Michigan archivists needed to help small historical organizations

I can't participate in this wonderful endeavor this year because of family reasons, but I hope to help next year. Maybe you can help....

Hello Michigan Archivists,

My apologies for re-posting – we are still in immediate need of volunteer archivists!

Please join us in assisting Michigan’s smaller historical records repositories in preserving and making Michigan’s unique and exciting history available to all Michiganders!

Have you ever wanted to help your local historical society or museum and lend your archival skills to preserving your city or county’s history? We have a wonderful program, sponsored by both MAA and the MSHRAB, that will provide this opportunity in a structured and stress-free engagement! We estimate a time commitment of 5 to 10 hours, including availability to answer follow up questions via email or phone, between now and March 2017.

We have 20+ small historical organizations that are VERY EXCITED to engage with a professional archivist for a 1-3 hour site visit to assess their readiness to apply for a Save Michigan History Grant. The 2017 Save Michigan History grant program is awarding $10,000 ($500 to $2,000 per grant) to help smaller repositories identify, preserve, and provide access to historical records in Michigan.

Volunteer archivists will be matched with a repository in their local region. The MSHRAB will develop a brief questionnaire that volunteer archivists will fill out during/after the on-site visit and submit to both the MSHRAB and the repository before January 30, 2017. Organizations interested in submitting a grant proposal must submit a letter of interest and the archivist assessment questionnaire by January 30, 2017. The MSHRAB will use the questionnaires and the letters of interest to assist the repositories in preparing their final grant application, due on March 1st, 2017.

A short application form for volunteer archivists, as well as more information about MAA’s Adopt an Archive program, can be found at https://miarchivists.wordpress.com/adopt-an-archive/. If you have any questions please email me at ghering@msu.edu.

Thank you for considering!

Cynthia A. Ghering
Director, University Archives & Historical Collections
Michigan State University
101 Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824 - Office: (517) 355-2330


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