* ACTION NEEDED! Protect NARA Seattle! *

As you may be aware, the National Archives location in Seattle is slated to be sold and the records dispersed across the country.

We can all make an appeal to keep the National Archives Seattle archival records in the region. If you are interested, here are some talking points you can use or adapt:

“Dear ________,

It would be a disservice to the community and the region to completely remove NARA’s archival collections from the Pacific Northwest. Sale of the facility should not drive closure of the regional branch of the National Archives, it should be moved to another facility in the Pacific Northwest region.

The potential removal of the regional archives currently held at the National Archives at Seattle would be detrimental to researchers for the following reasons:

  • Educating youth — Each year youth in middle and high schools participate in National History Day. Students in the Pacific Northwest region will now be deprived of accessing the stories and documents held by NARA relating to their region’s history.
  • Upholding democracy — According to NARA’s mission statement, “Public access to government records strengthens democracy by allowing Americans to claim their rights of citizenship, hold their government accountable, and understand their history so they can participate more effectively in their government.” Removing records from the communities they describe does a disservice to these communities and ultimately harms democracy.
  • Access to research facilities — In 2014, the National Archives at Anchorage, Alaska was announced to be closing. This was a blow to the region and researchers interested in the history of Alaska, which was a federal territory between its purchase from Russia in 1867 until it achieved statehood in 1959. These archival records were moved to Seattle. These will now be even further away from their source if they are removed from the region and relocated to Riverside, California, more than 3,500 miles away. Since Seattle is the repository for records created by Federal agencies in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, citizens from all of these states will be impacted as they will have to travel much further to see most records since only a small percentage of these are digitized.
  • Complementary research in area — Researchers of all levels have a complex of regional history available to them in the Seattle area. Researchers planning trips to Seattle can consult with a multitude of archival resources relating to the Pacific Northwest region including those at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), the Seattle Municipal Archives, and the National Archives, just to name a few. Removal of the National Archives at Seattle will sever NARA from this network of rich resources for PNW research.
  • Access to original records in their context — While it has long been a goal to make more records accessible through digitization, digital representations cannot always replace the importance of the original documents. Some documents are important primarily because of their informational value, whereas others also have artifactual value which cannot be reproduced. Moreover, physically handling records and being able to understand each document in connection with other related documents will be a potential loss as those communities losing their records will be further distanced from their histories. “

Please consider contacting your national representatives, state representatives, city council representatives, the Archivist of the United States (David S. Ferriero: david.ferriero@nara.gov), the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB: fastainfo@pbrb.gov), and other interested parties.

Seattle Area Archivist Meeting!

Please join Seattle Area Archivists and The Winthrop Group at Folio Seattle for our next quarterly meeting! On Friday, February 21st, from 12:30-2pm, we’ll be hearing from an exciting array of business archivists on the inventive ways they leverage their collections.

Business archives programs can serve as vital resources for company executives, employees, and other departments, as well as help guide marketing and branding initiatives, along with engaging a variety of communities. In serving the evolving business needs of their organizations, archivists have developed creative approaches to manage collections, foresee opportunities, and build connections, at times wearing multiple hats.

Come join us at Folio Seattle to learn more about corporate archives in the area, including Microsoft, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Laird Norton, and about other heritage activities from the business community. This event is free and open to the public with RSVP. Light refreshments will be provided.

Panelists include:
Ryan Anthony Donaldson, Senior Consultant, The Winthrop Group
Ryan offers over a decade of experience specializing in enterprise content management, digital asset management, institutional history and heritage branding for a variety of internal and external audiences. Ryan currently serves on the Archives Month Committee of Washington State and previously with the Society of American Archivists Business Archives Section Steering Committee.

Richard Hobbs, Senior Consultant, The Winthrop Group
Richard brings to clients in the Pacific Northwest more than twenty-five years of experience as an archivist, historian, records manager, and writer. He has provided archives management, records management, and historical services to foundations, family businesses, corporations, state and local governments, the University of Washington, as well as the Government of Bahrain.

Amy Stevenson, Archives Manager, Microsoft
Amy has managed the Microsoft Archives for the past 15 years. She oversees collection development and management, conducts historical research for all areas of the company and provides heritage consultation for external and internal storytelling in traditional and new media formats.

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/folio_event. Deadline to RSVP is 2/19 at 5PM.

About Folio Seattle: Inspired by the country’s earliest libraries, Seattle Folio is an independent member-supported library located in the Economy Building at Pike Place Market. With stunning and expansive views of Elliott Bay, Seattle Folio offers a robust public programming schedule, including readings, cultural events, and more.

How to find Folio Seattle: Folio Seattle is located at 93 Pike Street, #307, on the third floor of the Economy Building in Pike Place Market.

Enter the Market at First & Pike, and walk up to Rachel the Piggybank. Standing there, and facing Pike Place Fish, head left, and take the staircase (Atrium Suites) next to Sunny Honey Company. Folio Seattle is at the top of the stairs, to the right.

The Accessible Market Entrance to the Economy Building (Atrium) is just south of DeLaurenti’s on 1st Ave. Take the elevator to the third floor and find Folio Seattle on your left.

2020 Western Archives Institute

San Diego State University

The 34th annual Western Archives Institute will be held at San Diego State University from June 7-19, 2020. The Western Archives Institute is an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education; those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; those who are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career. The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.

For more information on the program, and links to the online application, please visit: https://calarchivists.org/WAI/

Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited

MAC is soliciting applications for the 2020 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color (http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley). 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 as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded. 

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx decent; 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, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. The applicant must also be either a resident of the MAC region or registered in a qualified program, onsite or online, that is based in the MAC region.

Applications are due March 1, 2020 and must include the following documents:

Completed applications should be sent to:

Lara Friedman-Shedlov

Description and Access Archivist

Kautz Family YMCA Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries

318 Elemer L. Andersen Library

222 21st Ave S, Ste 318

Minneapolis, MN 55405

Email: Ldfs@umn.edu

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by March 1, 2020. 

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2020.