Monday, September 24, 2012

Delaware Public Archives Program

The History of the Beatles and the Social Revolution of the 1960s

It’s been fifty years since four young men from Liverpool, England known collectively as The Beatles walked into a recording studio to record their first single “Love Me Do.” The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is celebrating this anniversary with a program about this legendary group who changed the musical and cultural fiber of the 1960s. To be presented on Saturday, October 6, 10:30 a.m., the program features Delawarean and Beatle historian Joel Glazier.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Insider’s Guide to Richmond

Photo Credit: Citizen
The Richmond Local Arrangements Committee wants to express its enthusiasm about the MARAC 2012 Fall meeting in Richmond, Virginia. Here are some committee members’ favorite recommendations for the city when they have free time in Richmond. We would love to see you around town during the meeting!

Laura Stoner, Virginia Historical Society
A fun quirky breakfast or lunch place near our hotel is called the Citizen, perfect during a workshop break on Thursday or a snack on Friday. The small restaurant is located at 909 E. Main Street and is open from 7am to 3pm on weekdays. A quick five minute walk from the Omni Hotel, the restaurant specializes in fresh local food. They have food for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike. You can take food out and eat at a scenic spot in the city or enjoy their patio weather permitting. Check out their menu here!

Request for Proposals: CONTENTdm User Group

We're ready to accept proposals for the Virtual CONTENTdm User Group Meeting. The planning committee has brainstormed a list of potential topics of interest, but we would like to hear from the broader CONTENTdm community. Please consider submitting your topic idea even if you do not see it in the list.

Monmouth County Historical Association: Lecture Series

As part of its “Historically Speaking” lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is pleased to welcome Dr. David Martin to speak on Sunday, September 23rdat 2:00pm. The lecture will be held at the Court Street School at 140 Court Street at the corner of Rhea (parking lot entrance on Avenue A) and will be part of the Association’s activities during the Civil War Encampment weekend held at the Museum & Library grounds at 70 Court Street in Freehold.

Monday, September 17, 2012

2012 New York Archives Week

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART), along with hundreds of organizations in the archives community across New York State, will celebrate New York Archives Week (October 7-13, 2012) with special commemorative activities throughout New York City. New York Archives Week is an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public of the diverse array of archival materials available in the Metropolitan New York City region.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Advocacy: Georgia State Archives

Author: Ed Galloway, MARAC Chair

In case you’ve not already been made aware of this situation in Georgia, which was announced yesterday, but Georgia’s Secretary of State has been instructed by the Governor that as a cost-cutting measure the State Archives should be closed to researchers from the general public. (see The Atlantic Journal-Constitution article)

I’ve indicated to SAA and the National Coalition for History among others that MARAC stands ready to support their efforts in overturning this decision. In the meantime, YOU can help by visiting this website and signing the petition. Every voice counts whether from Georgia or archivists from MARAC. Please participate.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Archives Association of Ontario: Call for Papers

The Archives Association of Ontario is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for the 2013 Annual Conference to be held 29-31 May 2013 in Ottawa, Canada’s National Capital:

Is the Medium Really the Message?: Digital v Traditional Formats, should you, when could you, and why on earth would you?

Proposals are invited for examinations of the general topic – which is better for you, traditional media or digital, electronic or paper (or film, sound recordings, tapes etc)?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Free Oral History Conference

Talking Business: Oral History and the History of Enterprises

Date: Friday, November 2nd
Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware
Cost: Free

The Hagley conference “Talking Business: Oral History and the History of Enterprises” will take place in the Soda House of the Hagley Museum and Library.  Click here for conference schedule and list of speakers.

Registration is free but required. Please email Carol Lockman,, to register or for more information on the conference, or call 302-658-2400, ext. 244.

Order Your 40th Anniversary T-Shirt

Wondering what to wear to the MARAC Fall 2012 Conference? Pondering about how to show your enthusiasm for celebrating 40 years of MARAC?

Have no fear - the t-shirts are here!

Click here and choose from three MARAC images in a variety of t-shirt styles and colors.

T-shirts will be available for pick-up at the Fall Conference. If you need your t-shirt shipped or have other t-shirt related questions, please email Alex Scott:

Deadline for ordering t-shirts to style and profile at the Fall Conference is October 8th.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

ACLU Records Digitized

The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University has combined social media and digitized records on its blog. Recently, with the generous support of Professor Samuel Walker, the library digitized early American Civil Liberties Union records and Walker then provided historical context and narrative for them which the library posted on its blog. Walker supported this work because he wanted to provide high school students with a digital entry into the voluminous ACLU records. You can access all four entries with links to the scanned documents here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Universal Declaration on Archives

Within the past two years, the International Council on Archives (ICA) and its Section of Professional Associations (ICA SPA) passed the Universal Declaration on Archives (UDA). According to their website, “the UDA is a statement about the relevance and importance of archives to the general public; it is an articulation of the specific connections between records and archives and good governance, basic human rights and entitlements, cultural and community identity, history and heritage. It details the unique characteristics of archives and their management requirements to ensure ongoing access for as long as they are needed.”

The UDA was adopted at the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on November 10, 2011. The ICA is now gathering signatures in support of the UDA to provide it with significantly more clout when dealing with non-archivists, especially in third-world countries in developing archives at the national and local levels.

If you’re interested in supporting the UDA, you can register your support here. Thank you!