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Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement to continue to fund NEH, NEA, and IMLS through the remainder of 2017. This is great news, our voices we heard! However, there is still much uncertainty surrounding the FY 2018 budget. We should continue to take action to prevent any future cuts to funding.
For more information please read the National Humanities Alliance's statement.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. strongly opposes the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposed by the Trump Administration. The proposed budget eliminates funding for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and National Heritage Areas program at the National Park Service. Elimination of these agencies and programs would greatly undercut the work of archivists and places preservation and access of records in peril.
Check out Rachel Mattson's piece Police-Worn Body Camera Footage: A Public Record? on the Issues & Advocacy Section (I&A) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Archivists on the Issues blog.
A.R.T. has also weighed in on this issue, our advocacy action on the subject can be found here.
Yesterday, Nancy Beaumont released the SAA Council’s statement concerning the recent executive order restricting entry in the United States.
"January 31, 2017—The Society of American Archivists strongly opposes the discriminatory executive order, issued by the Trump Administration on Friday, January 27, 2017, that restricts entry into the United States by individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" directly affects members of our community with whom we work and serve, including archival colleagues, students, faculty, researchers, donors, and their families."
Read the full statement here.
News broke this morning that the in-coming Trump Administration has a budget blueprint that proposes the elimination of NEH, along with other cultural agencies, and a major downsizing of others.
This news has elicited great concern from the humanities community, and it is undoubtedly time to rally support for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
That said, this blueprint is not an official proposal. The Trump Administration will be shaping its budget request over the coming months with broad input and we look forward to an opportunity to demonstrate the value of federal funding for NEH.
We are also heartened by Republican support in Congress, which has been strong over the past few years. Indeed, Republican-controlled appropriations committees have supported increases for both NEA and NEH for the past two fiscal years. More broadly, many Republicans have opposed far more minor cuts to the agency.
Consistently, Members of Congress have been compelled by advocacy that points out that:
We ask you now to send a message to your Members of Congress and the President-Elect to make clear that you, as a constituent, value the humanities.
Going forward, we will call on you again as the Congressional appropriations process for FY 2018 begins.
We also encourage you to join us for our Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day on March 13th and 14th. Our goal is for constituents to visit Members of Congress from all 50 states to ensure that Congress serves as a stopgap to any efforts to defund NEH.
Finally, we encourage you to spread word on social media. The more advocates receiving our alerts, the stronger our collective impact!
Investing in Archivists Panel Discussion - February 15th at 6:30 PM
Please join us for a wonderful evening of discourse, where we will address the significant financial challenges and opportunities facing archivists today. The panelists will discuss the various ways in which they have been successful in securing funding for professional development, hiring, promotions, and advocating for salary increase for the professional staff at their respective repositories.
The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Bob Clark, Director of Archives, Rockefeller Archive Center
Julie I. May, Managing Director of Library & Archives, Brooklyn Historical Society
Kathleen Leary, Education Coordinator, Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Steven G. Fullwood, Associate Curator, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division and Manager of the BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Refreshments will be served!
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011
Kovno Room, 2nd Floor
Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.
2016: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow
2015: Adrena Ifill Blagburn
2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project National History Day
2013: Dr. Warren Stewart
2012: Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart
2011: “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)
2010: The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
2009: Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)
2008: Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)
Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession. Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.
Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2017 and should be sent to:
J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-4061
Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details. For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to: http://www.archivists.org/recognition/index.asp
For more information visit DHP's Grants & Awards page.
For more information visit NYAC.