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  • 20 Jan 2015 4:03 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Florida Gulf Coast ARMA Chapter is hosting an exciting educational seminar on Records and Information Management at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, and you are invited!

    Two Tracks – 16 sessions in the RIM track
        CRM Exam Prep Training Parts I – VI

    Keynote Speaker is Paul Wester, Chief Records Officer for the United States, from the National Archives and Records Administration

    Topics include:

    • Predictive Coding 
    • Big Data
    • Business Continuity 
    • Document Recovery
    • Social Media and Records
    • The Cloud and Your Records
    • Bring Your Own Device 
    • Email Management
    • Information Governance 
    • Cleaning Up Shared Drives

    Early Registration through February 28th $175
    Registration on March 1st $200

    For Registration Information

    For Hotel Reservations

  • 16 Jan 2015 8:39 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Check out our news feed this week for lots of information on SAA awards and scholarships. All have application and nomination deadlines of the end of February so get to work!

    From the State:

    Gainesville: The UF Libraries have received a $500,000 NEH grant to build access to collections around the Jewish experience in Florida.

    Bradenton: South Florida Museum has announced a major expansion and fundraising project.

    Tallahassee: Florida Memory looks at Raising Cane in the state.

    West Palm Beach: A public fundraising project is launched to help the Norton Museum of Art to reach its need for an expansion project. They have already raised half of their money goal through private donations.

    Gainesville: Sue has arrived! 

    Tallahassee: A look at working with a museum studies class in creating an exhibit for Special Collections.

    From the Country:

    Ithaca, NY: arXiv, the scientific open access resource and archive, has reached 1 million submissions.

    Oakland, CA: California Digital Library is now working with Internet Archive's Archive-It.

    Washington, D.C.: A behind the scenes look at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.

    Chapel Hill, NC: The Documenting the American South (DocSouth) project has just released DocSouth Data which makes the text of its materials downloadable via text files.

    Niagara Falls, NY: A local photo archive of the city has been donated to the public library from the Niagara Falls Review.

    Washington, D.C.: A punk archive comes to the DC Public Library complete with concert in the library.

    From the World:

    Ajmer, India: A film archive in Ajmer is threatened by lack of funds and a location that is hazardous to its collections

    London, England, United Kingdom: The sound archive at the British Library needs funds in order to preserve and maintain access to its collections.

    From the Blogosphere:

    An interview with the Documents Man, the man whose job it is to travel with the Magna Carta.

    In case you're in need of some Tumblr blogs to follow, someone has handily gathered together their favorite archives on Tumblr.

  • 15 Jan 2015 11:25 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs.  The award subsidizes travel to the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

    Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28, 2015.  If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Dawne Lucas, Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair, at

    Purpose and Criteria for Selection

    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 the Association 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.

    Eligibility: Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

    Sponsor and Funding: The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

    Prize: Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

    First Awarded: 2006

    Application Form and Documentation

    Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:

    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.
    4. Application form. 

    Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

  • 15 Jan 2015 11:22 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.  The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work.  Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year. 

    Recent Winners:

    2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project

             National History Day

    2013:  Dr. Warren Stewart

    2012:  Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart

    2011:  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)

    2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

    2009:  Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)

    2008:  Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

    Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.  Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

    Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2015 and should be sent to:

    J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee

    Society of American Archivists

    17 North State Street, Suite 1425

    Chicago, IL 60602-4061

    Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. 

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to:
  • 15 Jan 2015 11:19 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The application period for the 2015 Society of American Archivists Josephine Forman Scholarship is now open.  If you are an eligible graduate student in archival science, apply!  If you know of an eligible graduate student, please forward this information to that student with encouragement to submit an application!  Applications must be submitted to SAA by February 28.

    The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.


    ·  The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

    ·  The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.

    ·  The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.

    ·  The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).

    ·  The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award. 

    ·  Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.

    For more details or to download the application form please visit:

    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.
  • 12 Jan 2015 8:14 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2015 award.

    This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

    Recent winners include:


    Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, and organizations are eligible.

    Application Deadline:

    All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.  CLICK HERE to download the RTF application form, which includes instructions for submission.

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

  • 09 Jan 2015 10:00 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! We here at SFA hope that your holiday season was wonderful! Lots of news to start out the new year! Also, reminder that to deadline to submit to the next SFA newsletter is January 15th.

    From the State:

    Tallahassee: A new exhibit at the Museum of Florida History highlights Civil Rights activism in the Sunshine State.

    Tallahassee: The Florida Handbook has been digitized by FSU and made publicly available through the FSU Digital Library.

    From the Country:

    Scranton, PA: A county library system is creating a digital archive of cookbooks to capture the area's cuisine. 

    New Haven, CT: Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Archive Library acquired the Archive of Acclaimed Playwright Paula Vogel.

    Boston, MA: DPLA has released its new Strategic Plan.

    Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress's Prints & Photographs division has acquired the Archive of Photographer Camilo José Vergara.

    Athens, GA: UGA Media Archives has improved access to rare Nixon footage in its collections.

    From the World:

    Ankara, Turkey: By 2017, the Turkish Film Archive and Cinema Museum will open.

    Cambridge, England, United Kingdom: HMS Beagle sketchbooks are now available online.

    Dublin, Ireland: The National Library of Ireland is looking for funds to update its vault.

    Jerusalem, Israel: An in-depth look at the recent preservation digitization of Israel's Declaration of Independence.

    From the Blogosphere:

    The SAA president is asking, why are you an archivist?

    In case you need a way to waste a lot of time today, Internet Archive has made over 2400 MS-DOS games available to play online.

    OK, not exactly archives related but happy Friday! Here is the adorable panda cub at the National Zoo playing in her first snowfall.

  • 08 Jan 2015 10:47 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    Purpose and Criteria for Selection:
    Established in 1979 (and modified in 1991), this award enables overseas archivists, who are already in the United States or Canada for training, to augment their experience by traveling to the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists.

    Archivists who reside outside of the United States.

    Sponsor and Funding:
    The Society of American Archivists Foundation, in honor of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who joined the National Archives staff in 1935 and served in many capacities, including that of executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission. Holmes was a Fellow of SAA and past president.

    Application Deadline and Nomination Form:
    All applications shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year. Download the RTF nomination form here:

    A certificate and a cash award consisting of the income of the prize fund for that year, which is divided between or among recipients.

    First Awarded:

    Recent Winners:
    2014: Not awarded
    2013: Weimei Pan (China)
    2012: Georgia Barlaoura (Greece) and Lara Mancuso (Brazil)
    2011: Patrick Ansah (Ghana) and Umi Asma' Mokhtar (Malaysia)
    2010: Elaine Goh (British Columbia, Canada)

  • 07 Jan 2015 1:44 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    From the Society of American Archivists:

    The 2015 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during ARCHIVES 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, August 16-22, 2015. Work from both master's and doctoral students will be considered.

    Graduate Student Paper Session: The work of three current archives students will be selected for presentation during a traditional open session format.

    Graduate Student Posters: Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2014-Summer 2015). Student Chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions. Poster dimensions: 32 inches by 40 inches (may read vertically or horizontally).

    Further details regarding these sessions, including the proposal form, are available at

    Proposals are due on February 2, 2015.

  • 05 Jan 2015 12:39 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 and recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists. The recipients of the award will receive full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists on August 16-22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

    Eligibility: The Pinkett is awarded to minority students, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year proceeding the date on which the award is given.

    For more details or to download the application form please visit:

    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.

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