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New York 2017 Archives Week Symposium: Archives and Local History

  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


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Get ready to unfold your maps. From Times Square to Tarrytown, Stony Brook to Brooklyn, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) focuses this year's Archives Week Symposium on Archives and Local History.

The symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish History (CJH), offers a full day of presentations on studies, strategies, research and analyses, with the aim of bringing together archivists, records managers, librarians, museum professionals, scholars, researchers, and the general public.

The Honorable Charles B. Rangel, New York’s longest-serving congressman, will deliver the keynote address. Additionally, expect panels on:

  • People: Revolutionary-Era spies in Long Island, Underground Railroad champions in Tarrytown, and legendary Bronx librarians

  • Places: education, politics, gender, city planning, and art —seen through a local prism

  • Travel: exploring our city digitally with warped maps or through personal voices

  • Roots: archives by and for the communities they serve


8 - 12 Registration

8:30-9 Opening Remarks

Rachel Miller, Director of Archive and Library Services, Center for Jewish History, NYC

Karen Trivette, President, Archivists Roundtable

9-10:30 Heroines, Villains and Regular Folk

A Revolution in Special Collections: Acquiring George Washington Spy Letters through Community Engagement
Kristen J. Nyitray, Director, Special Collections and University Archives, University Archivist, Stony Brook University Libraries

Sally Stieglitz, Digital Learning and Instruction Librarian, Adelphi University Libraries, Garden City, NY

Researching Local Lore: The Search for the Historical Amanda Foster
Sara Mascia, Ph.D., and Char Weigel, The Historical Society Inc., Tarrytown, NY

The Storyteller's Story: How Pura Belpré Pioneered Library Services to the NYC Latino Community
María Isabel Molestina-Kurlat, The Morgan Library & Museum, NYC

The StoryCorps Archive Speaks
Eddie Gonzalez, Manager of Community Training; Maria Santiago, Archivist; and Bianca Sui Davies, Recording and Archive Intern, StoryCorps, NYC

10:30-11 Coffee break

11-12:30 Art, Education, and Where to Find Them
           Genealogy and Maps: Digital Initiatives at The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Bert Spaan and Philip Sutton, The New York Public Library

An Institutional View of Art Communities: Local History and the Art Museum
Jonathan Lill, The Museum of Modern Art Archives, NYC

CUNY Digital History Archive: CUNY and Its Communities
Andrea Vasquez and Chloe Smolarski, Graduate Center, City University of New York

What the Branch Libraries Do Tell: The History of Education in New York City
Bette Weneck, Associate Director and Lecturer, Center on History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC
Tal Nadan, Reference Archivist, The New York Public Library

12:30 - 1:30 LUNCH

1:30 - 2 Keynote Address: 50 Years Representing Upper Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx

The Honorable Charles B. Rangel, New York

2 - 3:15 Represent! From Times Square to the Bronx & Brooklyn

Congressional Archives: Their Value to the Local Community
Kimberly Peach, Lead Archivist at the Winthrop Group, Inc., processing the Congressman Charles B. Rangel Archive at the City College of New York

Timing and Times Square: The Durst Organization and Local Visions of Development
Ryan Anthony Donaldson, Senior Manager of Heritage and Information Services,  The Durst Organization, NYC

Local History through Organizational Records: the Case of the YWCA
Colleen Bradley-Sanders, Head Archivist, and Juliana Magro, Project Archivist, Brooklyn College

3:15-3:30 Coffee break

3:30 - 4:30 Local History for Community Empowerment

Communities Telling Their Own History: Collecting Neighborhood Association Records
Diana Bowers-Smith, Archivist, Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library

The Our Streets, Our Stories Community Digitization Project
Deborah Tint, Special Collections Cataloger, Brooklyn Collection
Sarah Quick, Assistant Archivist, Trinity Church, NYC
Tess Colwell, Digital Asset Associate, Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Connections: Empowering Students Through Archival Education
Kaitlin Holt, Program Manager, Brooklyn Connections, Brooklyn Public Library

4:30 - 5 Closing remarks

Marcos Sueiro Bal, Director of the Education Committee, Archivists Roundtable
Karen Trivette, President, Archivists Roundtable

5 - 6 Reception: Think Globally, Mingle Locally

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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