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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


Dyani Feige -- Secretary
Director of Preservation Services
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 S. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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

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

TEL: 757/823-5325 work
FAX: 757/533-4874

Caucus Representatives (2014-2016)


Emily Cottle
Lead Corporate Archivist
Winthrop Group
226 West 37th Street, 17th fl
New York, NY 10018



TEL: 570/466-4058

District of Columbia 

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



TEL: 202/707-3336


Vincent Novara
Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
2511 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742

TEL: 301/405-9220


New Jersey

Laura M. Poll
Monmouth County Historical Association
70 Court StreetFreehold, N.J.  07728



New York

Michael Martin
Archivist/Electronic Records Unit
New York State Archives
Room 9D64
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230

 TEL: 518/486-1741


Valerie Anne-Lutz
Head of Manuscripts Processing
American Philosophical Society Library
105 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

TEL: 215/440-3444



Margaret Kidd
Project Archivist
Virginia Commonwealth University
Special Collections & Archives, MCV Campus
Tompkins-McCaw Library,
P.O. Box 980582,
Richmond, VA 23298-0582

TEL: 804/828-3152

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


Susan M. Kline
Project Archivist
Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library
535 W. 114th Street
New York, NY 10027

TEL: 212-854-9057

David D'Onofrio
Special Collections Librarian
Special Collections & Archives Nimitz Library
United States Naval Academy
589 McNair RoadAnnapolis, MD 21402l

Steering Committee Advisory Positions


Parliamentarian (2013-2015)

Dawn Fairchild, PRP 
832 Williamsburg Court
MD 21040



TEL: 410/676-8989

National Coalition for History

Jan Zastrow
Office of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV
531 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC  20510

TEL: 808-426-6268



Lauren Brown
2208 Hornbake Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742




Matt Strauss
Chief Archivist
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


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.