About

Founded in 1993, we are the University of Michigan’s student chapter of the Society of American Archivists. Comprised of graduate students from the University of Michigan School of Information interested in archival science, we seek to promote professional development for those about to enter the field. We hold events throughout the school year in order to foster interaction between future colleagues, highlight issues in the archival field, and offer archival assistance to institutions in the area. We also share resources for future professionals and provide opportunities to archives students to socialize.

 


 

ACTIVITIES

Typical events we hold over the course of a year include:

Archive blitzes. Once or twice a semester, we offer students the opportunity to draw on their knowledge and skills to help out a local archival institution in a day-long project.

Archive tours. Behind-the-scenes looks at archives, libraries, or cultural heritage institutions in the area. Previous tours have included the Video Game Archive on U-M’s North Campus and The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Panels/Lectures. We invite archives professionals to speak on anything from trends in the field to their own career experiences to advice for students.

Peer advising. Students come together to offer some pointers on which UMSI courses to take and discuss the curriculum as a whole.

Social events. From trivia to movie nights to just getting together for food and refreshments, sometimes we just like to have fun with our fellow students!

 


 

OFFICERS

 

Tori Cox

Term: January 2018-January 2019

I’m a second-year student focused on digital curation and museum studies. I am passionate about archives and cultural heritage collections in general. With an undergraduate background in Art History, I aim to work in a museum collections context and I’m particularly interested in finding creative solutions for making art, archival materials, and history more easily accessible in a digital context. I am excited about being an SAA officer because I find this to be a great way to bond and connect with my colleagues who share a similar interest! Fun fact, I worked in an archive where I handled James Madison’s hair (through protective mylar, of course!)

 

Shelby Daniels-Young

Term: January 2018-January 2019

I’m a second-year student concentrating in archival science. I love both reading stories and learning about history, so when I first learned about archives and how they contain firsthand documentation of and physical artifacts from people’s lives, I knew I had found my passion. My goal as an archives professional is to bring more attention to the stories of individuals and groups who are underrepresented in historical narratives. As an SAA officer, I’m hoping to help other archives-oriented students learn about the industry and make professional connections in order to supplement our coursework at UMSI.

 

Lauren Seroka

Term: May 2018-May 2019

As a student, I am specializing in archives and plan to take the Digital Curation mastery course. I love researching and processing prints and photographs, but I also enjoy the new challenges and opportunities in digital archives and creating accessible and intriguing digital collections. It would be an absolute dream to do any of the above in an archive specializing in women’s history.

I want to use my position as SAA officer to pass along career information that I have acquired through mentors, the career center, or by my own online discoveries. A valuable piece of this information-sharing takes place in the form of workshops, panels, lectures, and even social events. I hope to use my position to organize events so that we can all help each other navigate our new profession as archivists. When I’m not gushing over something sappy I find in an 18th-century letter or diary, I enjoy cooking, working out, and finding the best happy hour deals in town.

 

Kate Topham

Term: May 2018-May 2019

I’m a second-year student focusing on Digital Curation. I’ve spent my time at SI learning new technology, and how libraries and archives can use it to develop new approaches to research, preservation, and access. I hope to have a career in the digital humanities, working with scholars to support and participate in research projects, as well as facilitating access to digital collections. I look forward to networking, socializing, and learning with my peers in my tenure as an SAA officer. I hope to help our MSI archivist community grow and (more importantly) stay sane through the next year!

 


 

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