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:


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.

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Michigan Archival Association

Michigan Teaching with Primary Sources Community Conversation in June

March 31, 2021

Posted on behalf of the Michigan TPS Planning Committee


Archivists and special collections librarians from public universities in Michigan have been gathering occasionally via zoom over the past year to discuss our interests and experiences in teaching with primary sources. These gatherings, hosted by the Bentley Historical Library, and planned by a group of archivists and special collections librarians from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, are modeled on the Rockefeller Center’s Archivist Educators Roundtable, which meets periodically to network and informally discuss common issues. This link will take you to the AER’s newsletter, which also offers a bit more information about the roundtable.

As we wrap up the academic year, we want to invite you to a conversation about lessons learned from teaching primary sources during a year of pandemic. Thursday June 3 1-2:30

Please use the link below to register. 

Link to register in advance for the meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Present at the meeting:

We’re looking for short, informal presentations that touch on what you’ve learned while teaching this past year–whether that be tools that worked well, practices you want to continue or other takeaways you want to share. Please send a short proposal (two to three sentences)  for a 5-7 minute “lightning talk” to by Monday April 26. Because our past few meetings have featured larger universities, we are especially interested in hearing from those at smaller institutions – college/university or otherwise – this time. As always, we welcome ideas from people who are new to instruction or online tools, as well as those who have done similar work for a long time.

We’re also looking to build collaboration across institutions in the future. What topics or collections have you used with classes that have been particularly effective? What collections are available digitally and are on your list to try with a course? You can add them to this spreadsheet.

Thank you! Please email if you have questions. Feel free to share this with your colleagues around the state who may be interested!

MOHA 2020 Conference:  Call for Proposals

November 18, 2019

MOHA 2020 Conference:  Call for Proposals

Michigan Library & Historical Center, Lansing

May 16, 2020

The Michigan Oral History Association is currently seeking proposals for the MOHA 2020 Conference. We welcome proposals for presentations, sessions and papers on oral history projects:

  • Focused on Michigan, and/or
  • Led by Michigan-based scholars
  • Research projects (issues analyzed with oral history methods and interviews)
  • Collections of oral histories focusing on a particular time period/community/group

The Program Committee seeks a diverse slate of presenters representing a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices.  We encourage submission from anyone interested in presenting – including students, new and seasoned professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions. See our brainstorming Google Sheet below to share ideas and start building possible panels.

Proposals may be one of the following:

  1. Presentation Panels with up to three powerpoint presentations (15 minutes per presentation), plus a chair and/or discussant.
  2. Non-Traditional Panels 5-8 contributors to a session formatted as a roundtable, lightening round or Pecha Kucha.  In addition to contributors, non-traditional panels may also have one moderator.
  3. Individual Presentation or Partnered/Panel Presentation on a common theme. An example could be a longer presentation on a case-study of a successful oral history project, discussing challenges, successes, methods, and a Q & A.
  4. Paper Panel with up to three academic papers presented (15 minutes per presentation), plus a chair and/or discussant.  Co-authored papers are welcome.  If you have a large group of colleagues who want to present papers, divide your group into two panels.

Proposals should include (see accompanying Submission Form):

  • “Participant List”
  • “Abstracts” (containing type of session format proposed and Session Title, accompanied by a 300-word abstract PLUS all individual paper/contribution titles, each accompanied with a 200-word abstract.

All participants who are accepted into the Conference program must become MOHA members by the time of the conference.

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  December 16, 2019

 Send your proposal files as email attachments (.docx only please) to Lindsay Hiltunen at lehalkol AT  Questions may be directed to Ms. Hiltunen at her e-mail or (906) 487-3209. Submission form is here!

Brainstorming:  No sign-on required link:

Last Day to Register for the Annual Meeting!

May 13, 2019

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

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!

MAA Board Meeting Tomorrow at @10am!

January 31, 2019

MAA Board Meeting Tomorrow at @10am!

September 13, 2018

Midwest Archives Conference: Call for Session Proposals – Detroit 2019

August 29, 2018

Call for Session Proposals: Detroit 2019

The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting April 3-6, 2019 at the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. Long known as a city of innovative industry and activism, today Detroit is referred to as “America’s Comeback City” as a result of its imaginative revitalization of architecture and green spaces, community-building initiatives, and a reinvigorated sense of place. The Program Committee invites session proposals touching on the 2019 theme “Innovation, Transformation, Resurgence” from all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields.

Possibilities include but are not limited to:

  • outreach initiatives designed to reach and/or document underserved populations such as immigrants, refugees, and minorities
  • “non-traditional” archives which are filling gaps in documentation and services
  • innovative collaboration with allied professions such as records managers, museum curators, artists, educators, social justice advocates, community organizers, librarians, etc.
  • programming and outreach initiatives that seek to create and foster a sense of community
  • the acquisition/accession of new collections which represent a group(s) story that is missing from the archival record
  • innovative methods to restore/maintain collections on a budget
  • new modes of outreach to attract potential donors and users of an archive
  • bringing an archive out of a disaster (big or small) and making a community aware of an archive’s resurgence and availability
  • creative use of space for collection storage, public services, and programming

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2019 MAC Annual Meeting is September 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact the 2019 Program Committee co-chairs, Carrie Schwier and Jennifer Audsley-Moore.

For more information about possible session types, proposal evaluation, and the submission process visit the MAC 2019 Call for Session Proposals website.

A Statewide Digital Preservation Survey Is Coming!

August 23, 2018

This is to let you know that in the coming days MAA will be distributing an online survey on behalf of Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Beginning with this survey, GVSU Libraries is leading a study that has potential for shaping future programs to support the preservation of digital materials held at libraries, archives, museums and other cultural memory institutions across our state. Other partners on the study include the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Council of Library Directors (COLD), the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA), the the Michigan Museums Association (MMA), the Michigan Service Hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS).

The survey will be titled Michigan Statewide Survey of Digital Preservation Programs and the forthcoming email will include detailed information on getting started—please stay tuned. We strongly encourage our membership to consider filling out the survey, and that staff with the most knowledge of the institution’s digital programs take the lead with completing the survey whenever possible.