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  • 14 Oct 2014 9:41 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Deerfield Beach Historical Society will be the host of the next Gold Coast Archives Meeting.  The meeting will take place in the Old Schoolhouse meeting room, Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 a.m.  The Old Schoolhouse Museum is located right behind City Hall (150 N.E. 2nd Avenue,  Edward P. Dietrich Blvd.).  There is a City Hall parking lot on N.E. 2nd Street (Eller Street).

    Please RSVP directly to the host, Amie Kay Tanner at by Friday, October 24th.

    After the meeting, a tour will be provided of the Old Schoolhouse Museum, which is just next door to the meeting room.  Afterward, a tour of the Butler House is an option if time permitting.

    For questions about the Gold Coast Archives group, please contact Michael Zaidman,

  • 10 Oct 2014 8:48 AM | Tomaro Taylor

    Today is Electronic Records Day! Visit the Council of State Archivists' website for informational materials emphasizing the importance of managing and preserving electronic records

    From the State:

    Miami: The University of Miami's digital Holocaust Theater Catalog opened this week. The catalog is an archive of works relating to the Holocaust from 1933 to the present.

    Tallahassee: The Florida Department of State's Division of Library & Information Services will launch a new website this month

    From around the Country:

    Atlanta, Georgia: Flannery O'Connor's archive of papers and personal effects was received by Emory University. 

    Nashville, Tennessee: The Tennessee State Library and Archives has partnered with to provide access to the genealogical service in all K-12 classrooms statewide

    New Orleans, Louisiana: The digital archive group CyArk recently captured 3-D imagery of the historic city of New Orleans using laser beams

    Los Angeles, California: 100,000 images were added to The Getty Research Institute's digital archive

    Washington, DC: The Library of Congress uncovered rare baseball footage of the Washington Senators beating the New York Giants in the 1924 World Series.

    From around the World:

    Vienna, Austria: The Vienna Philharmonic archives documenting Nazi ties will receive digitization and a new home

    Rome, Italy: A day-long conference addressed new archival evidence linking Pope Pius XII's role in World War II.

  • 06 Oct 2014 8:49 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    In celebration of Florida Archives Month, the Society of Florida Archivists would like to create a local archivists “Meetup” group in the Tallahassee area that will meet from time to time at various repositories to not only enjoy good fellowship and tour their archives, but also to network with each other and to share information about what we’re doing in our institutions. The group should include those working in all types of archives – the State Archives of Florida, Florida State University and Florida A&M’s Special Collections, the Florida Historic Capitol Archives, as well as other government and corporate archives.  

    We also encourage members, beginning with this celebration, to form Meetup groups in cities and regions across the state.  It’s a great opportunity for fellow professionals to meet, learn about the diverse array of archival materials in our repositories, and to plan and discuss outreach efforts to raise awareness among various audiences of the value of archives and archivists.

    For the inaugural Meetup of the Tallahassee group, all archivists in this region are invited to attend a slideshow exhibition, “The Golden Age of Florida’s Miracle Strip,” on Friday, October 17th, at the State Archives of Florida. This exhibit is being presented in honor of Archives Month Florida.  The cycling slideshow will feature over 150 historic images of Panama City Beach and its famed Miracle Strip tourist district from the 1930s through the 1970s. Melody May, a promotional model long associated with the Miracle Strip, will be present, and tourism historian Tim Hollis is scheduled to speak about the history of the tourism industry in the Panama City area.

    Parking and admission are free, and complimentary refreshments with a Florida tourism theme will be provided. The event will be held from 6-8pm  in the lobby of the R.A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough St. in Tallahassee. For those interested in forming a local “Meetup” group, plan to arrive at 5:30 in the lobby.

    If you have any questions or need a list of local contacts (including SAA) for your area, please contact Sandra Varry (850-645-7988).

    We hope you will all attend.


    Sandra Varry, MFA, MLIS, CA
    Heritage Protocol & University Archivist
    Special Collections & Archives
    Florida State University Library

    President - Society of Florida Archivists
    Key Contact Florida - Society of American Archivists


    Society of Florida Archivists Archives Month Committee:

    William Modrow, Chair

    Burt Altman

    Susan Rishworth

    Mary Rubin

    Tomaro Taylor

  • 03 Oct 2014 9:51 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Archives Month everyone! SFA has lots of festivities planned for you to participate in. Check our our web page for all the information!

    From the State:

    Miami: The University of Miami Libraries blog is hosting a Life in the Archive series to celebrate Archives Month. The series will highlight patrons and donors' experience with the UM collections.

    Tallahassee: The Florida Historic Capitol Museum opened a new exhibit on Public Health this week.

    From Around the Country:

    Rochester, New York: The George Eastman House received a donation of equipment from the Eastman Kodak Company for film restoration and digitization.

    Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC: ILMS announced a new grant for the Digital Public Library of America building on a previous grant for the project.

    New York, New York: A new video from the New York Public Library shares a closer look at its extensive Maps Collection.

    From Around the World:

    Vilna, Poland and New York, New York: The YIVO Institute has announced a seven year digitization project to make its pre-war archives accessible online.

    Canberra, Australia: The National Film and Sound Archive turns 30.

    From the Blogosphere:

    The Smithsonian blogs are holding a blogathon for Archives Month. Be sure to check out all of their blogs throughout the month! 

  • 02 Oct 2014 3:33 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    [Editor's Note: We are very late in posting about this exhibit but since it's Archives Month now, make sure to check it out!]

    Journey into the Wild Frontier opened in early August at the Venice Museum and Archives. This new exhibit explores what life was like for early settlers who made their way to the Venice area from 1867 to 1921 and celebrates their pioneering spirit. 

    Settlers began arriving to this area in the late 1860s, a few years after the U.S. Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862 and after the Civil War had ended. In 1867, among the first to arrive were John and Eliza Webb with their children. They settled in the area of present-day Osprey (Spanish Point). Numerous families followed in their footsteps, beginning as neighbors and eventually forming the communities of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, and Venice.

    The exhibit was made possible through cooperative partnerships with Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota County Historical Resources, Manatee County Public Library, and Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church. These organizations, as well as several individuals, loaned historic photos, artifacts, and documents. The Venice Museum and Archives also features items from its permanent collection, such as the original, handwritten 1910 census for Venice (as Nokomis was called at the time). More than 100 images, objects, documents, and maps are on display.

    Journey into the Wild Frontier will be on exhibit through January 21, 2015. The Venice Museum and Archives is free and open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm.

    General Information:

    The mission of the Venice Museum and Archives is to collect and preserve historical and archeological material relating to Venice and the communities of Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey, whose histories have all been interwoven from 1867 to the present time. The Venice Museum and Archives is located in the historic Triangle Inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This rooming house, built in 1927, is located at the west entrance of the Venice Cultural Campus at 351 Nassau St. S, Venice, FL 34285. The Cultural Campus includes the Venice Public Library, Venice Art Center, and Venice Community Center and is across the street from the Monty Andrews Arboretum at West Blalock Park. Please visit the VMA's website at and like the museum on Facebook at

  • 01 Oct 2014 3:46 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Society of Florida Archivists, in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists, celebrates October as American Archives Month, which is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. 

    For Florida Archives Month 2014, SFA will be sponsoring an online exhibit that will be accessible via the SFA Archives Month web page, and will be made up of digitized materials from the rich archival collections around our state. This year’s theme will celebrate what is weird and wonderful about our state. Detailed instructions are available on the site

    A calendar will be maintained to promote events during the month and we encourage everyone to share what’s going on in their archive or institution.

    In addition, we will be spearheading an effort to connect archivists across Florida by supporting you all in your own communities to “meetup” with your colleagues.

    We will be posting more information here on the listserv, twitter, and Facebook as the month progresses.

    Please send questions and announcements to 

    Happy Archives Month!


    Sandra Varry

    Society of Florida Archivists President

  • 26 Sep 2014 8:02 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    October is Archives Month and it's right around the corner. Watch the SFA website for information on how you can participate in Archives Month activities. And if you're celebrating in any way, let us know so we can share it! Email any news or events to us here and we'll post it quick as we can!

    Onto the news!

    From the State:

    Miami: University of Miami is holding an opening reception and public discussion on the Guantanamo Public Memory Project on Monday, September 29. 

    Gainesville: University of Florida received from funding from IBM to boost their big data processing power.

    From the Country:

    New York, New York: The New York Times published a piece on the weighty responsibility of inheriting a collection. [Editor's note: this is actually from last week but good enough that I wanted to share!]

    Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan acquired the Tom Hayden Papers.

    Amherst, Massachusetts: A new archive from a leading organization for the legalization of marijuana was given to UMass Amherst.

    New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University put together a way to look for pictures from the Great Depression via county. Check out the project here

    Chicago, Illinois: StoryCorps Chicago launched the OutLoud Initiative to capture LBGTQ oral histories in the Chicago area.

    Jonesboro, Arkansas: Arkansas governor Mike Beebe announced his archives from office would be given to Arkansas State University.

    From the World:

    London, England, United Kingdom: The Victoria & Albert Museum bought the Peter Brook Archive including letters from some of the great playwrights and film stars.

    International Federation of Library Associations published new guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Books and Manuscript Collections.

    Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom: The National Library of Scotland acquired two of the first ever published books in Scotland.

    From the Blogosphere:

    SAA's Vice President took to Off The Record to discuss what the next census for the archival profession might need to be.

    Boston College's Burns Library shared their experience with partnering with a class on their blog.

  • 19 Sep 2014 8:17 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Big news week from all over the state, country and world!

    In the State:

    Miami: The Haitian Diaspora Oral History Digital Collection at the University of Miami was launched! The collection includes videos and outlines of oral history interviews conducted with individuals of Haitian ancestry that are well renowned in the world of culture and the arts, education, community activism, civic leadership, and many professional organizations

    Cocoa: The Florida Historical Society is taking over the operation of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science.

    Tallahassee: Florida Memory shares Ochopee, home of the nation's smallest Post Office this week

    St. Petersburg: A new exhibit on Florida's first "tourists" has opened at the St. Petersburg Museum of History

    Tallahassee: FSU's Special Collections & Archives is re-vamping its blog. This week, posts on the work of the Claude Pepper Library and the Cataloging & Description department went live

    In the Country:

    Washington, D.C.: IMLS announced its museum grant recipients for the 2014 cycle yesterday.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The majority of the Maurice Sendak collection at the Rosenbach Museum and Library is leaving as it was never officially gifted by the author to the museum

    Chicago, IL: The MacArthur Fellows were announced this week and one new Fellow is using the archives to challenge how we view nation, family and ethnicity.

    St. Louis, Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis has created a free online archive to document the events in Ferguson.

    Baltimore, Maryland: The newly retired Maryland State Archivist puts out an interesting idea: a Wayback Machine for everything.

    Washington, D.C.: The National Museum of the American Indian marks its 10th Anniversary.

    In the World:

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK: By now, we know the Scots have decided to remain part of the United Kingdom. Earlier this week, they looked back on the 1979 vote.

    Exeter, England, UK: The papers of William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies which celebrated its 60th anniversary this week, have been given on long term loan to the University of Exeter.

    Dublin, Ireland: New collections have been added to Ireland's only archival web portal, the Irish Archives Resource (IAR).

    In the Blogosphere:

    This was posted awhile back but was making the rounds this week, For God's Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper.

    Repurposing the archives in digital humanities projects has become the norm for many however here is a unique one for you to explore: The Victorian Meme Machine

  • 15 Sep 2014 1:11 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is planning for another year of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program (NDSR) to be held in the Washington, DC Metro area, starting in June, 2015. As you may know, this program is designed for recent master's and doctoral graduates interested in the field of digital stewardship.  This will be the fourth class of residents for this program overall - the first in 2013, was held in Washington, DC and the second and third, which started earlier this month, are being held concurrently in New York and Boston.

    The 2015 DC Residents will each be paired with an affiliated host institution for a 12-month program that will provide them with an opportunity to develop, apply, and advance their digital stewardship knowledge and skills in real-world settings. The participating hosts and projects for the 2015 cohort will be announced in early December, and the application period will open shortly after.  News and updates will be posted to the NDSR webpage ( ), and The Signal blog (

    In addition to providing great career benefits for the residents, the success of the NDSR program also provides benefits to the institutions involved as well as the library and archives field in general.

    Please help us spread the word about this program, and forward this information to student groups and other organizations who might be interested.  We appreciate your help very much.  

    To learn more about the NDSR, please visit our website at:

  • 15 Sep 2014 10:45 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)
    The State Library has been building our Florida history collection for over 150 years, and many of our items are one-of-a-kind. This makes it one of the most unique and comprehensive collections about Florida in existence. In this presentation, Blake Robinson will discuss the services that the State Library of Florida offers to academic, public and school librarians. Topics will include our Florida history collection, Florida state documents archive, and professional resources for librarians. Remember, we're here to help you.

    Register for the Webinar
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    2-3PM EDT

    Registration Information:

    When you attend a live event, you can post questions to the speaker during the presentation.

    Once your registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the live session.

    Note: As of September 1, 2014 we'll be switching to Citrix GoToWebinar and will be able to provide integrated VoIP (audio from your computer speakers)! You'll still be able to use the phone if preferred to access the webinar audio.

    For registration information or assistance, please contact: Melissa Hooke, Technical Support Assistant, at: or 850.245.6632.

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