Archives Astrological Signs

Our November newsletter went out; and I missed a formatting error that cut-out the fun part! So here it is, corrected!

Courtesy of the US National Archives 

Read on to find out what your star sign says about you and what your archival format would be!

ARIES: Database
– tendency to sprawl
– knows a lot about niche topics
– sometimes hard to understand
TAURUS 🐂: Cotton rag paper
– basic but in a good way
– well liked
– into recycling
GEMINI 👯‍♀️: Stereoscopic Print
– the fun one
– loves gifs
– good at seeing things from different perspectives
CANCER 🦀: Email
– gets business done
– shares a lot of cat videos
– tends to repeat themselves
LEO 🦁: Blueprint
– pretty and knows it
– kinda retro
– likes to take up the whole table
VIRGO: Audio Minicassette
– cute
– so cute
– a little sneaky but doesn’t lie

LIBRA ⚖️: Negative Photostat
– faithful to their origins
– not super flexible
– does not care at all what you think

SCORPIO 🦂: Artifact
– contains multitudes
– tells great stories
– only opens up once you really get to know them

SAGITTARIUS 🏹: Wood Pulp Paper
– versatile
– smells great
– might fall apart at any time

CAPRICORN 🐐: Glass Plate Negative
– beautiful
– fragile
– if you mess with them they will cut you

AQUARIUS 🌊: Nitrate Film
– did some great work
– tendency to blow up
– keeps turning the thermostat down

PISCES 🐟: Parchment
– old soul
– romantic
– tougher than they look

(CLOSED) – Job Opportunity: Contract Archivist – Broadway High School Archive, Seattle

Seattle Central College is seeking a contract archivist to carry out a small digitization project for the Broadway High School Archive.

The project consists of identifying, describing, and digitizing approximately 200 archival items from the Broadway High School Archive. The archive includes approximately 235 cubic feet of photographs, school records, year books, school newspapers, and ephemera. The archivist will facilitate or carry out digitizing, metadata creation, entry, and project reporting with support from an hourly staff person and the Seattle Central College library. The project should begin as soon as possible and work must be completed by September 15, 2020.

The goal of this project is to broaden access and awareness of the collection by digitizing selected items from the collection. The resulting files will provide researchers and educators a sense of the scope and types of materials in the collection. Future projects will expand digital access, including more complex metadata at the collection and item levels. This project supported by a grant from the Washington State Library with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About the archive: The Broadway High School Archive (BHSA) holds a significant number of unique materials documenting Seattle’s first high school (1942-1946) located on the site of current Seattle Central College in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The archive is located in a restricted access non-climate controlled space inside the Broadway Performance Hall. A pc computer and digital scanner are available at the archive; data will be entered onsite at the Seattle Public Schools archive in consultation with the SPS archivist.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience with digitization projects for paper-based collections
  • Experience in archival preservation and handling and digitizing archival collections
  • Ability to work in an environment that may include dust and mold
  • Knowledge of technologies appropriate to special collections and archives
  • Master of Library and Information Science, Master in Archival Studies, or equivalent professional experience

A professional services contract for this position will be based on approximately 150 hours of work at $30/hour. Open until filled. To apply, please email a resume and letter of interest to:

Lynn Kanne

Dean, LEED: Libraries | eLearning | Employee Development

Seattle Central College | e: p: 206-934-4072

October AKCHO Membership Meeting – Yeah, but is it haunted?

Join the Association of King County Historical Organizations for their next membership meeting!

Date: October 29 from 10:00AM – Noon
Host: Seattle Architecture Foundation
Center for Architecture and Design
1010 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.957.1921

Program: Yeah, But is it Haunted?

Yeah, but is it Haunted? Interpreting Death, Religion, and the Paranormal at Heritage Sites. Join Hilary Pittenger, Curator of Collections at the White River Valley Museum, for a discussion of the role spiritual and paranormal topics have in the interpretation of heritage sites and service to the public. Using national surveys and local case studies, learn how other heritage organizations have successfully addressed topics like ghost hunting, cryptids, psychics, death, religious beliefs, and more.

Driving Directions:
From I-5 South take the Madison Street exit (164A). Turn left onto Madison. Turn right on Western Ave.

From I-5 North take the 6th Street exit (165A) and turn right on Columbia. Turn right onto 1st Ave. Turn left onto Madison. Turn right onto Western Ave.

There is street parking as well as the Watermark Garage (which is located on Western Ave.)

Public Transportation:
Many buses serve downtown Seattle. To plan your visit check out the King County Trip Planner.

(Closes) Job Opportunity: Assistant Archivist at King County Archives

King County Archives is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as an Assistant Archivist. The Assistant Archivist supports the Archivist in management of the Archives and works collaboratively as part of the Archives team in providing high-quality customer service; fulfilling the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of the Archives; and in support of the Records and Licensing Services Division and King County priorities. 

This is a full time position that closes Wednesday, November 6th at 11:59 pm.

For the full job listing, and directions to apply, please visit:

Joint Meeting – ARMA, SeaArch, & MIPoPS!

On Wednesday, November 6 MIPoPS (Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound) will be hosting a joint meeting of ARMA Seattle and Seattle Area Archivists at Seattle City Hall. 

MIPoPS is a local non-profit that helps organizations convert their analog video recordings to digital formats for preservation and enhanced access. Program director Libby Hopfauf will give a short presentation about what MIPoPS does, followed by a live demonstration of the digitization process in their studio, which is housed within the Seattle Municipal Archives.

For more information about MIPoPS, please visit their website: []  

To view some of the digitized video projects they have completed see: []

To attend please RSVP here:

Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 6

Meeting Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am

Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, 3rd Floor – Room 370