strongly preferred.

Working under the supervision of staff in the Museum Archives and Department of Photographs:
  • Survey records and assist with creation of processing plan
  • Perform basic preservation, rehouse and physically arrange records
  • Enter collection metadata into Archivists Toolkit

Thursday, June 4, 2015

News from The Virginia State Law Library: New Online Resource: Court of Appeals of Virginia Judges, 1985-present

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and in celebration of that milestone, we are very pleased to announce the availability of a new resource on the Virginia Judiciary web site, Court of Appeal of Virginia Judges, 1985-present.  This online biographical directory can be accessed on the Internet ( or within three different sections of the judicial branch web site at: 
The online biographical directory features biographical information about each of the judges who have served on the Court of Appeals of Virginia since it began operation on January 1, 1985. The site also features portraits of judges who began their service before April 2006, audio recordings and transcripts of oral history interviews of eight judges who have served on the court, and a group interview of  five judges who sat on the inaugural Court of Appeals of Virginia in 1985 . (Photographs of more recent judges are forthcoming!)  Our goal is to make this information available to the public, with the directory serving as an accurate scholarly resource for students, educators, historians and others interested in the history of this court.

Oral history interviews (audio recordings and transcripts) of retired justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia can be found on a companion site, Supreme Court of Virginia Justices, 1779-present (  

Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1985. Front row, left to right: Hon. James W. Benton, Jr., Hon. Barbara Milano Keenan, Hon. Sam W. Coleman, III, and Chief Judge E. Ballard Baker (seated in chair). Back row, left to right: Hon. Charles H. Duff, Hon. Joseph E. Baker, Hon. William H. Hodges, Hon. Bernard G. Barrow, Hon. Norman K. Moon and Hon. Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr. Photograph courtesy John Koehler and Senior (Ret.) Justice Lawrence L. Koontz, Jr.

Friday, May 29, 2015

News from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives: Historical Records of The Costume Institute Open for Research

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of 136 linear feet of historical records and administrative files of The Costume Institute, one of the world’s leading costume collections.  This material documents exhibitions, collections and programs of The Costume Institute from its founding in 1937 as the Museum of Costume Art, through its 1946 merger with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and up to the early 2000s.  The records include administrative and curatorial documents, scrapbooks and publicity materials on more than 100 special exhibitions staged between 1937 and 2008, among them many coordinated by special consultant Diana Vreeland such as “The World of Balenciaga” (1973), “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design” (1974), “The Glory of Russian Costume” (1976), and “Vanity Fair” (1977).  This material provides an incomparable trove of information about the department to engage scholars in new dialogues and studies on costume history, fashion design, and associated fields. 

A complete inventory of the records is now available online:

For information about access to the physical materials at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum or visit our website at

Processing of The Costume Institute records was funded by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation, a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, an investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation's overarching goal is to support scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.