MARAC Finding Aids Award Committee

The Finding Aids Award Committee is a special committee. It was established by a vote of the membership at the Spring 1982 meeting.

Mission and Goals

The purpose of the Committee is to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the MARAC region or by MARAC members and to promote improvements in this area of archival work by drawing attention to characteristics of successful finding aids. It is the responsibility of the Committee to publicize the awards and to solicit entries from the membership. Awards are presented by the Committee Chair at the MARAC Spring Meeting.


The Committee consists of six members who serve for a term of three years. Two are elected each year by the MARAC membership. The Senior Co-Chair performs oversight of the Committee, with assistance from the Junior Co-Chair. The Junior Co-Chair shall be the elected member receiving the most votes during a given election, and shall become the Senior Co-Chair following the next year's election. The MARAC Chair shall fill any vacancies on the Committee.

Entries are reviewed independently by the Committee members and the results are sent to the Committee Chair. The Committee usually conducts its work by email or telephone although the Committee Chair may convene a meeting should it be necessary to reach agreement on the awards. The awards are decided by a majority vote of the Committee members. Committee members affiliated with an institution that submits entries for the awards should abstain from voting on the submission.

Entries for both awards are judged on a variety of criteria, including scholarship, relevancy, innovativeness, quality of writing, and presentation and layout.

See a list of previous Finding Aid Award winners

C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

Members of the Finding Aids Award Committee shall also be responsible for awarding the C. Herbert Finch Award honoring online publications.

The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

Last revised August 2013


Laurel Macondray --Chair
(Spring 2011-Spring 2014)

National Archives
8601 Adelphi Road
NWCS-M, Room 3360
College Park, MD 20740

Stephen Bookman
(Spring 2011-Spring 2014)

University Archives Specialist
Special Collections Research Center
Earl Gregg Swem Library
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187


Regine Heberlein
 (Spring 2012-Spring 2014)

Processing Archivist
Princeton University
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544

TEL: 609/258-3223

Marisa Bourgoin
(Spring 2012-Spring 2014)











Katherine A. Hayes
(Spring 2012-Spring 2014)

Bowie State University, Thurgood Marshall Library, Archives & Special Collections
14000 Jericho Park Rd.

TEL: 301/860-3851
FAX: 301/860-3828