New York City Archivists Discussion Group

Subject: NYC Archivists Discussion Group 10/15
From: “Maria LaCalle”
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:05:06 -0400
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The NYART Communications and Outreach Committee is pleased to introduce the first in a series of informal discussion groups led by ART membership. Each discussion session will take on a topic of concern to the archival community. Our mission is to create a space where archivists can engage in focused conversation around a specific problem derived from archival work and to explore the strategies archivists employ in their everyday practice.

The size of each group will be small, to encourage discussion among
all attendees. Unless noted otherwise, each session will be designed for archivists with similar levels of experience. Participants will come away from discussions with fresh approaches to practical challenges.



Ever wonder how other archivists would handle the puzzling ephemera
that you’ve encountered in processing collections? Not sure what to do with that decaying scrapbook, or with other mixed media lurking in your collection? Confronting a particularly unruly record group?

Here’s your chance to engage actively with other professionals over
the parts of your collections that challenge you the most. Come join other archivists in a friendly, informal, yet focused conversation about interesting processing conundrums you’re facing in your collections.

Bring your own processing challenge to the table, listen to others’,
explore the many creative approaches we take when we process. In this discussion we will be free to analyze our own successes and missteps, without criticism or judgment. We may compare approaches, ask questions, offer suggestions,wonder aloud. We guarantee that you will leave the session armed with at least one new tip, idea, or approach. Above all: Come ready to talk!

**** This session is intended for experienced archivists who have
processed at least one collection. Attendance is limited to 20 participants. Advanced registration is required. Qualified attendees will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis and will be notified prior to the date of the session.****

Date: October 15, 2009

Time: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Location: Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue
*Further information with directions will be included with admission

To register, write us at: Registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, October 1, 2009.

Cost: Free to all NYART members thanks to a generous donation by the
Met Life Foundation

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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