Open Entry is Seeking Submissions!

September 24, 2018

Hello, Everyone!

The editors of Open Entry are seeking submissions for our Fall issue. The deadline of Sunday, September 30, is fast approaching!

We are looking for the following:

– Articles related to archival work that you would like to write.
– Michigan Repository news and announcements.
– Archivists in the News: the arrivals, departures, and achievements of Michigan archivists.
– Internship articles by Michigan students or interns in Michigan.
– Photos and articles about the Bay City Annual Meeting, June 2018

Submissions can be text within your email message or attached as a Microsoft Word document. Include photos as separate JPG attachments, file size about 1MG.

Typical article length ranges from 200 to 1,200 words. If you have questions about what to write, or how to write it, we are happy to work with you.

Please email submissions to

Again, that deadline is this coming Sunday, September 30.

Thanks and best regards,

Your Open Entry Editors, Michigan Archival Association
Cynthia Read Miller
Troy Eller English
Lindsay Hiltunen


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.

Job Posting: Positions at University of Michigan Library

August 8, 2018

The Special Collections Research Center at the University of Michigan Library is hiring for three openings: a Processing Archivist and two Description Project Assistants. Each of these positions is a three-year term with the possibility of renewal.

To see the full postings and submit an application, please see the following links:

Processing Archivist:

Description Project Assistant:

Posted on behalf of:
Caitlin R. Wells
Collection Services Librarian, Special Collections Research Center
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109
P: (734) 763-7901

Help Houghton County!

July 16, 2018

If you want to volunteer to help Houghton County’s historical records recover from the devastating flooding, now’s the time!

The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is working with the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the Michigan Archival Association, and other organizations to recruit teams of trained museum and archives professionals who will provide onsite help a week at a time this summer and early fall. These teams will document the artifact and archival collections and establish stable temporary storage conditions.

Final details for the project are still being solidified, but will depend somewhat on the availability of trained volunteers. If you are qualified, interested, and able to spend a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula in August or September, please complete this survey by July 23.

At this point, the plan is to have a team arriving on Sunday, working a regular work-week Mon-Fri, and then leaving on Saturday.

For more information, look here.

Houghton County needs you!

Help Flood Damaged Historical Collections in Houghton County!

June 20, 2018

As you may have heard, Houghton County has been ravaged by terrible flooding and Governor Snyder has declared a state of emergency.

Lindsay Hiltunen, the archivist for Michigan Tech, is asking that anyone interested in volunteering to help clean up local heritage sites contact her ASAP. Her contact information is as follows:

lehalkol at
(906) 487-3209 or (906) 487-2505 office and main MTU archives lines
(906) 281-0024 work cell
If you’re not in the area and want to still help, the Historical Society of Michigan has created a GoFundMe for the Houghton County Historical Society ( The historical society is a volunteer-run organization and is in desperate need of help and donations to save their collections and research facilities.The funds will go to help them and other local history organizations in the area.

Thank you for your time.