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  • 20 Feb 2021 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award!

    Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. 

    Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and include the following:

    1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
    2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
    3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2021.

    If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Krista Oldham, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at kristao@clemson.edu

    For more information on the details on awards from previous years, please visit the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award on the SAA webpage.  Please feel free to pass along this announcement to colleagues.

    2021 Recipients: As the 2021 SAA Annual Meeting will be held virtually, 2021 recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2021 virtual conference. They will also receive complimentary registration and travel support to the 2022 Annual Meeting in Boston (or the next annual conference that is held in person). The award cannot be extended past the next in-person annual conference.  

    Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee:

    Jessica Hornbuckle

    Tola Livesey

    Krista Oldham (Chair)

    Danielle Sangalang 


  • 17 Feb 2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is currently accepting responses to their annual “National Visitation Survey for History Organizations,” the only national effort to monitor and report on in-person visitation trends at history museums, historic sites, and other history organizations. This survey will help the field assess the impact extended closures from Covid-19, climate change, social unrest, and more had on our institutions last year. In addition to asking about changes to in-person visitation from 2019 to 2020, the survey includes a special section about the impact of the pandemic on operations, capacity restrictions, and staffing.

    Your response is absolutely critical to this effort. With information about budget, staffing, and visitation on-hand, the survey should only take about ten minutes. Your contribution to this survey will help the entire field better understand the impact 2020 had on the history community and help AASLH provide better resources and support for the road ahead. Please complete the survey and encourage colleagues at other institutions to do the same. 

    The survey closes on March 31.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Visitation2021B

  • 09 Feb 2021 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Special Collections librarians and archivists who are involved in data collection for their units are invited to participate in a research study about the use of standardized statistical measures.  

    The study is being conducted by Melanie Griffin, Assistant Head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Libraries, and Amanda Hawk, Head of Public and Research Services for Special Collections at Louisiana State University Libraries. 

    To participate, you must be 18 years or older and a current employee at a special collections library or archive. Only one response per institution is recommended.  

    The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  Participation is completely voluntary, and you may quit the survey at any time.  

    The results will be reported for the group of respondents as a whole. No identifying institutional information will be disclosed. 

    The deadline to complete the survey is March 19, 2021. 

    Access the survey: http://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d0ejbucEhhWn8nX


  • 04 Feb 2021 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Society of American Archivists

    Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award


    Please excuse cross-postings. 

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2021 award.

    This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has had an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

    Recent winners include:


    Eligibility:

    Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.


    Prize:

    A certificate and a cash prize of $500.


    Application Deadline:

    All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year. 

    For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-hamer

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to https://www2.archivists.org/aboutsaa/awardsandscholarships


  • 03 Feb 2021 11:24 AM | Anonymous member

    It is that time of year again! I am reaching out as your state "captain" for the American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards program.  

    For over seventy years, AASLH has given Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

    By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Award winners serve as models and inspirations for others in the field. We offer awards for many different types of projects, including publications, exhibits, public programming, and more. Award winners come from all over the country, from organizations of all kinds, sizes, and budgets.

    This awards program, with the exception of the Publications category, is non-competitive, meaning your nomination is not in competition with others for a finite amount of awards. Your nomination is evaluated alone on its own merits. We encourage nominations from small and all-volunteer organizations.

    Nominations are due March 1, and more details can be found here:

    https://aaslh.org/programs/leadership-in-history-awards/

    Details about the nomination process:

    https://cdn.aaslh.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/02132132/AASLH-Leadership-in-History-Awards-Manual-2021.pdf

    Please reach out to me, Julia Gray, at riversidemuseumsolutions@gmail.com if you are thinking about submitting a nomination!


  • 31 Jan 2021 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maine Arts Commission has announced its new grant lineup. The agency staff have been busy updating all of the information online and getting the Grants Management System ready for applications. Any artist or organization interested in applying should read the updated guidelines, and if you need help, be sure to go to the Grants Help page with its improved help documents.

    Some of the highlights for this cycle include:

    • Two NEW COVID relief grants; one for artists and one for organizationsThese will have a February 18 deadline. Relief for Organizations ($4k) and the Resilience Artist Grant ($1k). The deadline for both grants is February 18. 
    • The Organization Partnership application has a new February 18 deadline. This is a month earlier than the previous year, so Partnership applicants have less time to apply. Also, Partnership Grant requirements have changed, making it easier for small and mid-sized organizations to apply. 
    • NEW Springboard Artist Grant (1.5k) for artists who have not been previously awarded by the Maine Arts Commission. We hope this makes funding more accessible to emerging artists or people new to the grant writing process. 
    • The CCED2 implementation grant will not be offered, but the CCED 1 will still be offered. This grant is now called the Cultural Planning Grant
    • We have removed the cash/in-kind match requirement for Organization Grants. As part of making things easier for applicants during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

    Agency staff is always available to discuss your application ideas and answer any questions about requirements or the process. Please don’t wait for the day before the deadline to start your application. We are looking forward working with you and hearing about your project proposals.


  • 28 Jan 2021 4:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) works towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites.

    Congress has appropriated $750,000 in URC funding for FY2020.

    Applications are due March 31, 2021

    Learn more about URC

    Apply to URC via Grants.gov


  • 25 Jan 2021 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please help us to recognize the best among archivists!

    Have you read a great new book about archives? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you? 

    If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-leland. The due date for nominations is February 28, 2021.

    The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”  (Please note that periodicals are not eligible.) 

    Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the 1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

  • 21 Jan 2021 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAA’s subcommittees for Awards for Excellence: Contributions to the Archives Profession invite nominations for their 2021 awards. Brief descriptions are provided below. Click on the links for additional information about the criteria and process for each award.

    Distinguished Service Award: Recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession.
    Eligibility: Any archival institution, archival organization, records center, or manuscript repository, archival education program, or nonprofit or government organization providing service or support to the archives community in North America.
    nomination form

    Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award: Recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.
    Eligibility: individual archivists only.
    nomination form

    Spotlight AwardRecognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition.
    Eligibility: An individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.
    nomination form

    Diversity Award: Recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives in the archives field. The award is given based on the long-term impact on improving and promoting diversity as defined in the SAA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.
    Eligibility: An individual, group, or organization.
    nomination form

    Archival Innovator Award: Recognizes an archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities.
    Eligibility: The work should be undertaken within the past three years—it need not be completed, but it must be sufficiently advanced to demonstrate results.
    nomination form

    Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award: Celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and/or performed commendable service to the archives profession. The award is given based on the total experience of the awardee, including knowledge, leadership, participation, and/or achievements in the profession.
    Eligibility: Nominees must be SAA members with more than two years and less than ten years of professional archives experience.
    nomination form

    Deadline: February 28, 2021

  • 13 Jan 2021 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Dead River Area Historical Society’s pictorial 2021 calendars are now available. The cover features “The children of Edward and Alice Scribner: “1956, Judy holding Melissa, then Kathy and Randy holding Brenda.” January – The Village of Stratton Circa March 1924, February – Gas Lombard run by the Eustis Lumber Company, 1918, March – Eleven sleds of white birch belonging to Stratton Mfg Company 1919, April – North Branch Bridge, April 1927 Flood, Stratton, May –William (Bill) Arnold, Eustis Village, circa 1920, June –Dead River Fish and Game Association Map 1940, July – Middle Tow at Booming-out-place, Flagstaff Lake near Stratton, August – Stratton Brook Bridge, Coplin, September-Robert Tague and Mother Nellie (Nettie) Tague, 1945, October – Long Falls Dam Construction, Postcard Photo late 1940’s, November – Dwight Lander and Ray Willard, 1952 at King and Barlett Camps, December – George W. and Florida Bachelder Family photo 1919. The back page of this calendar features a paragraph about each photograph which greatly adds to the value of the calendars.

    You can find them for sale at Pine’s Market, Fotter’s Market, and T & L Enterprises, while you are there browse around if they don’t have it you don’t need it.

    You can also purchase them through the mail for $8.00 plus $2.00 for postage for each calendar. Send to: Dead River Area Historical Society, PO Box 15, Stratton, Maine 04982. There are many pictorial calendars left from previous years for sale at $2.50 each. You can also order a cook book ($6.00 each or two for $10.00) from the same address as the calendars.

    For more information call Mary Henderson at: 246-2271.


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