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2016 Archives Fair: Transitions

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an inside look at what it takes to protect, preserve and share the records at the foundations of history in these history-making times.

In celebration of American Archives Month, archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions across the region will be on hand to share their collections, answer questions and discuss the challenges and opportunities they face every day—from the DC Africana Archives Project, to the many Archives of the Smithsonian Institution, to the National Archives and Records Administration and many more. Anyone with an interest in history, culture, government accountability or preservation technology will find something of value.

Spend an hour or two visiting with experts in the Coulter Performance Plaza, take a tour of the Museum’s Archives Center or stay all day and enjoy presentations on issues of professional interest in the SC Johnson Conference Center.


National Museum of American History
West Wing First Floor: Coulter Performance Plaza and SC Johnson Conference Center
14th St and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20560

Sponsored by: Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference DC and Maryland Caucuses, and the National Archives Assembly.

Archives and repositories interested in exhibit space contact Vanessa Broussard at broussardv@si.edu.

Fair Participants

Archives and Repositories
Charles Sumner School, Museum and Archives
D.C. Historical Society
George Washington University, D.C. Africana Archives Project
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Montgomery County Historical Society, Archives
Morgan State University, Earl S. Richardson Library, Beulah M. Davis Collection
National Agricultural Library
National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives Catalog
National Archives and Records Administration, Special Media Division
National Archives and Records Administration, Motion Pictures Preservation Lab
Smithsonian Institution, African American History and Culture Museum Archives
Smithsonian Institution, Air and Space Museum Archives
Smithsonian Institution, American Indian Museum Archives
Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Museum Archives
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art Archives
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Archives Center
University of the District of Columbia, Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives
University of the District of Columbia, University Archives
University of Maryland, Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asian Studies Library
University of Maryland Libraries, Labor Collections Program
University of Maryland, University Archives
Washington College, Archives and Special Collections

Professional Organizations
Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
National Archives Assembly
Society of American Archivists, Archival History Section

Tours of the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every half hour. Sign up at the NMAH table in the Coulter Performance Plaza.

Program Schedule:

Time Activity
10:00 - 10:15 Setup and refreshments
10:15 - 10:30

Welcome and Opening remarks

  • Emcee John Legloahec, Archives Specialist
    Electronic Records Division, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Robyn Dexter, President
    National Archives Assembly
10:30 - 12:00

Panel Discussion: Archiving Social Transitions

  • Damani Davis, Archivist
    Research Services Division, National Archives and Records Administration
    Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau
  • Denise D. Meringolo, Director of Public History
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Preserve the Baltimore Uprising
  • Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archivist
    Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
    Documenting the Fight for Marriage Equality
  • Ed Summers, Lead Developer
    Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland
    Documenting the Now
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch, Visit Exhibit Tables
1:30 - 2:30

Panel Discussion: Approaches to Format Transitions

  • Barbara Aikens, Archivist
    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
  • John LeGloahec, Archives Specialist
    Electronic Records Division, National Archives and Records Administration
    Got your Passport Ready? Online Access to National Park Service Records
  • Lopez Matthews, Jr. PhD, Archivist
    Howard University
    Moorland Spingarn Research Center Digital Projects
2:30 - 3:00 Break, Visit Exhibit Tables
3:00 - 4:00

Panel Discussion:  Rethinking “Access for All”: Serving and Researching Indigenous Archival Collections in Federal Repositories

  • C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Assistant Professor of History
    Department of History and Art History, George Mason University
  • Caitlin Haynes, Reference Archivist
    National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Mary Frances Ronan, Native American Records Expert
    Washington DC Reference Section, Research Services, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Guha Shankar, Folklife Specialist and Director, Civil Rights History Project
    American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
  • Nathan Sowry, Reference Archivist
    Archives Center, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution