American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is Looking for Data on Visitation Trends!

March 8, 2019

(Posted on behalf of Sandra Clark)

Hello folks,

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is conducting a national survey of institutions seeking information about visitation trends between the years of 2013-2018.  Please take five minutes to complete this survey and pass along to any institutions who may be interested in participating.  Results will be shared with participants in August of 2019. 



MAA Nominating Committee Call for 1 New Committee Member

March 4, 2019
The Michigan Archival Association is seeking one volunteer to serve on the 2019 Nominating Committee. Committee members collect nominees for this year’s open Board positions and run the election at the Annual Business Meeting (Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Mission Point on Mackinac Island, Michigan).

Any MAA member can be a part of the committee. Please contact Robin Derminer at: robind at@thehenryford dot org if you are interested.

Robin Derminer
MAA Nominating Committee Chair

MAA Call for Posters for the Annual Meeting!

February 26, 2019


The Michigan Archival Association Program Committee is currently seeking poster proposals for MAA’s 2019 Annual Meeting! This year the Annual Meeting will be held Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18, 2019, at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Participation is open to all (including students!). You do not have to be an MAA member to present.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the MAA Poster Proposal Form by April 19th, 2019.

Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Nicholson (elizabethanicholson at or Megan Badgley Malone (badgle10 at


2019 Program Committee

Call for Open Entry Articles – Due by February 28!

February 6, 2019

Do you have a Mystery Photo you’d like to share for MAA’s Open Entry newsletter Spring issue?

Do you know the identification of the Mystery Photo from the Fall issue (page 35)???

Let us know at

We need all photos, articles, and news submitted by Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Announcement: 2019 Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship

January 24, 2019

The MAA Scholarship committee is now accepting applications for the 2019 Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship.

The Marilyn McNitt Memorial Scholarship funds a student to attend the 2019 Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting to be held at Mackinac Island, Michigan, June 17-18, 2019. The scholarship covers lodging for two nights and conference registration. The recipient will also receive a $250 stipend for travel costs and a one-year membership to MAA. In addition, the scholarship winner will be invited to write an article for the MAA newsletter, Open Entry, about the conference experience.

The scholarship is open to graduate students in an archival science program or related field. To apply, please submit a completed application form (MS Word .docx format) and application statement to Richard C. Adler at rcadler@umich.eduThe deadline for applications is Monday April 1, 2019.

Marilyn McNitt was an archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library for twenty-five years. Her commitment to researchers and students was an inspiration to fellow MAA members. The scholarship honors her years of dedication and service to MAA.

Call for Proposal – MAA 2019 (Second Reminder!)

November 16, 2018

The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) Program Committee is currently seeking session proposals for the 2019 conference on Monday-Tuesday, June 17-18, 2019 at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Possible session topics include, but are not limited to:

  • All things digital (access, preservation, new technologies, etc.)
  • Archivists in non-traditional settings (e.g., private archives, consultants, corporate)
  • Audio Visual materials (preservation, organization, access, digitization)
  • Career planning/advice
  • Cataloging and metadata
  • Collections management
  • Conservation
  • Donor relations/cultivation
  • Exhibits on a budget
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive profession
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Invisible labor
  • Processing
  • Promoting collections
  • Records Management
  • Reference
  • Repository round-up (short updates on projects presented on at past conferences)
  • Web archiving, preserving social media

Please consider using the MAA 2019 Session Proposal Collaboration spreadsheet to find others interested in your topic.

To submit a proposal, please complete the MAA 2019 Annual Meeting Session Proposal form (  Proposals are due by December 15, 2018.

There will be a separate call for poster session proposals in January 2019.

Thank you and please feel free to spread the word … and volunteer others!  We are happy to contact people to fill in our program, so if you know someone working on an interesting project, please let us know.  You do not have to be an MAA member to present at the meeting.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Megan Badgley Malone

Elizabeth Nicholson

Caitlin Brennecke

Aimee Ergas

Jennie Russell

Register now for the Fall Workshop!

October 1, 2018

SAVE THE DATE – October 26, 2018 for Primary resources in teaching and learning

MSU Libraries Green Room, East Lansing Michigan from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Jointly hosted and presented by the Michigan Archival Association (MAA) and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA)

Thinking about developing outreach programs to students on your campus? Not sure where to start? Looking for new ways to integrate primary sources into your instruction sessions? This workshop focuses on integrating and using primary sources in classroom assignments, information literacy sessions, archival tours, learning labs, and more!

Archivists, special collections librarians, and teaching faculty from three Michigan institutions will speak on their experiences and provide hands-on demonstrations to give you the skills you need to do this at home. Some topics covered will include:

  • Archives and Primary Resource Education Lab @ the Reuther Library – including teaching graduate students to bring primary sources into the K-12 classroom
  • Creating interesting, informative, and interactive lesson plans with limited time and budgets
  • Collaborating archivists, librarians, and faculty to create relevant and innovative assignments using primary sources from the archives
  • Presenting a hands-on session covering the first three learning objectives in Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy

Registration is at a very reduced cost for MiALA and MAA members!  For those unaffiliated with either organization, we encourage you to join one of our organizations and attend this conference.

To join MAA, please visit: MAA New Member Application

To join MiALA, please visit: MiALA New Member Application


MiALA and/or MAA Members            $15.00

non-MiALA/MAA members                $45.00

Please note that parking and lunch are NOT included in the cost of registration. For parking lot information, please visit Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Lisa Denison at 517-884-6454 one week before an event. For more information on visitor parking rates, go to:

The agenda is being finalized as we speak. For the latest information on this program and/or to register, go to the MAA/MiALA event page.

Hope to see you there!!