MAA members registering online
should select the “I am an individual member of the Historical Society of Michigan” registration type to get the discount (and NOT, for example, the “I am representing a general history organization that is a member of the Historical Society of Michigan” option)
MAA members registering online
Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan and Michigan Archival Association, the Grant Writing for Special Projects Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, November 8 at the Historical Society of Michigan, located at 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, MI.
This workshop will look at the applications of three granting agencies—a local corporate community-giving program, the Michigan Council for Humanities Project Grant, and the Heritage Preservation Conservation Assessment Program—to show how small museums and historical organizations can fund programming, planning, and collections projects by utilizing resources at local, state, and national levels. Bricks and mortar grants will not be covered.
Registration for the event is $39 for HSM /MAA members and $79 for non-members (non-member registration includes a one-year HSM membership). Registration includes refreshments and materials.
To register, call (800) 692-1828 or visit http://www.hsmichigan.org/programs/workshops.
MAA joins in expressing sorrow over the loss of colleague and friend, Bentley Historical Library archivist Marilyn McNitt.
Marilyn M. McNitt, 62, of Ann Arbor, Michigan passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor after an extended battle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was born on May 10, 1951, in Morenci, Michigan, the daughter of Dallas J. and Ruth Marie Louise (Weinmann) Munsell. She married William H. McNitt on May 6, 1978, in Hudson, Michigan and he survives.
She was a graduate of Hudson High School Class of 1969, earned a B.A. degree in History at Adrian College and two master’s degrees at the University of Michigan in History and Library Science. She worked for twenty-five years as an archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library, where she enjoyed working with researchers. She loved University of Michigan football, hockey and seeing theater productions by the UM Gilbert and Sullivan Society and at the Croswell Opera House. She was a loyal Adrian Bulldog and served on the Board of Directors for the Alumni Association. She was a member of the West Side United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor and was chair of the Commission on Archives and History of the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Marilyn is survived by her mother, Ruth Munsell of Hudson; her husband of 35 years, William McNitt of Ann Arbor; three daughters: Sarah McNitt (Jason Sprague) of Coralville, IA, Rebecca McNitt of Ann Arbor and Marie-Theres Niedermaier of Grosskarolinenfeld, Germany; her brother, John (Pam) Munsell of Grand Blanc; two nephews: Bentley Munsell (Emery Shriver) of Williamstown, MA and Ian Munsell of Grand Blanc; her niece, Andrea (Joseph) Huls of Grand Rapids; her great-niece, Brianna Huls of Grand Rapids and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Dallas on December 25, 2002.
Visitation for Marilyn will be Friday, October 25, at Muehlig Funeral Chapel (403 S. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 26, at Eagle Funeral Home (415 W. Main St., Hudson, MI 49247) from noon until the time of service at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Fred Hatfield officiating. Interment will follow in Lime Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marilyn’s memory to the American Red Cross or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Shared from Eagle Funeral Home Obituaries, http://www.eaglefuneralhomes.com/Obituary/1373/Marilyn_McNitt. The editors of MAA’s Open Entry newsletter are collecting reminiscences of and tributes to Marilyn for publication in the spring 2014 issue (email email@example.com). We also encourage readers to sign the online guestbook at the Eagle Funeral Home website.
Job Position Announcement: Archivist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal EmployeesOctober 4, 2013
Wayne State University seeks a knowledgeable, innovative, service-oriented individual for the position of AFSCME Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, Wayne State University is a Carnegie I research university. The Reuther Library collects, preserves, and provides access to historical records documenting the modern American labor movement, the development of southeastern Michigan, and the history of Wayne State University.
The archives for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) document the evolution of the union from its origins in 1932 as a small group of professional state employees to the present. Having grown to one of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO, AFSCME boasts 1.4 million members today. AFSCME represents workers in a variety of roles including corrections, emergency services, education, health care, law enforcement, public administration, public works, housing, and transportation.
The Reuther Library became the official repository for AFSCME in 1974. Since that time, it has collected the records of the union’s international headquarters and some locals and councils, as well as the personal papers of prominent union members.
Provides access to the institutional history of AFSCME through the arrangement and description of its records and publications, and the creation of finding aids, inventories, databases, or other reference tools
Assists AFSCME with records management and electronic records archiving
Interacts with AFSCME, including occasional travel to AFSCME’s international headquarters and regional offices regarding their records program and related projects
Appraises, retrieves, and examines records regarding AFSCME
Performs extensive outreach by curating and promoting AFSCME exhibits at AFSCME conventions and conferences (some travel required), disseminating information about the AFSCME Archives, and working on publicity-related projects
Creates and manages digital content for the Reuther Library’s website
Participates actively in the shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, and program and policy development
Manages reference requests from inside and outside of AFSCME
Provides general reference services for non-AFSCME related collections
Supervises students, volunteers, and interns assigned to work with the AFSCME Archives
Actively participates in the archival profession through presentations, publications, and/or membership in professional organizations
Performs other related duties as assigned
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science or an advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with archival management coursework and/or experience
Knowledge of archival administration, including the selection, processing, and preservation of historical, valued, and sensitive documents
Clear understanding of issues related to digital records management and electronic records archiving
Experience using archival content management systems
Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of users, donors, and constituencies
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Ability to lift 40 lbs
Working knowledge of ArchivesSpace and Fedora
Ability to set digitization priorities and programs
Familiarity with American labor history
Applications may be submitted using the following link:
Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, however those submitted before October 31, 2013 will receive priority.
Reminder: This is the last week to apply for the award to attend the MAA fall workshop! Please send your applications in by September 1st.
Award recipients will receive free registration to the MAA sponsored workshop Grant writing for Special Projects, on November 8, 2013 as well as a stipend for gas. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan and Michigan Archival Association, and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Historical Society of Michigan, located at 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, MI.
To apply for the grant please fill out the attached form and return to Sarah Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether you prefer a 4/4 beat, elaborate riffing, or playing by memory (all signatures of the Kansas City jazz style), the 2014 Midwest Archives Conference Program Committee (PC) looks forward to receiving session proposals fitting the theme: “The Syncopations of History.” The full Call for Proposals for the meeting, scheduled for April 24-26 in Kansas City, Missouri, is available the MAC website.
Tell us how you are composing and improvising in your repository. How do you keep your archival rhythms going and still hold the beat? Don’t have money for an expensive electronic record keeping system? How are you putting something together with a limited budget? Use the session proposal form (PDF) or the web-based form to submit your proposal. The deadline for proposals is September 20, 2013.
If you have questions, or wish to submit session proposals in another way, please contact 2014 Program Committee co-chairs Jeremy Brett, Texas A&M University Processing Archivist (979-845-1951), or Michelle Sweetser, Marquette University Archivist (414-288-5905).
Our first three MAA presentations are up. You can find them under the Meetings tab. For anyone who still would like to submit their presentations, please contact Melinda Isler and we will put them up!
As you get ready to head off to Ann Arbor for then Annual Conference remember our Twitter hashtag #micharchives13
We encourage you to read the candidate profiles of members running for board and officer positions. Additional members may still be nominated. Please read here for more about our candidate profiles!
The Webers Inn block of rooms at the MAA registration rate is only available until May 19, 2013. Please call in your reservations soon!