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  • Thursday, October 02, 2014 12:24 AM | Anonymous

    The 2014 New York Archives Week Events Calendar is now available! This revised version includes events listings from the following 25 organizations:

    • American Civil Liberties Union Archives
    • American Museum of Natural History Research Library
    • Bayside Historical Society
    • Brooklyn Public Library
    • Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Columbia University
    • Center for Jewish History
    • Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat-Sen Hall, St. John’s University
    • City University of New York Graduate Center Library
    • Girl Scouts of the USA, National Historic Preservation Center
    • Józef Piłsudski Institute of America
    • Monmouth County Archives
    • National Archives and Records Administration of New York City
    • NYC Department of Records & Information Services/Municipal Archives
    • New-York Historical Society
    • New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building
    • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    • Oyster Bay Historical Society
    • Port Washington Public Library
    • Richard Meier Model Museum
    • RESOBOX Gallery
    • St. John’s University - Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library
    • St. Joseph’s Seminary
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Tamiment Library, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University
    • Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel

    The calendar can be viewed here.

    A.R.T. thanks all of the organizations that are participating in New York Archives Week this year.

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:03 PM | Anonymous

    A.R.T. Announces 2014 New York Archives Week Awards Winners
    Signature event recognizes innovative and educational uses of archives, outstanding support of archives, and archival achievement

    For immediate release.

    The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), along with hundreds of organizations in the archives community across New York State, will celebrate the 26th Anniversary of New York Archives Week, October 5-11, 2014, with special commemorative activities throughout the New York City metropolitan area.  New York Archives Week is an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public of the diverse array of accessible archival materials and local cultural institutions.

    The Awards Ceremony is the NYAW signature event. The awards celebrate distinguished work and enduring achievements in the local archives profession. This year, A.R.T. is pleased to announce this year’s recipients:

    Outstanding Support for Archives Center for Jewish History |


    Innovative Use of Archives - The Roaring ‘Twenties: An Interactive Exploration of the Historical Soundscape of New York City by Emily Thompson and designed by Scott Mahoy produced through the multimedia journal, Vectors

    Educational Use of Archives - Queens Memory Project

    Archival Achievement Linda Edgerly, Founding Partner & Director, Information & Archival Services, The Winthrop Group, Inc.


    The Awards Ceremony will take place at the New York Junior League  on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Registration will be available on the A.R.T. website beginning September 1st, and open exclusively to A.R.T. members and special guests of the awards winners. The Awards Ceremony will feature a Commemorative Journal to be distributed at the event.

    The journal will include a section for congratulatory announcements and advertising opportunities for individuals, businesses, and other organizations. To learn more about this sponsorship opportunity, please visit -

    A.R.T. thanks MetLife for being a major sponsor of New York Archives Week since its inception in 1989. A.R.T. also thanks the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation for their generous support.










  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:37 PM | Anonymous

    Previously posted on the METRO listserv on July 21, 2014.

    Interference Archive, a volunteer run community archive in Brooklyn, is hosting a scavenger hunt…in the archive!

    Have you been looking for a good excuse to leaf through a box of political pamphlets, or a reason to dig through alternative newspapers? It’s finally here, and it’s for a good cause: to raise money for operational expenses at Interference Archive.

    Here’s the info:

    Scavenge the Archive
    Wednesday July 30
    7 to 9pm
    131 8th Street Brooklyn NY 11215

    Entry cost: $5 by donation
    Snacks and drinks by donation
    Fun prizes and raffle!

    RSVP to the Facebook event!

    If you have a smartphone, charge it up and bring it.
    If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t fret.
    For those who can’t make it, follow along with the fun at 

    See you there!
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:08 PM | Anonymous

    Originally posted by Celia Hartmann on the the A.R.T. LinkedIn "Discussions" page, on behalf of the New York State Council on the Arts:

    "New York State Council on the Arts is seeking input from users, enjoyers, and creators of art to assist in planning for arts and culture funding. Complete their survey here:"

  • Friday, July 04, 2014 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    Received via Christine W. Ward, New York State Archivist:

    "We are writing to let you know of changes that are planned for the regional services portion of the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program (DHP).  Our aim is to move the DHP in a direction that will bring the best quality and most comprehensive services to New York's historical records community with the resources available to us. 

    DHP Regional Services
    For over 25 years the DHP regional services have provided technical assistance and training through contracts between the New York State Education Department (SED) and nine regional providers, which have included seven 3Rs library councils, the Museum Association of New York, and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. We thank the organizations that have contributed to the success of this program and advancements in preservation and access for New York's heritage. 

    When the contracts between the SED and these agencies expire on June 30, 2014, there will be changes to the contractual process for operating this part of the program.  The DHP competitive grants program will not change and will continue to be operated from the New York State Archives' central offices.  

    Service Delivery Changes
    Instead of nine separate DHP contracts, the SED will seek a single, statewide five-year contract to deliver a set of supports and educational services for eligible archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions that hold historical records and/or library research materials and operate programs to preserve them and make them accessible. The contract will cover DHP services and also incorporate elements of the New York State Library's Conservation/Preservation Program. 

    Interim Assistance
    Until the new statewide contract is in place, the State Archives will provide basic support to the historical records community through email and phone communications and delivery of on-line resources. Repositories in need of archival assistance may contact Pamela Cooley at the New York State Archives ( 474-5393) starting July 1 and until further notice. For preservation-related assistance, organizations may continue to contact Barbara Lilley at the New York State Library ( 486-4864."

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    As first announced at the A.R.T. Annual Meeting at the Center for Jewish History on June 16, 2014, the new A.R.T. Board members have been elected:

    Vice President/President Elect:

    Janet Bunde


    Erin Allsop

    Director of the Communications Committee:

    Alice L. Merchant

    Director of the Membership Committee:

    Tamar Zeffren

    Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee:

    Tiffany Nixon

    The continuing A.R.T. Board would like to extend congratulations to the election of the new Board members, as well as offer sincere thanks to the outgoing Board members ending their terms: Pamela Cruz (President); Melissa Bowling (Secretary); Wanett Clyde (Director of the Communications Committee); Anne Petrimolux (Director of the Membership Committee); and Janet Bunde (Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee).

    More information on all current Board members can be found here-
  • Monday, June 09, 2014 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    The candidates for the 2014-2015 A.R.T. Board have been announced:

    Vice President - Janet Bunde

    Secretary - Erin Allsop

    Director of the Communications Committee - Alice L. Merchant

    Director of the Membership Committee - Tamar Zeffren

    Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee - Tiffany Nixon

    More information on the candidates can be found here.

    2014-2015 A.R.T. Board Candidate Nominations by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.

    A.R.T. members can vote at the annual meeting and June programming event to be held at the Center for Jewish History on June 16th. This event is FREE for A.R.T. members and will also feature the panel discussion "Perspectives on Theatre Archives."

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, or if you know you will arrive after the voting period, you are encouraged to cast your vote via the online ballot form. The online voting period ends at 8pm on Sunday, 15 June 2014. Please note on the ballot that you must enter in the email address registered with your A.R.T. membership account.

    More information on the meeting and event, along with registration information, is available here. The deadline to register for the event is this Friday (6/13).





  • Friday, May 02, 2014 12:24 AM | Anonymous
    Call for Nominations: A.R.T. Board of Directors 2014 - 2015

    The Board of Directors of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) announces the official call for nominations for Board positions available for the 2014 - 2015 election year. Terms shall commence at the conclusion of the A.R.T. Annual Meeting, to be held in June, with the announcement of the election results.

    Deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, 26 May 2014, midnight EST.

    All current A.R.T. members are eligible for nomination. Nominations from colleagues and self-nominations are both welcomed.

    Serving on the A.R.T. Board is a unique volunteer opportunity. As an A.R.T. Board member, you will gain skills and expertise beyond the scope of your past and present work commitments. Local leadership, project management, and networking are a few of the key benefits. Most importantly, you are serving as a representative for your colleagues and all A.R.T. membership.

    Positions are two-year terms, with the exception of the Vice President, which is a one-year term, following which the Vice President becomes President without an election. After the nominations period closes, each candidate confirming acceptance of the nomination will be required to provide a short biography, candidate statement, and headshot for the ballot, due by Friday, 30 May 2014, midnight EST.

    Open Board positions include:

     Vice President (Two Year Term: 1 year Vice President, 1 Year President)

    At the request of the President, or in the absence of the President, at the request of the Board, the Vice President shall perform all of the duties of the President and so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all restrictions upon the President. The Vice President shall solicit nominations for Director, officer and committee positions; inform the nominator and nominee of the nomination; prepare ballots with candidates’ biographies and statements; and appoint an independent election committee to receive and count the ballots. The Vice President shall serve as liaison with the President to national, regional and local professional associations; prepare a report for the Annual Business Meeting; and perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or by the President.

    Secretary(Two Year Term)

    The Secretary shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Board, and shall keep the minutes thereof; shall be custodian of the seal of the Corporation and may seal with the seal of A.R.T., or a facsimile thereof, all documents the execution of which on behalf of the A.R.T. under its corporate seal is authorized in accordance with the provisions of the By-laws; shall have charge of A.R.T.’s books, records and papers relating to its organization and management as a Corporation, and shall see that the reports, statements and other documents required by law are properly kept and filed; shall manage the A.R.T.’s archives according to the Records Retention Policy and Schedule, and shall, in general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or by the President. 

    Director of the Outreach and Advocacy Committee(Two Year Term)

    The Director of the Advocacy and Outreach Committees shall conduct outreach by coordinating community programs and promoting awareness of A.R.T. to other organizations and community groups, promote the archival profession to new audiences, advocate for the preservation and increased use of historical materials, and influence policy decisions that affect the archives profession. 

    Director of the Communications Committee(Two Year Term.)

    The Director of the Communications Committee shall identify the communications requirements of A.R.T.; manage the A.R.T. website and online presence; update and produce publications, such as the Metropolitan Archivist, for A.R.T., as needed, or as requested by the Board; communicate the concerns of A.R.T. on various subjects as needed; and perform other duties applicable to the office as prescribed by the Board.

    Director of the Membership Committee (Two Year Term.)

    The Director of the Membership Committee shall encourage institutional and individual membership in A.R.T.; develop and update an orientation packet for new members; collect and maintain personal information submitted by members, and document the reasons members have not renewed their membership.

    For further information about A.R.T.’s governance structure and the above positions, please see the by laws on the A.R.T. web site.

    Nominations are officially open to all current A.R.T. members via the official nomination form:

    Alternatively, you may email Ryan Anthony Donaldson, A.R.T. Vice President at with subject line “A.R.T. Board Nomination” if you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, for a position on the A.R.T. Board.  Please send submissions ASAP; the final deadline for nominations is Thursday, 29 May 2014, midnight EST.

    If there are any questions about the open positions, or this year's election, please contact the A.R.T. Vice President:




  • Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:44 PM | Anonymous
    A.R.T. members alerted the A.R.T. Board this evening of the sad news of the death of Kathleen Kirwan. A viewing has been scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, May 2nd, with details below.
    Kathleen Kirwan

    Katie Kirwan, 59, of Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014, of complications from multiple sclerosis. She was born April 1, 1955, in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of the late Mary Jewel and Michael J. Kirwan Jr.Ms. Kirwan was a 1973 graduate of Peters Township High School and obtained several undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and New York University. She was a former archivist in the Special Collections Department for New York City. Surviving are her brother, Michael J. Kirwan III, and three sisters, Molly J. Kirwan, Bridget M. Kirwan and Maureen K. McLaughlin. She is also survived by three nieces, Christy, Casey and Anna, and her dear friend, David Kisacky.
    Viewing is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Hugh Reid Funeral Home, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Reid Funeral Home
    153 Greenpoint Ave.
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn
    Published in Observer-Reporter on Apr. 30, 2014
  • Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:45 AM | Anonymous


    2014 New York Archives Week Awards


    Nominees for the 2014 New York Archives Week Awards Ceremony –

    Each year the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) presents four awards during New York Archives Week.

    This year's event will be held on Thursday, October 9th at a location to be confirmed.

    We invite members to submit nominations for worthy colleagues, archival organizations, and innovative projects. The awards celebrate distinguished work and lasting achievements in our profession. Remember that the Awards Ceremony is only enriched and further elevated with all your nominee suggestions!

    Please use the following criteria in selecting your nominee:

    Nominee must be an A.R.T. member or operate within the New York metropolitan area.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF ARCHIVES recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archives programs through political, financial or moral support.

    Past recipients include:

    2013 New York Archives Conference (NYAC)
    2012 Art Spaces Archives Project
    2011 New York City Council Member Gale Brewer
    2010 Leon Levy Foundation

    INNOVATIVE USE OF ARCHIVES recognizes an individual or organization for use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subject.

    Past recipients include:

    2013 Rhizome
    2012 NYPL Labs
    2011 Muslim World Music Day
    2010 The Jazz Loft Project

    ARCHIVAL ACHIEVEMENT recognizes an individual or archival program that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession, or a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons or constituents. The recipient must be a member of A.R.T. or an archival program operating within the New York metropolitan region.

    Past recipients include:

    2013 Peter Wosh
    2012 Stephen E. Novak
    2011 Barbara Haws, New York Philharmonic
    2010 Grace Lile, Witness

    AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL USE OF ARCHIVES Recognizes and celebrates an individual or organization who utilizes primary source materials to create engaging and informative learning experiences for diverse audiences.

    Past recipients include:

    2013 Brooklyn Historical Society for Students and Faculty in the Archives
    2012 Museum of the Moving Image for The Living Room Candidate project
    2011 Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School


    Nominations must be received by Thursday, May 15, 2014 for consideration.

    Please send any questions to the A.R.T. Awards Committee at

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