TX-CERA is hosting a safety and disaster planning workshop July 24th at the MFAH. The workshop is targeted at cultural heritage staff that may work with mold and soot hazards impacting their collections. Staff so often plunge right into hero mode once a disaster hits their collections and inadvertently put themselves at risk while trying to rescue those collections. We hope to avoid that by this type of workshop.
Learn more about the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safety-training-for-museum-library-and-archives-professionals-tickets-35122002856
May 10, 2017 6:30-8pm
HMRC is hosting an Architectural Orientation of the Texas Room to introduce the public to our collections and how to access them through the reference desk. This program goes beyond our monthly Texas Room Orientation to focus primarily on HMRC’s architectural collections.
Guided by Architectural Archivist, Samantha Bruer, customers will learn about architectural drawings, archival collections, books, and other materials that are useful in historic building research.
Parking is available under the Central Library building, with entry on Lamar Street.
We’re so happy to report that you can now pay your AHA! membership dues with any major credit card! We have setup an account with Squareup.com to handle credit card transactions. To cover the transaction fee, a convenience charge of $1 will be added to the regular $10 membership. As always you can still pay dues by cash and check. See the AHA Credit Card Flyer for more details.
Dear AHA! Members,
Thanks to all who joined us recently for the inaugural monthly AHA! Happy Hour—it was a great evening of discussion and socializing. We had a productive executive meeting and brainstormed ideas for an exciting upcoming year.
One thing that came out of this gathering was a thoughtful review of AHA’s mission statement. Reflecting on the organization’s stated mission energized board members and others present. It also provided guidance as we seek to align AHA’s activities with this mission.
AHA! exists to increase contact and communication between archivists and those working with records, to provide opportunities for professional development, and to promote archival repositories and activities in the greater Houston, Texas area.
As we craft programming and communications for the year, we’ll seek to ensure that all three of these pieces are actively cultivated. Improved communication, increased fellowship, and opportunities for training and knowledge-sharing all seem like areas ripe for connecting and developing our membership. The big-ticket item—the Houston Archives Bazaar—naturally fits the focus of promoting our work within and beyond Houston. By deliberately aligning our activities with the stated mission, it is our hope that we can better serve and connect Houston’s archival community—that’s you!—as well as the communities we serve.
As we look ahead to the year, we’d like to begin by getting your input on what you’d like to see from AHA! Please take a moment to fill out this member survey.
We hope that you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming year!
AHA! Executive Board
Emily Vinson, President
Matt Richardson, Vice-President
Lisa Cruces, Secretary
Sandra Yates, Treasurer
Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited
The Midwest Archives Conference is soliciting applications for the 2017 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students (). The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.
In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latino decent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his or her academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, , the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. Applicants are not required to be residents of or attend school in the MAC region.
Applications are due March 1, 2017 and must include the following documents:
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- Transcript from the applicant‘s most recent academic program
- Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant’s interests and future goals in archival administration
- Two letters of recommendation.
Completed applications should be sent to:
Applications must be emailed or postmarked by March 1, 2017.
Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2017.
The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings was founded by Al Schlachtmeyer and the ARSC Board of Directors to encourage and support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations. (This program is separate from the ARSC Research Grants Program, which supports scholarship and publication in the fields of sound recording research and audio preservation.)
The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings will consider funding:
— Projects involving preservation, in any valid and reasonable fashion, such as providing a collection with proper climate control, moving a collection to facilities with proper storage conditions, re-sleeving a collection of discs, setting up a volunteer project to organize and inventory a stored collection, rescuing recordings from danger, copying recordings from endangered or unstable media, etc.
— Projects promoting public access to recordings.
— Projects involving commercial as well as private, instantaneous recordings.
— Projects involving collections anywhere in the world. (Non-U.S.
applicants are encouraged to apply.)
The program is administered by an ARSC Grants Committee including the chair, a member of the ARSC Technical Committee, and an expert on classical music.
Grant amounts generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Grant projects should be completed within 24 months. Written notification of decisions on projects will be made approximately three months after the submission deadline.
Applications may be sent as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should be Word documents in Normal formatting, 12-point font, with accompanying letters and other materials scanned into PDF files.
For further details, guidelines, and application instructions, visit:
Grant applications must be received by December 15, 2016.
Questions about the Preservation Grants Program should be directed to Grants Committee Chair Suzanne Flandreau at email@example.com.
October 16th is the Austin Archives Bazaar, 2-6pm at Saengerrunde Hall, Austin, TX.
There are two fantastic opportunities for AHA! members to check out the Bazaar as we start working planning the 2017 Houston Archives Fair!
There are a number of available volunteer positions available. Check them out here and contact Anna Reznik (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more! This is your chance to work behind-the-scenes at the Bazaar.
AHA! Road Trip
Several members of AHA! have offered to drive to Austin to attend the Bazaar. Sign up here if you’d like to join the road trip! Departure and arrival times will be coordinated by each car group.
Join the Houston Archives Bazaar Committee
Sign up here!
If any AHA member would like to come to Paul Scott’s presentation to ARMA Houston on October 26th, we would be happy to have them attend at the member price. Our webmaster has set up a special promo code for AHA members, details below.
Should anyone have any problems registering, they can contact Judy Sitton and she’ll try to get it resolved – but hopefully everything will work smoothly.
The promo code is AHAMEMBER and is available when a person selects the “Luncheon Meeting for Non-Member – Early Registration”. Upon checkout there is a box under Payment information. Add AHAMEMBER and Apply and the same pricing for ARMA Members will apply.