Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spring 2014 Election Announcement

The MARAC Nominations & Elections Committee, (Alan Delozier, Tammy Hamilton, Dan Horvath, Jenny Kinniff, Dan Linke, and Matthew Strauss), with the assistance from the MARAC Administrator, Tammy Hoffman, and MARAC Chair, John LeGloahec, wish to thank the members who participated in the recent election to determine our newest incoming officials.

A total of 40 candidates competed for the offices of Treasurer, Secretary, Finding Aids Award Committee, Arline Custer Award Committee, Nominations & Elections Committee, and all of the State Caucus Representatives. The Committee especially thanks the candidates who ran for these offices.

When the tallies were completed, we had a total of 436 votes recorded, which is an all-time record, eclipsing the 377 ballots received last year. With all ballots received and verified, the Committee announces the winners of the 2014 MARAC Election.

Treasurer - Jennifer McDaid

Secretary - Dyani Feige

Finding Aids - * Maureen Callahan, Casey Babcock, Cara Griggs, Scott Ziegler

Arline Custer Award - * Laura Gilmour Stoner, Jay Gaidmore

Nominations & Elections - * Susan McElrath (Chair), Adrianna Cuervo, Tara Wink

Delaware – Emily Cottle

District of Columbia – Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz

Maryland – Vincent Novara

New Jersey – Laura Poll

New York – Michael Martin

Pennsylvania – Valerie-Anne Lutz

Virginia – Margaret Kidd

West Virginia – Nat DeBruin

(* Indicates Top Vote Receiver)

Respectfully Submitted,

Alan Delozier, Chair – Nominations and Elections Committee


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Technical Leaflet #9: Photographic Preservation: Basic Methods of Safeguarding Your Collections

By Peter Mustardo and Nora Kennedy

The Technical Leaflet Series “is intended to provide brief, practical information about selected archival topics suitable especially for beginners in the profession. “ The Technical Leaflets continue to serve as introductions for new archivists, archivists working with new formats, and solid principles on many topics.

Analog photograph formats present a variety of challenges to archivists: housing and storage, handling, identifying deterioration, and understanding the physical construction and chemical composition of a variety of processes. This leaflet provides a brief introduction to a complex chemical process that has undergone rapid change and innovation during its relatively short life. The simple yet solid advice is applicable for most organic archival material, but is presented with specifics on how environmental hazards affect the unique chemical composition and physical structures of photographs. Topics include improper storage environments, poor quality housing, inappropriate handling, biological attacks from pests and mold, processing faults, inherent flaws, and exposure to light.

These practical measures are still in use; updating in this leaflet would largely focus on including a section on digitization of photographic materials and the inclusion of new funding resources available for photograph preservation.

Anyone with a gap in their archival repertoire on photographic materials would be well served to include this basic introduction in their early reading.

A digitized version of this Technical Leaflet can be found at http://www.marac.info/publications.


--Maureen Cech, Technical Leaflets Editor

Technical Leaflet #5: Developing Archival Exhibitions

By Shawn Aubitz and Gail F. Stern

The Technical Leaflet Series “is intended to provide brief, practical information about selected archival topics suitable especially for beginners in the profession. “ The Technical Leaflets continue to serve as introductions for new archivists, archivists working with new formats, and solid principles on many topics.

With more and more institutions focusing on their archives and special collections as their unique holdings and greater investment in public history and programming, exhibitions featuring archives, manuscripts, rare books and printed material are major vehicles of public service.

This leaflet covers major areas of exhibition preparation and installation in broad strokes; curators of analog exhibitions  would no doubt have additional questions on planning gallery space, working within a limited space, and creating a logical flow.

The leaflet needs updating to reflect innovations in analog exhibitions (the inclusion of multimedia, for example) and digital exhibitions that necessitate some understanding of web design and writing for the web.  Providing examples and resources for a dynamic medium is always tricky, but resources on basic principles of good web design, etc., would be useful.

As a whole, however, the leaflet still provides basic practical advice applicable to all levels of experience: evaluating preservation issues, designing engaging layouts, and creating exhibits on a budget.  


A digitized version of this Technical Leaflet can be found at http://www.marac.info/publications.


--Maureen Cech, Technical Leaflets Editor

Technical Leaflet #3: Planning for Archival Programs: An Introduction

By Bruce Dearstyne

The Technical Leaflet Series “is intended to provide brief, practical information about selected archival topics suitable especially for beginners in the profession. “ The Technical Leaflets continue to serve as introductions for new archivists, archivists working with new formats, and solid principles on many topics.

With greater influx of collection material, increased demand for materials to be made available more quickly, and rapidly changing formats in need of timely intervention and migration, many archivists are planning large projects. Large projects that involve time, money, people, communication, and measurable outcomes for the investment(s). This leaflet provides a very basic overview of how to plan, whether it’s for a project or for an entire archival program. More attention is being paid to project management approaches to processing and other sorts of projects within a repository; this leaflet outlines some of the first steps of project management: define your project; analyze current resources; formulate goals, objectives, and activities; and implementation of the plan.

This is a broad approach to planning a project or planning an archival program that is applicable to many different situations. With advice to understand the plan is flexible, buy-in from all parties is essential, and deadlines and deliverables must be met, this leaflet remains a great go-to.

A digitized version of this Technical Leaflet can be found at http://www.marac.info/publications.


--Maureen Cech, Technical Leaflets Editor

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rochester MARAC: The Delights of the South Wedge and Swillburg

These two neighborhoods offer great eats and drinks on a budget! John’s Tex Mex on South Avenue in the South Wedge area can fill any desire you have for great Tex Mex. You can sit outside or inside, either way you’re in for a treat. If sandwiches are what you crave stop by Open Face, which offers great vegetarian and vegan options. Don’t have time for sit down? Pop in the Mise en Place Market where you can carry out or sit at one of their high top table and watch street traffic. Satisfy your craving for sweets with a visit at Hedonist Chocolates for bite of heaven, or Cheese Eddies for a great variety of cheesecakes and other treats. Looking for a happy hour hang out, then head to Tap and Mallet on Gregory Street for good eats and locally craft beer. Or head over to Lux Café for your night’s entertainment.

Drawing its name from the tannery that used to run next to I-490 in the 19th century, Swillburg is an off the beaten path neighborhood with great diners and international options. Compare the grub at Highland Park Diner and its near-by competitor- the South Wedge Diner. If you chose Highland Park Diner, be sure and save time to see a double feature at The Cinema across the street. On South Clinton Street, you might try Shiki Japanese for great sushi, or Lilu Café & Ethiopian. You’ll also find the India House, which offers a great lunch buffet as you get ready to hit the road after the last MARAC session on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

News from New England Archivists: Spring Meet-Up

Join us this WEDNESDAY, April 16th for a NEA spring meet-up at the Church Restaurant in the Fenway.
We'll start to gather around 5:30-6:00pm on the club/bar side of the restaurant, so close up your reading room or give yourself a study break and come join us. There will be nibbles for your delectation and you can take advantage of the bar as you wish. Bring your friends, coworkers, and even interested researchers along with you to enjoy conversation, snacks, and the incredible spring weather.
Church Restaurant
Boston, MA 02215

(NB: there's limited on-street parking or you can take the Green Line (D train) to the Fenway stop and it's an easy walk).

For questions, contact Hanna Clutterbuck, NEA Membership chair: hanna_clutterbuck@hms.harvard.edu


New England Archivists
Communications Committee


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rochester MARAC: Neighborhood of the Arts

Located just north of the East End neighborhood, NOTA is a cultural center of Rochester. Only 15 city blocks long and three blocks wide, this district packs in more museums, cultural institutions, art schools, galleries, and studios than any other neighborhood in the Rochester metropolitan area. Turn-of-the-century single-family homes are neighbors to restaurants, cafes, gift shops, and dance and artists’ studios.

A variety of artists maintain studios in the Anderson Alley cooperative and Village Gate Square. Just across the street, the Memorial Art Gallery features cultural treasures from around the world. The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film is just a short walk down University Avenue. Budding and professional writers alike frequent Writers and Books, the city’s literary center. The Multi-Use Cultural and Community Center (MuCCC), housed in a 1888 mission-style church building, features eclectic performances and offbeat entertainment. Tying it all together is ARTWalk, a permanent urban art trail connecting the arts centers and public spaces within the Neighborhood of the Arts.

Events in the Neighborhood of the Arts during MARAC:

Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26: Multi-use Community Cultural Center, 142 Atlantic Ave. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, performed by The Shakespeare Players of Rochester.7:30 pm. $19 general admission; $14 anyone over 65; $9 anyone under 25. info@muccc.orghttp://muccc.org/events/

Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26: Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. (585)276-8900Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Wednesday-Sunday 11 am-5 pm, Thursday until 9 pm. $12 general admission; $8 senior citizens (62+), active military personnel; $5 college students with ID and children 6-18; Half-price admission every Thursday after 5 pm. http://mag.rochester.edu/

Also at the Memorial Art Gallery: Thursday, April 24: Max at the Gallery Tapas Night. 5-8 pm. Live music, wine, beer, tapas for purchase. Included in gallery admission: $2.50-$6

Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, 900 East Avenue. (585) 271-3361. Ongoing exhibits: Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish by Robert Weingarten; A World Apart: Photographs of Hasidic Communities in Israel by Pavel Wolberg; XL Portfolio: A Benefit Portfolio Celebrating Large-Format Photography; Of Time and Buildings. 10 am-5 pm. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students $5, Members free. http://www.eastmanhouse.org/

Thursday, April 24: Espada Brazilian Steak at The Village Gate, 274 N. Goodman Street.(585)473-0050. Bossa Nova Jazz featuring The Charles Mitchell Group. 6 pm. Free.

Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26: School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street. (585) 242-7682Legally Blonde. 7 pm. $5-$9. www.sotarochester.org

Friday, April 25: Baobab Cultural Center, 728 University Ave. (585)563-2145. Community Dialogue Series: Last Friday Jazz Heritage Series. 7 pm. $10. The Last Friday Jazz Heritage Series presents fine performances of jazz and provides audiences with the opportunity to engage in a dialogue on its history, sociology and psychology in the United States and throughout the world.

by Cheri Crist

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

News from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives: Two Collections Open for Research

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives announces the availability for research of two collections of records of 20th century Museum officials.

Processing of these materials is funded by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

Finding aids are now available online for:

·         George Trescher records related to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Centennial: records of the Secretary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 100th Anniversary Committee of the Board of Trustees, who coordinated the planning and implementation of a 1970 Centennial that included a wide variety of Museum programs, activities, and special exhibitions.

·         Joseph V. Noble records: records of Metropolitan Museum of Art Operating Administrator (1956-1967), Chairman of the Administrative Committee (1966-1967) that ran the Museum after the unexpected death of Director James Rorimer (1905-1966), and Vice-Director of Administration (1967-1970). They provide unique insights on senior-level management decisions and Museum operations during a period of dramatic change in the Museum's administrative organization.

These are among 15 collections being arranged, described, and cataloged over 27 months with generous funding from the Leon Levy Foundation. Work on the approximately 300 linear feet of records by two full-time archivists began in January 2013. The collections to be processed include records of past Museum directors and senior staff who were intimately involved in the formation, growth, and leadership of the Museum. They include the Museum’s first salaried director, Luigi Palma di Cesnola; the Museum’s fifth director and proponent of educational programming and public outreach, Francis Henry Taylor; the Museum’s sixth director and head of the U.S. Army’s Museums and Fine Arts and Archives section during World War II, James Rorimer; and Thomas Hoving, best known as the driving force behind the Museum’s “blockbuster” exhibitions during his tenure as director from 1966-1977.

The largest collection (approx. 165 linear feet) to be processed in the project funded by the Leon Levy Foundation is the records of the Museum’s Costume Institute, which document this department from its 1937 formation as the independent Museum of Costume Art, through its merger with the Metropolitan Museum in 1946 and its exhibitions of the 1990s. The collection chronicles groundbreaking exhibitions coordinated by the legendary Diana Vreeland including “The World of Balenciaga” (1973), “Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design” (1974), “The Glory of Russian Costume” (1976), and “Vanity Fair” (1977).

Already processed and available are:

·         The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary Committee records: planning for and events marking the Museum’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1946 and 1947, including a membership campaign to raise funds for the Museum’s planned postwar expansion, special exhibitions at the Museum and elsewhere, and a luncheon honoring General Dwight David Eisenhower for his efforts in recovering art looted by the Nazis during World War II. http://libmma.org/digital_files/archives/Met_Museum_75th_Anniversary_Committee_records_b18084369.pdf

·         Irvine McManus records related to “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibition: records from the Exhibition Coordinator of the first “blockbuster” exhibition at the Museum of spectacular items from the boy king’s tomb, on loan from the Cairo Museum in Egypt, which also toured six other American museums from 1977 to 1979.

·         The Metropolitan Museum of Art records regarding International Council of Museums (ICOM): documenting two international gatherings of museum professionals hosted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - the International Congress in Art History and Museology (1954) and ICOM’s 7th Annual Conference (1965).

·         Preston Remington records: Curator of Decorative Arts and successor departments at the Metropolitan Museum from 1923 to 1958, and member of the Committee on Architectural Rearrangement (1941-1943) charged with planning for the Museum’s postwar expansion.

·         Albert Ten Eyck Gardner records: research fellow in the Office of the Director, Archivist and Acting Secretary, Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Associate Curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 100th Anniversary Committee (1941-1967). The records include research and background information for Gardner’s planned 1970 centennial history of the Metropolitan Museum, which was unpublished at the time of his death in 1967. http://libmma.org/digital_files/archives/Albert_Ten_Eyck_Gardner_records_b18157257.pdf

·         J. Kenneth Loughry records: Secretary of the Finance Committee, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1944-1968). The records include financial reports, correspondence, memoranda, and information on a proposed, but never realized, merger with the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Announcements will be posted on a rolling basis as additional collections are opened for research.

For information about access to the physical materials at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives, contact archives@metmuseum or visit our website at http://libmma.org/portal/museum-archives/.

About the Leon Levy Foundation

The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is 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. www.leonlevyfoundation.org.

Rochester MARAC: New Navigator Program

As final conference preparations are under way, the Membership Development Committee is excited to invite MARAC members to become involved with the new Conference Navigator Program.
The vision of this program is to provide new members the opportunity to be paired with MARAC members in order to help them take better advantage of the conference’s networking and educational opportunities. Each participating navigator will agree to meet with his or her new member before or during the conference in order to orient him or her to the meeting. At its heart, this program affords members the chance to reach out and welcome our new members into the MARAC community in a way that compliments the new Membership orientation.
If you are interested in participating in this program as a navigator or new member, please fill out this registration form. If you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Rohrbaugh, chair of the Membership Development Committee at rrhohrbaugh@chatham.edu.