First awarded in 1990, the New England Archivists Richard L. Haas Records Management Award of up to $1,000 is given annually in support of a project that promotes increased cooperation, understanding, and knowledge between the archival and records management professions. This award honors Richard L. Haas, who held records management positions at Wright State University, University of Cincinnati, and Harvard University.
Completed applications are due by February 15th. Applications are reviewed and the recipient chosen by the Haas Award Committee. Applicants are informed of the Committee’s decision no later than March 1st. Upon completion of the proposed activity, the recipient will submit a report on the project to the NEA Newsletter and/or will present at the next annual NEA Spring Meeting.
This award is open to individual members and non-members alike. Applicants must be practitioners, educators, or students in the areas of records management or archives in New England, but the award is not limited to members of NEA. Applications submitted by collaborating individuals are welcome. Institutions are not eligible to apply. Individuals may not apply with the goal of furthering an institution or corporation.
Recipients cannot receive the award in more than one consecutive award cycle; therefore, the recipient from the previous award cycle is not eligible.
Elected board members are not eligible for the award during their terms in office and for one year after they leave the board.
Members of the Haas Award Committee are not eligible for the award during the application cycle in which they serve.
The application period begins in December, and completed applications are due by February 15th. Each applicant is permitted to submit only one application for the Richard L. Haas Records Management Award per award cycle; however, applicants may apply for other awards or scholarships in the same award cycle.
Examples of past proposals include: attendance at seminars or workshops, preparing articles which are of interest to both professions, and research projects. Proposals are not limited to these suggestions. The NEA Board encourages applicants to be creative with their proposals. Preference will be given to those that integrate records management and archival issues.
Upon completion of the proposed activity, the recipient will submit a report on the project to the NEA Newsletter and/or will present at the annual NEA Spring Meeting.
Submit complete applications to RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org with “Richard L. Haas Records Management Award Application” in the subject line.
Complete nominations will consist of:
Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
Application Review and Recipient Selection
One recipient can be chosen to receive this award each award cycle. The recipient of this award will be chosen on the merit of their application, including submission of a realistic budget. Preference will be given to applicants who integrate records management and archival issues.
A simple majority vote of the Haas Award Committee will determine the recipient. Votes are submitted by Committee members privately to the Committee Chair, who compiles them and provides the Committee with the results. In the case of a tie, the President will cast the deciding vote.
If the Committee does not select a recipient from the applicants, or in the absence of applications, the award will not be made.
Applications for the Haas Records Management Award will be considered independently from any other applications submitted by the same applicant to other NEA awards during the same award cycle.
The NEA Treasurer will present a check for the total amount of the award to the recipient at the Award Ceremony at the Spring Meeting (or will mail the check to the recipient if the recipient is unable to attend the Spring Meeting). In the case of a joint application, collaborators should select one individual to serve as the award check recipient. It is the responsibility of the collaborators to divide funds among themselves according to their needs.
Funds can only be used toward expenses specified in the application.
Haas Award Committee
Applications are reviewed and recipients are chosen by the Haas Award Committee, which is appointed by the Executive Board annually prior to the start of the application period. The Committee is made up of:
In selecting the members of the Committee, the Chair should strive to create a committee that is diverse and inclusive, reflecting a range of tenure in the profession and NEA, geographical representation, gender, and professional practice.
Haas Award Committee files, including applications, are stored on NEA’s content management system and managed in accordance with the NEA Record Schedule.
Questions? Feedback? Contact the Representatives-at-Large at RepAtLarge@newenglandarchivists.org.