We’ve witnessed communities across the United States and the world once again coming to grips with the brutal systemic racism that undergirds our society. These communities are seeking justice, and to dismantle the systems of white supremacy that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. The Delaware Valley … More Delaware Valley Archivists statement on Black Lives Matter
As a professional association, DVAG has a responsibility to tend to the well-being and dignity of its members. As such, we want make a public commitment to the following: DVAG believes that all GLAM professionals (and all people of all fields broadly) deserve to work in a safe environment, free from sexual harassment, physical abuse and … More Delaware Valley Archivists Group’s statement on Abuse in the Workplace
It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already coming to a close, but it gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect on what a busy and exciting year DVAG has had. Our Programming Committee planned a diverse slate of events, starting with our first meeting of the year at Swarthmore College on digital preservation and … More Year-End Report from the Chair
The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) works to create a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences. The work of SAADA gives a voice and an archive to the South Asian community within DVAG region, but also across … More Diversity and Inclusion Recognition Award Winner-SAADA!
On Oct. 22, the German Society of Pennsylvania’s Joseph Horner Library hosted an enlightening presentation by Philadelphia-based freelance book restorer, bookbinder, and artist Ruth Scott Blackson. After summarizing her impressive past projects, “The Book Restorer” (as she is known) introduced her current work to restore or rehouse volumes from the library’s Adopt-a-Rare-Book program, and invited … More “Inside the Book Restorer’s Workshop” – German Society of Pennsylvania
Two dozen lovers of archival film gathered in the Trestle Inn on Oct. 16 for a screening of fun and unusual short films from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Science History Institute, the Hagley Library, Carpenters Hall, and the Catholic Historical Research Center. All were memorable: a bicentennial trip through Philadelphia; musings from an … More “It Came from the Archives” – The Trestle Inn
On October 16, the National Constitution Center gave guests a behind-the-scenes perspective on one of their longer-running recent exhibits, “Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes that Shaped a Nation.” Exhibition Developer Elena Popchock and Registrar Theresa Altieri Taplin walked attendees through the gallery, telling of the many decisions that went into crafting what they saw. This focused … More “The Journey of an Artifact: From Storage to Exhibition” – National Constitution Center
On Friday, October 4th Chestnut Hill celebrated its history with “Night of Lights.” The 3rd annual event is hosted by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society and open to the public. Germantown Ave shops were open with their storefront windows projecting slideshows of photographs and film shorts illustrating Chestnut Hill’s rich history. The public … More “Night of Lights
submitted by Chrissie Perella Back in the day, we didn’t have computers and PowerPoint slides. If you wanted images to accompany your lecture, you had to use…film strips! The Penn Museum has a large collection of film strips, many from their education department. We were treated to slides about the written language, ancient Egypt, and … More Penn Museum: “Old School PowerPoint: Film Strips!” October 3, 2019
Hi everyone! This is Alex Palma again. I just wanted to update you all on the work I’ve been doing following my trip to Austin in July. As I said in my last blog post, as part of my DVAG grant, I signed up to do interviews with attendees of the conference. Linked below, you’ll … More Reporting from Austin … continued!