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  • 01 Mar 2014 8:31 PM | Anonymous
    Congratulations to all, including A.R.T. Members:
    Francine Snyder, Bonnie Marie Sauer, Shannon O'Neill!

    The Archives Leadership Institute is proud to announce its ALI14 cohort!

    We received applications from 74 applicants, all of which were very strong
    candidates. Each applicant was evaluated by three different Steering
    Committee members and scored based on their responses to a series of essay
    questions. Each of our ALI14 cohort members have shown exceptional
    leadership skills and potential, the ability to influence change within the
    archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession,
    demonstrated professional organizational involvement and service, a
    collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of
    diversity within the profession.

    The Program Staff, Steering Committee, and Faculty are all very much
    looking forward to the 2014 Archives Leadership Institute.

    *Bonnie Marie Sauer*
    *National Archives and Records Administration*
    Bonnie Marie Sauer is an Archivist with the National Archives at New York
    City performing as Processing Team Lead and troubleshooting system
    integration issues at NARA offices nationwide. Previously, Bonnie worked
    with the Winthrop Group, the Nassau County Museum System, and the Smithtown
    Historical Society. She holds an MLIS and certificate in Archives and
    Records Management from Long Island University.

    *Brad Houston*
    *University Records Archivist*
    *University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee*
    Brad Houston is University Records Archivist at the University of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee. He is active in both SAA and the Midwest Archives Conference,
    and currently serves as co-chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Archivists'
    Group. Brad received his MA in European History and MLS from the University
    of Maryland-College Park in 2007, and became a Certified Archivist in 2013.

    *Chris Burns*
    *Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist*
    *University of Vermont*
    Chris is the Curator of Manuscripts in Special Collections at the
    University of Vermont Libraries. He is a former President of the New
    England Archivists, and has served as chair of the Manuscript Repositories
    Section and the Awards Committee of the Society of American Archivists. He
    holds an MLIS from Simmons College, and an MA in History from the
    University of Vermont.

    *Christian Kelleher*
    *Archivist/Assistant Head Librarian*
    *Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at
    Christian Kelleher is the Archivist at the University of Texas's Nettie Lee
    Benson Latin American Collection where he manages the Rare Books &
    Manuscripts division. He holds an MLIS from UT Austin and is a Certified
    Archivist. Previously he was an archivist with History Associates
    Incorporated, and a Peace Corps Volunteer.

    *Cliff Hight*
    *University Archivist*
    *Kansas State University*
    Cliff Hight has been the University Archivist at Kansas State University
    since 2011, and has been in the profession since 2005. His professional
    activities include being on the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory
    Board, the State of Kansas Electronic Records Committee, and on the Best
    Practices and Toolbox Committee of the SAA Web Archiving Roundtable.

    *Conor Casey*
    *Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington*
    Conor Casey is the founding labor archivist of the Labor Archives of
    Washington at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
    Previously, he worked at the Labor Archives & Research Center at San
    Francisco State University (SFSU). Conor holds an MA in US history with a
    concentration in labor and public history from SFSU, a MLIS from San Jose
    State University with a concentration in archives and academic reference,
    and is a Certified Archivist. He is co-chair of the SAA Labor Archives
    Roundtable, a board member of the Pacific Northwest Labor History
    Association and the Northwest Archivists, and the president of the Pacific
    Northwest Historians Guild.

    *Cynthia Harbeson*
    *Processing Archivist/Assistant Professor*
    *Appalachian State University*
    Cynthia Harbeson is the Processing Archivist and an Assistant Professor at
    the Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State
    University in Boone, North Carolina. She holds a Master of Science in
    Library Science and a Master of Arts in History from Simmons College in
    Boston, Massachusetts.

    *Dara Baker*
    *Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher *
    *Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Contractor*
    Dara Baker is the Senior Archivist, Historian, and Legislative Researcher
    at the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. She holds an MLS from the University
    of Maryland, College Park and a Master's in History from Harvard
    University. Dara served as Chair of the SAA Communications Task Force and
    is currently Co-Chair of the MARAC Lone Arrangers Working Group. She has
    been a Certified Archivist since 2012.

    *Francine Snyder *
    *Director of Library and Archives*
    *Guggenheim Museum*
    Francine Snyder is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Solomon
    R. Guggenheim Museum. Previously, Francine worked as Project Archivist at
    Gap, Inc and as the Slide Librarian at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
    Francine is a member of Metropolitan New York Library Council's Digital
    Services Advisory Council, the Society of American Archivists' Task Force
    on Member Affinity Groups, SAA 2011 program committee, and is a past
    co-chair for the Museum Archives Section.

    *Gerald Chaudron *
    *Preservation Librarian*
    *University of Memphis*
    Gerald is the Preservation Librarian at the University of Memphis,
    responsible for the maintenance the library and archival collections, as
    well as the digitization program. Previously, Gerald was a processing
    archivist at Mississippi State University. He has a PhD in History from the
    University of Canterbury, New Zealand, a MLIS from Louisiana State
    University at Baton Rouge, and is a Certified Archivist.

    *Gina Nichols *
    *U.S. Navy Seabee Museum*
    Gina Nichols is the Senior Archivist at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum.
    Nichols is an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge
    teaching archival management courses for the Department of History and has
    authored four books. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists
    and a Certified Archivist.

    *Jamie Nelson *
    *Head of Special Collections and Archives*
    *DePaul University*
    Jamie Nelson is Head of Special Collections and Archives at DePaul
    University, and was previously Special Collections Librarian at Augustana
    College (Rock Island, Illinois) for thirteen years. Her continuing
    interests in the field include instruction, assessment, and dialogue about
    the digital representation of archival materials.

    *Jillian Cuellar *
    *Head, Center for Primary Research and Training & Digital Initiatives*
    *UCLA Library Special Collections*
    Jillian Cuellar is Head of the Center for Primary Research & Training and
    Digital Initiatives at UCLA Library Special Collections. She has worked as
    an archivist at NYU and Columbia University, and is active in national and
    regional professional associations. She holds a MSLIS from Pratt Institute
    and a BA in English from the University of Texas, Austin.

    *Lynette Stoudt *
    *Director, Research Center*
    *Georgia Historical Society*
    Lynette Stoudt is Director of the Georgia Historical Society Research
    Center. She held previous positions at U.C. Berkeley, Irvine, and San Diego
    and with History Associates Inc. She currently serves on the boards of the
    Society of Georgia Archivists, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response, and
    the Steering Committee of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium.

    *Mary Jo Fairchild *
    *Senior Archivist*
    *South Carolina Historical Society*
    Mary Jo Fairchild is the Director of Archives and Research at the South
    Carolina Historical Society and holds a MA in History from the College of
    Charleston, a MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and is a
    Certified Archivist. Currently, Mary Jo is the President of the South
    Carolina Archival Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the
    Friends of the Charleston County Public Library.

    *Matt Francis *
    *Archivist for Collection Management*
    *Pennsylvania State University*
    Matt Francis is the Archivist for Collection Management at Pennsylvania
    State University. Previously, Matt has worked at SUNY Potsdam and at the
    University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center. He earned a M.A. in
    public history with an archives concentration from Wright State University.
    He has served on the steering committee of SAA's Issues and Advocacy
    Roundtable, the Upstate New York Key Contact for the Membership Committee,
    and is an SAA mentor.

    *Melissa Gonzales *
    *University Archivist*
    *University of Texas at Arlington*
    Melissa Gonzales is the University Archivist at the University of Texas at
    Arlington. Currently, she is Chair of SAA's Students and New Archives
    Professionals Roundtable, and is also on the Mentoring Subcommittee. She
    has sat on the Society of Southwest Archivists' Executive Board and serves
    on the Membership and Publications Committees, respectively.

    *Michael Shallcross *
    *Assistant Archivist*
    *University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library*
    Mike Shallcross is an Assistant Archivist in the Digital Curation Division
    of the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library. He has
    developed policies, procedures, and tools for processing born-digital
    archives and has also contributed to the library's web archives and
    implementation of its digital infrastructure. Mike also serves on the SAA
    Publications Board and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of
    Michigan's School of Information.

    *Morna Gerrard *
    *Women and Gender Collections Archivist*
    *Georgia State University*
    Morna Gerrard is the Women and Gender Collections Archivist at Georgia
    State University. A past president of the Society of Georgia Archivists,
    she is on the board of the Georgia Archives Institute, and vice president
    of the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project. She lives in Decatur, GA.

    *Natalie Baur*
    *Archivist, Cuban Heritage Collection*
    *University of Miami *
    Natalie Baur joined the University of Miami Libraries as the Archivist for
    the Cuban Heritage Collection in 2012. Natalie holds an MA in History, a
    certificate in Museum Studies, and an MLS with a concentration in Archives,
    Records, and Information Management. Her interests include description and
    preservation of cultural heritage materials and collaboration with
    librarians and archivists in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    *Paul Eisloeffel *
    *Curator of Audiovisual Collections*
    *Nebraska State Historical Society*
    Paul Eisloeffel is the Curator of Audiovisual Collections for the Nebraska
    State Historical Society, a position he has held since 2001. He has been
    active in professional associations, is a frequent presenter and writer on
    heritage audiovisual topics and runs a small business helping colleagues
    with their moving image holdings.

    *Sarah Dorpinghaus*
    *Digital Projects Library Manager*
    *University of Kentucky*
    Sarah Dorpinghaus is the Digital Projects Manager at the University of
    Kentucky Libraries where she oversees workflows for digital content
    creation, management, and preservation. Sarah holds an MLIS from the
    University of Iowa (2009) and her research interests include large-scale
    digitization projects. She previously held project archivist positions at
    the College of Charleston and the Chicago History Museum

    *Shannon O'Neill *
    *Associate Director of Archives and Special Collections*
    *Barnard College*
    Shannon is the Associate Director of Archives and Special Collections at
    Barnard College. Prior to joining Barnard, she worked at the Atlantic City
    Free Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library. Shannon's
    professional interests include community-based archiving, radical
    histories, and the use of primary resource materials in education. She
    received her MLIS at UCLA in 2008.

    *Tamara Kennelly *
    *University Archivist*
    *Virginia Tech*
    Tamara Kennelly is the University Archivist at Virginia Tech. She is active
    in the International Oral History Association in which she serves on the
    English program committee for the upcoming XVIII IOHA Conference in
    Barcelona, Spain and in the Oral History Association in which she serves on
    the Diversity Committee.

    *Tywanna Whorley *
    *Manuscript Librarian*
    *Howard University*
    Tywanna Whorley is the Manuscript Librarian for the Moorland-Spingarn
    Research Center at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. from the
    School of Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Tywanna was
    a project archivist for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers at Boston
    University. She is a former Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of
    library and Information Science at Simmons College. Tywanna is currently
    serving as the Chair of the Diversity Committee.

  • 21 Feb 2014 11:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Winter 2014 issue of the Metropolitan Archivist is now available. This issue features a brand new layout design created by John Seckler that we hope you enjoy, and is the debut of our new Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Wyckoff.

    Metropolitan Archivist
    is available on the A.R.T. website & Scribd.

    Please contact if you are interested in joining our staff or contributing to our next issue.
  • 18 Feb 2014 1:13 AM | Anonymous

    A.R.T. sadly announces the death of Leonora Gidlund, former Director of the Municipal Archives at New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS). A.R.T. Member Susan Woodland has alerted the A.R.T. Board that MARAC would like to publish an article of people's memories of Leonora in the next Mid-Atlantic Archivist

    You are invited to submit a remembrance of Leonora Gidlund for MARAC's Mid-Atantic Archivist. Please send personal and professional remembrances of Leonora to Susan Woodland by Thursday, February 20, 2014 at

  • 18 Feb 2014 12:54 AM | Anonymous
    A.R.T. members alerted the A.R.T. Board this weekend of the sad news of the death of Leonora Gidlund, A.R.T. member and the recently retired Director of the New York City Municipal Archives, who passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014. 

    Leonora's funeral will be held tomorrow:

    Tuesday, February 18, 201410:00 am
    Holy Name of Jesus
    Shepherds Hall (basement of church)
    Brooklyn, NY

    The wake calling hours were held Sunday and Monday at Joseph Duffy Funeral Home (a.ka. M. J. Smith Funeral Home, 255 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, NY (718-499-8700).

    Messages of condolence may be posted at the funeral home website:

    Leonora was part of the Municipal Archives staff for over 28 years, most recently as Director of the Municipal Archives at New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) a position from which she retired in 2013. She was recognized by the Sloan Public Service Award in 2006, whose committee was headed by Caroline Kennedy. She was honored for making the Municipal Archives more accessible having helped to retrieve and restore 1,100 cartons of builder Robert Moses' moldy papers and helped assemble and preserve tributes made for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Many lauded Leonora’s ability to preserve while providing access to collection materials. She also pushed for the Municipal Archives to be part of a strong stand alone entity within the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) and fully supported the NYC vital records index digitization project. 

    Her contributions to the archives profession were many; their impact, and her presence, will be felt for generations to come.

    Lenora is survived by her husband Lennart Gidlund, a son, and a granddaughter.

    FYI - 2006 press about Leonora:

  • 02 Feb 2014 1:07 PM | Anonymous
    New York Court Archivist Isn’t Letting Retirement Stop Him
  • 25 Nov 2013 9:47 AM | Anonymous




    The Communications Committee is pleased to announce that Lindsey Wyckoff has joined the Metropolitan Archivist team as our new Editor-in-Chief! We’ve enjoyed working with Lindsey in her current role as Metropolitan Archivist’s book reviews editor and look forward to continuing the great partnership with her.


    Lindsey is currently the Archivist & Special Collections Librarian at Bank Street College of Education. She began working at Bank Street in 2005 shortly after receiving her master’s degree in Librarian and Information Science from Simmons College. As a lone arranger at Bank Street, Lindsey manages the Archival program and special collections and assists with planning and marketing events for the Center for Children's Literature.


    A native of New Hampshire, Lindsey enjoys traveling, reading, running, and pilates in her spare time. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn, NY.


    Please join us in celebrating Lindsey for the hard work she's done for us since 2011 and in welcoming and congratulating her on her new role!

  • 30 Oct 2013 8:13 PM | Anonymous
    Did you know that the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. played a major role in creating the new Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC)?
    The RAAC provides an official venue for information exchange amongst the leadership of regional archival organizations, and amongst the Regionals and the Society of American Archivists. The Group serves as a formal entity for fostering collaboration among the Regionals, and between the Regionals and SAA. It offers formal channels to coordinate efforts intra-state, interstate, and with SAA which facilitate streamlining actions, reducing costs, and increasing services to archivists around the nation. Such efforts include but are not limited to advocacy, public awareness, education, disaster planning/recovery, and grant development.
    Rachel Chatalbash, Past President of A.R.T., has been elected to the RAAC Steering Committee.
    More information on the RAAC can be found on the Group’s website:
  • 27 Oct 2013 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Call for Submissions
    Metropolitan Archivist
    Winter 2014 Edition

    The Editors of the Metropolitan Archivist are seeking
    submissions from members of the Archivists Round
    Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.).
    Please consider submitting an article to heighten
    awareness, enlighten colleagues, reach a larger audience,
    and add your voice to our collective professional

    Use our online Submission Form for all your submissions.
    All submissions are due by December 15, 2013.
    We are seeking submissions for the following sections:

    ➔ ART News
    ➔ Feature Articles
    ➔ Exhibition Reviews
    ➔ Repository Profiles
    ➔ Interviews
    ➔ "Reaching Out"
    ➔ Citing Collections
    ➔ Book Reviews

    Submissions Guidelines

    The deadline for all submissions for this issue of Metropolitan Archivist is
    December 15, 2013. Please use the online Metropolitan Archivist
    Submission Form to upload articles and images. Articles and submissions will
    be subject to review by the Editors for grammar and syntax. Some articles
    may be edited for length. If substantive changes are made, the article will be
    returned to the author for review before publishing. General inquiries can be
    made to the Editor.

    Permission to use images online will be required for all contributors. If you
    have images to submit with your article, first advise your organization that
    the Metropolitan Archivist is an online publication before submitting any
    images. Then complete, review, and sign the Permission to Publish Images
    Form. Please send the completed form to

    The Metropolitan Archivist staff is extremely grateful to our members who send us
    contributions for each issue. We appreciate this show of support for ART and the
    metropolitan New York archives community. Thank you!
  • 12 Oct 2013 10:33 AM | Anonymous


    Mount Sinai Archives; "Reaching Out to the Inside: Internal Publications Over the Years," Exhibit, 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., all week, exhibit closes December 31, 2013.

    Monmouth County Archives; Archives Week Programs, Program, Exhibit, Tour, and Lecture, October 7, 9, 12; see Event Descriptions for daily times; October 12: Archives and History Day, 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m

    The New York Society Library; "Extraordinary Gifts: Rare Books Presented to the New York Society Library 1754-2012," 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., open daily through December 31, 2013, see ongoing exhibits and programs below for times for each day.

    Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), co-sponsored by National Archives at New York City and Association of Teachers of Social Studies and the United Federation of Teachers (ATSS/UFT); K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI), Panel Discussion and Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; "Pioneering Poet of Light: Florence Vandamm & the Vandamm Studio," Exhibit, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 pm, closes February 28, 2014, see Ongoing Exhibits and Programs below for times for each day.

    Maple Grove Association/Aquinas Honor Society/The Josephine Foundation; President/Cemetery Historian/Steward of the Maple Grove Archives, Self-Guided Afternoon Walking Tour and Evening Concert, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    You may view the A.R.T. 2013 New York Archives Week Calendar here.

    Don't forget to tag your AW related posts with #ARTNYAW so we can find them!

    A.R.T. acknowledges the continued support of MetLife, a major sponsor of New York Archives Week, and generous support from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

  • 10 Oct 2013 11:08 PM | Anonymous

    Mount Sinai Archives

    “Reaching Out to the Inside: Internal Publications Over the Years,” Exhibit, 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., all week, exhibit closes December 31, 2013.

    The New York Society Library
    “Extraordinary Gifts: Rare Books Presented to the New York Society Library 1754-2012,” 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., open daily through December 31, 2013, see ongoing exhibits and programs below for times for each day.

    ART | library deco

    The Online Debut: ART | library deco, Google Hangout-Online Exhibit of Archival African American Arts Blog, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    “Pioneering Poet of Light: Florence Vandamm & the Vandamm Studio,” Exhibit, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 pm, closes February 28, 2014, see Ongoing Exhibits and Programs below for times for each day.

    Trinity Wall Street Archives

    Tour of Trinity Church and Archives, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    The Waldorf Astoria Hotel

    "Uniquely Waldorf", Exhibit, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

    New Museum
    "Preserving Artist-Originated Audiovisual Materials: XFR STN at the New Museum", Program and Panel Discussion, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

    You may view the  A.R.T. 2013 New York Archives Week Calendar here.

    Don't forget to tag your AW related posts with #ARTNYAW so we can find them!

    A.R.T. acknowledges the continued support of MetLife, a major sponsor of New York Archives Week, and generous support from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

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