ART Board Elections
On June 19, the American Museum of Natural History Research Library hosted this year’s annual business meeting, along with the June programming event that featured a presentation on the American Museum of Natural History Archive Project. At the meeting, members voted, by ballot and by proxy via email, selecting candidates for the ART Board of Directors.
Several structural changes have now come into effect with the revised by-laws which were approved by members in May. In accordance with revised by-laws, new board positions were created including Programming Director, Communications Director and Outreach and Advocacy Director.
2012 Election Results:
Rachel Chatalbash holds the position of Archivist at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Previously, she held archives positions at the MIT Museum and Northeastern University. She received her M.S. in archives management from Simmons College and is currently a PhD candidate in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center. Rachel served on the Board of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York as President from 2010–2012, as Coordinator of the Communications and Outreach Committee from 2008–2010 and as Editor-in-Chief for ART’s Metropolitan Archivist from 2006 to 2010. During her time with ART, Rachel has been responsible for expanding the organization’s programs, including developing outreach programs for local communities and new ART-sponsored New York Archives Week events, increasing membership numbers and member services, and leading ART’s participation in significant advocacy campaigns.
Vice President (2012–2013)
Pamela Cruz is director of the National Historic Preservation Center for Girls Scouts of the USA. She has extensive global experience in assessment, organization, preservation and management of asset collections, and creating systems for tracking and storage. Prior to arrival at GSUSA in July 2008, Pamela was Vice President, Archival Services for Miramax Films, for eight years and Antiques Manager at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation for 13 years. During her years at Miramax, she was responsible for the inception of the Miramax Archives Department, created archive databases, and handled taxonomy and nomenclature and systems for Miramax and Dimension Films and the personal archives of the co-chairmen of the company. She worked with film asset collections in Italy, France, Mexico, Romania, and in the U.S. and on various exhibits and special projects for museums and other venues. At Polo she managed the inventory of high-end antiques and decorative arts used for Polo stores, wholesale showrooms, advertising shoots, and special events. Pamela’s work with ART includes Programming Committee volunteer in 2011 and service on the Board as Vice President for the current 2011–2012 membership year where she was responsible for ART Monthly Meetings and Programming and facilitating the work of the Programming Committee, as well as supporting the Board on ART initiatives.
Education Committee, Director (2012–2013)
Tessa Fallon is a Web Collection Curator at Columbia University Libraries. She is currently an ART member and in the past she has been a volunteer for the Programming and Outreach Committees. Tessa holds an MSLIS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science and a certificate in Archives and Records Management.
Programming Committee, Director (2012–2013)
Nick Pavlik graduated from the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies in December 2011 and is currently the archivist for the 92nd Street Y. Prior to that, Nick was a member of the project team for “Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's Nineteenth-Century Past: Creation to Consolidation,” an archival survey project at the Brooklyn Historical Society. He has also interned as an archivist at the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Transit Museum.
Membership Committee, Director (2012–2014)
Anne is the Assistant Archivist at Trinity Wall Street, a position she has held since 2008. She received her MSIS with concentrations in Archival Administration and Electronic Records from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. While in school, Anne worked in the archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and did volunteer work at the Harry Ransom Center. Anne has been a member and volunteer with ART since 2009, helping with the work of the Education Committee and the Outreach Committee, contributing the Metropolitan Archivist, and helping to coordinate the 2010 NYAC conference, as well as various ART workshops held at her institution.
Communications Committee, Director (2012–2014)
Ryan Anthony Donaldson
Ryan Anthony Donaldson, CA, is currently the Archivist with the Durst Organization, Inc., a fourth-generation family real estate firm in New York, New York. In 2007, Ryan earned an M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) in Cooperstown, New York, and served as CGP’s archivist. He has previously interned with the Archives and Special Collections department at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Seymour B. Durst Old York Library and Reading Room, and Missouri Historical Society.
Outreach and Advocacy Committee, Director (2012–2014)
Janet Bunde currently serves as the Assistant University Archivist and Archivist of the John Brademas Congressional Papers at New York University. She received her M.A. in history with a certificate in archival administration from NYU in 2007. Her areas of professional interest and research include both advocacy and incorporating archival materials into educational instruction. For the past several years Janet has chaired ART’s Outreach Committee. In that capacity she has been fortunate to work with many ART members to plan two successful Archives Education Institutes, pairing local K–12 educators with archivists to connect archivists to new groups of users and teachers with materials they can use in the classroom.
Melissa Bowling currently works as an Assistant Archivist in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives. In 2008, Melissa received her MLIS and certificates in Archives and Museum Libraries from Pratt Institute. She has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union Archives as Archives Assistant, interned in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Archives, and volunteered in the Western Connecticut State University Archives. Melissa also served on the ART Bylaws Revision Committee 2011–2012.
Mitch Brodsky continues to serve as ART Treasurer.
ART thanks Heather Ball, Elizabeth Pope, and Catherine Carson Ricciardi for their contributions over the past two years as Membership and Nominating Committee Coordinator, Education Committee Coordinator, and Secretary.
Submitted by ART Board of Directors.
ART Goes to the Movies!
ART co-sponsored the May 10, 2012 Monthly Meeting and Programming event with Anthology Film Archives, “Films from New York’s Vault III: Archives Go to the Movies!” at Anthology Film Archives’ Courthouse Theater. Attendees had a special opportunity to view films from repositories including the following: Tamiment Library at New York University, The New York Police Museum, and Anthology Film Archives.
ART May Program at Anthology Film Archives
ART would like to thank the following persons and organizations to whom we are grateful for making this screening possible: Anthology Film Archives: Jed Rapfogel, Film Programmer, Tim Keane, Print Traffic Coordinator/Print Manager, John Klacsmann, Archivist; Tamiment Library, New York University: Erika Gottfried, Curator of Nonprint Collections; The New York City Police Museum: Joshua Ruff, Curator; Rachel Moskowitz, Project Archivist, The Winthrop Group, who inspired us with her Repository Review, “The New York City Police Museum: 16mm Film Collection Revealed” in Metropolitan Archivist, Winter 2011.
For more information about Anthology Film Archives: http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/
Caption: Attendees at Anthology Film Archives’ Courthouse Theater. Photograph courtesy Pamela Cruz.
Submitted by ART Programming Committee
All Aboard Or On the Road:
On the morning of June 13th, a small band of ART members hopped aboard the 9:48AM Harlem Line train at Grand Central Terminal. They were joined by a few others who drove directly to Mount Kisco for an exclusive tour of the Woody Guthrie Archives. The tour was led by Tiffany Colannino, Archivist.
Woody Guthrie Archives Tour
Since 1996, the Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives has helped properly preserve and creatively promote the life, music, and work of Woody Guthrie. First amassed in Manhattan, now housed in Mount Kisco, and soon headed for Tulsa, Oklahoma, the collection comprises Guthrie’s original song lyrics, diaries, photographs, correspondence, personal papers, scrapbooks, artwork, films, and audio recordings. Seeing the breadth of the collection, all in one place, quickly expands one’s understanding of Guthrie not only as a musician, but also as a political activist and social commentator, vivid writer, and gifted visual artist.
The group consensus of the tour’s highlight was holding Guthrie’s original notebooks, filled with his lyrics, aphorisms, illustrations, opinions, and observations. After admiring Tiffany’s custom enclosure cases (with velcro!) for the notebooks, we relished the privilege of witnessing Guthrie’s dazzling mind at work on paper. What heightened the experience of poring over the notebooks was the thrilling opportunity to meet Nora Guthrie, Director, and Anna Canoni, Publicity Director for Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Nora Guthrie spoke eloquently of her father; she has made remarkable efforts to personally work with musicians, writers, filmmakers and those inspired by Woody Guthrie to license and share his music and art, thereby expanding his legacy.
All in attendance cherished this tour experience, and we were amazed to hear how much the mighty archives staff, totaling two, has accomplished. In addition to managing the archives, licensing rights, offering educational programming and traveling exhibits, and assisting researchers, the archives staff is celebrating Woody Guthrie’s centennial.
Please visit http://www.woody100.com/ to learn more.
ART gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives for this exclusive opportunity for ART membership.
Caption: Tiffany Colannino, Archivist, leads a group tour of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives in Mount Kisco, NY. The group, comprised of members of the Archivists Round Table, examined some of Woody Guthrie's notebooks. Photograph courtesy Ryan Anthony Donaldson, June 13, 2012.
Submitted by ART Communications Director
On June 12, 2012, the National Film Preservation Foundation announced grants to preserve 60 films from 35 institutions across 22 states. Titles include Tod Browning’s underworld melodrama Drifting (1923), starring Wallace Beery and the 15-year-old Anna May Wong, and a newly discovered film by composer John Cage and sculptor Richard Lippold, The Sun Project (1956). The grant recipients from the New York area are:
A full list of grant recipients can be found at www.filmpreservation.org.
National Film Preservation Foundation Grants
The NFPF preservation grants target newsreels, silent-era films, documentaries, culturally important home movies, avant-garde films, and endangered independent productions that fall under the radar of commercial preservation programs. The awards provide support to create a film preservation master and two access copies of each work. Films saved through the NFPF programs are made available to the public for on-site research and are seen widely through screenings, exhibits, DVDs, television broadcasts, and the Internet.
The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. The NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.
For the full press release and more information about the contribution NFPF has made to the film preservation in America, visit the NFPF website: www.filmpreservation.org
Rachel E. Greer Joins
as Features Editor
We are pleased to announce that Rachel E. Greer has joined the staff of Metropolitan Archivist
as features editor. Rachel holds previous professional editorial and writing experience, which, combined with her archival training and experience, make her an eager and valuable addition to the MA team.
Rachel E. Greer is an archivist and writer. She holds a BA in History from Barnard College, an MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, and an MA in Archives and Public History from New York University. She is currently processing the Artists Space Archive at the Fales Library and Special Collection at NYU. In her former life, she worked in publishing and non-profit administration. She lives in Brooklyn.
ART thanks Celia Hartmann on her contributions as features editor of Metropolitan Archivist
over the last five years. ART wishes her the best in her future endeavours and successes.
Caption: Photograph courtesy of Rachel E. Greer.
Submitted by ART Metropolitan Archivist staff.
The new summer issue of Metropolitan Archivist, with contributions highlighting the theme of trends and transitions, is now available on the ART website, for direct download here, or on Scribd.
In this issue:
"Shedding New Light on World War II in the Archives of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection"
"Oyster Bay Historical Society Takes up Atlas Digitization"
"Litchfield Historical Society’s Archives Acquires Business Record of Local Entrepreneur, Elijah Boardman"
"More Product, Less Process: The Evolving Process of Connecting Theory with Practice"
"Collaboration and Digitization: Transitions in Collections Access at the Seamen’s Church Institute Archives"
*INTERVIEW(s) WITH THE ARCHIVIST(s)*
Marcos Sueiro Bal and Regina Feeney
Woody Guthrie Archives and Dance Heritage Coalition
The Lone Arranger: Succeeding in a Small Repository by Christina Zamon
With Thomas Lannon and the New York Public Library
Edith Wharton’s New York City: A Backward Glance and Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward
Stephen B. Luce Library, Archives, & Special Collections and the Ernest A. Liner collection at AMNH
Sixteen submissions, including the announcement of new Metropolitan Archivist managing editor, Rachel L. Conrad. Also, see the final call for papers for the “Archiving the Arts” symposium.
*PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORTS*
Submitted by ART Communications Committee.
The Silk Screen Group Exhibition: Call for Participation
Silk screen printing as an art form originated as an experimental project in the New York City Federal Art Project of the WPA. The Silk Screen Group (later called the National Serigraph Society) was formed in 1940 as an offshoot of that project. The goal was to promote and exhibit silk screen prints.
In the 1940s, The Museum of Modern Art organized several exhibitions of silk screen prints that toured museums around the United States. The Silk Screen Group also organized several exhibitions on its own.
In archiving the materials of the artist Leon Bibel's estate, several exhibition lists from those tours were discovered.
On the 70th anniversary of these exhibitions, interest is being assessed for either the recreation of a specific exhibition to tour the same institutions, or the selection of silk screen prints from a number of the previous exhibitions as representative of the event.
Anyone with information or interest in participating, please contact Phyllis Wrynn at email@example.com
Caption: Upper Harlem River. Leon Bibel. Silk screen. 1939. Courtesy Park Slope Gallery.
Submitted by ART Member, Phyllis Wrynn
Archives and Activism:
Call for Participation
“The rebellion of the archivist against his normal role is not, as so many scholars fear, the politicizing of a neutral craft, but the humanizing of an inevitably political craft.”
―Howard Zinn “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest,” Vol. II, No. 2 (1977) of Midwestern Archivist.
The boundaries between "archivist" and "activist" have become increasingly porous, rendering ready distinctions between archivists (traditionally restricted to the preservation of records, maintaining accountability, and making critical information available to the communities they serve) and activists (who, with greater frequency, look to archives or adopt elements of archival practice as a means of documenting their struggles) virtually unsustainable. In the past year, archivists and citizen activists collaborated to document the Occupy Wall Street movement, and archivists committed to open government worked with the New York City Council to advocate for keeping the Municipal Archives as an independent city agency. While the apparent convergence of archival and activist worlds may appear a timely and relevant topic, these distinct communities often deliberate their roles separately with little dialogue.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and the New School Archives and Special Collections are sponsoring a symposium to bring together a diverse group of archivists, activists, students, and theorists with the aim of facilitating discussion of their respective concerns. Among its proposed topics, the symposium will address potential roles that archivists may engage in as activists, as well as how archivists can assume a greater role in documenting and contributing toward social and political change.
Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Archivists documenting the work of activists and activist movements
Activists confronting traditional archival practice
Possible models for an emergent “activist archives”
Methodologies for more comprehensively documenting activism
Archivist and activist collaborations
Community-led archives and repositories operating outside of the archival establishment
Archives as sites of knowledge (re)production and in(ter)vention
Relational paradigms for mapping the interplay of power, justice, and archives
Critical pedagogy in the reference encounter
Interrogating preconceptions and misunderstandings that obscure common goals
Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, The New School
All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper). Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional affiliation (if applicable), abstract (250 words max), and indication of technological requirements. Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.
Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2012.
Submitted by ART President.