News from the
Archivists Round Table

Edition #11: September/October 2012

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New York Archives Week 2012 Symposium: Archives and Activism

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) cordially invites you to a New York Archives Week 2012 symposium co-sponsored by the New School Libraries and Archives:

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Registration: 8:30 am
9:00 am
Symposium Sessions: 9:00 am
5:00 pm
Reception: 5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Fee: Free.
Online registration is required:
Location: The New School
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

The preliminary schedule for the symposium is now available.

Archives and Activism

If archivism was indeed ever exclusively ideologically neutral in its approach to managing historical materials, many archivists have come to see said objectivity as illusory at best. Principal amongst the reasons for this shift in perspective within the archives community is a growing awareness that its custodianship of cultural materials can never be enacted in a manner wholly divorced from interpretation, advocacy, and the ever-present demands of the socially or economically powerful institutions that fund and administer archives.

Despite the extent to which this emergent awareness has affected how archivists approach their responsibilities, there remains a mistrust of the archival world by those most committed to the dismantling of hegemonic structures, particularly amongst activists, on the grounds that traditional institutional frameworks often fail to provide adequate transparency, accountability or sensitivity to the needs of marginalized individuals, communities, and movements.

How far can, and should, archivists go in responding to the concerns of the movements they are attempting to document? Should they be rethinking, even overhauling, traditional archival practice? This symposium addresses a range of issues attendant upon archives’ evolving relationships with activism and social justice. Among these concerns are: ownership, trust, and exclusion; self-documentation by activist communities and participatory archives; and collaborations between activists, archivists, and researchers using emerging technologies. Presenters representing a variety of institutions, initiatives, and activist communities will explore theoretical concerns as well as practice-based approaches to documenting social activism.

This symposium is dedicated to the memory of archivist and historian Michael Nash (1946

Registration, while required, is free thanks to the generous support of Archives Week by MetLife and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART) also thanks the New School Libraries and Archives for making this event possible.

Please contact if you have questions about this symposium, or would like to cancel your registration.

Best Regards,
Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (ART)

Submitted by Archives and Activism Symposium Committee
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Archivists Round Table Awards Ceremony
The Archivists Round Table Awards Ceremony is the only awards program in the Metropolitan New York City region dedicated to honoring the work of archivists and those who support archival programs. The awards acknowledge distinguished work and long-term achievements in our profession.

ART began the Awards Ceremony in 1989, as an integral part of the goal for Archives Week to “increase awareness among our constituencies, resource allocators and the general public of archives’ contributions to the quality of life in New York City.”

The 2012 Awards Ceremony will be held on:

Date: Thursday,
October 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm Location:
Location: New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street, New York, NY, 10075
Fee: Free. Registration is required at:

This year's ceremony will be hosted by WNYC's Sara Fishko.

The Archivists Round Table is pleased to announce the following awards:

Award for Outstanding Support of Archives
Art Spaces Archives Project
To be accepted by Ms. Ann Butler, Project Director

Award for Educational Use of Archives
Museum of the Moving Image for The Living Room Candidate project
To be accepted by Mr. Carl Goodman, Director

Award for Archival Achievement
Mr. Stephen E. Novak

Award for Innovative Use of Archives
To be accepted by Mr. Ben Vershbow, Manager

ART bestows four awards during Archives Week:

Archival Achievement
Recognizes an individual or archival program that has made an outstanding contribution to the archival profession, or a notable achievement of value to the archives community, its patrons, or constituents. Recent recipients include the New York Philharmonic’s Barbara Haws, Witness
 Grace Lile, and WNYC’s Andy Lanset.

Outstanding Support of Archives
Recognizes an individual or organization for notable contributions to archival records or archival programs through political, financial or moral support. Recent recipients include New York City Council Member Gale Brewer, the Leon Levy Foundation, and former Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano.

Innovative Use of Archives
Recognizes an individual or organization for use of archival material in a meaningful and creative way, making a significant contribution to a community or body of people, and demonstrating the relevance of archival materials to its subject. Past recipients include The Jazz Loft Project, and Mapping the African American Past.

Educational Use of Archives
Recognizes and celebrates an individual or organization who utilizes primary source materials to create engaging and informative learning experiences for diverse audiences. This award was established in 2011 to reflect ART’s growing initiatives to encourage the use of archives by students and learning communities. The 2011 recipient was the Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School.

ART recognizes the generous sponsorship of Archives Week and the Awards Ceremony by MetLife and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.

For more information, please contact the 
ART Awards Committee

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Image of a photograph that depicts the demolition of the Third Avenue "El" train tracks at the intersection of East 42nd Street and Third Avenue. Courtesy of The Durst Organization Archives.
Archives Education Institute 2012: Transportation in New York
This year's event will be held on October 13, 2012, focusing on the theme of Transportation in New York. The event will be hosted at NARA-NYC's new home at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, a National Landmark located at 1 Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan.
Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist at NARA-NYC, will lead a panel session with guest speakers. Following a complimentary lunch and tour, archivists will have an opportunity to present selected items from their collections, which will be incorporated into a collaborative exercise to create K-12 lesson plans for the teachers to bring back into the classroom.
At the conclusion of the event, certificates will be awarded to all participants, which may be eligible, pending final confirmation from the Academy of Certified Archivists, for Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs), as well as professional development hours for teachers and educators.
With generous support from MetLife, this year's AEI is offered as a free program with registration open to all K
12 teachers and area archivists working in metropolitan New York. Enrollment is limited to 35. Applicants seeking to bring archives material are encouraged to review NARA-NYC's "What is a Teachable Document?"
Applications are available here.
All applications are due Tuesday, September 18, by midnight EST. Please contact Mike Montalbano, Chair, Outreach Committee, if you have any questions regarding your application.
Image Caption: Photograph depicts the demolition of the Third Avenue "El" train tracks at the intersection of East 42nd Street and Third Avenue. Photographs taken in summer 1955, photographer unidentified. Courtesy of the Durst Organization Archives.
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ART Mourns the Loss of Michael Nash
ART mourns the loss of our friend and colleague Michael Nash, Head of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.
obituary was published in the New York Times on July 29, 2012:
NASH--Michael, Head of Tamiment Library -- NYU Libraries mourns the passing of our colleague; innovative archivist of left politics, labor, and human rights; scholar; teacher; dear friend. He transformed his library, his profession, and our understanding of the historical record. Our hearts are with his family. Memorial gifts may be sent for Tamiment to the Michael Nash Memorial Fund, Dean's Office, 70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012, or to organizations fostering social justice.
The original is available at

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New York Archives Week 2012

New York Archives Week is almost here!

Please visit our Archives Week web page for a complete listing of all ART-coordinated Archives Week events or download our 2012 Archives Week calendar here. We are thrilled to announce that approximately twenty-five Archives Week events will be held in New York City this year. On behalf of all participating institutions, we hope you can attend.

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York recognizes the generous sponsorship of Archives Week by MetLife and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.
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DAM Conference in NY: Creatasphere

Createasphere’s Digital Asset Management Conference in New York explores the management of digital assets, media assets, marketing resources, content & information lifecycle, and storage, security & preservation across advertising, broadcasting, entertainment, publishing, and retail.

Take part in two days of focused sessions for professional creatives, marketers, digital librarians, IT professionals, and executives. A robust exhibition of solution providers offers the best opportunity to explore specific products and talk with industry suppliers and experts. Networking mixers and VIP events round out this must attend event.

Schedule Highlights:

  • The Social Aspect of Semantics and the Necessity for Human Interaction to Enhance Enterprise Search
  • Case Study: Turner Broadcast - What Does Turner's DAM Look Like Now
  • Case Study: DAMMY 2011 Award Winner
  • International Content Protection and Security
  • Technology Challenges with DAM at NBC, ABC & Turner Studios
  • Open Source Growth at Corporate Enterprises
  • Cloud Computing Solutions - Are They Safe?
  • What's the DAM Difference: DAM Trends Over the Past 5 Years and Where They Are Heading
  • Storage for Big Data
  • Workflow That Works for YOU
  • How to Get a DAM System Set Up
  • Interactive Marketing and Your Assets

Conference dates are September 27 and 28, 2012. ART members receive 25% discount off the ticket price with the following code: “DARCHIVE”

To register for the conference, and for more information, please visit the Createasphere website:

ART is a media sponsor for this conference.

Submitted by ART Communications Committee

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Radio Unnameable at Film Forum

Radio Unnameable tells the story of influential radio personality Bob Fass who revolutionized the airwaves by developing a patchwork of music, politics, comedy
and reports from the street, effectively creating free-form radio. For nearly 50 years, Fass has been heard at midnight on listener-sponsored WBAI-FM, broadcast out of New York. Long before today's innovations in social media, Fass utilized the airwaves for mobilization, encouraging luminaries and ordinary listeners to talk openly, taking the program in surprising directions.
Radio Unnameable is a visual and aural collage that pulls from Bob Fass's immense archive of audio from his program, film, photographs, and video that has been sitting dormant until now.

Radio Unnameable opens at Film Forum in New York from September 19 to October 2.

For screening times and more information go to 

Submitted by Lost Footage Films
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ART's Fall Student Social
Are you an archives student in the greater Metropolitan area? The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) invites you to join us for free pizza, soda, and fun! Meet students from other graduate programs, have the opportunity to speak with ART Board members, and learn about ART programming and activities. Come find out what ART is about and what it can offer you!
Date: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 6:30–7:45 Social; 7:45–8:30 Discussion of ART programming and activities
Location: Trinity Church Offices, 74 Trinity Place, New York NY 10006
Directions: Subway: 4, 5, 2, 3 to Wall Street; 1, R to Rector Street; J, Z to Broad
Street. Complete location details will be provided with registration confirmation.
Fee: Free
To sign up for this event you must register online at by Sunday, October 14.
Any questions or concerns regarding this event can be directed to

Submitted by ART Membership Committee
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ART Committees Expand With Incoming Volunteers
This fall please help ART extend a warm welcome to the following volunteers who have newly joined or returned to serve on the following committees:

Advocacy Committee
Caroline Gabrielli
Angela Lawrence
Dennis Riley
Amy Roberts
Daniel Saftler
Maggie Schreiner

Archives and Activism Symposium Committee
Carrie Hintz
Jenny Swadosh
Wendy Scheir
Nicola Baroncini
Katherine Meyers
Leigh Hurwitz
Dennis Riley
Tania Franco

Awards Committee
Catherine Carson Ricciardi, Chair
Bonnie Marie Sauer
Marcos Sueiro Bal
Ryan Evans
Heather Halliday
Allie Janvey
Tamar Zeffren

Communications Committee
Lisa M. Bonifacic
Laura DeMuro                     
Karen Mason
Haley Richardson

Outreach Committee
Veronica Rodriguez
Judy Tyrus
Mary Beth Thomas
Morgen Stevens-Garmon

ART is committed to providing exceptional volunteer positions for all members.

ART thanks all volunteers who continue to serve and support the New York archives community in the 2012/2013 program year.

Submitted by ART Committee Directors
ART community events calendar
Upcoming Events

Grey Art Gallery Exhibition: "Triptych of Ephemera"

9/12 ART Programming Event:
New York City Department of Records
and Information Services

9/13 ART & METRO Workshop:
Using the Archivists' Toolkit in Archives
and Special Collections

SLA-NY & ARMA Event: Freeze Frame - Take 2

9/14 NEA Deadline: Call for Session Proposals - 2013 Spring Conference

9/18 MARAC Workshop:
Copyright Fundamentals for
Archivists and Librarians (Albany,NY)

Opening 9/19 Exhibition: “Lincoln Center’s Posters and Prints:
50 Years of the Vera List Program” at New York Public Library
for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

9/19 & 9/26 METRO Workshop:
Introduction to XML for Resource Description,
Metadata Management, and Electronic Text Encoding

9/19 to 10/2 Film Screening: "Radio Unnameable"

9/20 SLA-NY Chapter Reception

METRO Webinar: Steps in a Digital Preservation Workflow

9/21 The National Archives at New York City
Information Session & Exhibition Tour

METRO Workshop: Managing File-based Collections
for Smaller Institutions

9/27 METRO Site Visit: NYPL Digital Imaging Lab

9/27 to 9/28 Createasphere’s Digital Asset
Management Conference

9/29 SAA Registration Deadline:
Encoded Archival Context (Princeton University, NJ)


Opening 10/2 Exhibition: “Bashford Dean and the
Creation of the Arms and Armor Department”
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

10/7-13 New York Archives Week

10/7 Lesbian Herstory Archives Exhibition: "Straight to Hell"

10/11 ART Annual Awards Ceremony

10/12 ART Symposium: Archives and Activism

SAA Registration Deadline (Early Bird):
Preserving Digital Archives:
Concepts and Competencies (DAS)

10/13 ART 3rd Annual Archives Education Institute (AEI):
Transportation in New York (Sept 18 Reg Deadline)

AMIA at NYU Symposium: Archiving the Arts

10/16 METRO Workshop: Basic Introduction to EAD

10/17 ART Student Social

10/25-27 MARAC 2012 Fall Conference (Richmond, VA)

10/26-31 ASIS&T 2012 Conference (Baltimore, MA)

10/27 UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

10/29 METRO Annual General Meeting

SAA Workshop at Princeton University: Encoded Archival Context
(Princeton, NJ)

11/2-3 New England Archivists Fall 2012 Meeting:
Logistics (Boston, MA)

11/12 SAA Workshop at The Archives of the American Jewish
Joint Distribution Committee: Preserving Digital Archives:
Concepts and Competencies (DAS) 

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Social Media Snapshot
Member & Partner Tweets


8/30 911 Memorial@Sept11Memorial
Have you written a song or poem in response to 9/11?
Add them to the #911Memorial Artists Registry>>

Archives at NYU ‏@TheBackTableNYU
The Grey Gallery Triptych of Ephemera:
This post is contributed by Aleksandr Gelfand

Columbia U Libraries ‏@columbialib
City Room: Papers of a Puerto Rican Poet
Will Find a Home at Columbia

8/28 Donald Mennerich ‏@mennerich
Future digital archivists interested in working on
Timothy Leary's floppies should visit: . Interested? apply and DM me


8/27 WNYC Archives ‏@WNYCarchives
[Blog] A Rare WPA-Era WNYC Poster!

8/8 FITSpecialCollection ‏@SPARCFIT
Fashion Plate of the Day:This plate from 1778
was issued as part of the series Galerie des Modes
et Costumes Francais.

8/1 AVPS ‏@AVPreserve
"What's Your Product?" New avpreserve white paper on
More Product, Less Process and audiovisual collections...
7/31 NY Public Library ‏@nypl
NYPL Archives Research Fellowships:
NYPL is currently digitizing the papers of Samuel J. Tilden.

7/23 Julie I. May ‏@ginjula
Hanging out with #LucilleFornasieriGold.
See her #Brooklyn #photography at @brooklynhistory
image catalog:


7/17 Moving Image Museum @MovingImageNYC
@TheBrooklynRail interviews Caroline Martel
on her installation INDUSTRY/CINEMA @MovingImageNYC
on view through Aug 12

7/3 AnthologyFilmArchive ‏@AnthologyFilm
Check out a review/photos from Anthology's
Preservation Honors Benefit in Artforum and PAPERMAG!

7/2 NYPL Milstein Div. ‏@NYPLMilstein
Today in 1912: 1st automat opens in NYC on
Broadway @ Times Square. Come see a reconstructed
automat @ Lunch Hour NYC

Image of archival materials in the Frank Boas Photo Collection. Photo by Lauren Dzura.
Scientific (Re)Discoveries: Hidden Collections at the American Museum of Natural History

In June, ART members and members of the public were treated to a presentation of “The American Museum of  Natural History Archive Project.” Archivists Barbara Mathé, Iris Lee, and Rebecca Morgan took the audience behind the scenes and shared the methodologies and results of projects funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

For those who were not able to attend the event, check out the recent report posted
by ART Communications Committee reporter Haley Richardson featured on ART's “Latest News” blog at 

Submitted by ART Communications Committee

Image Credit: Archival materials in the Frank Boas Photo Collection illustrate the stark differences in levels of archival processing found by archivists working on the Hidden Collections project. Photo by Lauren Dzura.

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