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To celebrate Archives Week in the MARAC region, the Steering Committee designated the second week in October for activities.

Archives Week, 2006 October 8-14: "Archives Bridges from the Past to the Present"

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 District of Columbia

Archives Fair to be held October 11, 2006, at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

The National Archives Assembly and the DC Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference are sponsoring the 10th Annual Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area Archives Fair on Wednesday, October 11, 2006, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the National Archives, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408. The Fair celebrates Archives Week, an observance highlighting the significance of the documentary record and the documentary richness of our nation. This year's theme is "Archives: Bridges from the Past to the Present." Representatives from many Washington area archival repositories will display information resources from their institutions.

Some of the participating institutions include the National Air and Space Museum, George Washington University Special Collections Department, Virginia Room of the Arlington County Central Library, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress Manuscript Division, University of the District of Columbia Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, National Press Club, University of Maryland Special Collections, Smithsonian Archives of American Art, National Museum of American History Archives Center, Goodwill Industries, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, Washingtoniana Division of the District of Columbia Public Library, and others.

The Fair will feature a panel discussion at 11:45 entitled, "The John Roberts and Samuel Alito Experience: The Role of the National Archives of the United States in Nominations to the Supreme Court." James Hastings, John Laster, Nancy Smith, and Steven Tilley of the National Archives will discuss the extraordinary measures that NARA had to take in 2005 to make federal records in Washington and Presidential records in California available to the Senate and the public before the hearings on the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. They will offer a real-world account of what it was like for archivists to be involved at the center of the storm for access to records.

These events are free and open to the public. Information on visiting the National Archives, including transportation options, is available at Fair attendees may use the special events entrance on Constitution Avenue to enter the building.


Columbia Archives
10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia MD 21044

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 11am to 5pm.

The Columbia Archives will feature hands on preservation tips, video screenings, archival photos, documents and fun memorabilia as a part of its Open House.

Treasures from the Columbia Archives' collection will be on display all day. A sampling includes: a letter from James Rouse to Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, referring to their meeting with Walt Disney in 1962; housing brochures of Columbia’s earliest homes; early plans for Town Center, and samples of national press coverage of Columbia from the time of its announcement to the recent article in Money magazine, designating Columbia as one of the nation’s top five best places to live.

The Open House will also feature the following special presentations:

  •  Noon:  Preserving family papers with Archivist Robin Emrich. Participants may bring in samples for hands on advice.
  • 1pm:  A screening of a short 1996 Edward Norton interview with Carolyn Kelemen and Jim Rouse’s "Love"story.
  • 2pm:  A researcher’s perspective with Joe Mitchell, co- author of soon to be published New City Upon A Hill: Columbia, MD 40 Years After the Dream.
  • 3pm:  Volunteer Opportunities .
  • 4pm:  Using Columbia Archives for Student Research. Helpful information for parents and students who are asked to reference primary source material.

The Columbia Archives Open House is being held in celebration of Archives Week, October 8 - 14, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. This year’s theme, Archives Bridges from the Past to the Present, is particularly pertinent to Columbia. As Columbia continues to work toward development of Town Center, the lessons learned from the original Columbia planning process have been valuable.

Frederick County Public Library, Maryland Room
110 E. Patrick Street, Frederick MD.

Archives Week Exhibit, Maryland Room, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, 110 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD.

Bird Photographs of Gary Smyle (1942-2006).
Gary Smyle, local Frederick County resident and long time member of the Maryland Ornithological Society, was an avid photographer of birds in Maryland, as well as throughout the United States and Panama. He died suddenly in January at the age of 63. Smyle's bird photographs are currently on exhibit in the C. Burr Artz Library on loan from the Frederick County Bird Club, a Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society. Smyle used a digital camera for his work. His photographs were all "born digital". His work has appeared in the newsletter of the American Bird Conservancy. This exhibit is the first time that any sizeable number of his images have been printed out and put on display. The exhibit will run through the end of November 2006.

 New Jersey

The Monmouth County Library
125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ, 07726

The Monmouth County Library is sponsoring a series of events in recognition of Archives Week. These events include:

  • October 11:  Workshops for archivists on Book Repair and Using County Archives: Reference Services
  • October 14:  Archives and History Day. 70 tables available for exhibitors. Keynote speaker: Charles McSorley, Independent Historian, on Civil War photographer Mathew Brady. Coincides with October exhibit on Monmouth County during the Civil War.

Rutgers University
Alexander Library, Special Collections and University Archives Gallery and Gallery '50

Exhibition: "Philosopher, Engineer, Tycoon: John A. Roebling and His Legacy."

Born in Germany in 1806, John A. Roebling was an inventor, bridge-builder, and founder of the wire rope industry in the United States. In this year, the two-hundredth anniversary of his birth, Special Collections and University Archives of the Rutgers University Libraries presents an exhibition that explores his remarkable achievements and continuing legacy. It will also focus on John A. Roebling’s son Washington, Civil War hero and builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, paying particular tribute to the role of Washington's wife Emily, who assisted him after he fell ill from decompression sickness.

The exhibition will feature rare letters, drawings, maps, and photographs from the Roebling collection at Rutgers and from other repositories.

Philosopher, Engineer, Tycoon: John A. Roebling and His Legacy will be on view from September 26 to December 22, 2006 in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery and in Gallery '50, located on the lower level and first floor of the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the academic year. For more information about the exhibition, please contact curator Fernanda Perrone.

 New York

Capital District Library Council

For additional information for events in the counties of Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington, please visit the Capital District Library Council website at:

Wednesday, October 4th, Capital Region Archives Dinner

The Eleventh Annual Archives Dinner will feature reknowned author Joseph E. Persico and will be held at New York State's Executive Mansion in downtown Albany. This is the Mansion's 150th Anniversary, and we could not ask for a better combination of speaker and venue! For more information, visit

Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave., Albany NY

Monday, October 11th, 2006. 5:30-7:30pm: New York State Archives Week Tour and Open House Reception
Open house will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of the library followed by a reception. Free, but reservations are requested. Contact Rebecca Rich-Wulfmeyer at 540-463-4478 for more details and to make reservations.

University at Albany

Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Standish Room, Science Library, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY

University in Exile, 1933-1953: Refugee Scholars in New York, the New School for Social Research, and the German and Jewish Intellectual migr Collection.

Please join the University at Albany Libraries for an enlightening discussion of 1930s era German and Jewish intellectual migrs and their subsequent impact on American society. The program will be held on Thursday October 12th from 4-6pm in the Standish Room in the Science Library, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, N.Y.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler began a systematic purge of German universities and dismissed radical and Jewish faculty heralding a great exodus of intellectuals. During this period roughly 4,000 academics lost positions and 1,700 of these German scholars came to the United States, settling initially in urban centers. The "University in Exile" in New York City was founded in 1933 as a base for scholars who had been dismissed from teaching and government positions and fostered a community of academic exiles that lasted until after World War II. Led by a panel of distinguished scholars, the program will feature an overview of the widespread exile and escape of intellectuals and academics from Nazi Germany and their impact on United States political and intellectual landscape.

This period of immigration is documented in The German and Jewish Intellectual migr Collection, is accessible at the University at Albany Libraries' M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives and presently consists of more than 1,500 cubic feet of personal papers, organizational records, political pamphlets, tape recordings, photographs, and related research materials documenting the German intellectual exodus of the 1930s and 1940s. Selections from the migr Collection will exhibit before and after the event. Additional information about the German and Jewish Intellectual migr Collection is available at

Moderator: Dr. Joel Berkowitz, Chair of the Judaic Studies Department and Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, University at Albany, SUNY.


  • Dr. Claus Dieter Krohn, Professor of Social and Cultural History, University of Lneburg, Germany
  • Dr. Johannes F. Evelein, Chair of Dept. of Modern Languages and Literature, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Dr. John Spalek, Professor Emeritus, Department of Languages and Literature, University at Albany, SUNY

The program is sponsored by the University at Albany Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Jewish Studies.

National Archives - New York City
201 Varick Street, 12th floor, New York NY 10014.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 Lecture: Finding Family: Using Library and Local Government Records
Genealogy expert and retired archivist Art Sniffen will present on a myriad of local government resources, including local libraries, that you can use to uncover information about your family history. He will discuss minutes, tax rolls, ear marks, almshouses, and vital records from city, country, town, and village governments. This lecture will run from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. National Archives staff will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the research and archival stack areas directly after the program.

This lecture is free. However, space is limited so registration is required.

Arthur Sniffen is a retired New York State Archives and Records Administration Regional Advisory Officer. He also served as university archivist for The Rockefeller University, archivist at the Library of the State of New York at Stony Brook, archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, and field archivist at Cornell University. He is founding chairman of the Genealogy Workshop of the Huntington Historical Society, a past president and board member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and a member of numerous organizations including the Sons of the American Revolution, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the Archives Committee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Thursday, October 12th, 2006 Immigrant Research Day

Hands-On Consultation (8:30am - 11:30am, 1:30pm - 3:00pm)
Lecture: Immigration Arrival Records Since 1892 (11:45am - 1:00pm)

Join Marian L. Smith, Historian, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, for a day of immigration research. Marian will be in the research room between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. to help researchers with their questions, brick walls, and conundrums. Both the consultation and lecture are free. Marian will also give a lunchtime lecture featuring an in-depth overview of "Immigration Arrival Records Since 1892." National Archives staff will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the research and archival stack areas directly after the program.

The lecture is free. However, space is limited so registration is required. No registration is required for the research and consultation.

Marian L. Smith is the Senior Historian at US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service). She regularly lectures at national and international genealogy conferences on the history and uses of immigration and naturalization records. Her articles appear in the National Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications. Her research focus primarily involves official immigration agency records held in the National Archives in downtown Washington, DC.

Town of Saratoga Town Hall
30 Ferry Street, Schuylerville

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006. 7:30pm
"Lexington, Saratoga and Yorktown: The Road to America’s Revolution"

How did America Revolution start, what was the turning point, and how did it end? Historian Sean Kelleher will take you on a journey from rebellion, to revolution, to republic. Learn how it all happened.

Dudley Observatory
107 Nott Terrace Suite 201, Schenectady

Monday, October 9th 3pm - 6pm "Reflections: Stories of Astronomy, Earth and Space"
Celebration of Dudley oral history project. Students got to know the real people behind historic discoveries, and heard about the trials and pitfalls they endured along the way, when they interviewed people with connections to the Dudley Observatory for this oral history project.

Schenectady County Historical Society
Schenectady, NY

Saturday, October 14th, 2:00 pm
Robert Wells will talk about researching his book "Facing the 'King of Terrors': Death and Society in an American Community, 1750-1990." The community used for his book was Schenectady. Robert V. Wells is Chauncey H. Winters Professor of History at Union College, Schenectady, New York. Program is free.

An exhibit of the same name will open at the Society in October.

Schuylerville, New York and surrounding area

October 10th-17th, 2006: Surrender Week
A variety of events, talks, tours to commemorating the 229th Anniversary of the seven days that British General John Burgoyne's troops were encircled in Old Saratoga and the American Victory at Saratoga. For more information visit


Pennsylvania State Archives
350 North Street, Harrisburg PA.

  • Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 - Archives and State Library staff will be at Strawberry Square to hand out literature on the State Archives and the State Library’s resources as well as answer questions about caring for family collections. 11:30 am -1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 - State Archives, the House of Representative Archives and State Library staff will be at the Capitol to hand out literature on the three repositories and answer questions about caring for family collections. 11:30 am -1:00 pm.
  • Friday, October 13th, 2006 - Behind the Scene Tours of the State Archives will be held for Commonwealth employees and the public. Tours will be at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Reservations are requested.
  • Saturday, October 14th, 2006, 9:00am - Noon - James M. Beidler, Professional Genealogist, will conduct an hour-long session on genealogical research at the State Archives. Participants will be permitted original records research after the session. Limited to 15 people. Reservations required.
  • Saturday, October 14th, 2006, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - James M. Beidler and Richard Saylor will conduct an hour-long session on "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors" Participants will be permitted original records research after the session. Limited to 15 people. Reservations required.


The Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street, Richmond VA 23219

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006: Genealogical Research: What a Difference a Decade Makes!
Time: Noon-1:00pm, Conference Rooms. Free Event. Genealogical research techniques and methodologies have changed significantly since the introduction of the Internet. Barbara Little, president of the National Genealogical Society, and past president of the Virginia Genealogical Society, will discuss the many ways information technology has affected how and where genealogists research their family background.

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006: Unheard Voices: An Oral History
Time: Noon-1:00pm, Conference Rooms. Free Event. Oral history draws upon and complements the archival record. Join us for a discussion of how oral history has been utilized to document the African American experience from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. Charles Perdue, archivist for the Virginia Folklore Society and Kevin Barry and Kelly Scott Perdue Archive of Traditional Culture at the University of Virginia, will discuss oral history methodologies used in his book Weevils in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia's Ex-Slaves. Betsy Brinson, Ph.D., a Richmond independent historian, will share her experience in producing the documentary Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.

Thursday, October 12th, 2006: Archives and Architecture: Using Historical Resources to Reconstruct the Past
Time: Noon-1:00pm, Conference Rooms. Free Event. Architects, architectural historians, preservationists, and historic home owners will discuss how and why they utilize archival material to study, preserve and reconstruct historic properties. The panelists will highlight past and current projects, and take time to respond to audience inquiries. Speakers include Brian Townes, architect for Commonwealth Architects, Mimi Sadler, architectural historian with Sadler and Whitehead Architects, Mike Yengling, preservation planner with the City of Richmond, and Mark Webb, owner of a historic Monument Avenue home currently under renovation.

University of Virginia. Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Historical Collections

Wednesday, October 18, 2006: Kerr White Health Care Collection
Please join us for the grand opening of the Kerr White Health Care Collection web site ( and reception in honor of DR. KERR L. WHITE. Remarks by Dr. Kerr L. White, Dr. Robert E. Reynolds, and members of the Library's Web site team.

Shenandoah County Library
514 Stoney Creek Blvd., Edinburg VA

Saturday, October 7, 2006: German Heritage Day
Jean M. Martin, Archivist from the Shenandoah Room in Edinburg, will celebrate German Heritage Day with a lecture on "German Settlement in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia" at the North Mountain Vineyards (4374 Swartz Road, Maurertown, VA). There will also be German music, food, yodeling and folk dancing from 11 AM to 5 PM. There is a fee for this event, which is geared for adults.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006: Civil War Pot Luck and exhibit
The Edinburg Library will host a Civil War Pot Luck on October 17th at 6 PM with foods, costumes and artwork from the Civil War Era. Free. They will also host an exhibit during most of the month of October. It celebrates the theme "Archives are Bridges from the Past to the Present". We will display copies of local Civil War letters to and from families in the Shenandoah Valley.

 How to Celebrate Archives Week

  1. Open your doors: Hold an open house and provide tours of your facility.

  2. Highlight a photograph from your collection by placing it in the town newspaper, public library circulation desk, town hall or other public location.

  3. Mount exhibits using materials from your repository.

  4. Sponsor a lecture by a researcher who has used your collection.

  5. Impersonate someone else: Create a living history event by acting as someone whose letters, diaries or other items are in your collection.

  6. Sponsor a workshop or brown-bag discussion on preserving family treasures.

  7. Engage students in an Archives Week project, such as an essay contest, that encourages them to use historical records from your repository.

  8. Host a reception to thank Archives Volunteers. If you are an all volunteer group, throw yourselves a party! Invite friends and neighbors.

  9. Present a lecture on genealogical research and the sources available.

  10. Invite residents to bring in their own photos, letters and memories to share with others during a local history celebration.

  11. Organize a walking tour of a neighborhood documented by your repository.

Reprinted with permission from Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist, and New York State Documentary Heritage Program.