MARAC 2018 Spring - Hershey, PA 12-14 April

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    From the Trenches: Cross-campus Digital History Collaboration
    (2018-04-04) Lucadamo, Amy; Isherwood, Ian A.; Miessler, R.C.; Fleming, Jenna; O'Donnell, Meghan
    In September 2015, our team launched The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs (, a digital history initiative built on collaboration between faculty, students, and library staff. The project is founded on amazing primary source material, but with limited financial support and little dedicated staff time. We leveraged the creativity and hard work of our team members to build a website that is maintained by students and enhanced whenever possible with features and commentary from faculty and staff. Members of #TeamPeirs will discuss the evolution of the project, the nature of our collaboration, and the intersection of audiences we have discovered.
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    If You Plan It, They Will Come: Archives Month Event Incubator
    (2018-04-14) Kativa, Hillary; Caust-Ellenbogen, Celia; Duinkerken, Kelsey; Miller, Bayard; Perella, Chrissie
    Archives Month Philly (AMP) is a month-long city-wide festival that focuses on educating the wider community about local archives through public programming and exhibitions. Since 2013, AMP has held over 100 events at more than 60 participating institutions in the Philadelphia area. Presented as part of an incubator session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Spring 2018 meeting, this presentation provides an overview of AMP programming and tips for planning your own Archives Month events.
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    Documenting Communities & Movements in Real Time
    (2018-04-13) Tummino, Annie; Milbrodt, Natalie; Dolan-Mescal, Alexandra; Schreiner, Maggie
    By now, there is consensus within the archival community that our collecting practices must change to keep up with the times. No longer can we wait for photographs, diaries, and films to emerge from the attics and closets of individuals and organizations; immediate interventions are necessary to preserve digital media before it disappears into the void. But how do we go about documentation in real time? What ethical and technical hurdles do we confront? How do we partner with communities to make sure our efforts align with their interests? In this panel, archivists with diverse experiences will explore topics such as developing tools to archive social media, documenting the ever-changing borough of Queens, NY, tenant organizing in New York City, and life aboard a maritime training vessel.
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    Improving Access to Special Collections through Collaborative Digital Scholarship
    (2018-04) Reynolds, Alison
    The William Henry Seward papers are one of the largest and most frequently accessed collections at the University of Rochester, but legacy finding aids were incomplete, incorrect, and confusing for researchers. In 2012, a history professor initiated the Seward Family Digital Archive, a student-driven digital humanities project that digitizes, transcribes, and annotates the Seward family correspondence. In order to bridge the divide between the physical collection and the digital project, a project archivist was hired to create an enhanced finding aid and serve as a liaison between special collections, faculty and students working on the project, and library IT staff. The result of this collaboration is a finding aid that links collection description to images, transcriptions, and student research on the digital archive website. This new finding aid, completed in 2018, serves as a comprehensive research tool that greatly increases discoverability of collection materials and serves as an example of the opportunities for intersections between finding aids and digital projects. This project examines the relationship between special collections and digital scholarship and raises the larger questions: What are the next steps in establishing the role of archives in digital scholarship? What should these collaborations look like?
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    Discovering Joseph Eschenlohr: How Linking Records Illuminated a Life
    (2018-04-14) Hobson, Tiffany; Heger, Kenneth
    During the U.S. Civil War, thousands of immigrants served in the military, many receiving pensions upon discharge from service. The Bureau of Pensions kept extensive service records, which are now held at the National Archives and Records Administration, and those records now serve as popular resources for research, particularly genealogical research. However, many soldiers, both immigrants and U.S.-natives, moved overseas, leaving behind a paper trail which can be traced if one knows where to look. This project examines records from four National Archives records groups which document the life of Joseph Eschenlohr, a German-born immigrant to the U.S. who served in the Union army during the Civil War and later returned to his home in Alsace, to examine how linking metadata can help archivists maximize the discoverability of historic records, both to the benefit of the institution and the public.
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    You Have the Right to Remain Silent: True Rights Statement Confessions
    (2018-04-13) Appel, Rachel; Belfiore, Doreva; Kelly, Paul; Karl, Brandy; Tompkins-Baldwin, Linda; Palmentiero, Jennifer; Galson, Gabe
    MARAC Spring 2018 birds-of-a-feather panel on rights statements for digital collections.
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    The National Federation of Community Broadcasters Records: An AV-MPLP Convergence
    (2018) Gray, Adam
    This poster describes the strategies and methods employed to improve access to the audiovisual-rich Records of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB). It details the challenges to access resulting from previous collecting and processing decisions, and describes an approach in terms of an MPLP workflow. Supported by a CLIR Recordings at Risk grant, a reformatting project provides the chance to improve intellectual control and description as we capture metadata throughout the digitization process. Reconstructing decades-old accessions provides a means of reusing and enhancing pre-existing description without creating item-level inventories. Finally, our concurrent migration to ArchivesSpace presents opportunities to efficiently describe backlogged audiovisual materials alongside processed paper records of shared provenance.
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    Program for Spring 2018 MARAC meeting: Finding the Sweet Spot
    (2018-04) MARAC: Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
    The program for the Spring 2018 MARAC meeting, "Finding the Sweet Spot" held April 11-14 in Hershey, PA.