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Archivists Round Table

Edition #12: March/April 2013

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ART Celebrates Grand Central Centennial

To commemorate the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal (GCT), the Archivists Round Table (ART) held its February program at the iconic station. The capacity audience was split into two groups to walk through the extensive exhibition Grand By Design: A Centennial Celebration of GCT. The exhibition was presented by the New York Transit Museum (NYTM) and the program sponsored by the Archivists Round Table with the Museum. On hand from NYTM were Carey Stumm, Archivist; Desiree Alden, Registrar; and Brett Dion and Todd Gilbert, Archives Technicians. They joined with CGT docents to provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Stretching out through the expanse of Vanderbilt Hall, the exhibition engaged passersby in a number of ways. In the center of the room is an artistically rendered train installation. The effect is impressive, as this part of the exhibition simultaneously houses artifacts, displays facts, and projects exhaust, calling attention to a train's essential operations. There are several multimedia "Ask Me" kiosks. Each features a life-size depiction of someone vital to the voice of GCT's history. Included in this group is Dan Brucker, Manager of Grand Central Tours at Metro-North Railroad. On the kiosks are buttons that can be used to pose your choice of four questions. Once a button is pushed, the video is engaged and the figure comes to life telling you the answer. Also on view are vintage luggage assemblages, rare artifacts restored from Hurricane Sandy's wrath, paintings, and a compelling array of enlarged photographs, architectural plans, and other items from New York Transit Museum's archives and other area collections, such as the Frick.
At the conclusion of the tours, Nick Pavlik, ART's Director of the Programming Committee, led a reception hosted at the Bookmarks Hotel Roof Bar. There, the group enjoyed a complimentary drink courtesy of ART and carried on the conversation in a lively and spirited setting. ART thanks the New York Transit Museum staff for their participation in this program and Bookmarks Hotel Roof Bar for hosting the reception. Photos from the program can be seen on ART's Flickr photostream:

For more information on the exhibition and upcoming Centennial events, go to:

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New York Archives Conference and Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. Professional Development Grants Available

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 19, 2013, 5 pm

The New York Archives Conference (NYAC), sponsored jointly by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) and NYAC, and co-sponsored by the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, will be held June 5-7, 2013, at LIU Post Campus of Long Island University, Brookville, NY. Presentations on topics including career development, online development in archives, performing arts archives, archives and anniversaries, privacy & confidentiality in archives, integrating archives into high school/middle school projects, archives advocacy, student activism and archives, electronic records, archives and social media, and more, will be offered.

Find the complete announcement, eligibility requirements, and application at id=256

NYAC and ART will together offer six $100 competitive professional development grants, three additional $100 grants will be provided by John A. Woods, and one $100 grant provided by the Suffolk County Library Association Division of Academic and Special Libraries (SCLA DASL) in order to assist archives students, archivists, librarians, and others with archives or records management responsibilities to attend the meeting.

For more information, please contact

ART's Brand Refresh & Design Update

As previously announced, the ART Communications Committee has embarked on an exciting project for the organization. Working with graphic designer John Seckler and the ART Board, the committee will collaborate to create ART's new logo and mark. ART initiated this project in response to its growing membership and its rapidly expanding array of activities and programs.
This past November Mr. Seckler visited the ART Archives, housed at the New York Philharmonic Archives, and met with past ART President Barbara Haws and ART Board members Mitch Brodsky and Ryan Anthony Donaldson. Seckler's pledge to ART:
"Create an identity system that speaks to the mission of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., provides a foundation from which its members can promote and act on this mission, and that carries a mark, look, and feel that can help to enhance the interactions with the Archivists Round Table 'brand.'"
Taking inspiration from ART's material and visual heritage, along with the organization's history and future direction, Mr. Seckler has created “3.5” approaches for ART's new brand identity design. He will travel again to New York in April to meet with ART’s Board and participate in the organization’s first-ever design meeting.
ART members: We welcome your participation and comments in this transformative process. Please contact Ryan Anthony Donaldson, Director of the Communications Committee, at if you are interested in becoming involved.

More details will be announced after the design meeting with the ART Board, so stay tuned!

Image Credit: Collage created by John Seckler of ART’s posters, brochures, calendars, and letterhead, from the ART Archives.

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Summer Issue of Metropolitan Archivist:
Send Us Your Submissions!

The Metropolitan Archivist (ISSN 1546-3125) is issued semi-annually to the members of ART. The publication's content consists of Feature Articles; Interviews; Repository Profiles; Exhibition Reviews; Book Reviews & Collections Cited; and the latest News on ART programming from the ART Board and amongst ART's membership.

We are currently accepting submissions for our Summer 2013 issue. The deadline is May 15, 2013.
Please see our submission guidelines and online submission form for more information.

Questions regarding your submissions, and to volunteer with the Metropolitan Archivist staff, can be sent to:

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Upcoming Events

4/2 Grand Central Terminal Event—Inside the Archives: Printed Ephemera

4/3 NYPL Presentation—Freedom of Information Day 2013: "Freedom of Information in the Drone Age."

4/12 New York Technical Services Librarians—2013 Spring Reception (RSVP by April 9)

4/12 ART Discussion Group: Digital Archives Practice (Waiting List)

4/23 Conference—Creating Order Out of Chaos: Archiving and Records Management for Non-Professionals

4/25–27 MARAC Spring 2013 Conference (Erie, PA)

4/26–27 Beineke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Symposium—Beyond the Text: Literary Archives in the 21st Century (New Haven, CT)

4/30 ACRL/NY & Polytechnic Institute of NYU Panel—Teaching with Archives (RSVP by April 15)


5/2–3 DAM NY 2013: The Art and Practice of Managing Digital Media (Discount Code: ART100)


6/5–7 NYAC, ART, & Palmer School of Library and Information Services—New York Archives Conference 2013 (Long Island University, Brookville, NY)

6/10 METRO & ART—Appraisal of Electronic Records Workshop [SAA DAS]
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