Open Entry Fall Issue Send Articles & Photos by 9/30

September 6, 2019

The editors of Open Entry are now seeking submissions for our Fall issue.  The deadline is Monday, September 30.

We are looking for the following:

Photos of the Mackinaw Island Annual Meeting, June 2019

Michigan Repository news and announcements.

Archivists in the News: the arrivals, departures, and achievements of Michigan archivists.

Internship articles by Michigan students or interns in Michigan.

Articles related to archival work that you would like to write.

Submissions can be text within your email message or as attachments.

Typical article length ranges from 200 to 1,200 words.  If you have questions about what to write, or how to write it, we are happy to work with you.

Please email your articles and photos to


Seeking Donations for the Annual Meeting!

June 7, 2019

Seeking Donations!

Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting Silent Auction

Each year the Michigan Archival Association hosts a two-day conference and business meeting to support professional development activities and networking opportunities for archivists and archival workers across the state. One element of that meeting is the annual silent auction which will benefit the Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship and Michigan History Day.

The MAA Auction Subcommittee wants to remind members that your donations of auction items are essential to make the auction a success.

We are currently seeking donations of :

  • Michigan-themed products
  • Treats, food, and wine
  • Show and tour tickets
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift certificates
  • Historically-themed items relevant to Michigan
  • Sports memorabilia and/or autographs from Michigan teams
  • Books

Thank you for considering a donation to help support MAA! If you have questions about the silent auction or plan to donate an item for the Mackinac Island conference, please contact Auction Subcommittee Chair, Lindsay Hiltunen, at lehalkol at mtu dot edu or by calling (906) 487-3209.

Help Us Document the Annual Meeting!

June 5, 2019

Are you going to MAA’s Annual Meeting on Mackinac Island this year? Do you like to take photos with your phone or camera?

If so, send photos of your time on Mackinac Island to OpenEntry.Editors at gmail dot com! The more photos, the better!

Meet the 2019 Nominees for the MAA Board!

June 4, 2019

Heidi Butler, Member-at-Large Nominee

Heidi Butler is running for a second term as a Member-at-Large of the MAA Board. Heidi has been the Local History Specialist at the Capital Area District Libraries, based in downtown Lansing, since February 2014. Her previous positions include the archives of Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; the Kalamazoo College archives; the Rush University Medical Center archives in Chicago; and the Local History and Genealogy department of the Wichita Public Library in Kansas. She completed her Library Science Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2000, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Lindsay Hiltunen, Member-at-Large Nominee

Lindsay Hiltunen, MLIS and MA, is the University Archivist at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections in Houghton, Michigan. She oversees all core archives functions at Michigan Tech’s Van Pelt and Opie Library. She has worked in various roles in public libraries and university archives throughout her career and has a strong understanding of many facets of the profession. She began her professional career as a Librarian with the District of Columbia Public Library in 2008, but is very happy to be home in her native Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, sharing her love of archives and regional history. Hiltunen, received her MLIS in Archives, Book Arts, and Special Collections from the Catholic University of America in 2009 and her MA in United States History from Western Illinois University in 2014. Hiltunen is also a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Theory and Culture program at Michigan Tech. Ms. Hiltunen was first appointed to the Michigan Archival Association Board in 2016 and is very eager to continue to serve as a board member-at-large. As one of the few MAA members from the Upper Peninsula, she brings important perspective and networking opportunities to MAA.

In her time at the Michigan Tech Archives she has planned and implemented several new initiatives and has secured external funding for several grant projects, most recently a heritage grant from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission for collections improvements and a collaborative grant with the Northern Michigan University Archives from the National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission Planning Grant program. Hiltunen has won many awards and honors throughout her career, most recently the Charles Follo award from the Historical Society of Michigan for her work with preserving and promoting Upper Peninsula History in 2018.

Hiltunen is very active in the archives and public history fields and believes in being generous with her time to offer service to the profession. She served on the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Program Committee for Detroit in 2019 and serves on several other boards, including the Michigan Oral History Association (MOHA), the Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board (gubernatorial appointment,) the Quincy Mine Hoist Association (chair of interpretive committee), and the Society of International Hockey Research Oral History Committee. Hiltunen is a co-editor of Open Entry, the newsletter of MAA and is an active member of the Historical Society of Michigan, MAA, MAC, MOHA, the National Council on Public History, and the Society of American Archivists, formerly serving on the roster for the Legislative Research Team, a subgroup of the Issues & Advocacy section of SAA.

Lauren Arnsman, Treasurer Nominee

Lauren Arnsman is the current treasurer and has been since 2016. She assisted in implementing the online payment system for MAA. Lauren recently moved back to Kalamazoo, her hometown, where her main job is as the local history librarian at Comstock Township Public Library outside Kalamazoo. She also is a substitute librarian at Kalamazoo Public Library and adjunct librarian at Kellogg Community College. When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys reading, yoga, and taking nature walks at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

Stefanie Caloia, Secretary Nominee

Stefanie is the AFSCME Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She has an MLIS and a graduate certificate in Archival Administration from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in photography from Grand Valley State University. Stefanie previously served as the AFT Project Archivist at the Reuther. Before that she worked for a private archives and for History Associates, Inc., on their National Park archives backlog-processing project. She is a certified archivist with the ACA, chair of the Redford Township Historical Commission, Communications Coordinator for the Visual Materials Section of the SAA, and a member of the SAA J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Selection Committee. Stefanie has served as Secretary of MAA since 2014.

Continued Call for Board Nominees!

May 20, 2019
The 2019 Nominating Committee of the Michigan Archival Association is seeking nominations for Board members! Elections will be held at the Michigan Archival Association Business Meeting (Tuesday, June 18 2019) during this year’s MAA conference 2019 in Mission Point on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The following Board positions are open:
Secretary (2-year term)
Treasurer (2-year term)
Member-at-Large #1 (3-year term)
Member-at-Large #2 (3-year term)

Board members and officers meet at the call of the President on a quarterly basis, or as needed. Meetings are typically held in Lansing, but remote participation is available for those unable to travel. Each board member is asked to actively participate on at least one standing committee among the several that exist within the Michigan Archival Association.

If you are interested in a position, please contact Nominating Committee Chair, Robin Derminer at: robind at thehenryford dot org. Indicate the position you are interested in and include a short biography. The deadline for the extended call for nominations is May 31, 2019.

Also, the membership can nominate individuals for board positions at the Annual Meeting. MAA by-laws state that nominations must end two hours before the Business Meeting and a petition must be presented in support of such nominations including signatures from at least 10 current MAA members in good standing.

For more information on the Michigan Archival Association Board, please visit the website:

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions,

2019 MAA Nominating Committee
Robin Derminer
Annie Benefiel
Melinda Isler

Last Day to Register for the Annual Meeting!

May 13, 2019

Don’t miss out! Click here to register for the annual meeting!

Early Bird Discount for the Annual Meeting Ends on April 27th!

April 26, 2019

Don’t miss out on locking into the early bird rate!


Registration for the 2019 annual meeting is now open!

Two ways to register!

  • Fill out and mail the Registration Form included in the Conference Program. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by May 13.


For additional details, refer to our 2019 Annual Meeting page.

We look forward to seeing you there!