Archives In Context

Society of American Archivists

Archives in Context is a podcast about archives and the people behind them. Cosponsored by the Publications Board, American Archivist Editorial Board, and Committee on Public Awareness of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the podcast is hosted by Bethany Anderson, Chris Burns, Ashley Levine, Nicole Milano, Colleen McFarland Rademaker, an

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What do sex, awards, and the occult have in common? They are all themes that the Los Angeles Archivists Collective explored in its online publication Acid Free. In this episode, Courtney Dean, head of the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) in UCLA Library Special Collections, and Grace Danico, an independent archivist and freelance designer, … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 7: Courtney Dean and Grace Danico

Aug 11

25 min

Finding ways to connect diverse audiences with archives is an art. It is also an important aspect of leadership. Jennifer Johnson, director of Corporate Archives at Cargill, Incorporated, discusses her essay “Cultivating Success: The Business of Archives” in volume one of SAA’s Archival Fundamentals Series III, Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs. Jennifer describes … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 6: Jennifer Johnson

Aug 11

22 min

“The stories in between” are what drive Liza Posas, head of Research Services and Archives at the Autry Museum of the American West, and her work on the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. The Protocols were created by the First Archivist Circle in 2006 and endorsed by SAA in 2018. Liza discusses the workbook … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 5: Liza Posas

Aug 11

30 min

Dr. Trevor Owens, head of digital content management at the Library of Congress, thinks about the intersection of history and digital media—a lot. He discusses his award-winning book, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, providing encouragement to under-resourced archivists who need to add digital preservation to their very full professional plates. Trevor also muses … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 4: Trevor Owens

Aug 11

36 min

What does “Archiving While Black” feel like? Dr. Ashley Farmer, assistant professor in the Departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, follows up with us on her Chronicle of Higher Education article and her talk at the 2019 SAA Annual Meeting. She also discusses the role … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 3: Ashley Farmer

Aug 11

21 min

Dr. Lydia Tang is working to make archives more accessible and break down access barriers for people with disabilities. Lydia, who is the special collections archivist at Michigan State University, talks about her work on the SAA Task Force to Revise Best Practices on Accessibility and the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Task Force to Revise the Joint Statement … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 2: Lydia Tang

Aug 11

16 min

How do you document a student movement? Student activists organize and mobilize within ephemeral spaces that need to be documented ethically and with care. Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, university archivist at the University of Maryland, and Tamar Chute, university archivist and head of Archives at the Ohio State University, discuss the impetus behind Project STAND (Student Activism … Continue reading Season 4, Episode 1: Lae’l Hughes-Watkins and Tamar Chute

Aug 11

32 min

Listen to compelling stories about archives from A Finding Aid to My Soul, a storytelling event at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019, sponsored by SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA). The event was hosted by Micaela Blei, two-time Moth Grand Slam Story Champion and former director of the Moth’s Education Program, who coached the ten storytellers in advance of … Continue reading Season 3, Episode 4: Finding Aid to My Soul, Part 3

Mar 24

32 min

Listen to compelling stories about archives from A Finding Aid to My Soul, a storytelling event at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019, sponsored by SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA). The event was hosted by Micaela Blei, two-time Moth Grand Slam Story Champion and former director of the Moth’s Education Program, who coached the ten storytellers in advance of … Continue reading Season 3, Episode 3: Finding Aid to My Soul, Part 2

Mar 17

32 min

Listen to compelling stories about archives from A Finding Aid to My Soul, a storytelling event at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019, sponsored by SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA). The event was hosted by Micaela Blei, two-time Moth Grand Slam Story Champion and former director of the Moth’s Education Program, who coached the ten storytellers in advance of … Continue reading Season 3, Episode 2: Finding Aid to My Soul, Part 1

Mar 10

26 min

“What’s an archivist? Who uses archives? Isn’t everything online?” As archivists, we sometimes find ourselves answering questions about what exactly we do and why we do it. During ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019 in Austin, Texas, hosts Chris Burns, Colleen McFarland Rademaker, Nicole Milano, and Anna Trammell “took to the streets” to ask attendees to respond—on the spot … Continue reading Season 3, Episode 1: Elevator Going Up!

Mar 3

14 min

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an archival consultant? Margot Note, founder and principal of Margot Note Consulting, shares with us her journey into consulting work and her experiences working in nontraditional archival settings. In her new book with SAA, Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories for Future Generations, … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 7: Margot Note

Sep 2019

27 min

As president of the Society of American Archivists from 2014 to 2015, Kathleen D. Roe called upon archivists to expand their advocacy efforts by demonstrating how “archives change lives.” In this episode, Kathleen, who recently retired from the New York State Archives as director of Archives and Records Management, reflects on writing her new book for … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 6: Kathleen D. Roe

Sep 2019

34 min

The Society of American Archivists has a remarkably robust publications program. Providing continuity behind-the-scenes is the director of publishing Teresa Brinati, who gives a guided tour of the wide-ranging program and invites archivists of all experience levels to imagine themselves as authors and to find their place within SAA’s suite of digital and print publications. … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 5: Teresa Brinati

Sep 2019

23 min

In this bonus episode, we meet Davia Nelson (left), one half of The Kitchen Sisters along with Nikki Silva. Their podcast, The Keepers, spotlights activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors, historians and other keepers of culture. Because of their work, The Kitchen Sisters received SAA’s 2019 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award. Learn how The … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 4: Davia Nelson

Sep 2019

27 min

What values do you hold dear as an archivist and why? In this episode, Christine Weideman, director of manuscripts and archives at Yale University Library, and Mary Caldera, head of arrangement and description at Yale University Library, talk about their new book, Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene. Both Mary and Chris reflect … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 3: Christine Weideman and Mary Caldera

Sep 2019

22 min

We live in an age where evidence and facts matter more than ever. Laura Millar, an independent consultant in records, archives, and information management and in publishing and distance education, discusses the “evidence crisis” and the urgency of all citizens to share a vested interest in preservation and access to archival evidence in her new … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 2: Laura Millar

Sep 2019

30 min

SAA Fellow Peter Wosh, editor of the Archival Fundamental Series III and former director of the Archives/Public History Program at New York University, kicks off the second season of Archives in Context. Peter discusses his path to archival work and the ways that teaching changed his understanding of archival practice. He also reveals the process … Continue reading Season 2, Episode 1: Peter Wosh

Sep 2019

25 min

Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris archivist at the Carnegie Museum of Art, discusses her TED Talk and her role in building community to better steward a large photographic collection documenting African American life in mid-twentieth century Pittsburgh. Her experiences in cleaning up “dirty data” and her thoughts on archivists’ understanding of professionalism round out the conversation. … Continue reading Episode 7: Dominique Luster

Jan 2019

26 min

Anthony Cocciolo, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Information, speaks about his award-winning book, Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists. He discusses his inspiration for the book and explains how his recommendations can be realized even in small archival programs. He also shares his thoughts on archival outreach for audiovisual and other archival … Continue reading Episode 6: Anthony Cocciolo

Jan 2019

21 min

Karen Trivette, head of special collections and archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology, provides a behind-the-scenes look at An Archivist’s Tale (a podcast produced by Karen and her husband, archivist Geof Huth), tells her own archival origin story, and talks about her passion for sharing archival and special collections materials.     Episode Extras … Continue reading Episode 5: Karen Trivette

Jan 2019

23 min

Listen to four compelling stories from the archives in this selection from A Finding Aid to My Soul, the open-mic storytelling event at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018, sponsored by SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) and emceed by COPA member Chris Burns, University of Vermont. Storytellers are Petrina Jackson, head of Special Collections and University Archives, Iowa State … Continue reading Episode 4: A Finding Aid to My Soul

Jan 2019

26 min

Michelle Caswell talks about her research for the book Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia, the history of the bureaucratic recordkeeping regime of the Khmer Rouge, and the ways in which these photographs are both testaments of archival silence and agency.

Jan 2019

53 min

Cal Lee, professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and editor of American Archivist, shares his vision for the journal, advice in writing for peer-reviewed journals, and strategic ways to get involved in professional associations.

Jan 2019

21 min

Kären Mason, curator at the Iowa Women’s Archives, discusses her passion for women’s collections, the role of women’s archives in contemporary archival practice, and SAA's 2018 One Book, One Profession selection, Perspectives on Women’s Archives.

Jan 2019

28 min

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