Archives and Special Collections Interest Group

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Minutes from June 1, 2009 meeting

A meeting of the ARC Archives and Special Collections Interest Group was held Monday, June 1, 2009 at the Sahara Restaurant in Worcester. In attendance were Dodie Gaudet, CMRLS; Kathy Markees, WPI; Rodney Obien, WPI; Margaret Anderson, WPI; Alice Howe, New England Province of the Society of Jesus; Mark Savolis, Holy Cross; Sarah Campbell, Holy Cross; Fordyce Williams, Clark University; Debbie Aframe, Worcester Art Museum; Ellen More, UMass Medical School; and Kristine Reinhard, UMass Medical School.

Ellen is now Chair and Kris is now Secretary of the Interest Group.

The luncheon meeting opened with everyone’s best wishes expressed to Rodney Obien who will be leaving WPI to assume the position of Archivist at Keene State College in New Hampshire. Rodney leaves WPI at the end of June and will be greatly missed.

Ellen reported that the UMass Medical School Archives formed an Archives Advisory Committee. Their first meeting was held May 21, 2009. Ellen said the meeting was very successful.

Sarah has been working on putting issues of the student newspaper “The Crusader” online. She is also hoping to get some old photographs identified during Alumnae Weekend and has been busy working on case exhibits.

Mark reported that there is a new Archival Assistant, Susan Selby at the Holy Cross Archives.

Alice told us she has been making preparations for new accessions of material being transferred to the Jesuit Archives due to an incoming Provincial and the closing of one of the Province’s supported organizations.

Kathy is working on the Dickens digitization project and scanning old student projects. Kathy reported that she is working on implementing the DigiTool content management software.

Dodie reported that the Local History and Genealogy Roundtable will be meeting at Old Sturbridge Village on June 22, 2009.

Margaret described the Archives' move from the third floor to the ground floor.

Rodney reported that the Archives had received material from Morgan Construction Company. He also recently received a call from someone who has radio equipment that Admiral Byrd had taken to the South Pole.

Fordyce reported that things are back to normal after their renovations and move. Hours have been reduced since Mott became Head of Collections Management and Fordyce started as Coordinator of the Archives and Special Collections. She has received many requests for copies of theses and dissertations.

Debby told us that the Worcester Art Museum still has no archivist. Slides of the history of the museum continue to be digitized. She also reported that they are getting ready for an upcoming book sale and the Nathan Hale exhibit.

We discussed having our next meeting at the Worcester Art Museum possibly in September. We also talked about letting other ARC members know about the Archives and Special Collections Interest Group.


Respectfully submitted,

Kristine Reinhard, Secretary

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