WHO ARE WE?
Founded in 1993, we are a group of (mostly) Archives and Records Management and Preservation of Information specialization students. As outlined by the national organization our purpose is to serve as a means of introducing new archivists into the profession, as well as enhancing education by providing an additional focus for students to discuss archival issues, identify with the profession, and engage in professional activities. We also promote communication among student members and ultimately develop leaders of tomorrow’s archival profession. But mostly we are interested in a variety of activities to provide resources, connect with alumni, and just have a good time.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We host a range of social, professional and academic activities for students. See our recurring events below:
PYS (Preserve Your Sanity): These are casual gatherings designed to give everyone a break from coursework.
WOW-SAA (Words of Wisdom): A great way to connect with alumni! A Google Hangout where we ask them about their jobs, career paths, and what they would do if they were still in school. We also pick the brains of second year students for advice on what classes to take and how to go about internship searching.
Archive Tours: Behind-the-scenes looks at various archives and libraries on campus and the surrounding areas. We have done tours of Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, Labadie Collection housed at Hatcher Graduate Library in the Special Collections, the Video Game Archive on North Campus, and more.
Archives Blitz: During our most recent Blitz, our members were able to work with the Bentley Historical Society to begin processing collections. The event aims to give students the opportunity to spend part of their free time putting to use their knowledge and skills obtained from archives and preservation coursework while giving back to an archives in the local community.
Peer Advising: Every semester we host an advising session to help students decide which courses to take. We team with UMSI staff and other student groups to provide a variety of views on the curriculum.
I am a second year MSI student in the Archives and Records Management concentration. I completed my B.A. at McGill University and then went on to do a master’s in history at the College of William & Mary, focusing on early American gender and family history. I now work at the Labadie Collection, where I accession manuscript collections, and maintain a special interest in questions of representation in the historical record and access to collections. Outside of the archival world, I enjoy visiting museums, brewing tea, as well as playing with my dog.
I am completing my second year at UMSI, studying Archives & Records Management and Preservation of Information. My studies are informed by an interest in art, anthropology, and history’s intersections with archival preservation and access issues. I am also very passionate about fancy cheese, coffee, and Beyoncé. When I am not in class, I work at the William L. Clements Library on digital projects.
I’m a second year at UMSI, and I’m specializing in Archives & Records Management. I have a background in anthropology from Colorado College, which led me to explore how the archive can inform social memory. I am currently employed at the Bentley Historical Library, and have worked in the Special Collections at the Hatcher Graduate Library. When not generating finding aids, you can find me enjoying one of the many local coffee shops in Ann Arbor or wandering around in the vastness that is the Dawn Treader Book Store. Though originally from Ohio, I’ve acclimated well to Michigan, and now yell “Go Blue!” at strangers.
I am a second year student at UMSI, specializing in Archives & Records Management. I have undergraduate degrees in history and political science from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), which have led me to an interest in how archives currently represent (and how they might better represent) traditionally marginalized groups and people. Hailing from Minnesota, I’m a diehard Minnesota Twins fan, love reading and eating (often simultaneously), and spending time with friends/family! I currently am a student worker in the William L. Clements Library’s Manuscripts Division, where I process manuscript collections.