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2017 Archives Fair: Performance and Preservation

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2017 Archives Fair: Performance and Preservation

Saturday October 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. National Museum of American History - Coulter Performance Plaza and SC Johnson Conference Center

Saturday October 21, 2017

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: National Museum of American History

Join us for a backstage look at the art of archives.  See what it takes to protect, preserve and share historical records-- while enjoying live performances that translate the past into living culture. 

In celebration of American Archives Month, archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions will be joined by musicians, dancers, singers and performers to share their collections, answer questions, and highlight the ways in which the preservation of archival collections translates into the preservation of culture through the performance and artistry of individuals and communities across the United States and around the world. 

Spend an hour or two visiting with experts and enjoying live performances 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.

Sponsored by the National Archives Assembly, the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference DC and Maryland Caucuses, we hope you'll join us as we pull back the curtain on the art of archives.


Current Fair Participants are listed below. If your archives or repository is interested in hosting an informational table in the Plaza, please contact Ellen Mulligan at ellen.mulligan@nara.gov


10:45 – 11:00 Welcome and Opening remarks

  • Emcee John Legloahec, Archives Specialist, Electronic Records Division, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Robert Horton,  Assistant Director for Collections and Archives, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Performances: Coulter Plaza


11:00 – 11:45 Performance and Discussion: Banjo Panel

Greg Adams, Moderator

Early Banjo Explorations: From the Archives to the Stage

Dena Jennings

Banjo and Black Girl: how I discovered my roots in the music archives

Michael Nix

Phoenix Rising: 21st century compositions Nix for the modern 7 string classical banjo based on historical notated music

Tim Twiss

Early Banjo – Rediscovered Roots


12:00 – 12:30 Jonathan Een Newton/Slow Down Tommy

Root to Seed: Old-time and Irish music re-imagined


12:45 – 1:15    e. Katrina Lewis 

Piano & Percussion: The Middle Passage of Right


1:30 – 2:00      James Zimmerman, Jazz Vocalist

           The Artistry of Oscar Brown, Jr., based on his collection at Howard University’s Moorland Spingarn Research Center






2:15 – 2:45      Jake Blount and Tatiana Hargreaves

Reparations: Revitalizing Black and Native American String Band Music


3:00 – 3:45      Capitol Tap



Panel Discussions: SC Johnson Conference Center


11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Expression in Archives

Jessica Whitmore, Archives Manager, Mount St. Mary’s University

Preserving the Story of the Artist: The John La Farge Collection at Mount St. Mary’s University


Asantewa Boakyewa, AU Arts Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences, American University

The Fight in Black and White: The Political Cartoons of Thomas A. Stockett


Jennifer Johnstone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University

Not “Just American:” Two Case Studies of Musical Archives and Cultural Identity Among Descendants of Immigrants



12:30 – 12:45 Break, Visit Exhibit Tables


12:45 – 2:15    Panel Discussion: Bodies in Motion

Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Assistant Professor with a Joint Appointment in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Georgia

Performing the Archive: At Buffalo, A New Musical


Phil Jamison, traditional musician and dancer, scholar of traditional Appalachian dance, Warren Wilson College

Western North Carolina Buckdancers, Flatfooters, & Charleston Dancers


Junious Brickhouse, Founding Executive Director, Urban Artistry Inc.

The Preservatory: Urban Artistry Inc.


2:15 – 2:30      Break, Visit Exhibit Tables  


2:30 – 4:00    Panel Discussion: The Art of Access

John Gleason, Digital Archive Consultant, New York State Old-Time Fiddlers’ Association (NYSOTFA)

Preserving, Promoting and Perpetuating Cultural Digital Archives


Heather Calloway, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, Washington College

Raven Bishop, Instructional Technologist, Washington College

Sarah Graff, Head Student Archives Assistant, Washington College

Investigative Curation: Augmented Archives


Stephen F. Lorenz, Independent Scholar

Cosmopolitan Folk: Lead Belly, Mississippi John Hurt, and the Cultural Politics of Washington's Folk Music Archives

Fair Participants

Archives and Repositories

American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

American Institute of Physics History Programs

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Baltimore Museum of Industry

MARMIA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive)

Montgomery History

Morgan State University

National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution

National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

National Archives and Records Administration, Motion Picture Film Preservation Lab

National Archives and Records Administration, Preservation Programs

National Archives and Records Administration, Special Media Division

National Library of Medicine

National Portrait Gallery/Catalog of American Portraits, Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Transcription Center

Storygourd Workshop

University of the District of Columbia, Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives

University of the District of Columbia, University Archives

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland Special Collections

Urban Artistry

Washington College