OHA Diversity Scholarship Award

The OHA Diversity Scholarship supports emerging oral historians from diverse backgrounds whose research/creative work addresses issues affecting diverse populationsThe scholarship can be used toward research expenses, including but not limited to: travel, transcription, archival duplication, and equipment.The recipient of the award will be required to attend the OHA 2020 annual conference in Baltimore to be recognized for their award and to present their work. The award may also be used to cover the cost of travel to OHA 2020.

Scholarship Details and Requirements

  • One $5,000 Scholarship.
  • This is a one-time award.
  • If future funding becomes available, individuals granted the award may not reapply in subsequent years.
  • The individual who wins this award is required to present their research at the OHA 2020 annual conference.

Application Requirements

The following materials must be included in your application:

  • Completed one-page application
  • Current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of current work
  • A purpose statement of professional goals (maximum 1,000 words)
  • A brief biographical statement (maximum 500 words)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation typed on official letterhead

Deadline and Notification

Click for the Diversity Scholarship Application

Email your application by September 30, 2019, to Nicki Pombier Berger at nickipombier@gmail.com.

Notification: The decision will be made in time to be announced at the Oral History Association annual conference in Salt Lake City in October 2019.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, email us at oha@oralhistory.org or at nickipombier@gmail.com.

SAA’s Archival History Section: Archival History Article Award

The AHS Award Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Patricia Kennedy Grimsted‘s chapter “Pan-European Displaced Archives in the Russian Federation: Still Prisoners of War on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day” from the 2017 book Displaced Archives edited by James Lowry for the inaugural Archival History Article Award.

AHS created this prize to encourage and reward articles or other short pieces of superior excellence in the field of archival history. The committee was impressed by the depth of knowledge and research the author brought to the topic of displaced European records in Russia. Grimsted’s historical contextualization of the ongoing efforts of repatriation underscores the importance of the history of archives to our contemporary work. Click here for a copy of this excellent work. 

Call for Nominations: Lyman H. Butterfield Award 2019

Since 1985, the Lyman H. Butterfield Award has been presented annually to an individual, editorial project, or institution for notable contributions in the areas of documentary publication, teaching, and service. The award is granted in memoriam of Lyman Henry Butterfield, whose editing career included contributions to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the editing of the Adams Family Papers, and publishing The Letters of Benjamin Rush.

For a list of previous recipients see  https://www.documentaryediting.org/wordpress/?page_id=14

Nominations should be made by email. Supporting letters from members of the Association are encouraged. All materials should reach the committee chair by 15 May 2019, sent by e-mail to:

Sue Perdue
ssh8a@virginia.edu

Butterfield Award Committee

Sue Perdue, Chair
Tenisha Armstrong
Mark Cheatham
Elaine Pascu
Michael Stevens

Call for Nominations: SAA Preservation Publication Award

The Society of American Archivists Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee is seeking nominations for the prestigious Preservation Publication Award.

Do you know of an outstanding preservation-related work published in 2018?  Would you like to see the author(s) or editor(s) recognized for contributing to preservation and the archives profession?

Please consider submitting a nomination prior to the deadline of February 28, 2019.

The nomination form is available at app.smarterselect.com/programs/…

Additional information can be found at www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-preservation   I encourage you to check out the list of previous winners at the bottom of this page.  Past winners have published important works on a wide range of preservation topics, including general archives and electronic records preservation, special media conservation, facilities standards for archives, and emergency preparedness and response.

Here is some additional information about the award from the SAA website:

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Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding published work relating to archives preservation and, through this acknowledgement, encourages outstanding achievement by others.  The work can be an article, report, chapter, or monograph in an audiovisual, electronic or print format.

The work must contribute to the advancement of the theory and practice of preservation in archives institutions by introducing new preservation theories, methods, or techniques; by codifying principles and practices of archives preservation; by presenting the results of innovative research on matters related to archives preservation; by investigating preservation issues of current interest and importance to the archives community; or by studying aspects of the history of archives profession.

Eligibility:

Awarded to the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding preservation- related work that is of relevance to the North American archives community and published during the preceding calendar year.

Please feel free to contact me, or any other member of the Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee, directly with any questions you may have about the nomination process.

Sincerely,

Alexis Peregoy

peregoya@ccp.arizona.edu

SAA Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee, Chair

Call for Nominations: 2018 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

Have you read a great new book about archives? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-leland. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019.

The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”

(Please note that periodicals are not eligible.)

Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the 1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

SAA Short Fiction Contest Announces Winner

“It isn’t stealing if no one cares about it anymore,” says the protagonist of “Quarantine,”Jeanne Kramer-Smyth’s winning entry in SAA’s 2018 Archives Short Fiction Contest.

Sponsored by the Publications Board, the contest garnered 30 entries, all of which had to feature an archives, an archivist, or archival materials. The jury unanimously chose Kramer-Smyth’s submission as the winning entry, based on its gripping story, excellent writing, and prominent discussion of preserving and retrieving electronic records. Set in the future during a global epidemic, an archivist, researcher, and donor work together to find vital information that may put an end to the disease. The jury noted that “this story, accessible to archivists and non-archivists alike, points to the vital importance of ensuring long-term access to born-digital information.”

In addition, the jury awarded honorable mentions to three other stories: “Risk Versus Benefit” by Nancy Freeman, “Ester Jones Diaz” by Rebekah McFarland, and “יצחק דזשאַעקק, אַ חשבו (Yitzchak Jaeck, An Account)” by Michelle Sayers.

Congratulations to Jeanne, Nancy, Rebekah, and Michelle, and thank you to everyone who participated!