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  • 2014-11-13 10:06 AM | Michelle Romero

    NEA grants the New England Archivists Distinguished Service Award (DSA) to individuals or institutions who are dedicated to the promotion of NEA objectives and who have made significant contributions to the profession, their institution, NEA and/or the archival community in New England. The award shall reflect the total experience of the awardee(s) and is based upon knowledge, leadership, participation and achievements in the profession.


    In selecting those who will receive the award, special weight will be given to archival activities that have had a broad long-term effect. The candidate's contributions will be measured by their broad distribution across all categories and/or an exceptional contribution in one particular area.

    • A recipient need not currently be an NEA member but must be or have been active in the New England region for a significant portion of his/her career.

    • Current voting members of the Executive Board and individuals who have previously received the award are not eligible.

    • An employee or member of an institution that received an institutional award may be awarded an individual Distinguished Service Award.

    Submitting Nominations:

    1. Nominations must be submitted by December 1, 2014. Nominations and supporting materials may be submitted electronically or on paper.

    3. Candidates may be nominated by more than one person.

    4. A nomination must include a letter detailing why the nominator feels the candidate deserves the NEA DSA. Additional materials including, but not limited to a curriculum vitae (resume), publications, work products, course outlines and evaluations, may be submitted but are not required.

    For more information on the DSA, please go to:

    The deadline to apply is December 1, 2014.

    Please send nominations and supporting documentation to the Interim Chair:


    NEA Distinguished Service Award Committee

    c/o Rosalie Gartner

    Emerson College

    120 Boylston St.

    Boston, MA 02116-4324

  • 2014-11-10 9:19 AM | Michelle Romero
    The deadline to register for the half-day workshop, “Being Resourceful: DIY Supports & Enclosures,” with bookbinder and conservator, Erica Saladino has been extended to Wednesday November 12th. Please follow the link provided to find more information and to register for this workshop:

  • 2014-10-06 10:20 PM | Michelle Romero

    The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) just announced the publication of their first article. The article, entitled, “A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014” by Rachel F. Corbman is available for download on the main JCAS website:  Molly Dotson served as editor for this submission and Marlyn Miller was copy editor.

    This paper traces the collection development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a community based repository founded in 1974. I argue that the collection grew organically as a reflection of a dialogue between an evolving cohort of volunteer archivists and a community of donors. Primarily focusing on the first five years, this paper pinpoints key early decisions made by volunteer archivists. Specifically, I examine the Archives’ early collecting priorities and the introduction of the special collections in 1978. These decisions, I argue, laid the foundation for the Lesbian Herstory Archives and continue to shape it today, forty years later.

    Recommended Citation
    Corbman, Rachel F. (2014) "A Genealogy of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, 1974-2014," Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 1, Article 1. Available at:

  • 2014-09-26 8:40 AM | Michelle Romero
    Want to get involved with NEA? Now is your chance! NEA is looking for members to work on a variety of ongoing and upcoming projects.

    NEA is writing a new strategic plan for 2015-2020, and we want your input. Volunteer as a member of the Strategic Planning Task Force and help: 
         -- write and review NEA's vision and mission statements
         -- identify values, goals, and strategies using feedback from the Membership Survey

    This is your opportunity to help shape the future of NEA. To volunteer for this one-year Task Force (October 2014-September 2015), contact NEA President Jill Snyder at


    As part of our commitment to making inclusion and diversity part of our core values in achieving our mission, NEA recently adopted a Diversity Statement. Our next step is to choose an Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator to help take us even further in defining a vision for what inclusion and diversity mean for NEA and identifying ways to build an inclusive and diverse organization. For more details about the terms of office and other duties, see the full position description online at

    To apply, please submit a statement that details your
         -- strong commitment to inclusion and diversity;
         -- understanding of collaboration and public outreach; and
         -- relevant experience both in and outside the workplace.

    All interested candidates will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board. Please submit your application to NEA President Jill Snyder at:


    The NEA Representatives-at-Large seek two NEA members serve on the Awards and Scholarship Committee to help review applications for the following:     
         -- Hale Professional Development Award
         -- Haas Records Management Award
         -- A/V Professional Development Award
         -- NEA member and student meeting scholarships
    Applications will be accepted starting in early December, and winners will be chosen by February. For more information on NEA awards and scholarships, see:

    To volunteer for this committee, contact NEA Rep-at-Large Erica Boudreau at


    NEA seeks two members to serve on the Archival Advocacy Award and Distinguished Service Award Committee, overseen by Immediate Past President Alyssa Pacy. Committee members will solicit and review nominations. Nominations for both awards will begin in early November and recipients will be chosen by February. For more information on the Archival Advocacy Award, see: For the Distinguished Service Award, see:   

    If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact Jill Snyder at

  • 2014-09-15 7:27 PM | Michelle Romero


    For the upcoming Spring 2015 MARAC/NEA Meeting in Boston, we've been arranging a lot of interesting events and tours for attendees. And the Local Arrangements Committee has gotten an outpouring of archival repositories willing to open their stacks for a tour.

    Cast your vote in this quick survey to help us determine which Boston-area repository you'd like most to visit.
  • 2014-09-15 9:24 AM | Michelle Romero

    NEA congratulates Elizabeth McGorty as the winner of a free registration to the 2014 Fall Symposium in Providence RI for taking our 2014 Membership Survey. Thank you Elizabeth for taking the time to fill out the survey and we'll see you in November!
  • 2014-09-12 10:22 AM | Kelli Bogan

    Are you curious about how NEA works? Or are you interested in getting more involved?

    The NEA Executive Board is having their quarterly meeting on Friday, September 19th (a week from today). All NEA members are welcome to attend.

    Attached is the draft agenda for the meeting. The agenda won't be finalized until a day or two before the meeting, but the attached will give you a sense of what topics we'll be discussing.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


    Suffolk University
    Corcoran Room, Moakley Law Library, Sargent Hall (7th floor)
    120 Tremont Street
    Boston MA 02108

    From the T: The closest stops are Park St, Downtown Crossing, and State St, (Government Center is closed!)


    The closest public parking option is the Boston Common Garage. Another option is to park at Alewife Station and ride the Red Line in. Suffolk has no general parking available; but if you need accessible parking, please let Jill know ASAP so we can make arrangements.

    Finding the conference room....

    When you enter Sargent Hall, sign in with the security desk (you may need to show a photo ID). Straight ahead in the lobby you'll find the elevators, take them up to the sixth floor. Enter the Law Library to your left, and either take the stairs or the library elevator up to the 7th Floor. At the top of the stairs, you should see some signs pointing you toward the Corcoran Room.

    Please join us on September 19, especially if you have any thoughts or ideas on the attached agenda topics.  Hope to see you there!

    Jill Snyder, NEA President

    See the Agenda for more information.

  • 2014-09-05 11:14 AM | Kelli Bogan
    The New England Archivists (NEA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Issues Roundtable is pleased to announce a re-boot of its online presence. After deliberation this past summer, in conversation with NEA leadership, the LGBTQ Issues Roundtable has decided to migrate from the previous Google site to a WordPress blog, Queer!NEA (, and an associated Twitter account, @queernea (

     The Queer!NEA blog will serve as an online clearinghouse for roundtable activities and communication. The LGBTQ Issues Roundtable invites submissions of informational items, resource reviews, and longform contributions (either serial or one-time posts); for submission guidelines please visit We particularly encourage students and others who wish to gain professional writing experience in the context of a blog platform to consider joining the team!

    The LGBTQ Issues Roundtable is open to all members of NEA regardless of self-identification, and also welcomes participation by those whose circumstances preclude NEA membership. We exist to facilitate the sharing of news related to the history of queer individuals in the archival professions; to promote the development, access, and visibility of collections related to the history of gender, sex, and sexuality, and the experience of LGBTQ individuals; to explore the relationship between the queer community and community and/or institutional archives; to increase the visibility of, and advocate for, the queer membership and allies within NEA; to provide the opportunity for members to discuss issues of sex, sexuality, and gender identity and expression within the workplace; and provide resources and community support for LGBTQ individuals within the profession.

    Those who wish to join the roundtable should email the leadership at All are welcome to participate at the blog and via Twitter regardless of membership status.

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    New England Archivists LGBTQ Issues Roundtable

  • 2014-08-21 5:15 PM | Kelli Bogan

    After the Society of American Archivists (SAA) adopted the Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics (Approved by the SAA Council May 2011) and Code of Ethics for Archivists (Approved by the SAA Council February 2005; revised January 2012) it recognized a need to provide examples to promote their understanding and utilization in both educational and real environments.  So the SAA Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) is reaching out to you to submit case studies that address the various issues addressed in the Code of Ethics.  Please consider submitting a case study covering one or more of the codes.  You will find the submission form at: Links to two case study examples are available at the bottom of the webpage.

    If you have an idea for a case study and would like feedback prior to writing it, feel free to contact CEPC Chair Nancy Freeman at or 773-508-8432.

  • 2014-08-21 5:03 PM | Kelli Bogan

    NEA and REPS (Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students) are excited to announce an opportunity this fall for NEA members to give back to the archival community.

    On Saturday, September 13, 2014, volunteers will spend the day at the Brookline Historical Society (MA), Connecticut Historical Society (CT), or Norwich University (VT) assisting staff archivists with activities such as rehousing collections, arranging and describing historical materials, or transcribing correspondence. Details of each institution’s projects can be found on REPS website.

    This is a chance to really reach out to our colleagues who need help creating access to collections.

    All are welcome to join us, from new students to NEA professionals. To learn more about this event, see the attached press release. To get involved or learn more about the benefits of volunteering at this event, contact Casey Davis at and watch for upcoming announcements.

    Read the full press release.

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