New York Archives Week
October 16th-23rd, 2019
Each October the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART), along with hundreds of organizations in the archives community across New York State, celebrates New York Archives Week, with special commemorative activities throughout the New York City metropolitan area. New York Archives Week informs the general public of the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York City region.
Among the many activities free and open to the public are open houses, lectures, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of archives throughout the city. These special events are designed to celebrate the importance of historical records and to familiarize interested organizations and the public with a wealth of fascinating archival materials illuminating centuries of New York City history and culture.
ART has three signature events for New York Archives Week, which include celebratory, educational and outreach initiatives, all important to ART's mission:
The K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI) is a free program designed to introduce primary sources to K-12 teachers as a viable and practical resource for classroom instruction and out-of-class assignments, while helping archivists and other special collections professionals identify ways to connect these materials with Common Core and state requirements. Primary source materials are drawn from the rich collections of ART member repositories and other metropolitan area archives, museums, and libraries. A different theme is selected every year, and archivists and other participants provide documents, photographs, costumes, ephemera, digitized collections and other primary sources that address the theme.
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The AEI features panel discussions and collaborative group exercises that provide an opportunity to demonstrate how archives can become teachable documents that apply directly to Common Core State Standards. The questions and activities developed result in lesson plans usable in the classroom.
The K-12 Archives Education Institute (AEI) is the culminating event of New York Archives Week. It has been co-sponsored by the National Archives at New York City (NARA-NYC) and the United Federation of Teachers/Associated Teachers of Social Studies; MetLife and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation provide generous support.
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The ART Awards Ceremony during New York Archives Week is the only program in the metropolitan New York City region dedicated to honoring the work of archivists and those who support archival programs. Four awards are presented:
Award for 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.
Outstanding Support of Archives
Recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archival programs through political, financial or moral support.
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.
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. This award was established in 2011 to reflect ART’s growing initiatives to encourage the use of archives by students and learning communities.
ART had its first symposium as part of New York Archives Week in 2011. The Symposium features presentations and panel discussions, interviews, studies, strategies, research, analyses, and use studies, with the aim of bringing together archivists, industry experts, records managers, librarians, museum professionals, professors, scholars, academic researchers, and the general public. The 2016 NYAW Symposium, co-sponsored once again by the Center for Jewish History, had the topic of Politics & Archives.
2018 Symposium: The Uncomfortable Archive
2017 Symposium: New York City, Local History
2014 Symposium: Financial Institutions and Archives
2013 Symposium: Disaster Planning for Archives and Their Communities
2012 Symposium: Archives and Activism
2011 Symposium: Artists’ Records in the Archives