Roundup: Archives Month Philly 2015

Archives Month Philly (AMP) 2015 was the biggest, and in our humble opinion, the best ever! The program drew nearly 800 attendees to events at about 30 archives, libraries, and cultural institutions throughout the greater Philadelphia region. In case you missed any of the action, the Archives Month Philly Planning Team has prepared a report summarizing … More Roundup: Archives Month Philly 2015

Decolonizing Archival Description (12/8)

Announcing our next DVAG meeting and panel discussion: Decolonizing Archival Description Why do bio notes read like encomiums to dead white males? Whose interests dictate processing priorities? How does the semblance of archival neutrality (de)contextualize records? The Delaware Valley Archivists Group invites you to a panel discussion on liberating and critically accounting for our descriptive … More Decolonizing Archival Description (12/8)

Archives Month Philly: Defiant Archives

On display in City Hall through early December, Defiant Archives: Trans Histories of Existence, Resistance, and Brilliance is a community-collected and -curated exhibit that tells stories of transgender and gender nonconforming activists in Philadelphia. Varied media ranging from newspaper clippings, flyers, and pamphlets, to oral histories and videos, to personal artwork, and more, are sourced … More Archives Month Philly: Defiant Archives

Personal Digital Archiving Workshops at the TriColleges

Archivists aren’t all about paper! This year, Archives Month went digital in the TriCollege Consortium of Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr. At three workshops on personal digital archiving, attendees learned best practices for managing digital files, discussed some of the specific challenges around digital preservation, and played a mystery game exploring the digital archives of a … More Personal Digital Archiving Workshops at the TriColleges

C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

There’s only one week left to nominate a recent publication for MARAC’s C. Herbert Finch Online Publishing Award! Details: The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005. The Finding Aids Award Committee will … More C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

MARAC Wrap-Up!

The MARAC/NEA Boston Conference has come and gone, and it’s now time to share what you’ve learned! Please join your fellow DVAGers for an informal MARAC wrap-up session this Thursday evening at the Union League Heritage Center. If you attended and/or presented at the conference, please come and share conference highlights, abridged versions of presentations … More MARAC Wrap-Up!

Archives Month Philly: Curtis Institute of Music Historical Tour

Submitted by Ken Cleary  On October 23, the Curtis Institute of Music welcomed Archives Month Philly enthusiasts for a tour of their historic conservancy and archives. Located adjacent to Rittenhouse Square at 1726 Locust Street and situated within three former mansion homes, the Curtis Institute of Music is as much a sight to behold, as … More Archives Month Philly: Curtis Institute of Music Historical Tour

Archives Month Philly: Fallen of the Great War

On October 15th, representatives from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and Heritage Reports gathered at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to present on a new digital history project about the First World War. Inspired by a list of names and addresses uncovered in the Pennsylvania State Archives, “The Fallen of the Great War: The Philadelphia Project” aims … More Archives Month Philly: Fallen of the Great War

Archives Month Philly: ‘Staches and Spirits

Contributed by Ashley Stevens Sponsored by the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, ‘Staches and Spirits was a rousing success with over 75 people in attendance on October 16th.  During the course of the two hour event, attendees had the opportunity to mingle, to sample free whiskey and to check out historic photographs … More Archives Month Philly: ‘Staches and Spirits

Archives Month Philly: Free exhibit on Delaware River life in Bristol

Contributed by Shaun Kirkpatrick Did you know that an amusement park once sat on an island in the middle of the Delaware River?  Or that a Bristol, Pa.-to-Burlington, N.J. ferry in the 1750s charged 6 pence for a pig to ride (the same as a human), unless the pig was dead…in which case it was … More Archives Month Philly: Free exhibit on Delaware River life in Bristol