Wednesday, September 25, 2013

News from Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. has published a calendar of Archives Week events throughout the New York City Metropolitan area.  We invite you to join in the celebration if you are in the area!  Please follow the link below for the full calendar:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

News from DDAT

DDAT’s Expo

Founded in 2006, the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT) has dedicated itself to its mission to "coordinate emergency preparedness planning, awareness, and disaster mitigation among the agencies, institutions, and repositories that create and manage the cultural heritage of Delaware."

DDAT offers educational events for its members at least twice per year. Past training programs have included: emergency salvage training, fire safety and preparedness, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. DDAT was also the cosponsor of the Connecting to Collections training series held across Delaware from 2010-2012.

For more information on DDAT, please visit our newly redesigned website.

DDAT’s fall program will be an emergency response and recovery vendor and resource expo. It is being held at the Biggs Museum of American Art on October 24. Vendors will be on-hand to meet with attendees and discuss their available products and services. Planned attendees include: Polygon, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), Gaylord, Susan Duhl (independent conservator, consultant, and trained emergency responder), and Delaware Division of Libraries among others.


This is a members-only event. Attendance is open to up to 4 individuals from any DDAT member institution. If your institution is not currently a member, please consider joining. Membership is just $50 per year and includes the aforementioned participation of up to 4 staff members at training sessions, workshops, and other DDAT programs. For more information or to join, please visit the membership page of our website.

Call for Nominees: Upcoming MARAC 2014 Election

Have You Ever Wanted To Be More Involved With MARAC & Make A Difference In The Process?
The Nominations & Elections Committee is currently seeking individuals who are interested in standing for nomination and running for a position in the upcoming 2014 MARAC election. Open positions include the following choices:
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Custer Award Committee
  • Finding Aids
  • Nominations & Elections Committee
OR

If you are interested in carrying the leadership banner for your home locale as part of the Steering Committee, please consider running for Caucus Chair as a representative of the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia.

Further Information about offices, committees, and governance is available on the MARAC homepage at - http://www.marac.info/. If you have additional questions, more details can also be happily furnished upon request.

Please contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee if you are interested in running, or know someone who you think would be an ideal candidate for any one of these open positions.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and we look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

MARAC Nominations & Elections Committee
Alan DeLozier, Chair, Alan.Delozier@shu.edu
Dan Horvath, dhorvath@sei.cmu.edu
Dan Linke, dlinke@princeton.edu
Jenny Kinniff, kinniff@gwu.edu
Matt Strauss, mstrauss@heinzhistorycenter.org
Tammy Hamilton, thamilton@hersheyarchives.org

Monday, September 23, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: SEPTA for Beginners

by Rebecca Goldman, Local Arrangements Committee

SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, oversees most public transit in Philadelphia (NJTransit and PATCO provide additional service between Philly and New Jersey). We locals like to complain about SEPTA, but most of the time it can get you where you want to go. Still, there are a couple of things I like to warn new SEPTA travelers about in advance.

We still use tokens. I think we’re the only big city that still does. Unless you’re planning on making a lot of trips in one day, or staying more than 4 days, don’t buy a pass--single tokens are your best bet. Tokens cost $1.80. Cash fare on subways, buses, and trolleys is $2.25. Exact change only!

Septa Token
SEPTA Token by lindseywb


In most stations, tokens and other fare instruments are cash only. Some stations have machines where you can buy tokens, but these are also cash only. You can buy tokens at the subway stop at 2nd and Market, at 30th St/Amtrak Station, or at any of these Center City sales locations http://www.septa.org/sales/locations/ccp.html (ZIP code 19106 is closest to the hotel).

Within Center City, subways and buses are your best bet.

Subway/El: The Market-Frankford Line (Blue Line) runs east-west through Center City and West Philadelphia along Market St. The 2nd St Station on the Blue Line is closest to the conference. Trains run every 6 minutes until 6 PM, every 8 minutes until 8 PM, and every 10-15 minutes until midnight. After midnight, the subway stations close, but a Nite Owl bus bus follows the same route, arriving every 15 minutes. Yes, transit runs all night! The Blue line connects to the north-south Broad St Line (Orange Line) at 15th and Market.

Broad Street Line Subway
Broad Street Line Subway by rorowe8 


Buses: Walk to the northeast corner of 2nd St and Walnut St (5 minutes from the hotel) to catch the 9, 12, 21, or 42 bus, all of which travel westbound on Walnut through Center City, diverging around 22nd St. To return to the hotel, catch the 9, 21 or 42 on Chestnut St or the 12 on Locust St.

SEPTA bus
SEPTA NEW FLYER 5600 by bradlee9119

If you want to plan a trip on SEPTA, the easiest way is to choose the Public Transit option on Google Maps.

Wondering about transit to a particular destination in Philadelphia? Leave a comment with the address and we’ll try to help you out.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Art on the Streets of Philadelphia

by Krystal Appiah, Local Arrangements Committee


Love Sculpture in Philadephia


Philadelphia has long embraced public art, becoming the first city in the United States to establish a Percent for Art Program in 1959. Many visitors are familiar with Robert Indiana’s iconic “Love” sculpture (above) but, with one of the nation’s largest collections of public art, there is so much more to see!
A great way to find and learn about Philly’s public art is through the Association for Public Art’s interactive map.

“Triune” by Robert Engman

For an audio tour of many of the city’s sculptures, check out the program created by Museum Without Walls. This interactive map of audio downloads and audio slide shows (a photo slide show with narration) includes 35 stops of 51 sculptures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive. Coming from all walks of life, each narrator is connected to a sculpture by knowledge, experience or affiliation. There are several ways to access the audio: view the audio slide show on your smartphone, download the app, download the audio to a personal device, or call the audio tour phone number from the street.

A mural covers the façade of the Royal Theater, an African American entertainment venue which closed in 1970

Murals are another striking form of art that you’ll see around the city. Begun in 1984 as part of a wide anti-graffiti initiative, the Mural Arts Program has now produced over 3,600 murals. In addition to city beautification and community empowerment, education programs serving at-risk youth and rehabilitation centers are also a central component of the Mural Arts Program. Paid guided tours are offered, but you can also venture out on a self-guided walking tour of the Mural Mile, a selection of seventeen murals in Center City. Download a map and use your cell phone for an audio description of the Mural Mile artworks.

Detail of a mosaic by Isaiah Zagar

Isaiah Zagar’s colorful mosaics of tile, glass, mirrors, and found objects decorate walls throughout Philadelphia. This local artist’s largest artwork is located at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which includes a tiled indoor space as well as an outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on South Street.

Inside Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Although there is an admission fee to enter the sculpture garden, it is partially visible for free from the sidewalk.

As you explore the city, keep your eyes peeled for Philly’s captivating public art!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Call for Proposals: Spring 2014 MARAC Meeting in Rochester, NY

Call for Proposals: 2014 Spring MARAC Meeting “Film, Freedom, and Feminism”
Rochester, New York, April 24-26, 2014
 
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference invites submissions of session proposals for its spring meeting to be held April 24-26, 2014, in Rochester, New York.

Deadline for proposals is October 31, 2013.

While the conference theme is “Film, Freedom, and Feminism,” the Spring 2014 Program Committee invites proposals on all aspects of archives and archival work. Creative and timely presentations from professionals in archives and related fields (public history, libraries, museums, genealogy, information science, and records management) and from graduate students are very welcome.

The committee will look more favorably on sessions that:
• Connect with the theme of the meeting
• Feature a diverse set of speakers from different institutions and with differing viewpoints
• Diverge from that standard session format of two or three speakers talking about separate but related topics
• Have identified all meeting participants
• Include a full description of the proposed session

For more information and to submit a proposal on line, follow this link:
http://bit.ly/13Qrx9O

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Cheesesteaks

by Dan Linke, Local Arrangements Committee

Of the many culinary delights that Philadelphia is known for, including pretzels, hoagies, Scrapple, and pork rolls, perhaps the best known is the cheesesteak. There are literally dozens of places to buy this famous delectable, and five will be described here. If you attend MARAC from Thursday through Saturday, you should be able to get to all five, consuming one for each lunch and dinner.

Campos (214 Market St) is one of the closest to the hotel (0.5 miles) and also just down the street from Independence Mall. Like most places, it serves cheesesteaks with or without grilled onions, and three choices of cheese: American, Provolone, or Wiz. That last one is short for cheese wiz and some locals swear that is required to make an authentic cheesesteak, but my taste buds have found provolone to be superior.

You may have heard of Tony Luke’s, which has many locations in the greater Delaware Valley and also sells frozen versions of its fare in supermarkets, but the original store (39 East Oregon Ave, 2.3 miles) is a stroll down the waterfront.

Another place in the area is John's (14 E. Snyder Ave, 2.7 miles away) which in addition to serving “the ultimate cheesesteak” is also, “Since 1930 Home of the Original Roast Pork Sandwich,” another Philly taste bud pleaser. Note that this is a breakfast and lunch place that closes at 3 p.m.

Finally, in the Ali vs. Frazier department (Philly is also famous for its boxers, real and fictional), there is Pat's (1237 E Passyunk Ave) and Geno's (1219 S 9th St.). Each is located about 1.5 mile walk from the hotel and just a block apart; the two have been duking it out for decades. Pat’s website offers useful tips on how to order like a local. Which is the best? Go with a friend and buy one from each and share, then you decide.

Note: Most of these places do not accept credit cards.

Philadelphia - Bella Vista: Pat's King of Steaks - Cheesesteak
"Philadelphia - Bella Vista: Pat's King of Steaks - Cheesesteak" by wallyg 


Geno's Cheesesteaks
"Geno's Cheesesteaks" by  Kevin Burkett

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

News from Vassar College

Archives & Special Collections Library

The Catherine Pelton Durrell Archives and Special Collections Library is proud to announce that its work with Vassar's Digital Initiatives Team has resulted in the launch of our Digital Library (http://digitallibrary.vassar.edu). Collections include student letters and diaries , photographs from the college's earliest years, a student newspaper archive, and other materials relating to the college. Other items in the Digital Library include journals of naturalist John Burroughs and Vassar's millionth volume, Govard Bidloo's Anatomia Humani Corporis. The collection has grown quickly in scope and content, and currently includes more than 25,000 images as well as a few oral history audio files; the largest collections are the nineteenth-century Student Diaries (with more than 13,000 pages in 57 diaries) and Student Letters collections (which includes more than 5,000 pages in 750 letters). Most items are fully searchable, allowing researchers to uncover ideas and trends across a variety of works.

Through our digital collections, we aim to provide access to high-quality digital content generated by the Libraries for research and study, as open as possible; support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College; preserve at-risk or fragile physical collections through digitization, or at-risk born-digital collections through reformatting; expose hidden, less-used physical collections through access to digital surrogates; and foster experimental, cutting-edge, and innovative projects through technology.

Future collections slated to be added to the Digital Library include Vassar's collection of Albert Einstein manuscripts, the records of the the Vassar Wesleyan Program in Paris, and the Longfellow Sheet Music Collection.

Monday, September 9, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: The Sweets Spots: Bakeries

by Erika Piola, Local Arrangements Committee

If your day is not complete without a little (or a big) something sweet, Philadelphia has a plethora of bakeries from which to choose. From specialty shops to long-standing family businesses, the below bakeries are just a few of the numerous in the city that will satisfy any and all baked good cravings.

Near the hotel:

Tartes, 216 Arch Street
A quaint, small batch bakery in Old City that specializes in not only tartes, such as chocolate, coconut cream, and apple crumb, but also cookies, dessert bars, and cakes.


If you find yourself in Center City, check out:

Swiss Haus Bakery, 35 S. 19th Street
Butterscotch bowties, tea cookies, and hazelnut cake are just a few of the treats to be found at this European-style bakery in Philadelphia for over 85 years.

Metropolitan Bakery, 262 S. 19th Street
A European-style bakery serving up breakfast fare from croissants to muffins, as well as hearty and crusty breads, and desserts ranging from brownies to flourless chocolate cake. Try a canelé if you want something a little different.

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique, Liberty Place, 1st floor by the 17th Street entrance, between Market and Chestnut Streets
Many agree that this “boutique” makes the best cupcakes in the city. Red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, and lemon curd are but a few of the tempting flavors.

Federal Donuts, 1632 Sansom Street
This shop opens at 7AM with not your typical cake donuts. “Hots” are cooked and bathed in a sugary coating of your choice on site and to order, with “fancys” in unique rotating flavors like creamsicle, cookies ‘n cream, and sticky bun also available.


Heading to South Philadelphia, you may wish to try:

Isgro’s, 1009 Christian Street
Be prepared for a line in this cozy Italian bakery where cannolis, Italian rum cake, and all manner of Italian cookies, pastries, and desserts can be had.

Termini Bros., 1523 S. 8th Street
Another South Philadelphia favorite where your baked goods are placed on a tray as you order. Also known for their cannoli, Termini’s also serves up traditional Sfogliatelle (layers of crisp pastry filled with ricotta), vanilla crunch cake, and pignoli cookies.


Also, for your consideration:

Magpie, 1622 South Street
Dessert and savory pies made with seasonal ingredients are the focus of this specialty bakery. The butterscotch bourbon is a staple.

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, 2204 Washington Avenue
A bakery serving up old favorites like banana bread and chocolate chip cookies, in addition to raspberry chocolate tarts, pastry pockets, and red velvet crumb cake. Not to mention pizza and fudge to boot.

G. Bryon Morse, 1312 Chestnut Street, Philada. Philadelphia: Graff Bros., ca. 1880. Trade card. Library Company of Philadelphia.
G. Bryon Morse, 1312 Chestnut Street, Philada. Philadelphia: Graff Bros., ca. 1880. Trade card. Library Company of Philadelphia.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

News from Government Executive Online

Interested in learning more about the latest strategies for archiving government email?

If so, you may wish to read Charles S. Clark's recent article on the topic at Nextgov's website: http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2013/08/new-approach-archiving-government-email/69671/?oref=govexec_today_nl.

MARAC in Philadelphia: Rideshare & Roomshare Spreadsheets

Use the following spreadsheets to find fellow MARAC Philly attendees to share rides and hotel rooms. This spreadsheet is editable by anyone and all attendees are welcome to use the spreadsheet. Once you have found a ride or roommate, please come back and edit your information.

The spreadsheets are intended for informational use only. It is not a matching service; you need to use the information on the spreadsheets to find people with whom to share rooms and rides. Please use good judgment and common sense when reaching out to strangers. MARAC and MARAC officers are not responsible for the contents of these spreadsheets or for any actions that result from using these spreadsheets.

The spreadsheets will be deleted on November 16, 2013, one week after the MARAC conference ends.

Roomshare spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArdlUXmVH4mjdHVsT1ItU0hpZTRhR3ZLbXkyZUFveEE#gid=0

Rideshare spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArdlUXmVH4mjdHJ2V0xuSkQ2c0xjVHZVOHRyNmZlZVE#gid=0

Call for Proposals: Bridging the Spectrum

Call for Proposals:  Bridging the Spectrum: The Sixth Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice
Friday, January 31, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Great Room, Pryzbyla Student Center Catholic University of America Washington DC, 20064
The Department of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America requests proposals for the Sixth Annual "Bridging the Spectrum" Symposium!  The Symposium offers a knowledge-sharing forum and meeting place for practitioners, students, and faculty in all sectors of Library and Information Sciences and Services. This year, we highlight the theme: "Renewing Our Value"
As our information environment has become increasingly digital, mobile, and ubiquitous, people are able to access and obtain information rapidly and independently. This has enabled librarians, archivists, and information specialists to reinvent our traditional roles, and to place greater value on traditional principles that are at the core of the profession. This has also provided a tremendous opportunity for libraries, museums and archives to renew their value as institutional pillars in society. We encourage proposals from all sectors of the information professions that explore this theme.
  
Proposed contributions for presentations may be for any one of three formats:
  • Briefings: 15-minute descriptions of an innovative practice, initiative, or research activity. There will morning and afternoon briefing sessions.
  • Posters: exhibits describing a practice, project, or research activity. Posters will be viewable throughout the day, and there will be a dedicated poster session.
  • Panels: discussions of a single topic by a series of speakers, typically 1 hour in length.
  • Sample Topics: Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Trends and developments information organization
  • Progress in Digital preservation
  • Innovative service modes
  • Social media, marketing, and advocacy for library services
  • Managing library and information services
  • Management and analysis of data and information
Important Dates:
  • Proposal Submissions Open: July 29, 2013
  • Proposals Due: September 13, 2013
  • Notification of Acceptances: November 8, 2013
  •  Final Program Abstracts Due: December 6, 2013
  • Symposium: January 31, 2014
To submit your proposal, go to http://cuaslis.org/openconf/ .
Program details and information about past symposia are available on the Symposium website at http://lis.cua.edu/symposium/ .
Questions may be directed to the Committee at cua-slis-symposium@cua.edu
--Symposium Committee (Dr. Renate Chancellor, Dr. Sung Un Kim, David Shumaker)
-- David Shumaker Clinical Associate Professor Dept. of Library and Information Science Catholic University of America Washington, DC 20064, shumaker@cua.edu

NEA Fall 2013 Symposium

New England Archivists Fall 2013 Symposium, Giving Color to Ideas

Location: Lewis-Sebring Commons Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts

Date and Time: Saturday, October 26, 2013 1:00pm – 5:00pm

New England Archivists' Fall 2013 Symposium will focus on innovative thinking in the field of archives. The goal of this event is to inspire and challenge attendees, push the boundaries of current archival thought, and provide a forum for present and future dialog by illustrating ideas and ‘what-if’ scenarios that have yet to be explored by archivists in the New England region.

The symposium will feature a plenary talk by Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University), noted thinker in the realm of digital humanities; rounds of short presentations by NEA members; and robust moderated discussion of topics and ideas led by Jill Snyder (NARA) and Giordana Mecagni (Northeastern University). Tours of local repositories will be available in the morning.

Registration for this event will begin on or around September 16, 2013, and must be limited to 150 attendees.

For details about the symposium, visit the NEA meeting page: https://www.newenglandarchivists.org/meetings/meetings.html

We hope you will join us for this spirited event!

Workshop: Networking and Goal Setting for Archivists

Networking and Goal Setting for Archivists Workshop

Whether you’ve landed your dream job in archives or you’re just getting your career started, we can all benefit from thoughtful and intentional goal setting, finding ways to grow personally and professionally, and developing a network of people who can inspire, support, and guide us. In this personalized, career-development-oriented workshop we will focus on identifying and setting professional goals, making an actionable plan, building your networking skills,and developing a mentoring circle to help you reach the next level in your career.

This will be an interactive, personal, and career-focused workshop. We hope participants will feel comfortable sharing career aspirations and participating in group brainstorming/networking sessions. Participants will leave with a new network of professional peers, an individualized plan that includes actionable career goals for the short term, and a map of their developmental network.

The instructors, Darla and Jessica, have facilitated similar sessions for NEA at past meetings and have experience with developing mentoring programs for the Harvard Library and the Joint Committee on the Status of Women at Harvard Medical School.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston.

For directions and parking information, visit http://www.americanancestors.org/directions/

Instructors: Darla White and Jessica Sedgwick, Center for the History of Medicine, Countway
Library, Harvard Medical School

Cost: $25.00 for NEA members; $40.00 for non-NEA members

Registration: Online at http://bit.ly/18aMniq; if you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to New England Archivists, and mail it to the attention of Stephanie Call, American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116.

Fall Repository Tour in Maryland

A fall repository tour is planned for the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:30 am.

The tour will include a visit to the archives, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant, the Carriage House. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Liz Novara at enovara@umd.edu by the end of the day on Friday, September 20, 2013.

For more information about the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives, please visit the following webpages:

http://daughtersofcharity.org/our-legacy/ and http://dcarchives.wordpress.com/

Please consider taking this opportunity to visit a very interesting archival respository in Maryland and to network with colleagues!

40th Anniversary Membership Survey Results Now Available

The MARAC Membership Development Committee is pleased to announce the recent completion of a full summary of the 2012 membership survey. This report is now available on the MARAC homepage and on the committee’s webpage. A copy will also be placed in the University of Maryland’s digital repository (DRUM).
The survey, which included 40 questions for MARAC’s 40th anniversary, received a 32.3% response rate with 356 out of 1100 active members participating. Questions focused on a number of areas, including basic demographics (age, gender, race, education), the work situations and activities of respondents, as well as interest in continuing education and involvement in MARAC and other professional organizations. The final portion of the survey also included three free response questions, which asked respondents to name the most important issues MARAC should address in the next five years. This set of questions along with a final question asking for additional comments yielded nearly 600 responses.
Several major themes emerged in the survey results. The most prominent of these was member interest in training on both new technologies and archival work with digital media. In a question that asked respondents to select the topics they would most like to learn about in the next 5 years, 5 of the top 6 most desired topics were directly related to digital initiatives, and in the important issues free response section at the end of the survey, electronic records management was the most cited concern representing over 24% of all comments. Other prominent themes in the survey results were the importance of MARAC’s role as an advocate for the profession and the need for the continued affordability of membership fees, conference registration, and workshops.

In the coming months, MARAC leadership will be looking closely at the survey results for information to guide the future of the organization. To spearhead this effort, a working group within Steering is currently reviewing the MARAC strategic plan in concert with an action plan based on recommendations from the survey.

News from Rochester Public Library

Rochester Public Library Local History Division


Acquisitions

The Local History & Genealogy Division of the Rochester Public Library has acquired the papers of Jacob Gitelman, which includes personal items and papers presented to the Philosophers’ Club. During his tenure as a Rochester City Court judge from 1934 to 1940, Gitelman’s progressive views and interest in social welfare prompted him to enforce jail sentences on those caught driving while intoxicated. Taking into consideration the social and economic ramifications of jail time, Gitelman introduced the “weekend sentence,” which allowed people to serve their sentence on weekends or other convenient days so that their employment and family life were not jeopardized. After its initiation in 1935, use of the weekend sentence was widespread throughout New York State.


Exhibits

The Local History and Genealogy Division has a fun new exhibit on display that explores the use of
buttons as a means of self-expression. Showcasing a collection of historical buttons from the Office of the City Historian, the exhibit also features photographs, ephemera, and other items from the collection of the Local History Division and from the private collections of library staff. Each piece reveals a part of Rochester’s rich history; collectively, they chronicle the civic, economic, political, and social experiences of Rochesterians, past and present. The button exhibit will run until September 30, 2013. Also keep an eye out for the traveling “I Do!” button that is making its way around the community, and visit our blog, www.rochesterbuttonblog.com, to find out who had the button and what they did with it!


Grant Projects

Twenty-two cubic feet of materials from three collections were arranged and described with financial support from a Documentary Heritage Program grant. The Photographic Heritage Association/Photo Archives Belong in Rochester (PHA/PABIR) collection documents the grassroots organization’s fight to keep the photograph archives of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester. Documenting the oldest community theatre in New York State and one of the oldest continuously operated theater organizations in the United States, the Rochester Community Players collection reflects the trials and tribulations of an artistic venture as it endures site moves, financial struggles, and other obstacles in its effort to remain a viable cultural organization in Rochester, NY. The efforts of the Rochester Area Educational Television Association gave the city of Rochester, NY, its first public radio and television broadcasting station, WXXI. The RAETA collection documents the complicated process of creating and licensing a public broadcasting station with an emphasis on education, arts, and culture.

With a grant from the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials, the Local History division provided archival-quality housing for 155 cubic feet of materials including glass plate negatives, lantern slides, ledgers, photographs, and papers.

Submitted by Cheri Crist, librarian, Local History & Genealogy Division, Rochester Public Library

News from Vassar College

Archives & Special Collections Library

The Catherine Pelton Durrell Archives and Special Collections Library is proud to announce that its work with Vassar's Digital Initiatives Team has resulted in the launch of our Digital Library (http://digitallibrary.vassar.edu). Collections include student letters and diaries, photographs from the college's earliest years, a student newspaper archive, and other materials relating to the college. Other items in the Digital Library include journals of naturalist John Burroughs and Vassar's millionth volume, Govard Bidloo's Anatomia Humani Corporis. The collection has grown quickly in scope and content, and currently includes more than 25,000 images as well as a few oral history audio files; the largest collections are the nineteenth-century Student Diaries (with more than 13,000 pages in 57 diaries) and Student Letters collections (which includes more than 5,000 pages in 750 letters). Most items are fully searchable, allowing researchers to uncover ideas and trends across a variety of works.

Through our digital collections, we aim to provide access to high-quality digital content generated by the Libraries for research and study, as open as possible; support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the College; preserve at-risk or fragile physical collections through digitization, or at-risk born-digital collections through reformatting; expose hidden, less-used physical collections through access to digital surrogates; and foster experimental, cutting-edge, and innovative projects through technology. 

Future collections slated to be added to the Digital Library include Vassar's collection of Albert Einstein manuscripts, the records of the the Vassar Wesleyan Program in Paris, and the Longfellow Sheet Music Collection.