MAA 2023 Virtual Meeting Registration Now Open!

May 9, 2023

Registration is now open for our 2023 Annual Meeting! This year our meeting will be held virtually and we hope you are able to join us!

We have a great lineup of informational and educational sessions including topics such as: primary sources, crowdsourcing, digital initiatives at the Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Archives, using Story Maps for outreach, and lessons from the first year of the UPLINK (Upper Peninsula Digital Network) project.

Our Keynote speaker this year is Sheila L. Chingwa, Archivist of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.  She will introduce us to the life of a Tribal Archivist and share the story of Julius and Judith Keywaygoshkum and the intriguing rescue mission to save their records.

Also included with registration is a Digital Preservation Policy Workshop taught by Michigan Digital Preservation Network’s Coordinator Chelsea Denault, Ph.D.  Attendees will emerge from the workshop with a draft policy and helpful roadmap for continuing development, including building a digital preservation team in their organization.  

The MAA business meeting is free to MAA members and access to the recorded sessions will be provided once the conference has concluded.

You can view the Annual Meeting Schedule and Session Descriptions Here:


Meet the Candidates!

June 13, 2022

Vice President/President-Elect (2022-2026)

Taylor Henning

Taylor Henning is the University Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She has a MS/LIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a MA in German Studies from Florida State University, and a BA in German and International Affairs from Florida State University. Before coming to Wayne State, Taylor worked at the University of Illinois Archives where she provided university reference services, served as an Archives Assistant for the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ad Council, and worked in the Records and Information Management office. She is particularly passionate about providing equitable access in archives and seeking to collect and preserve records of underrepresented communities. In her free time, Taylor enjoys embroidery, playing with her cats, and spending time with her husband and baby girl. 

Conference Coordinator (2022-2023)


Members-at-Large (two positions, 2022-2025)

Mark Prindiville

Mark Prindiville has been the Diocesan Archivist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw for the last year and a half and until recently, has served as a member of the Nominating Committee for the Michigan Archival Association. Mark has an MLIS and Archival Administration Certification from Wayne State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science and Master of Art in History from Central Michigan University. Mark has previously worked for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Hoover Institution Library & Archive, the Flat Rock Public Library, and the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs.

Sarah Lebovitz

Sarah Lebovitz is the Service Employees International Union Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. As one of many labor union archivists at the Reuther, she handles collection development, fieldwork, processing, reference, donor relations, and archival outreach on behalf of SEIU and its collections at the Reuther. She received her Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and studied anthropology and religion in her undergraduate.

We look forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids! 

MAA 2022 Nominating Committee

2022 MAA Annual Meeting: Early Bird Price and Hotel Room Discount Ends in Two Days!

May 18, 2022

Please note that the early bird price goes away in two days, as does the hotel room discount!

We hope you are able to join us on the banks of the Grand River at the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott in Grand Rapids for our Annual Meeting June 16-17, 2022!

This year’s meeting will be held in the middle of the energetic Grand Rapids scene, surrounded by dozens of the city’s best restaurants and other attractions such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Make sure to bring your adventuring spirit and enjoy exploring downtown!

In addition to an impressive list of sessions, conference highlights include a reception at the Marriott, and tours of Grand Rapids City Archives and Records Center, Riverfront History Walking Tour, and options for self-guided tours!

An impressive list of informational and educational programs includes such topics as social justice history in organizational records, outreach, reparative cataloging, digital preservation, architectural collections, records of crime, and an audiovisual media mini workshop. In addition, our keynote speaker Joel Westphal Deputy Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, will speak on lessons learned from capturing, managing and archiving the largest digital collection of war records in our nation’s history.

For complete details, please visit
Best regards,
Michigan Archival Association

Update on the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting

March 25, 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAA Executive Board has voted to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting and instead, hold a virtual membership meeting in June of 2020. An official date will be announced soon. If you know of any conflicts we should avoid, please email our president at nicole [at] msu [dot] edu.

Thank you and we hope you are staying healthy and safe.


Nicole Smeltekop, on behalf of the MAA Executive Board

Update on the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting

March 11, 2020

Greetings MAA Followers,

Like many of you, the MAA board is closely monitoring the coronavirus spread. With two confirmed cases in Michigan today and many larger institutions (including MSU and the Henry Ford) currently suspending domestic and international travel, we are concerned about the ability of our membership to safely and ethically gather.

In the event we do not hold a physical meeting in June, the board will discuss other options including a virtual symposium, virtual membership meeting, or a reschedule of our annual meeting to the fall. We will finalize a plan and send an update by early next week. If you have comments, please reach out to our president  at nicole [at] msu [dot] edu.


Nicole, on behalf of the MAA Board

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.

Last Day to Register for the Annual Meeting!

May 13, 2019

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2019 Annual Meeting Registration is now open!

April 8, 2019

Hello everyone,

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!