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TSU events for Barbara Jordan’s 75th birthday, February 17-21

The Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University is hosting a series of events to commemorate the 75th birthday of Barbara Jordan. The events will kickoff this Thursday evening at the Robert J. Terry Library at TSU with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm. There will be speakers, free food, and a look at the life and career of Jordan through her archives. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be additional events happening this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and next Monday at TSU and around Houston—a schedule of events is posted here. For more information, please feel free to contact Gary Chaffee (, 713-313-7298), or the School of Public Affairs at 713-313-6849. We hope to see you there!

2011 board elected

We are pleased to announce the results of last Thursday’s AHA! elections. Thank you to all our candidates for their willingness to run. Joining Amy Mobley (incoming president) on the board for 2011 are:

Vice-President/President Elect: Robert Schaadt (retired)
Secretary: Dara Flinn (Woodson Research Center, Rice University)
Treasurer: Terry Brown (Houston Symphony Archives)

Many thanks go to Annie Golden for her leadership and enthusiasm this year as president! And to Javier Garza and Ron Drees for their service as secretary and treasurer, respectively.

2011 election slate announced

Thanks to our nominating committee for putting together a great election slate for the 2011 AHA! board.

Vice President/President-elect: Robert Schaadt and Paul Scott
Secretary: Dara Flinn
Treasurer: Terry Brown and Adrian Melissinos

Additional nominations will be taken from the floor prior to voting. (See AHA’s by-laws for the responsibilities of each office, if interested in nominating yourself or a fellow member.) Remember that to vote you must be a current AHA! member. Ron Drees (2010 treasurer) will be happy to take your $10.00 membership dues at the Holiday Party and Election.

AHA! Holiday Potluck and Board Elections, December 9

AHA! wants to help you get the holidays started! Join us for some holiday fun and cheer at the annual Holiday Potluck and Election.

WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 5:30-8:30pm

WHERE: University of St. Thomas
Ahern Room (located in the Crooker Center)
3909 Graustark, 77006-4696

Information on parking and how to find us are here:

WHAT: Activities will include:

  • Ornament exchange – Bring an “archival” created ornament to exchange. Use your imagination and be creative but must be archival in nature.
  • Noshing – It will be a potluck so bring something to share. AHA! will provide table ware and drinks.
  • Elections – A new board for 2011 will be elected. You must be a member of AHA! to vote.
  • Door prizes – Prizes will be drawn throughout the night!
  • Socializing – Chat with old friends and meet new members.
  • More noshing…
  • Oral History workshop, October 30

    The Houston Public Library is sponsoring a free Oral History Workshop on Saturday, October 30th at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. If you are available, please consider attending this all day event.

    Oral history flyer

    Julia Ideson Building: tour of new wing

    Staff at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) are graciously opening their doors on two days during Archives Month (October 15th and 29th) for tours of the Texas Room and their state-of-the-art archival storage. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! Reservations are required. See the flyer for details about times and how to sign up.

    500 McKinney
    Houston, Texas 77002
    Parking is available beneath the adjacent Central Library for $2 per hour. The entrance to the garage is on Lamar Street.

    Archives Month Activities

    A number of events are planned to celebrate the nationwide Archives Month in October, so get ready to mark your calendars. A quick list is below; check out the Archives Month page on this site for details and to see/download this year’s poster. (Professionally printed ones will be available during the month.)

    If you have something special planned in your repository or for your parent institution, we would love to hear about it!

    Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6pm
    Archivists Dinner
    Café Express at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 6pm
    General Meeting
    Rice University

    Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 9:30-11:30am
    Information Session: Archivist’s Toolkit vs. Archon
    Rice University

    Saturday, October 30, 2010, 10am
    Glenwood Cemetery tour

    San José State archives student seeks project

    The Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) at San José State University (SJSU) is a new program developed to train archives and records professionals. Members of its first cohort are entering their final year in the program and are in a position to apply their skills and knowledge to an organizational consulting project— at no cost to your firm. The goal of the OCP is to provide an integrative opportunity for the student to apply at a high level the knowledge and skills developed in the MARA program. The scope of the OCP is substantive such that the client would normally pay a substantial consulting fee for the level of work.

    One of the students in the first cohort, Brande Hall Gex, recently moved to Houston and is seeking a client for the OCP. Brande would like to assist a client with developing e-discovery policies and procedures, developing records management training programs, retention schedules, litigation hold policies and procedures, and/or vital records policies, but she is open to other projects proposed by the client. If you have a project you think would be suitable or if you would like to brainstorm a project, please contact Brande at She will be happy to discuss the project with you and, if requested, to provide a copy of her resume and references.

    For more information about Brande or the program at SJSU, read this memo.

    MAC call for session proposals, Spring 2011

    Have something to share with another region of the country? The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is casting its nets widely in search of session proposals for its 2011 annual meeting. Held in April in St. Paul, Minnesota, the theme for next year’s meeting is “Headwaters of History”. Submissions are due September 1st. Please see the call for proposals form for additional details.

    HMRC Conservation and Preservation program, July 26

    WHO: The Friends of the Texas Room (of the Julia Ideson Library, downtown), present their quarterly meeting, free and open to the public.

    WHAT: Laney McAdow and Mary McMillen (both on staff at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center) will speak on the conservation and preservation of books, documents, letters, newspapers, leather, and photographs and conduct a brief demonstration of techniques for preserving the life of these kinds of materials.

    Mrs. McMillen worked 25 years in the Harvard University Library System, including 16 years as collections conservator at the Graduate School of Education. She studied bookbinding and conservation at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and is a member of AIC and The Guild of Bookworkers.

    WHEN: Monday, July 26, 2010, 6:30pm reception, 7pm program

    WHERE: Museum of Printing History
    1324 W. Clay Street
    (between Waugh Drive and Montrose, one block south of West Dallas)
    Free parking is available in the lot across the street or in the small lot on the left, adjacent to the Museum building.