The SFA Board uses this blog to post news items and announcements of interest to members. Additionally, you may want to read current and past issues of The Florida Archivist.
  • 10 Mar 2017 8:45 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Good morning everyone! Just a reminder that the call for proposals for the 2017 Annual Meeting is out - be sure to get your presentation ideas to the committee!

    From the Country: 

    Augusta, ME: The Maine State Archives and Library launched a digital transcription project online.

    Cambridge, MA: The Scalia family has given the late Supreme Court Justice's papers to the Harvard Law School Library.

    Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian launched a new crowdsourcing project to transcribe all the jokes they have by Phyllis Diller

    Lawrence, KS: Former Senator Elizabeth Dole has donated her career papers to the Dole Institute at the University of Kansas.

    Austin, TX: The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the papers of actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson.

    From the World:

    Kallithea, Greece: The National Library of Greece is getting some re-branding just in time for its new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)

    Stornoway, Scotland, United Kingdom: The official opening for the UK's first Gaelic Museum and Archive, Museum nan Eilean, was held this week in the Outer Hebrides. 

    London, England, United Kingdom: Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (of Bend It Like Beckham fame) has given her working archives to the British Film Institute.

    From the Blogosphere:

    The Library of Congress has a new blog out of the Copyright Office.

  • 03 Mar 2017 9:29 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)
    Good morning and happy Friday! The latest The Florida Archivist is now available, so check it out!

    From the State

    Tallahassee, FL: The March of Museums has begun and there are several events going on this month.

    From the Country

    New York, NY: Lou Reed's Archive is coming to the New York Public Library
    Columbia, SC: Previously laminated manuscripts in the South Carolina State Archives are starting to deteriorate.
    Wichita Falls, TX: A sprinkler accident damaged over 3000 books at a North Texas library.

    From the World

    London, UK: Thieves rappelled into a London warehouse and stole 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 million.

    From the Blogsphere

    Are Web Archives Failing the Modern Web?

  • 24 Feb 2017 8:49 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)
    Happy Friday! The Annual SFA Meeting registration is now open. Judith Beale Scholarship Applications are now being accepted.  Don't forget to sign up for any pre-conference workshops that you're interested in!

    From the State

    Daytona Beach, FL: If you're heading down for the Daytona 500 this weekend, make sure to check out the Daytona ISC Archives and Research Center.

    From the Country

    New York, NY: Harry Belafonte will have a branch of the NYPL named after him.

    San Francisco, CA: Jim Hopkins has been working on a new project called the SF Disco Preservation Society, reformatting two decades' worth of club mixes from various San Francisco clubs.

    New York, NY: A lost Walt Whitman novel has been found in a long defunct New York newspaper's archives.

    Washington, D.C.: The Smithsonian African American Museum has reached 1 million visitors.

    From the Blogosphere

    Museums share their creepiest holdings in Twitter challenge.

    Museums and libraries fight "alternative facts" with a #DayofFacts.

    A Benedictine monk has been saving manuscripts from ISIS.

  • 17 Feb 2017 8:36 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Good morning everyone! Big week around here! Information about the 2017 Annual Meeting is (mostly) online now and registration is OPEN! The hotel block is also now available so get booking! The Call for Proposals is forthcoming so look for that soon! Onto the news:

    From the State:

    Gainesville: The Matheson History Museum is getting a new library and archive space.

    From the Country:

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University is moving forward with its hop-hop archive project called Classic Crates. 

    New York, NY: Housing Works, an organization providing help to NYC's HIV/AIDS homeless, launched a digital archive showing how HIV/AIDS activism has shaped NYC.

    From the World:

    Paris, France: New footage found at the Centre National du Cinéma could be the only known footage of the author Marcel Proust.

    Canberra, Australia: A one-of-a-kind manuscript by Sir Alexander "Alick" Downer from his time in a World War II prison camp is the latest addition to the collection of the Australian War Memorial.

    Turin, Italy: Alpinist Walter Bonatti archive acquired by Turin Mountain Museum.

    Hyderabad, India: Issues about access to the archives as the this branch is understaffed for providing access to Persian documents.

    From the Blogosphere:

    In the mood to lose a few hours? Check out the MoMA Exhibition Spelunker!

    A fashion archive exhibition for your Friday - fabulous leather bomber jackets.

  • 14 Feb 2017 3:58 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 Judith Beale Scholarship.

    The Judith Beale Scholarship promotes educational and professional development by providing students and archives professionals with funding to attend the Society of Florida Archivists Annual Meeting. Named in honor of professional archivist and member of the Society of Florida Archivists Judith Beale (d. 2010), the scholarship pays tribute to Judith's boundless enthusiasm for the archives profession and her passion for working with students.

    Qualified applicants must be current students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or new archives professionals (no more than 5 years in the field). The applicant must be a current or new member of the Society of Florida Archivists. Special consideration will be given to students and individuals new to the archives profession in Florida.

    Exceptional applicants may also receive a stipend to help defray travel and lodging costs.

    The deadline for all applications is Friday, March 24, 2017.

    For more information, please visit the Judith Beale Scholarship page.

  • 10 Feb 2017 11:20 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Lots of fun news this week! Also, look for an announcement on the 2017 annual meeting soon!

    From the State:

    Homestead: What happens when a theme park company designs a library? The city of Homestead is about to find out.

    From the Country:

    Boston, MA: Boston College has a new digital collection of Irish Music available.

    Ann Arbor, MI: A look at the University of Michigan’s Computer and Video Game Archive.

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University launched an online archive for the American photographer Minor White.

    Austin, TX: A new website exploring documents from The Prague Spring is now available through UT Austin.

    From the World:

    Warsaw, Poland: A London museum has donated a collection of films from the 1930s and 1940s to the National Film Archive of Poland.

    Montreal, Quebec: A history class at Concordia University is digging into a collection that is exploring the Black community of Montreal.

    Manchester, England, United Kingdom: A new grant will allow for the processing of the Delia Derbyshire collection at the University of Manchester (she of Doctor Who theme music fame).

    From the Blogosphere:

    NASA overhauled its daily space pics site and also updated its photograph archive.

    The Met added images of all its public domain works to CC0.

    Renown film preservationist David Shepard passed away this week.

    The president’s tweeting from a private Twitter account is concerning some archivists who want to make sure the record is preserved.

  • 09 Feb 2017 11:41 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We hope you will consider nominating a colleague, project, or institution for the Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2017 Diversity Award. This 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.

    Eligible Nominees:

    Eligible nominees include any individual, group, or organization. To encourage SAA member participation, preference may be given to SAA individual and/or institutional members.

    Past Winners:

    2012: The Chicano Studies Research Center
    2013: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, Joan Krizack, Archives Consultant; Karen Underhill, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library
    2014: Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program, University of Houston; Jennifer O'Neal, University of Oregon Libraries
    2015: The Shorefront Legacy Center; Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida
    2016: Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives SAA Roundtable “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders” webinar series

    Nomination Requirements:

    Two letters of support. Nominations will be accepted from any individual, group, or institution.

    Sponsor and Funding:

    Society of American Archivists Foundation.


    Up to two awards may be given each year. The prize will include a certificate and one complimentary registration per awardee to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

    Please consider submitting a nomination by February 28, 2017. The nomination form can be found here.

    If you have any questions, please let me know. Please feel free to forward this message to any individual or group that you think might have a potential nominee in mind. We are hoping to get a large number of nominations, as more than a single award can be given.

  • 27 Jan 2017 7:59 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Friday everyone! We made it! Lots of news for this week (some slightly political in nature but strove to stay as neutral as possible) so let's get to it! 

    From the State:

    Orlando: The Orange County History Center is using social media calls to collect materials from the Central Florida Women's Rally in Orlando.

    From the Country:

    Los Angeles, CA: A look at Art Division, an art library that works with underserved young adults in the MacArthur Park neighborhood.

    Washington, D.C.: One of the Founding Fathers, George Washington, gets a fancy new digital platform for his papers at the Library of Congress.

    Berkeley, CA: An unfinished Mark Twain manuscript held by the Bancroft Library will be published as a children's book this fall.

    Dayton, VA: Dayton is slated to become the home for the national Veterans Affairs National Archives.

    Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress launched the second, and largest, phase of the Lomax Family Papers online this week.

    From the World:

    Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea: The national archive branch in Morobe is calling for help to save its building and collections which the archivist says has been "forgotten."

    Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom: A new archive nicknamed Nucleus is opening near a former nuclear plant site. It aims to collect materials regarding the early days of UK nuclear power exploration and use. 

    European Union, Europe: 18 countries took part in "Operation Pandora" which recovered over 3500 stolen artworks and cultural heritage objects.

    Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom: A "copyright black hole" is keeping a project to make public online, per the poet's wishes, a collection of materials from the late Edwin Morgan from moving forward.

    From the Blogosphere:

    A breakdown on all the archives and museums collecting materials from the historic Women's Marches over the weekend.

    The EU has launched the E-Space Portal, a step towards a global cultural heritage search engine. It currently searches major repositories such as Europeana, DPLA, and YouTube along with its own collections.

    The American Archive of Public Broadcasting launched a new resource this week, Speaking and Protesting in America.

    The Internet Archive is exploring how AI will better help them keep up with keeping track of the new US president.

    RIP Vine but no worries, Twitter saved its archives.

    Along the same lines, concerned activists are scrambling to create an "online bunker" archive for environmental and climate data.

    Because after this week, we all just need to look at something pretty: a tumblr that is all medieval illuminated manuscripts all the time.

  • 23 Jan 2017 1:01 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    We still have a few openings on our 2017 committees: Audit, Awards, and Nominating. If you are interested in becoming more involved with SFA or gaining leadership experience, please consider volunteering for a committee or position. Our Newsletter Editor position is also open (see call below).

    Descriptions are available here:

    Any questions about the Audit Committee should be sent to

    If you are interested in serving on the Awards or Nominating Committees, please email me directly at with a few lines about yourself and why you are interested in serving.

    If you are interested in the Newsletter Editor position, please email

    The Society of Florida Archivists seeks an enthusiastic and energetic Newsletter Editor to assume production of The Florida Archivist beginning with the Winter 2017 issue, in conjunction with outgoing Newsletter Editor Marissa Kings.

    About the role:

    The Newsletter Editor is responsible for soliciting, editing, and publishing content; distributing electronic and paper copies of the newsletter; and working with the Web Communications Team to implement new and improved options for online access to content, including contributing to SFA’s Twitter account. The Newsletter Editor is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the SFA Executive Board and usually serves 1-3 years in this capacity. Although the position does not require prior experience, applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their success in related areas. Familiarity with or use of software to create newsletters (e.g., MS Publisher, Print Shop, Apple iWork) and social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook is preferred. If you have served as the manager of website, a regular contributor to a blog, or as the editor of a professional publication, let us know! Regardless of expertise, the Board will consider all who express interest in serving as Newsletter Editor.

    To be considered, please submit samples of your work via email to with the subject "Newsletter Editor Submissions" by January 30, 2017. This could include:

    · Brief writing or editing sample (1 page or less)

    · Sample (1-2 page) newsletter - feel free to use content from recent SFA newsletters or from the weekly news posts on our website.

  • 20 Jan 2017 8:36 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)

    Happy Friday! Here's some fun news for the week.

    From the State

    Orlando, FL: Book artist Bea Nettles will be giving a talk at UCF on January 24th.

    From the Country

    Washington, D.C.: The National Archives has released inauguration letters from President Clinton and President Bush.

    Washington, D.C.: The CIA has posted its Records Search Tool online, making 930,000 declassified documents public.

    New York, NY: Holy moly, I want to visit the Carnegie Hall Archives!

    Berkeley, CA: Work is underway at UC Berkeley to digitize wax cylinders from the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

    West Long Branch, N.J.: Monmouth University has announced that it will establish The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

    From the World

    The CBC has started working on a project to preserve and catalog Indigenous language programming.

    From the Blogosphere

    I just listened to this podcast about Germany's hidden book vaults, and thought you all might find it interesting too: The Giftschrank on 99% Invisible.

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