Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP)

The Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners (MMDP) will convene for its next workshop and meeting on October 19-20, 2017 at the Library of Michigan in Lansing, MI sponsored by the Michigan Archival Association. Workshops will be held on October 19 from 1 to 4:30; the meeting will be held on October 20 from 9 to 4:30.

To register for the event, please click here.

Visit the MMDP website for more information and the agenda.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Processing Digital Records for Access and Preservation: What to Do and How to Do it

Through the generous co-sponsorship of IUPUI's Department of Library and Information Science, School of Informatics and Computing, the Society of Indiana Archivists is pleased to host a leader in the area of digital preservation, Dr. Christopher J. Prom, in Indianapolis this October for our annual Fall Workshop.

Processing Digital Records for Access and Preservation: What to Do and How to Do it
Friday, October 20th, 2017 
Indianapolis, IN

In this hands-on workshop, you will explore practical workflows that can tame that growing backlog of digitized or born digital items-or can help you reach out to donors confidently, if you have yet to take the born-digital plunge.  You'll also work through some hands-on exercises in small teams to actually process a digital collection, before discussing the pros and cons of various tools that you might wish to use to address more complex sets of records or problems.

Registration Fees: (includes a light breakfast, beverages, and afternoon refreshments)
SIA Members: $35
SIA Student Members: $25
Non-SIA Members: $55

Please visit our website at for more details and to register. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

photographs of 1964 Italy

This is an interesting article with good commentary about a photographer who began taking pictures in Italy in 1964. Most of the images and life pictured then is gone. Click here

Friday, September 15, 2017

There is never a dull moment in the archives

There is never a dull moment in the archives as my two student interns and 5 other processing students process a number of collections.  Everyone is moving forward very well. I'm pleased.

Jen continues with Channel 9 & 10 film. To date 20,500 feet of Channel 9 & 10 news has been processed, rehoused, cleaned and described.

Brian is processing Mi Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver Probate Court records, about 6 cubic feet.

Cassie is processing about 6 cubic feet of 1994 campaign records of Mi Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver. This will create a pattern for future students processing the rest of Weaver's campaign records.
Weaver 1994 campaign

One of my interns, Claire, is rehousing the second half of Russell Kirk's papers. She's rehoused 24 boxes, about 12 cubic feet, so far, and updated the related part of the finding aid. She has about 6 cubic feet to go.


My other intern, Jake, completed the 2016 addition to the DigMichNews postcards 9 boxes (4.25 cu.ft.). I will amend the catalog record and encoded finding aid accordingly. He is now processing the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, Inc., Michigan Division organizational records, about 9-10 cubic feet.

WNFGA publications


 Ashley  is processing a 3 cubic foot addition to the CMU. School of Music organizational records, specifically bound programs.
CMU. School of Music bound programs

Courtney is processing the organizational records of MOWA, Michigan Outdoors Writers Association, about 6 cubic ft.


In my spare moments this week, I went through 6 cubic feet of the last addition to Dick Moehl's papers. I now need to compare it to the collection already in the stacks. Some of the newer addition will need to be interfiled and some of it is duplicates. Then I must tackle the remaining 3-4 cubic feet, mostly audio visual. Cody processed a large number of Moehl slides last year, which also were part of this last addition.
Final Moehl deposit - papers only

some of the Moehl slides Cody processed last year

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Adventures in Archiving conference

The American Folklore Society's Archives & Libraries Section is hosting Adventures in Archiving, a 2-day archives-centered conference, on October 16-17 at the Minneapolis Central Library.
In addition to presentations from archivists across the U.S. as well as Canada, Latvia, Norway, and the U.K., there will be technology showcases on the National Folklore Archives Initiative's Folklore Collections Database and on the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, along with keynotes from Nicole Saylor of the American Folklife Center and Dr. James Leary of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The cost to attend is $50 for one day, $75 for both days, and membership in the American Folklore Society is not required to attend. Registration closes Friday, September 8!
For more information (including a full schedule) or to register, please visit the conference webpage at:
Thank you, and we hope to see you in Minneapolis!
Terri Jordan, Convener
American Folklore Society Archives & Libraries Section