Blast From The Past: 1978

Open Entry has been gracing our members’ mailboxes and inboxes since 1974. Celebrating over 40 years of archival articles and updates, in the fall of 2014, MAA began scanning and posting all of Open Entry‘s issues for inclusion on the MAA website.

Welcome to 1978! Then as now, two issues of Open Entry were published, informing MAA’s members of the events, workshops, and committees that were occurring throughout the nation. Let’s dive right in and see what was going on.

Portion of page 5 from the Winter 1978 issue.

Portion of page 5 from the Winter 1978 issue

The Winter 1978 issue covered a broad range of topics, starting with the removal of restrictions for the 1900 U.S. Census Records and the amount it would cost for institutions to acquire microfilm rolls for their holdings. Two new article series were introduced: “The Lone Archivist” and “Spotlight.” “The Lone Archivist” solicited letters and discussion from archivists in small institutions, while “Spotlight” highlighted archival programs in Michigan. Alma College started off the “Spotlight” series with a summary of the history and official grand opening of their archives in 1977. Job ads, announcements of new collections, and the program for the Spring 1978 meeting held at MSU wrapped up this issue.

Portion of page one of the 1978 Spring Meeting Program.
Portion of page one of the 1978 Spring Meeting Program.

The Summer 1978 issue announced the release of Ethnic Newspapers and Periodicals in Michigan: A Checklist, a MAA publication that listed past and present ethnicity-based newspapers that were published in Michigan including known locations, if possible. A summary of the Spring 1978 meeting is another highlight; the meeting’s theme discussed “current and potential uses of film, tapes, and machine readable records in archives.”  A delightfully amusing article from “The Lone Archivist” series can also be found in the pages of this issue. The history of Ferris State’s archives, an article on Kent County’s circuit court cases, and updates on collections throughout the state finish the Summer 1978 issue.

Portion of pages 14 and 15 from the Summer 1978 issue.

Portion of pages 14 and 15 from the Summer 1978 issue.

Find anything interesting in the 1978 issues? Let us know in the comments below!

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