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MARAC Announces First-ever Virtual Conference April 12-16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes in our work lives over the past year. However, institutions large and small have taken these changes and created opportunities for innovation. It is in this spirit that the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) announces its first online conference happening in April 2021.  

After cancelling three in-person meetings, MARAC will now present an online conference experience during the week of April 12-16. We aim to draw participants not only from the MARAC region, but also nationwide and internationally. A virtual format allows us to reach far outside our borders, and we know that there will be sessions and information of interest to a wide audience. Non-MARAC members are encouraged to join us.

Changing from our customary two-day conference format, the Programming and Local Arrangements committees have spread the meeting out over five half days, two taking place in the morning and three in the afternoon (Eastern Standard Time).  We hope this will make sessions available to the greatest possible number of colleagues, accommodating a variety of work schedules, caregiving situations, and the ever-present risk of “Zoom fatigue.” 

The theme of the Conference is “Suffrage Legacies: Civil Rights, Political Activism, and Archives.” This program is based on the Spring 2020 Harrisonburg meeting, which was MARAC’s first conference cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 marked significant anniversaries of both the 15th (1870) and 19th (1920) Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments profoundly influenced individual voting rights, while leaving much unfinished civil rights and social justice work to be accomplished, continuing today. Sessions at this conference reflect the fact that many archival and cultural institutions commemorated these anniversaries in 2020, made accessible records related to voting rights and civil rights activism, and highlighted collections documenting American politics and society in this presidential election year. 

Sandra Treadway, the Librarian of Virginia will present the plenary address. Also featured will be a live episode of An Archivist’s Tale podcast, hosted by MARAC members Geof Huth and Karen Trivette. They will interview Kelly Wooten, Reference Librarian at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.  Whatever your interests or experience level, these sessions are designed to help enhance your career, inspire your daily work, and deliver insights for positive change.

Registration for this conference opens today. Registration fees are incredibly affordable, with costs for MARAC members starting as low as $5.00. For program and online registration, please visit the conference website:  


Due Feb. 28: Nominations for the 2021 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award!

Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. 

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and include the following:

1.       A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.

2.       Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.

3.       Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.

Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Krista Oldham, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at

For more information on the details on awards from previous years, please visit the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award on the SAA webpage.  Please feel free to pass along this announcement to colleagues.

2021 Recipients: As the 2021 SAA Annual Meeting will be held virtually, 2021 recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2021 virtual conference. They will also receive complimentary registration and travel support to the 2022 Annual Meeting in Boston (or the next annual conference that is held in person). The award cannot be extended past the next in-person annual conference.  

Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee:

Jessica Hornbuckle

Tola Livesey

Krista Oldham (Chair)

Danielle Sangalang 


Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited


MAC is soliciting applications for the 2021 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color ( The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.


In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx descent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education,, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. The applicant must also be either a resident of the MAC region or registered in a qualified program, onsite or online, that is based in the MAC region.


Applications are due March 1, 2021 and must include the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form, available at
  • Transcript from the applicant's most recent academic program (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant's interests and future goals in archival administration
  • Two letters of recommendation.


Completed applications should be sent to:


Rebekah McFarland

Certified Archivist

Sisters of the Living Word


Applications must be emailed by March 1, 2021.

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2021.


The AIC Sustainability Committee will be hosting a lunchtime Zoom discussion of Sarah Miller's essay "Heaven or High Water" from the recently published compilation, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

Join us on Friday, February 26th at 1pm EST (10 am PST) to share your thoughts on this humorous, irreverent essay and delve into the work's themes of climate denial, adaptation, and mitigation. We hope this forum will allow us to build a community of those interested in creating a more sustainable profession and planet! This short reading will also serve as an introduction to the complete essay collection, which we plan to discuss as our first book club pick later this spring (so grab your copy now!).

The audio version of the essay, narrated by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, can be found for free in an episode of the podcast How to Save a Planet, and the essay's text can be read here.

Please RSVP by February 19th at to receive a link to the discussion.


Bravent, Jay-Marie

Wed, Feb 3, 3:41 PM


I am writing to inquire if you would be the right person to assist us with getting the survey information below distributed to your membership? Do you have a listserve or email group where this could be shared? We are hoping to have this announcement posted, forwarded, and shared to as many organizations as possible so we can reach everyone potentially interested. We would like to have a broad, varied, and representative group of institutions participate in the survey. If there is another way to submit this information or someone else to contact, please let me know as I am happy to contact them.


Thank you for your assistance!





Jay-Marie Bravent (they/them)

Special Collections Research Center

UK Libraries




Attached, please find the posting for our current open librarian position.  Feel free to share this job description with those you feel may be interested.  To get a strong pool of candidates, we are accepting applications from individuals who only have their JD or MLIS and applicants who have acquired both degrees.  State Bar membership is also not a requirement for the position.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly. 






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Kathleen ( Katie) Brown (She/Her/Hers)

Associate Dean for Information Resources



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Delsa L. Biorn

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