A Women’s History Symposium at the University of Houston, 10/14/15

Posted by Sarah Gesell on October 1, 2015

“Collaboration: Women Re-Making American Political Culture” October 14, 2015

11:30 AM — The Body Politic: How It Matters When Women Make Policy
University of Houston Libraries, Rockwell Pavilion
$10 general public

2:00 PM — Race, Ethnicity and Activism, Academic Panel Discussion
University of Houston Libraries, Rockwell Pavilion

3:30 PM — Confronting Power Structures, Academic Panel Discussion
University of Houston Libraries, Rockwell Pavilion

7:00 PM — Keynote with National Public Radio White House Correspondent Tamara Keith
University of Houston Student Center Theater in conjunction with the UH Libraries Carey C. Stuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection
Tickets $20 for the general public; free entry for students and faculty

Reservations: http://houstonpublicmedia.org/uhwomen

For more information:
Email wgss@uh.edu or call (713) 743-3214

Parking for all events is available at the Welcome Center Garage. Entrance 1 off Calhoun Blvd.


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October is Archives Month 2015!

Posted by Sarah Gesell on September 25, 2015

The Archivists of the Houston Area! line up for October 2015, National Archives Month is here! Tours have been confirmed for the following days and locations:

The poster and more details can be found at Archives Month 2015. Please send RSVPs for all events to Andrew Gustafson, andrew@thebryanmuseum.com.

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Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association Annual Meeting

Posted by Sarah Gesell on September 11, 2015

Mark your calendars!  LAMA’s annual meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Catholic Life Center, located at 1800 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge. Registration is from 8:30-9:00.  We have a great lineup of speakers and topics.

Leslie Bourgeois of Louisiana Public Broadcasting will present on “The Louisiana Digital Media Archive: Preserving Louisiana’s Media History Through Collaboration”.  In our second session, “Reaching Out with Outreach: How to promote your collections with limited staff and no budget”, Cyndy Robertson will discuss ways to reach patrons and get them connected with the best resources.  The final presentation of the day will be given by Annie Peterson of Tulane University, Chris Harter of the Amistad Research Center, Trish Nugent of Loyola University, and Lee Leumas of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in a session on “Strategic Planning for Collaborative Preservation”.

Following the presentations, we will hold our annual business meeting.  The day will conclude with a tour of the Baton Rouge Room at the Main Library of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system.

If there is interest, a dinner will be planned on Thursday night for early arrivers.

Attached you will find the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association Annual Meeting 2015 registration form with information about hotels, the full meeting schedule and a separate Restaurant Guide for lunch.

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 23, 2015.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at:koubre@diobr.org or 225-242-0217.

I look forward to seeing you on November 6th.

Katie Oubre, Vice-President of LAMA


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Job posting: Project Archivist at TMC – McGovern Historical Center–POSITION FILLED

Posted by Rebecca on July 23, 2015

The Texas Medical Library seeks a project archivist to work in the McGovern Historical Center for an eight month period to arrange, process and make accessible to the public an assortment of collections. This is a contract position without benefits. A temporary, non-grant fund is available to finance this position. The project archivist will be responsible for processing and describing a variety of materials in various collections. The types of processing may range from box level to item level. The project archivist will report to the archivist heading the TMC Library’s McGovern Historical Center.  Applicants are required to have a master of library science or equivalent degree and demonstrated experience with archival principles and practices based on the standards of the Society of American Archivists.  For more information about how to apply contact the McGovern Historical Center at mcgovern@library.tmc.edu .

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Astrodome Memories project will host oral history and scanning event, August 8, 2015!

Posted by Rebecca on July 14, 2015

Astrodome rendering

Astrodome Memories is a project of the Houston Public Library in partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center; the Harris County Archives; the Woodson Research Center Special Collections & Archives, Fondren Library, Rice University; Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries; and the Harris County Public Library. The project provides access to a broad collection of Astrodome-related materials, including items contributed by the public as well as from major archives in the Houston area and the state. The collection includes oral histories, photographs, blueprints, and audio-video materials related to the construction of the Astrodome, as well as pamphlets, scrapbook, and memorabilia documenting the use of the Astrodome for the last fifty years.

This project has been made possible in part by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Visit the project website: http://www.astrodomememories.org

The next Astrodome Memories event is an oral history and scanning event:

August 8, 2015
10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Julia Ideson Building Auditorium
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77008
For Appointments Call: 832-393-1522

Drop-in appointments are available, but if you wish to record an oral history or have more than three items to contribute, we recommend making an appointment.

Oral histories and items scanned at the event will be shared online at the project Web site. You can view items that were scanned at the 50th Anniversary Birthday Party at the Astrodome by visiting:

50th Anniversary Event


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AHA! Summer Meeting scheduled for July 8–UPDATED!

Posted by Rebecca on June 6, 2015

AHA! Summer Meeting has been scheduled for July 8 at TSU Special Collections.

Summer Meeting

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

6:00 PM

Texas Southern University

Barbara Jordan Archives and Special Collections

Robert J. Terry Library

3100 Cleburne Street

Houston, Texas 77004



  • Introductory remarks
  • Acceptance of Minutes/Secretary’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Vice President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Audio/Visual Presentation – Emily Vinson and Sandra Yates

Map of TSU and parking:

TSU campus  map

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When the Water Recedes: Salvage assistance offered by AHA!

Posted by Rebecca on May 29, 2015

When the Water Recedes: Archivists Provide Salvage Assistance

Members of the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) are available for providing advice and best practices in salvaging photos, books, documents and other priceless records that may have been damaged in the recent flooding.

Vince Lee, archivist at the University of Houston Libraries and president of AHA!, urges those seeking help with waterlogged materials to contact the organization for guidance. “AHA! would be happy to talk with anyone in a situation in which their valuable materials have been damaged by floodwaters,” Lee said.

Flood remediation of family or organizational records involves cleaning, drying and other types of treatment specific to the type of item. Many materials that have been affected can be salvaged with appropriate methods. AHA! archivists can provide specialized expertise in salvage and preservation.

Houston area flood victims seeking help with damaged records are encouraged to contact AHA! President Vince Lee. For more information on emergency salvage of flood damaged papers, visit National Archives Salvage Tips.

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Job posting: Coordinator of Digital Projects, University of Houston Libraries

Posted by Rebecca on April 3, 2015

The University of Houston Libraries is looking for a Coordinator of Digital Projects. The Coordinator of Digital Projects reports to the Head of Special Collections.  Primary responsibilities include managing the internal workflow for the department’s digital library projects and supervising assigned personnel.  The Coordinator leads departmental efforts, in collaboration with other UH Libraries departments to preserve, process, and provide access to audiovisual and digital materials, including born-digital materials.  The Coordinator also serves as Special Collections Department liaison to the Metadata & Digitization Services, Digital Repository Services, and Web Services departments.

The Coordinator of Digital Projects is a librarian position.  Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the Bylaws of the Librarians of the University of Houston.  They are expected to develop a record of service and professional involvement.  The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program
  • Demonstrated ability to develop workflows for complex projects
  • Understanding of digitization processes, digital collection workflows metadata schemas, and digital asset management systems
  • Knowledge of archival theory and best practices
  • Familiarity with trends in arrangement, description, preservation, and access for audiovisual and digital materials
  • Ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups across the organization
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills


  • Minimum of two years relevant professional experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Digital Archives Specialist certificate or similar coursework or training
  • Knowledge of copyright and privacy issues related to archival materials
  • Experience digitizing archival and special collections materials

For more information, please visit: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment/coordinator-digital-projects

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DAS course: Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records, 2 day course offered in Houston–CANCELLED

Posted by Rebecca on April 3, 2015

Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting the 2-day DAS course: Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records, June 23-24. Early bird registration ends May 24. This excellent 2-day course fulfills two requirements under Foundational and Tactical and Strategic Courses needed to pursue the DAS Certificate.

For more information visit: http://saa.archivists.org/events/arrangement-and-description-of-electronic-records-part-i-and-ii-15b2/616/

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AHA! Spring Meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Posted by Rebecca on March 17, 2015

The AHA! spring meeting will be on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 pm at The Heritage Society. Our guest speaker will be author Louis Aulbach.


  • Introductory remarks
  • Acceptance of Minutes/Secretary’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Vice President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Presentation – Louis Aulbach, Author and Publisher, Guides to the rivers and parks of West Texas: Rio Grande, Devils River, Pecos River, and others. “Keeping up with the changing nature of archival research — an author’s  perspective.”

Directions to The Heritage Society can be found: http://www.heritagesociety.org/direct.html

Parking Information:

Please park in the Heritage Society’s lot behind the Kellum-Noble House. The best approach to the parking lot is heading east toward downtown on Allen Parkway. Turn right immediately after going under Interstate 45. Be careful not to accidentally turn right onto the interstate just before reaching the parking lot. You can also enter the parking lot from the intersection of Clay and Bagby/West Dallas. Additional parking is available at the Heritage Clay Street Garage for a fee. Tours begin at the Tour Office located in the Museum. The Heritage Society parking lot is open from 8:30 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Saturday and for THS special events.

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