Month: June 2015

Navigator Program for SAA Annual Conference

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Annual Meeting First-timer?

Are you planning on attending the Annual Meeting for the first time?  Wondering how to manage the madness? Consider signing up for the Navigator Program.  This program is designed as a short-term mentor program which matches conference veterans with first-time attendees. This informal outreach effort helps newcomers make the most of their time at the conference.

Annual Meeting Savvy?

Please consider signing up to be an Annual Meeting Navigator.  This short-term mentoring program matches conference veterans with first-time attendees. Navigators share their experience, advise new attendees on sessions and special events that are likely to suit their interests, and facilitate networking with other attendees. Navigators typically contact participants prior to the meeting and are encouraged to answer questions by email in advance.

All attendees are welcome to request a navigator or volunteer to serve in this important role. Please complete the Navigator Program Sign-Up form to indicate your interest. For more information, please contact: navigator@archivists.org. You’ll be contacted in mid-July and matched with a partner. Deadline to request a navigator: July 3.

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The Archivist’s Apprentice: Elena Colón-Marrero, Pt. 1

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Elena Colón-Marrero is a second year MSI student specializing in Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information. She is the latest participant in The Archivists Apprentice series, which follows School of Information students as they complete their internships.

Elena is Princeton’s Mudd Manuscript Library’s John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Archival Fellow for 2015. She recently wrote an introduction for Mudd’s Blog, which you can read here.

Look out for more posts both on this site and on Mudd’s to catch a glimpse into her work.

The Archivists Apprentice: Louie Miller, Pt. 1

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Louie Miller is a second year MSI student specializing in Archives and Records Management. He is the latest participant in The Archivists Apprentice series, which follows School of Information students as they complete their internships.

My 17-week summer internship is at the William L. Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The primary goal of the project is to arrange and describe the papers of Henry Burbeck (1754-1848), a career United States Artillery officer whose military service spanned from the early days of the American Revolution to the end of the War of 1812.  My position was made possible by a generous grant from the Delmas Foundation, which provided funds for the arrangement and detailed processing of Colonel Burbeck’s four linear foot collection of letters, documents, and printed items.  The project consists of the following activities:

  1. Arrange and describe the collection, and house the papers in archival folders and boxes
  2. Construct an EAD-format finding aid (available through the Clements Library’s website)
  3. Write a MARC cataloging record (available through the University’s online catalog and OCLC WorldCat)
  4. Compile a brief report on outstanding preservation concerns
  5. Create a supplemental index to the writers and geographical locations represented in the collection (available as a .pdf document attached to the EAD record)
  6. Create additional supplementary research and reference materials

The Burbeck papers consist of approximately 2,300 items, mostly correspondence, but also maps, and other military documentation.  The majority of the manuscripts date from 1805 to 1812, with around 150 undated letters and drafts.  The letters are predominantly incoming messages from Burbeck’s subordinate Captains and Majors (approximately 1,500 items), with a smaller number of copies and drafts of letters written by Burbeck.

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