Open Entry, the newsletter of the Michigan Archival Association, has been continuously published since its first issue in early 1974. All issues from 2002 through 2014 are currently available on our website for digital download. This year we’ll complete the series by digitizing and uploading all existing issues that aren’t already online, beginning with the first years of Open Entry. The first six issues, representing the first three years of the newsletter’s publication, are now available as well.
These issues provide a clear image of the operations and activities of Michigan archivists forty years ago. The Winter 1975 issue includes an article by Patricia Freedman, Head of Sound Archives at Eastern Michigan University, on the preliminary care of sound archives. Philip P Mason of Wayne State University contributes an article on the history of MAA for the Winter 1976 issue. Most surprisingly, the Summer 1976 issue contains a work of literary criticism, in the form of a review of Michael Lesy’s Wisconsin Death Trip contributed by Western Michigan University’s Wayne E. Eirschele. These features join regular reporting on the activities of MAA, of its members, and of the many archival repositories in Michigan. The scanned issues can be accessed from our Open Entry Past Issues page, and the remaining issues will be added over the course of 2015.