Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Film preservation road trip to MSU

On Tues, SK, Jen and I took a road trip to MSU to hear some film with soundtracks on the MSU Steenbeck machine. This film editing machine lets you play, rewind, hear and see the film on it. We do not have sound capability at CMU. We had a fabulous time including a tour of MSU's film vault, MSU Archives, pretty new mobile shelving, and Matthew's multi-media lab.

Our highlight of the trip was understanding what is possible, hearing what was on the films, seeing the breadth and width of the various formats MSU is dealing with, and the reminder that videotapes are actually more problematic to preserve, due to the casing and moisture problems inherent in them than film.

We learned that two of the films that looked like they had sound did not. These include: Ferris State University strike, 1969-70 AFSCME union (Physical plant and dining services workers) including outdoor picketing and gatherings inside Masselink;and the  Kelly-Shorts stadium construction, Either the sound was separately recorded and never attached or someone who filmed it chose to do so silently.

With the CMU Museum film, 1971, we found that Channel 9 & 10 interviewed Hal Mahan, the first director of the professionally-staffed museum. We learned that the museum was then housed in part of  the 2nd floor of Ronan and that students from various disciplines created all the exhibits. This is very important because the identity of the man in charge of the museum was not specified and the CMU directory for that period does not list a name/or sometimes a phone number to link to a name, so we did not know for sure who was being interviewed or what their museum connection was.

With the President Boyd film, July 20, 1971, we heard him talk about what an important, positive step it was for CMU to join the MAC (Mid-American Conference for college/university athletics).  MAC President Schriver also was identified with the sound and explained how CMU, EMU and WMU being in the MAC benefited the MAC and all the member institutions.

We learned a lot and had a great time. We feel empowered and are thinking of future possibilities. Here are some fun images.

Jen SK and Marian in the MSU film vault

Jen SK and Matthew by the Steenbeck

Marian and Jen by the reel to reels

Matthew showing us the oldest film in the vault, 1920-21 of a MSU football game

road trip and Indian lunch  happiness

look at all that film!-it is actually stored in at least 2 other locations as well

Steenbeck label

Steenbeck machine

more of the vault

Whitney with the Steenbeck machine
After our visit to the vault we enjoyed Matthew's section of the staff area which includes digital processing lab area and all his fun gadgets for viewing and converting and making user copies. I gotta get me one. Matthew is the AV archivist.  Here are fun photos:

A big thanks to the MSU archivists, especially Whitney and to Matthew for making this possible!

Yellowstone eye candy

Here are some lovely comparison images of Yellowstone in 1871 and today. See them here Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

which groups are not online in the UK?

Some interesting UK online stats.
about 2/3 of people age 75 (+) have never been online, but more are trying to get/be/access online.
almost 25% of  disabled people have never been online.
One of the main reasons for people not getting online is the cost of access.
Read more about it here

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conf. U. of Col.-Boulder


September 23-25, 2016
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline June 6th, 2016
The graduate students of the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder are pleased to announce the seventeenth annual Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference. This academic conference provides a congenial atmosphere for students to present papers, network with fellow graduate students, gain experience in public speaking, and attend a professional development panel.  First-time presenters are especially encouraged to participate.
Please apply online at:  Submit there the abstract submission form, a one-page abstract of the paper, and a current CV (all files should be uploaded in .pdf). The abstract should clearly express an original argument rooted in extensive primary source research.

We welcome submissions with a historical element from graduate students working in any discipline. Exceptional undergraduate papers will be considered.  Past participants have come from fields as diverse as history, political science, economics, cultural studies, philosophy, comparative literature, film, art history, religion, anthropology, women and gender studies, geography, ethnic studies, and theatre. 

Every paper will receive commentary by another graduate student, and a faculty member will moderate each panel session. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

Presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, thus papers should be 8 pages in length, not including endnotes and bibliography.
There will be a small monetary award for the best conference paper.

Miriam Kingsberg, Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder.

“Interdisciplinary Methods in Historical Scholarship”

                                                       FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:          


Friday, May 20, 2016

CMU 1970 radical graduates visit the Clarke

Had a very interesting Friday showing 1970 era CMU alumni CMU publications from  their period as students at CMU and primary source collections concerning the CMU Vietnam Moratorium, protests on campus, Conscientious Objectors, and President Boyd's papers (everyone respected him!). I heard lots of interesting stories and comments. Everyone enjoyed the memories.  Here are some images. Sorry I didn't get the morning tour of Bob, Irv and Jim. Then we went to visit Kim and learn about microfilming and digitizing. Then we visited the stacks and vault. And everyone got lots of free pens, pins, and booklets about the Peace Flag. It was really nice to meet these amazing grads and hear their fascinating stories. Glad they appreciate all we do in the archives to document, preserve, and make available their history to researchers. Through their effort they had quite a positive effect on CMU and our national history. Thank you for the materials you brought to donate and for those of you willing to be interviewed for an oral history. Peace!

Atlanta GA job posting

Assist. Head of Archives Research Center

The Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library supports the teaching and learning missions of four institutions of higher learning that comprise the world’s largest consortium of HBCUs—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.  Conveniently located and easily accessible to the campuses, the Woodruff Library is the center of the intellectual and social life at the Atlanta University Center. 

The Archives Research Center at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library has a rich collection documenting the African American experience and the African Diaspora.  It features manuscript writings and books, including first edition titles, limited printings autographed and rare publications.  The extensive collection of books, personal papers, organizational and institutional records supports research in education, literature, the arts, religion, politics and society and community empowerment.  Additionally, the AUC Woodruff Library serves as the custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King and Tupac Amaru Shakur Collections.

The Atlanta University Center – Robert W. Woodruff Library is committed to displaying excellence in our delivery of service and is known for transformative change in innovative services and programs.  This is evidenced by our library’s recognition in the “university library” category for the 2016 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.  To continue our excellence in program and services, the library is seeking a highly motivated, energetic, knowledgeable, and efficient archivist to serve as the Library’s Assistant Head of Archives Research Center and expand access to, and promotion of its archives, manuscripts and special collections.  The individual will assist the Head of the Archives Research Center in carrying-out the strategic goals of the department with a focus upon the department vision of becoming a premier destination archives.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the physical and intellectual control of the archives, manuscripts and special collections through appraisal, arrangement, description, and creation of finding aids; supervision of two FTE professional staff, interns, and processing and digitization projects; and assistance in developing policies, and the provision of reference and instructional services. The Assistant Head will also liaison with the Digital Services Unit, and participate in library-wide initiatives through committees, taskforces, and projects, including exhibitions.  In the absence of the Department Head, the Assistant Head provides oversight and coordination of daily services and operations. This position participates in evening and weekend work schedule rotations.

  • Accredited graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (Archives Management, Librarianship, History, or related area)
  • Formal archival training or certification as an archivist
  • Minimum of 3 years experience processing archival and/or manuscript collections
  • Minimum of 1 year supervisory experience
  • Experience in project management, including planning, organizing and evaluating the work other staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current theories, trends, standards, and practices of archival  services in academic libraries, including DACS, MPLP, LCSH
  • Demonstrated understanding of digitization efforts and knowledge of digital formats and standards, including XML, EAD and Dublin Core
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a collegial work environment where change and innovation are encouraged
  • Evidence of scholarship and/or professional activity
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to thrive in a team setting and handle multiple responsibilities in a team environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Experience providing reference and instructional services
  • Ability to perform physical activities associated with the archival environment
  • Experience with applications of technology including archival management systems and content repositories

  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or education in African American studies and history
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience using archival and content management systems, such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, Archon, and/or CONTENTdm
  • Experience working in a university or academic setting
  • Grant writing and/or implementation experience

Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, company paid disability plans, relocation assistance, company match retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).


Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and resume online to the Human Resources Department at Please include three professional references and salary requirements.  This is a non-faculty/non-tenure position.  The position will remain open until filled.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more about our Library and to view the full job description visit us online at

Marvelyn Thomas, PHR
Human Resources Director 
Robert W. Woodruff Library
111 James P. Brawley Drive SW
Atlanta, GA  30314
(404) 978-2080 - Phone
(404) 978-2076 - fax

Thursday, May 19, 2016

fascinating variety of photos

Examples of fascinating photos of different places, periods, people and events by various photographers collected by collector Sam Wagstaff and donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum. See them here