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The officers of the conference shall be Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Steering Committee shall consist of the officers, one (1) State Representative from each state represented by the Conference and the District of Columbia and four (4) Members-at-Large. Conference officers and Members-at-Large shall be elected at large, while individual State Representatives shall be elected only by the members of the respective state and district caucuses. Steering Committee members shall serve for two (2) year terms, except those elected to fill one-year vacancies.

Browse a list of previous MARAC officers, administrators, MAA editors, archivists, members-at-large, and state caucus representatives from 1972-present.

MARAC Administration

Steering Committee Officers:

John LeGloahec -- Chair
Archives Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
Electronic Records Division
8601 Adelphi Road (Suite 5320)
College Park, MD  20740

(W) 301-837-3140
(C) 301-641-3425

Mary K. Mannix -- Vice Chair
Maryland Room Manager
C. Burr Artz Public Library
Frederick County Public Libraries
Frederick, MD 21701

TEL: 301/600-1368
FAX: 301/600-2905

Laurie Rizzo -- Secretary
Assistant Curator of Pictorial Collections
Hagley Museum and Library
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807

TEL: 302/658-2400, x277
Jim Gerencser -- Treasurer
604 Devonshire Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013

TEL: 717/245-1094
FAX: 717/245-1439

Caucus Representatives (2012-2014)


Heather Clewell
Winterthur Archives
Winterthur, DE 19735

TEL: 302/888-4634
FAX: 302/888-3367

District of Columbia 

Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4615

TEL: 202/707-3336


Elizabeth Novara
University of Maryland
2208C Hornbake Library
College Park, MD 20742

TEL: 301/314-2712
FAX: 301/314/2709


New Jersey

Caryn Radick
Digital Archivist
Special Collections and University Archives
Rutgers University Libraries
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

TEL: 848-932-6152

New York

Susan Woodland
Senior Archivist
American Jewish Historical Society
15 W. 16thStreet
New York, NY  10011

TEL: 917/606-8259
FAX: 212/294-6161


Dyani Feige
Preservation Specialist
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

TEL: 215/545-0613
FAX: 215/735-9313


Laura Stoner
Virginia Historical Society
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, VA 23221

TEL: 804/340-2281
FAX: 804-355-2399

West Virginia

Nat DeBruin
Marshall University Libraries
Huntington, WV 25755

TEL: 304/696-3524

Members-at-Large (2013-2015)

Rebecca Goldman
Media and Digital Services Librarian
Connelly Library, La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

TEL: 215-951-1965

Jordon Steele
University Archivist
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

TEL: 410/516-5493


Jennifer Davis McDaid
Historical Archivist
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Three Commercial Place
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

TEL: 757/823-5325 work
FAX: 757/613-6982 cell

Amy C. Schindler
University Archivist
Earl Gregg Swem Library
The College of William and Mary

TEL: 757/221-3094

MARAC Parliamentarian (2013-2015)

Dawn Fairchild, PRP

832 Williamsburg Court
MD 21040

TEL: 410/676-8989

History of MARAC

On June 23, 1972, a meeting organized by Mary Boccaccio, Frank Evans, and Elsie Freivogel was held in the Katherine Anne Porter Room of McKeldin Library at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. It attracted thirty-three archivists; the agenda as the possible formation of what eventually became MARAC -- the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. By the end of calendar year 1972 this fledgling organization had held its first semi-annual meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, attracting one hundred and fifty archivists and manuscript curators who paid a modest registration fee of $6.00. Also during 1972 MARAC published the first issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist (MAA) and enjoyed a healthy first-year budget of nearly two thousand dollars. Within three years the Conference had held six meetings in five different states throughout the mid-Atlantic region -- from Newark, New Jersey to Charlottesville, Virginia.

What were the factors that led to the successful development of this regional organization? By all accounts it was at least partially the result of a perception held by many that the Society of American Archivists was not adequately addressing the needs of less-experienced professionals, staff from small repositories, and archival issues below the national level. Certainly the opportunity to discuss regional archival developments and to meet local colleagues proved attractive. MARAC's beginnings paralleled archival developments in other areas of the United States during the early 1970s: six regional organizations, including the New England Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, the Northwest Archivists, and the Society of Southwest Archivists were also formed in 1972. MARAC demonstrated its desire to develop programs and services on its own, rejecting any official affiliation with the SAA and returning a $100.00 "seed money" stipend that had been contributed by the SAA to MARAC. It sought to attract members from the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The initial purposes of the group were to plan practical action-oriented conferences and workshops and to seek additional means of increasing professional competence, preserving local historical resources, and promoting cooperation with colleagues in related fields. Semi-annual meetings have continued to be a major focus of MARAC's activities from 1972 to the present. These meetings have offered a wide range of workshops and tours designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of the membership-from beginning archivists to experienced professionals and staff from both small and large repositories. To an increasing degree sessions at the meetings are designed to relate to an overall theme. Two thematic meetings resulted in the publication of two archival symposia papers, Constitutional Issues and Archives and Automation in Archives.

MARAC members have developed a vigorous publications program. Publishing of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist (MAA) has become a quarterly event with issues having grown from four pages in 1972 to twenty to thirty-two. Technical leaflets providing guidance on processing issues and administrative decisions have been published, first as inserts in MAA and later as separate issues. Membership directories have been regularly compiled and several occasional papers have been issued, including Paul Mucci's Paper and Leather Conservation: A Manual, Guidelines for Archives and Manuscript Repositories, and Charlene Bickford's The Coalition to Save Our Documentary Heritage.

Adapted and condensed from MARAC history written by Lauren Brown and Anne Turkos, November 1987, published in Mid-Atlantic Archivist.