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.
  • 31 Mar 2017 8:37 AM | Hannah Davis (Administrator)
    Happy Friday! The deadline to make nominations for the Executive Board has been extended to April 7th! Follow the link to make a nomination:

    Also, the deadline to submit any features, news, organization/collections updates, or upcoming events to be included in the Spring issue of The Florida Archivist is April 15!

    From the Country:
    Los Angeles, CA: Architect Frank Gehry's archives have been acquired by the Getty.

    Ann Arbor, MI: The Bentley Historical Library has digitized 125 years worth of University of Michigan's student newspaper, The Michigan Daily.

    Tulsa, OK: Bob Dylan's archives are now available to the public at the Gilcrease Museum's Helmerich Center for American Research.

    From the World:
    London, UK: The National Archives has set forth a 2-year plan to boost digital training. 

    Berlin, Germany: A 221 pound coin with an estimated value of $4.5 million was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin.

    From the Blogosphere:
  • 30 Mar 2017 1:49 PM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Based on feedback from the membership last October at the Joint SFA/SGA Conference in Savannah, the Bylaws Committee has revised the previously Proposed Bylaws Changes from 2016 and submitted a revised Final Draft of the Proposal Bylaws to the SFA Executive Board for approval. 

    As the Board has now approved these revisions, we would like to share them with the membership in advance of the upcoming SFA Annual Meeting (May 10-12). A discussion about these revisions will take place at the Annual Business Meeting, and after the Annual Meeting has concluded a vote on the Bylaw Revisions will take place via email to maximize member participation. In addition to providing the Revised Final Draft of the Proposed Bylaws here, we also provide a convenient summary document to help explain the the changes and process more concisely to members. 

    However, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns about these revisions please direct them to the Chair of the Bylaws Committee, Rachel Walton ( before the start of the Annual Meeting in May.

  • 27 Mar 2017 11:43 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    SFA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, “Working Smarter Together: Collections, Communities and Collaborations” is only 6 weeks away! The Annual Meeting Committee is excited to offer participants a great program featuring topics on how archivists support heritage projects and museum interpretive plans, preserve and sustain multicultural publications and collections, refine and develop emergency plans, and take legacy and born-digital content from records management into digital platforms.

    We have a robust program! However, there’s still time to submit proposals for individual papers, lightning talks, and poster sessions. The deadline for proposals has been extended to the close of business (6:00pm EDT) on Wednesday, March 29.

    If you wish to offer a proposal, please see the CFP and submit proposals via email to Jim Schnur at by March 29. Please use the form or provide the information requested in the form via email. Questions may be directed to this email address or (727) 873-4094. Your proposal submission will be acknowledged within one business day and shared with others planning the conference program.

    You will be notified of the Committee’s decision by March 31, before the Early Bird deadline of April 15.

  • 24 Mar 2017 8:10 AM | Krystal Thomas (Administrator)

    Happy Spring everyone! SFA is busy getting ready for our annual meeting coming up in May (so close!) Have you submitted your proposal? Registered? Booked a hotel room?

    From the Country

    Burbank, CA: Woodbury University recently re-cataloged its 85 year old fashion collection (and will be looking for a new curator!)

    Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress acquired the archives of photographer Bob Adelman, one of the best known photographers for the Civil Rights Movement.

    Denver, CO: The National Ice Core Laboratory is in need of upgrades to keep its collections intact.

    Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Symphony launched an online archives portal

    Chicago, IL: The papers of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow are now open for researchers at the University of Chicago.

    Boston, MA: An exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts sheds light on a collection of photographs documenting life in the Lodz Ghetto during World War II.

    From the World

    Melbourne, Australia: A look into the correspondence in the Germaine Greer Archive including a letter from a former James Bond.

    Rome, Italy: A new government funded initiative is establishing a National Digital Library for Italy.

    Pune, India: The National Film Archive of India added award-winning foreign films to its collections this week.

    Taipei, Taiwan: The National Archives is asking for a revision to a law requiring all presidential gifts to come to them and be kept as they are out of space.

    From the Blogosphere

    Check out this post about digital audio preservation at the University of Michigan

    One brave man wants all your Apple II software disks. Really.

  • 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.

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