Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone number 717/ 713-9973
Fax number 717/ 245-1439
MARAC ARCHIVES WEEK ACTIVITIES
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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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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 http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/washington/index.html. Fair attendees may use the special events entrance on Constitution Avenue to enter the building.
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:
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
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).
The Monmouth County Library
The Monmouth County Library is sponsoring a series of events in recognition of Archives Week. These events include:
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.
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: http://www.cdlc.org/Programs_And_Services/dhp/ArchivesWeekSched06.shtml.
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 http://www.archivesdinner.org/.
Albany Institute of History and Art
Monday, October 11th, 2006. 5:30-7:30pm: New York State Archives Week Tour and Open House Reception
University at Albany
Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
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 http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/emigre.htm.
Moderator: Dr. Joel Berkowitz, Chair of the Judaic Studies Department and Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, 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
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 Lecture: Finding Family: Using Library and Local Government Records
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)
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
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006. 7:30pm
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.
Monday, October 9th 3pm - 6pm "Reflections: Stories of Astronomy, Earth and Space"
Schenectady County Historical Society
Saturday, October 14th, 2:00 pm
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
Pennsylvania State Archives
The Library of Virginia
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006: Genealogical Research: What a Difference a Decade Makes!
Wednesday, October 11th, 2006: Unheard Voices: An Oral History
Thursday, October 12th, 2006: Archives and Architecture: Using Historical Resources to Reconstruct the Past
University of Virginia. Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Historical Collections
Wednesday, October 18, 2006: Kerr White Health Care Collection
Shenandoah County Library
Saturday, October 7, 2006: German Heritage Day
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006: Civil War Pot Luck and exhibit
Reprinted with permission from Susan D'Entremont, Regional Archivist, and New York State Documentary Heritage Program.