Author: Seattle Area Archivists

Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited

MAC is soliciting applications for the 2023 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color ( The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession. Two $1,500 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded. 

To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx descent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education,, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog.

Applications are due March 1, 2023 and must include the following documents:

  • Completed application form, available at
  • Transcript from the applicant’s most recent academic program (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant’s interests and future goals in archival administration
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Jolie Braun

Curator of Modern Literature & Manuscripts

The Ohio State University

Applications must be emailed by March 1, 2023. 

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2023. 

SeArch Winter 2022 Quarterly Meeting

Seattle Area Archivists is excited to host our Winter 2022 Quarterly Meeting! We will be meeting virtually (via Zoom). Please feel free to share this event with your colleagues.

WHEN: March 1, 2022, 3-4pm


WHAT: Engage with your archives and cultural heritage colleagues, maybe win a prize, and listen to special guest speaker Scott Cline about his tenure working at Seattle Municipal Archives, the origin and history of Seattle Area Archivists, and his new book Archival Virtue: Relationship, Obligation, and the Just Archives.

Scott Cline is one of the original founders of Seattle Area Archivists and was City Archivist for Seattle for over three decades. We will have a Fireside Chat with Cline about the history of Seattle archives and SeArch. He will also present his new book Archival Virtue where he “explores ideas of moral commitment, truth, difference, and just behavior in the pursuit of archival ideals” (SAA Press Release). For more info, view the SAA Press Release and his interview in the September/October 2021 Archival Outlook edition.


Urban Renewal in Seattle Exhibit at the Seattle Municipal Archives

A new online exhibit exploring Urban Renewal in Seattle is now available on the Seattle Municipal Archives website. Placing Seattle’s urban renewal projects within the context of federal funding, state laws, and the City’s identification of “blighted areas,” the exhibit outlines and explores Seattle’s Urban Renewal Program from its first project, Cherry Hill, to various Neighborhood Development Projects. In addition to narrative and images, the exhibit also includes timelines and a full bibliography.

Call for Nominations: 2022 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!

Have you read a great new book about archives? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2022.

The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”  (Please note that periodicals are not eligible.) 

Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the 1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

AKCHO: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month & Fight Asian Hate

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Use your personal and organizational platforms to amplify the voices of AAPI folks speaking now, and those who have built King County into what it is today. Check out the programs and resources below to get started:

• Facing the Mountain Book Launch Event | May 11, 5:00pm. Join Densho for the official launch of Facing the Mountain, a new book about WWII Japanese American incarceration and the 442nd RCT by Daniel James Brown, NYT bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat.
Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival | June 6-7. The Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) proudly presents Pagdiriwang, commemorating the anniversary of Philippine Independence.
Stop AAPI Hate | Resource center. Report hate crimes, read reports and statistics, and print out Stop AAPI Hate signs for your institution.
We Hereby Refuse Book Release | May 18. This new graphic novel co-published by the Wing Luke Museum about the complex realities of being Japanese American during World War II presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present.
Seattle Asian Art Museum Reopening | May 28. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is reopening with limited capacity to members May 7 and to the public on May 28.

Looking for more? Share these articles about unique pieces of local AAPI history:

• A History of Go: The Impact of Korean American Players upon Seattle’s Go Playing Community, Korean American Historical Society.
Hawaiian Music and its Historic Seattle Connection, HistoryLink.
Filipino Americans and the Making of Seattle’s Dr. Jose P. Rizal Bridge and Park, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, University of Washington.
Lao Highland Community Center opens in Southeast Seattle on May 14, 2005, HistoryLink.
(More) Stories of Little Saigon: past, present, and future, Friends of Little Sàigòn.
Ruby Chow (1920-2008), HistoryLink.