Category Archives: Meetings

2016 Holiday Party

AHA! Holiday Party and Meeting
December 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

McGovern Historical Center
8272 El Rio St. Suite 190

Houston, TX 77054

Our special guest speakers will be Jennifer Hecker, Daniel Alonzo, and Madeline Moya who will discuss their experience with the Austin Archives Bazaar!

AHA! will supply Tamales, drinks, and tableware for the Holiday Party and Election so please bring you favorite side dish or dessert to share.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.Thanks – the Hospitality Committee.


Those interested in serving as an AHA! officer as Secretary, Treasurer, or Vice-President should contact Emily Vinson and Matt Richardson ASAP. Election will take place during the meeting.

We will also be voting on the by-laws amendment proposed on Nov. 1. See more here:


Remember to bring your Hamiltons! Sandra Yates, AHA! Treasurer, will be collecting membership dues for next year (and beyond). Dues are $10 and can be paid by cash or check. Make checks payable to AHA! or Archivists of the Houston Area. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can mail checks to:

Sandra Yates
Texas Medical Center Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030

Grab your copy of the flyer here!

Call for RAO Session Proposals for SAA16

Sell It to Us!

Present at the RAO Annual Meeting!

The 2016 RAO Program Committee seeks Hot Topics and Cool Demonstrations for provocative conversation and deep thinking at the SAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  On Friday, August 5, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, RAO will host its fifth annual Marketplace of Ideas and seeks purveyors of hot topics and cool demonstrations to sell their wares to a savvy audience of RAO archivists. Vendors are asked to present a brief (3-4 minute) infomercial to all meeting attendees, before dividing into separate market stalls—we’ll have 3 rounds of shopping!

The 2016 RAO Program Committee is especially interested in hearing from vendors who’d like to present on the following topics or themes:

  • Access to Born Digital Collections – This could be a policy discussion regarding privacy or confidentiality, as well as access policy and procedural issues, or the technology and manpower needed to make it happen.
  • Assessment – What stats do you keep? What’s important? How do you track these stats? How do you use these at your institution?
  • Archival Outreach on a Shoestring – Do you use any project planning tools for outreach? What do you need to commit to outreach at a minimum level?
  • Designing Assignments – How to design/help design an archival research assignment or program that incorporates faculty and their students?
  • Lone Arrangers and Advocacy 101 – How to educate your host institution or non-archivist colleagues about what an archives is, what you/the archives does, and why it’s so darn important?

To submit an application, simply complete the application at byMay 10th, 2016.

The RAO Program Committee will notify all applicants about the status of their proposal by May 30, 2016.

Thank you, and see you in Atlanta!

TODAY! AHA! Spring Meeting

April 7, 2016 at 6 p.m.
The African American Library at The Gregory School
1300 Victor St, Houston, TX, 77019

**Parking note**
There is amble parking in the lot behind The Gregory School. The parking lot can be accessed via Cleveland St.
Directions to the Gregory School

The meeting will feature:

  • Billy Glasco, Lead Archivist at The Gregory School, will provide a tour of the library
  • Sarah Gesell has proposed a website redesign. Please take a few moments before the meeting to review the new design here: AHA! Test Site
  • A call for committee members
  • Motion to officially retire the Yahoo! Listserv and to make it part of the AHA! Archives
  • Presentation by Marie Wise about the Astrodome Memories Project

AHA! Spring Meeting, April 7, 2016 at The Gregory School

April 7, 2016 at 6 p.m.
The African American Library at The Gregory School
1300 Victor St, Houston, TX, 77019

Topics will include:

  • Billy Glasco, Lead Archivist at The Gregory School, will provide a tour of the library
  • Sarah Gesell has proposed a website redesign. Please take a few moments before the meeting to review the new design here: AHA! Test Site
  • A call for Hospitality Committee members
  • Tabling opportunity at San Jacinto Symposium, Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Motion to officially retire the Yahoo! Listserv and to make it part of the AHA! Archives

AHA! Executive Meeting

The first Executive Meeting of 2016 will be next week!

February 18, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Black Walnut Cafe, Rice Village Location
5510 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX

Topics will include:

  • Theme for this year — “Archives and Community Outreach”?
  • Archives Month activities
  • Website updates
  • Other organizational activities

AHA! Holiday Party & Elections – December 10th

Just a reminder that our Holiday Party is upon us. I look forward to seeing many of you there tomorrow. As a quick recap:  Time: 6:00pm. Location:  The Little Art Gallery on the University of St. Thomas campus (corner of Yoakum and Branard).  Parking should be in back of the house or street parking in surrounding neighborhood.

From my announcement yesterday, I also need to issue a retraction. I had initially mentioned that we would be voting on a by-laws amendment proposal. It has been brought to my attention that although we had discussed this at the Spring meeting and it was captured in the minutes, we still needed to announce the proposal to membership at least 3 weeks prior to the December meeting. Per Article VI of our existing By-laws.  As your President that is my fault and responsibility and I apologize about this. As a result we will not be voting on the proposed document at this time. It will have to wait until next year.

Attached you will find the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting in addition to the slate for the 2016 candidates. Please note that for the position of Vice-President, we have Emily Vinson who has agreed to run, but she is currently running unopposed as we have not received an additional candidate nomination. There is the provision of Article V Section 2B that prior to election, nominations can be made and seconded from the floor prior to the election of each officer, so if we really have a late entry for VP that is a possibility.

Finally, I wanted  to share with you news about the SSA Proposed deadline extension from our SSA President Mary Manning. The good news is that they are still seeking proposals for a session or paper for the 2016 SSA Conference. Deadline has been extended to December 18th for submissions.  I’m sure you all have something to contribute to this year’s theme of Native Routes. Please see attachment for additional details and submission.


Vince Lee

AHA Holiday Meeting 2015 Agenda

2016 Election Candidates

SSA Call of Papers December 2016

AHA! Holiday party and Elections, December 10

The Holiday Party this year will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at the Little Art Gallery on the University of St. Thomas campus.

That gallery is housed in the Hughes House on the corner of Yoakum Blvd. and Branard St. and that location does include some parking at the rear of the house.

Feel free to bring your favorite holiday goodies to share.

Mark your calendars and we will see you all then!

Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association Annual Meeting

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 or 225-242-0217.

I look forward to seeing you on November 6th.

Katie Oubre, Vice-President of LAMA


AHA! Summer Meeting scheduled for July 8–UPDATED!

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