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KCAA --- The Dusty Shelf --- 1996-97

Eastern Kansas -------------------- Vol. 16, No. 1 -------------------- Western Missouri


INDEX

  • editorial: Documenting the Native American Experience
  • column: Preservation Notes
  • column: Announcements -- People Places and Events
  • minutes: FALL QUARTERLY MEETING, September 19, 1996
  • report: The American Tombstones Presentation
  • report: Scholarship Committee
  • report: Future Dusty Shelf Deadlines
  • report: Education Committee
  • report: Membership News
  • report: Publications Committee
  • announcement: National Union Catalog of MS. Collections
  • column: MidAmerican Archives
  • column: Newsletter Exchange -- Local, State, and Regional Association News
  • column: Archives Nation -- Happenings that Promote Archives and History
  • column: Publications -- Books, Pamphlets, Videos, Et Cetera
  • opportunities: Employment, Research & Internships
  • KCAA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
  • 1997 CALENDAR (March to August)
  • KCAA OFFICERS
  • THE DUSTY SHELF publication notes

  • Documenting the Native American Experience

    The Haskell Indian Nations University Archives

    For the first time in its 112 year history, Haskell Indian Nations University has its own archives. The university archives were established as part of the school’s Vision 2005 plan, which plots a course for Haskell’s future development. The archives are housed in the university’s Tommaney Library.

    Many of Haskell’s earlier records were created by the federal government. When they became inactive, they were taken off-campus and deposited in the National Archives--Central Plains Region office in Kansas City, Missouri. But non-federal records were also separated from the university in the years before Haskell had a formal archives. Many non-federal records were placed in the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, the Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas, and the Watkins Community Museum in down-town Lawrence, among other locations.

    In time, these arrangements were no longer satisfactory. Haskell Indian Nations University has a unique history, and its story is best told by the people who worked and attended school there. Haskell’s unique heritage reflects the historical trends that have shaped Indian education in America. The school’s history is a rich source for understanding American Indians generally and American Indian education in particular. Consequently, it seemed imperative by the mid-1990’s to establish an archives to serve the university’s needs. As one aspect of its mission to become a national center for American Indian education and cultural information, Haskell Indian Nations University now has its own on-campus archives that is accessible to researchers, staff, faculty, students, and alumni.

    Drawing upon the Sacred Circle as the foundation for American Indian/Alaskan Native philosophy, Haskell provides higher education to federally recognized tribal members. Haskell began as a boarding school for all American Indian nations in 1884. Today, it is a four-year university that strives to be a national center for Indian education, research, and cultural programs. Haskell’s current 890 students come from thirty-six states and represent 147 tribal nations.

    The Tommaney Library staff has long collected Haskell historical materials. Its holdings include books and theses on Haskell’s history and copies of the student newspaper and yearbook. The Indian Leader is now on microfilm, thanks to a generous grant. The library also houses the American Indian Collection, which has reference material on all American Indian nations. It holds most recent books about and by American Indians and has CD-ROM reference works on Indian culture. The Haskell Archives has a storeroom full of materials—cafeteria menus, textbooks, commencement programs, public relations materials, publications produced by the Haskell printing department, play and pageant scripts, photographs, videotapes, and films.

    The Haskell archives has been established as a branch of the library. An advisory committee which includes regional archivists is writing a mission statement and collections policies and guidelines. Committee members include Steve Jansen (Watkins Community Museum), Alan Perry (National Archives), Bob Knecht (Kansas State Historical Society), and Dave Boutros (Western Historical Manuscript Collection). The Haskell community is represented by Pat Baker (student representative), Ray Farve (faculty representative), Ellen Allen (admissions and records), and Turner Cochran, Archie Hawkins, and Linda McCoy (alumni representatives). The ex-officio members are Dr. Deborah Wetsit (Dean of Instruction), Bobbi Rahder (staff archivist), Karen Highfill (librarian), Venida Chenault-White, (faculty representative), and Fran Day (Haskell Foundation executive director).

    One of the significant collections in the Haskell Indian Nations University archives is the Frank A. Rinehart photograph collection. This collection of 809 glass plate negatives was made by Rinehart and his assistant, Adolph Muhr, at the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition and Indian Congress in Omaha, Nebraska. The Haskell library staff recently completed preservation of the photographs after receiving funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Hallmark Corporation. The photographs were transferred to archivally safe housing, organized by tribal affiliation, and stored in a specially designed glass plate storage cabinet built by Delta Designs of Topeka. Copy negatives and archivally processed prints were made by Lawrence photographer Jon Blumb. The photograph collection has been cataloged and scanned into a computer database. The images were recently shown in an exhibit entitled "Faces of Destiny," which was first organized by KU’s Spencer Art Museum and the Mid-America Arts Alliance in 1986. The exhibit has traveled all over the U.S. and returned to Haskell last year. It was shown during September 1996 in Haskell’s Stidham Union. The Haskell Foundation will publish a book on the Rinehart Collection within the next year.

    The Rinehart Collection and the Haskell Archives will soon be opened for research as soon as policies and procedures are developed and approved by the Haskell Archives Advisory Committee and the university administration.

    Bobbi Rahder, Staff Archivist
    Haskell Indian Nations University

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    Preservation Notes

    by

    Alan Perry

    The Quiet Joys of Passive Humidification
    In the old days, humidifying large quantities of rolled and folded documents that were brittle often involved the whirring of electric humidifiers, squeezing hand-held plant misters, or even utilizing the (hopefully) controlled violence of a good old fashioned laundry mangle. Some power humidification chambers worked well when they were carefully monitored, but documents were often wetted (rather than humidified) and damaged (rather than conserved) unless a considerable amount of staff time was consumed monitoring the process.

    By the early 1980s, an alternative idea was catching the attention of archivists. This was passive humidification--allowing humidity to build up gently and gradually within a chamber. Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler featured drawings of the now classic trash can and old refrigerator humidification chambers in her 1983 manual, Archives and Manuscripts: Conservation. She has added a photo tray chamber design in the new edition of her book, now titled Preserving Archives and Manuscripts.*

    The trash can and old refrigerator chambers work well for most collections of personal papers but are too small to efficiently handle the large volume of documents, not to mention the oversize items, often held by archives and historical agencies. The staff at the Olmstead National Historic Site in Boston was faced with this problem a few years ago, and Diana Roley of their staff (now with the National Archives in Washington) constructed the solution. Her institutional passive humidification chamber is built with acrylic sheets.

    "Egg crate" fluorescent light covers are placed over wet blotters in the bottom of the chamber. The documents that need to be humidified are placed on the "egg crate" light covers. Polyethylene sheeting is stretched over a hinged wooden or plastic frame to form the chamber lid, which permits easy access to the chamber’s contents without allowing much humidity to escape. The chamber can be as large or small as desired. The humidification chamber in use at the National Archives-Central Plains Region is five feet by four feet by ten inches deep. Like the trash can chamber method, it is practically impossible to over-humidify the contents using the "egg crate" florescent light cover technique .

    The supplies necessary to construct our chamber came to about $660. The cost could be considerably reduced by substituting plywood protected by polyurethane varnish or polyethylene film for the acrylic sheets. The chamber is easy to build with the in-house or volunteer handyperson talent usually found hanging around archives and historical societies.

    The National Archives-Central Plains Region can supply specifications to anyone interested in constructing a chamber. Contact me at 816-926-6920, or at <alan.perry@kansascity.nara.gov>.

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    * Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Archives and Manuscripts: Conservation (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1983; Basic Manual Series), 90-92.
    **Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Preserving Archives and Manuscripts (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1993; Archival Fundamentals Series), 184-188.

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    Announcements

    Tony Crawford, Kansas State University archivist, and Alison Wheatley are the proud parents of Jesse Holbrook Crawford, born July 26, 1996.

    Lynn M. Jenkins, archivist at the Liberty Memorial Museum, is now Lynn M. Ward. Lynn was married to Darrel Ward on September 27, 1996.

    The Society of American Archivists’ Minority Student Award was presented to Letha Johnson on August 29, 1996 at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego. Well done, Letha!

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    minutes: FALL QUARTERLY MEETING, September 19, 1996


    The American Tombstones Presentation

    On Monday, October 28, KCAA sponsored a slide presentation by John Mark Lambertson entitled, "Marble Roses: Art and Symbolism on the Tombstones of America."

    Fifty-two people attended the presentation at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City. Everyone appeared to enjoy the event. Most of those in attendance were not KCAA members, so KCAA benefited not only from their $5 donation but also through outreach. Donuts, hot mulled cider, and coffee were provided.

    St. Mary’s was a beautiful (and most appropriate) place to hold the special event KCAA extends their thanks to Father Bruce and parishioner Alicia Stockton for helping with the arrangements.

    Many thanks to John Mark, who has agreed to continue the program next year by presenting a slide show on tombstone inscriptions. Also many thanks to Rita Klepac for making the arrangements and working on refreshment duty, along with help from Ron Romig and Carol Dage.

    Reported by Denise Morrison

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    Scholarship Committee Report

    December 1996

    New scholarship guidelines were approved at the March 14, 1996 quarterly meeting. Through that action, KCAA again demonstrated its commitment to encourage, promote, and facilitate the continuing education and the development of the highest professional skills and competencies among its members. The Scholarship Fund has grown steadily for nearly ten years. Funds are now available to help members with access to little or no institutional support to defray the cost of attending professionally related educational conferences, workshops, symposia, and institutes. This is a good time to plan some professional development opportunities into the 1997 schedule. Please review the guidelines and application form at the back of this newsletter and give serious thought to how you or a KCAA colleague might benefit by the use of these funds in the coming year. As you become aware of professional development offerings in 1997, please share this information with others.

    Ron Romig, Scholarship Committee Chair, and Rita Klepac

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    Future Dusty Shelf Deadlines

    Have news about your repository’s new collections and exhibits? What about personnel changes? Keep fellow KCAA members informed. The deadline for the issue of the Dusty Shelf is April 10, 1997. The deadline for the issue following that will be June 15. Information is power—when it is shared.

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    Education Committee

    The Education Committee is busily developing plans for a full-day symposium in the spring and a half-day seminar in late summer. The spring symposium is tentatively set for April 12, 1997, at the RLDS world headquarters in Independence. It will focus on the care of collections and other collection-related issues. It will feature sessions for those wanting advice about the basics of appraisal, acquisition, arrangement, and description. For those who are beyond the basics, there will be sessions focusing on archival issues such as deaccessioning. Additional sessions are planned on topics such as security, conservation, outreach, grant sources, and grant writing.

    The late-summer seminar will be an interaction between teachers and educators with the objective of showing educators how to use primary sources in teaching. The seminar will also feature a dialogue where archivists and teachers can work co-operatively.

    If you would like to participate in the preparation of these programs, please contact Bob Knecht at (913) 272-8681, extension 304, or e-mail me at: bknecht@hspo.wpo.state.ks.us

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    Membership News

    Jelain Chubb, Membership Chair

    KCAA membership now stands at 141, including 24 institutional members. We welcome the following new members to KCAA:

    William Cole
    Bill Cole Enterprises, Inc.
    P.O. Box 60
    Randolph, MA 02368
    Jetta Nash
    Cleveland Chiropractic College
    6401 Rockhill Road
    Kansas City, MO 64131
    Sally Quinn
    Combined Arms Research Library
    250 Gibbon Avenue
    Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027
    Pam Kontowicz
    Combined Arms Research Library
    250 Gibbon Avenue
    Ft. Leavenworth, KS 66027

    If you know of someone who may be interested in joining KCAA, bring them along to a quarterly meeting, or give me a call. I’ll send them a brochure describing KCAA and a personal invitation to attend a meeting.

    Membership Directories

    By now, you should have received the 1996-97 edition of the KCAA Membership Directory. We have made changes in the format, most notably the font, which we believe is easier on the eyes. The directories were hand delivered to members present for the December 12 quarterly meeting and mailed to others on December 17. If you have not received your copy please contact Jelain Chubb at 913/272-8681, ext. 307. Please note that replacement Directories will cost $5.00 each.

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    Publications Committee

    This fall, the Publications Committee worked on ideas for technical leaflets, including one on photograph preservation. A pamphlet is also being developed to help teachers instruct students in using primary resources. Keeping Your Past, a booklet first published by KCAA in 1987, is being revised and will soon be republished.

    The Kansas City Area Directory of Repositories is now on the world-wide web thanks to David Boutros. The directory can be accessed at the KCAA web site, whose address is: http://cctr.umkc.edu/whmckc/KCAA/. Those will access to the internet should check the entry for their institution and report any errors they find to Lynn Ward, Publication Committee Chair, Liberty Memorial Museum Archives, 100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, or call (816) 221-1918. Also keep Lynn informed of e-mail links and home page links to your institution. And . . . share the Directory of Repositories address with your researchers.

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    National Union Catalog of MS. Collections Announcement

    The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections will maintain a link through September 1997 to a search form that provides researchers with free access to the RLIN AMC file via the Library of Congress’ WWW/Z39.50 gateway. This file is a key source of information on archival and manuscript collections, and it includes all online cataloging created by NUCMC, a program of the Library of Congress.

    How do you find the gateway? First, go to the NUCMC web page, which is found at: http://lcweb.loc.gov/coll/nucmc. Then click on either the NUCMC cataloging icon or the Utilities icon. No account number or password is necessary to search the RLIN AMC file.

    The NUCMC folks welcome comments regarding the gateway’s usefulness and will accept suggestions for improving it. For information on the gateway or on the NUCMC program, contact the NUCMC Team, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 20540-4375, or via e-mail at nucmc@mail.loc.gov .

     

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    The January 1997 issue of Missouri Historical Review reviews A Legacy of Design: An Historical Survey of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Boulevards System, 1893-1940 (1995). The book is edited by Janice Lee, David Boutros, Charlotte R. White, and Deon Wolfenbarger. Lee and Boutros are members of KCAA.

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    MidAmerican Archives

    News of KCAA People & Repositories

    The Kansas City Museum
    The passage of the Bi-State Proposal insures the preservation of Union Station and the building of Science City, a science center concept of the Kansas City Museum. As part of the museum’s plan, a large component of Science City will be "Yesterday’s Kansas City." This feature will have 12,000 square feet of interactive history exhibits that incorporate all different types of artifacts from the museum’s collections. For the first time in twenty years, the museum will have space to house all of its collections at Union Station, including the archives.

    The Kansas City Museum Archives will gain valuable new space and a separate research area to accommodate more visitors. The total footage of the new archives and research space will be approximately 5,000 square feet.

    Work has also begun to computerize all the museum’s collections to make them as visitor friendly and accessible for research as possible. The current plans are to open the doors to Science City in October 1999.

    Nazarene Archives
    The Emma Colburn Collection is an important new accession received late last fall. Mrs. Colburn, of Seattle, was an intimate friend of the primary founder of the Church of the Nazarene, Phineas Bresee, and his family. Between 1903 and 1920, she received over fifty letters from Bresee, his wife, and their daughter Sue. The letters are important new sources on Nazarene origins in Los Angeles, a primary center where the church emerged. The Bresees were remarkably frank in their views and comments. The collection was donated by longtime Kansas City resident Alpin Bowes.

    The Archives was allowed to copy a travel diary of Méry Dupertuis, a Swiss immigrant who spent her early childhood in frontier Oklahoma. The diary remains in the family’s possession. It describes the Dupertuis family’s migration from Oklahoma Territory to Washington State in 1899, with insight into American religious influences on this Swiss family., Méry was later a charter member of Seattle First Church of the Nazarene and the mother of theologians Mildred Wynkoop (Nazarene) and Carl Bangs (United Methodist), who taught in graduate theological seminaries in Kansas City. Another of Méry’s daughters was a Nazarene pastor and home missionary in Alaska.

    Other recent accessions reflect the international character of the Archives’ holdings, including photographs taken at ordination ceremonies for new ministers in Haiti, the papers of the late Mary Cooper, missionary in Swaziland, and the papers of Ruth Dech, missionary teacher in Central America.

    National Archives-Central Plains Region
    Over the last year the Central Plains Region has--as always--accessioned additional records and updated several finding aids. The records pertaining to Federal court civil and criminal holdings have been increased with 1960s vintage accretions from courts in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, naturalization records from Wichita, and records and briefs from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis.

    One of the more unusual recent accessions is a small but fascinating set of records pertaining to weapons development and production, and security investigations, by military contractors during the Second World War. They bear on guided missile, radar, and other work by Bell Telephone Laboratories and other contractors, and the mass production of bombers for the Army Air Force.

    The Archives has added a few series of early twentieth century land use records from the Consolidated Chippewa Indian Agency in Minnesota; correspondence of the Superintendent of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, 1953-1965; land use records of the Mark Twain National Forest, 1964-1965; directives and organization manuals of the Marine Corps Finance Center in Kansas City, Mo.; program correspondence from the Kansas City, Mo., regional office of the Unemployment and Training Administration, 1969-1990; and evaluations by the Office of Economic Opportunity of legal services provided by private groups in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska.

    The Naval Reserve Training Command has transferred station journals, reports, and correspondence files of the Olathe, Kansas, Naval Air Station, 1950-1970; station journals and notices of the Minneapolis Naval Air Station, 1956-1970; and correspondence files, personnel records, and notices of the Naval Reserve Training Command, Omaha, 1954-1969.

    We continue to gather records of the disposition of World War II and postwar Federal facilities, such as old Air Force Bases, missile sites, defense plants, and post offices in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

    Several inventories have been upgraded and are now available through e-mail. These include descriptive inventories of the records of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation (records of steamboats plying the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers); records of the Pine Ridge Indian Agency; and records of ordnance districts, ordnance depots and plants, and arsenals in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, primarily from World War II, but with some extending into the early postwar years.

    An index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration has been added to the electronic finding aids available in our research room.

    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives
    I recently attended a meeting hosted by the Missouri Historical Records Advisory board in Independence. After some lament that archives in general are having a difficult time finding funds for staffing, I was surprised to hear from one participant that the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art had closed its Archives after Chuck Hill left. Indeed, this is NOT true. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives is still viable and open for use, albeit in a limited fashion. The Museum Archives was moved into its own space in the stacks of the Nelson’s Spencer Art Reference Library. This was a cost savings measure and a way to give Museum staff greater access to the Archives. When Chuck Hill left, I felt that it was incumbent upon me, as head librarian, to keep the Archives program going, if only on a restricted level.

    The Nelson Archives are open by appointment each Wednesday. Margaret Hellner handles all requests for use of the Archives and supervises three volunteers in specific projects. The Archives still collects materials, although they will not be processed as rapidly as in the past. Scrapbooks are being kept up-to-date, smaller record groups are being processed, and inquiries and research requests are being answered. Unfortunately, the level of cataloging and processing has--of necessity--been cut to the bone.

    Let me reiterate the scope of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum Archives. The major record groups and collections are: William Rockhill Nelson Trust Records 1926-70; Paul Gardner Papers 1916-1950; director’s Office Records 1932-1985; Laurence Sickman Papers 1931-87; Friends of Art Records 1934-1986; plus various administrative and curatorial records. The focus of the Archives is on institutional records, activities, publications, and correspondence. We do not collect the papers of local artists or architects.

    For those wishing to use the Archives, please phone 816-751-1216 with your specific request, and we will make every effort to answer your question. The Archives is open Wednesdays by appointment. It is located on the Museum’s ground level in the Spencer Art Reference Library. For questions of a more general nature regarding the collections of the Library, please phone 816-751-1215 for further information. (Susan Malkoff Moon, Head Librarian, Spencer Art Reference Library, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art).

    Liberty Memorial Museum
    Many exciting things have happened this year for the Liberty Memorial Museum. Archives. There have been many new donations, and the museum archives has provided illustrations for locally and nationally produced films and books. Another exhibit annex also has been opened. Moreover, the restoration plans for Liberty Memorial and its museum include the substantial expansion of the archives.

    New donations have been numerous and diverse. One collection that was recently added has exceptionally good material on World War I Medal of Honor recipient John L. Barkley, Co. K, 4th Infantry. The collection contains a manuscript of Barkley’s book, No Hard Feelings, letters, photographs, and other media. It attracted researchers within a few weeks of its being placed in the archives. Other recent donations include original drawings, books, British periodicals, German photographs, and a scrapbook containing over one hundred World War I U.S. Navy snapshots.

    Besides cataloguing all these new acquisitions, the staff has been busy selecting illustrations for books and films. The first illustrated edition of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic, All Quiet on the Western Front, published by Bulfinch Press, came out in September. The book’s sixty black and white photographs and one drawing were all images provided by the Liberty Memorial Museum Archives. Look for it in bookstores! The archives also provided the image used on the cover of Sunflower Press’ The 90th Division in World War I, written by Lonnie J. White. That cover image is a painting of 90th Division members in the field.

    A new biography film by Guggenheim Productions, which will be on permanent exhibit at the Harry S. Truman Library, also contains images from the Liberty Memorial Museum Archives. And a new PBS series, "The Great War and the Shaping of Our Century," also used images from the archives. It aired nationally on November 10-12.

    Another Liberty Memorial Museum annex was created last March at Ward Parkway Mall. It joined the exhibit on the lower level of the Town Pavilion at 12th and Main. Both exhibits contain archival material and objects from the collection, plus information and a detailed chronology of the war. The Ward Parkway annex has a changing exhibit, which has featured "A Sample of War-Time Periodicals." In addition to the annexes, the museum had an exhibit called "Posters from the American Home Front, 1917-1918" at the Roger Guffey Gallery in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City which ran through much of last autumn. That exhibit was funded by the William T. Kemper Foundation. The annex exhibits are free.

    It is anticipated that the new Liberty Memorial and Museum renovations will be completed in late fall of 1999. The expanded archives space will include a large reading room for researchers and special rooms for processing and preserving collections. In addition, six thousand feet of storage will be devoted to archival material, allowing the present collections to be stored properly and further allowing the present volume of our collections to double. The museum’s staff size will also increase, including staff for the archives.

    A brochure has been developed to familiarize potential donors and researchers with the Liberty Memorial Museum Archives. If you would like a copy of this brochure, please call Lynn Ward, museum archivist, at (816) 221-1918.

    Harry S. Truman Library
    The Truman Library has a new automated retrieval system for its still photograph collection. The photograph card catalog and 15,000 photographs were scanned onto ZyImage software. The photos were scanned at approximately 300 d.p.i. and are stored on CD. A researcher can now search by subject at the computer terminal in the audiovisual area and actually look at any of the scanned photographs on the computer. The library plans to eventually scan most of its 99,000 photographs and place them on the system.

    On September 3, 1996, the Truman Library opened the Papers of Charles F. Brannan, Secretary of Agriculture (1948-1953) and creator of the "Brannan Plan," a federal program to raise farm income while keeping consumer prices down. The program was not passed by Congress during Truman’s administration but many of its elements later became part of U. S. agricultural policy. Brannan, the last surviving member of President Truman’s cabinet, died on July 2, 1992.

    Dr. George Curtis, Assistant Director of the Library for nearly nineteen years, retired in September. Curtis worked for the National Archives for over twenty-seven years. He began at the Office of Presidential Libraries and was posted to the White House twice during the Nixon administration. He worked at the Eisenhower Library for five years before accepting his assignment at the Truman Library.

    One and all are welcome to visit the Truman Library’s web site at the following address: http://sunsite.unc.edu/lia/president/truman.html .

    KU Medical Center Archives
    E. W. J. Pearce, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine, has arranged and described the Thor Jager Collection in the Clendening History of Medicine Library at KU Medical Center. Jager, born in Stockholm in 1882, came to America in 1902 and studied medicine in Germany and at Northwestern University. He opened a private medical practice in Wichita in 1911 and headed a pathology lab at St. Francis Hospital. Jager willed his collection to the University of Kansas in 1970. The collection includes 830 books, bound journals, and sixteen cubic feet of Jager’s manuscript materials. An important component of the Jager Collection is the Rudolf Virchow series. Dr. Pearce characterizes Virchow as "one of the towering figures in pathology in nineteenth century Germany." Jager corresponded with Virchow and collected forty-one books written by Virchow, along with 300 volumes of the Virchow Archive. Jager worked in his practice until 1964.

    Photographs and documents from the Medical Center Archives were used in an exhibit about the first students and leaders of the Kansas School of Nursing, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this academic year. The exhibit has been displayed at state nursing conferences , at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and will be displayed in the spring of 1997 at the School of Nursing alumni weekend celebration.

    On March 20, KUMC archivist Nancy Hulston will deliver The Hixon Hour lecture for that month on the subject of "Medical Education on the Frontier in the 1870s." The lecture will be at 5:00 p.m. in the Clendening Amphitheater at KUMC. The lecture is preceded by a reception at 4:30 in the Clendening Library Foyer. Nancy and fellow KCAA member Lawrence Larsen, professor of history at UMKC, have a jointly written article in the recent issue of the Missouri Historical Review (January 1997). "Criminal Aspects of the Pendergast Machine" explores the relationship between Democratic machine boss Tom Pendergast and Kansas City’s gangster element during the 1920s and 1930s.

    Jackson County Historical Society Archives
    The Jackson County Historical Society is sponsoring a free program series for children and families one Saturday a month. It will feature re-enactors, storytellers, and authors, each presenting a one-hour program highlighting a time or event in history. Documents from the Archives’ collection also will be highlighted during the hour. All children present will receive a certificate granting them reduced or free admission to an area historic site related to the day’s theme. The presentations include "Frank James," portrayed by Gregg Higginbotham on January 18, "Stories from Black History in Jackson County" by Milton Gray on February 18, and "The Story of the Osage Indians" on March 15. On May 17, KCAA member Niel Johnson will present "Mr. Truman Visits the Archives." The programs will start at 10:00 a.m. in Room 103 of the Independence Courthouse on the Square.

    JCHS is sponsoring a series of open houses at area centers for genealogical research in conjunction with the Public Broadcasting System’s 10-part series "Ancestors," which will begin airing January 12 on KCPT. (KCAA members outside the KCPT broadcasting area should check the schedules of their local PBS station for correct dates and times). JCHS is also presenting a panel on "Resources for Genealogy Research" at its Spring Education Forum Series on April 10, 1997, at First Presbyterian Church in Independence. The time is at 5:30.

    Three other Spring Forum events reflect the theme of Jackson County in the Prohibition era. The programs are: "The History of Kansas City Jazz" on February 13 (Bruce Watkins Cultural Heritage Center), "Prohibition and Woman’s Suffrage" on March 7 (Arthur Mag Center, Midwest Research Institute), and "Rise of the Kansas City Economy" on April 3 (Mag Center). These events all start at 5:30 p.m.

    Missouri State Archives
    KCAA member Lora Bloom had an article entitled "Electronic Currents" in the September 1996 issue of the MAC Newsletter. Bloom provides an introduction to electronic document imaging and explains why this procedure is attractive in a variety of office settings. But she also raises some important questions that archivists need to be concerned about, including the ability to preserve information that is preserved only in electronic media. She argues that records on a short retention/destruction cycle will probably not be affected seriously by the electronic office, but records that need to be preserved are at serious risk without hardcopy backup.

    The Kansas Collection
    The Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas has received the papers of retiring United States Representative Jan Meyers. Meyers served in the Congress of the United States for twelve years, representing Kansas’ Third Congressional District. Approximately 170 boxes of papers were sent to Lawrence from Meyers’ Washington office, while another 30 boxes were transferred from district offices in Overland Park, Lawrence, and Kansas City, Kansas. The papers reflect Meyer’s work on the House International Relations Committee and as chair of the House Small Business Committee, and her interaction with constituents. She has placed a ten-year restriction on general access to the collection based on guidelines recommended by the General Accounting Office.

    Visit the KCAA web site at:

    http://www.umkc.edu/KCAA/

    Other sites of interest:

    MSNBC’s primer on copyright: http://www.msnbc.com/news/49689.asp.

    Provenance Electronic Magazine for Information Professionals: http://www.netpac.com/provenance/

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    Newsletter Exchange

    Local, State, and Regional News

     

    Early Twentieth Century Missouri Film Rescued
    Film archivists at the American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming have rescued a documentary filmed in 1910 in Missouri. The film is titled "University City, Missouri: Plants of the Lewis Publishing Co., Largest Publishing Concern in the World, and Building of the American Woman’s League." The nitrate negative and a poor quality print are part of the Center’s E. G. Lewis Collection. Lewis was an equal rights advocate and publisher. The film depicts a typical work day at the publishing company, with views of University City, the Lewis residence, and some associated houses in Lebanon, Missouri, and Edwardsville, Illinois. Shrinkage made the print of the film unusable for preservation purposes, but the negatives were spliced and repaired by Western Cine in Denver before being used to create a fine grain master positive. WickerWorks Video Productions in Englewood, Colorado, then made digital video copies in Beta and VHS formats. Funding for the salvage project was coordinated with the University City Historical Society and the Missouri Historical Society. The AHC archivists who coordinated the project were Rick Ewig and Matt Sprinkle. (The Rocky Mountain Archivist, Winter 1996).

    Merger Benefits State Archives
    Terry Ketelsen, Colorado State Archivist, reports that merging the state Archives into Colorado Information Technology Services appears to have benefited the Archives’ interests. Among the advantages: more money is now available to update archival systems, more technical expertise is available as well, and the Archives has taken on additional responsibilities that have given it more visibility in state government. Among the additional responsibilities is the task of maintaining the State of Colorado’s website. Ketelsen notes that public use of that website has doubled since the Archives took responsibility for it last July. Future projects for Archives personnel include establishing an electronic records management policy for the State of Colorado and building a data warehouse which can become a centralized repository for state electronic information resources. (The Rocky Mountain Archivist, Winter 1996).

    Collection Reflects Marine’s Life in Pacific Theater
    The Eugene B. Sledge papers at Auburn University were donated by a retired professor of biology who served as a front line Marine in the Pacific during World War II. After the bloody campaign on Peleiu, Sledge began making secret notes of his experiences, although the practice violated military regulations. From these notes, he later created an outline and wrote the book With the Old Breed at Peleiu and Okinawa. The materials that Sledge donated to Auburn (of which he was an alumnus) include his notebooks, memoranda, Marine Corps records, and his original book outline. He also donated numerous photographs of his platoon taken during the war, and photos of veterans in subsequent years. Sledge took an active role in staying in touch with his comrades in arms after the war. The Sledge papers contain hundreds of letters from servicemen and veterans. The papers also include reactions to his book. Sledge received many letters containing other veterans’ own stories of World War II. Dixie Dysart of the Auburn University Archives adds that the papers "provide a singular insight into the human experience of war." (The Alabama Archivist, Fall 1996).

    Jewish Historical Society Archives Grow
    Diane Rogers tells an interesting story of her work over the past three years as the first professional archivist for the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, founded in 1971. She writes: "A fundamental impetus for the creation of the Society [was] the belief among a dedicated core of people in the [Jewish] community that the history of their community resided in their records. And so, over the years, the Society’s mandate to promote research into the history of the Jewish community in B.C. was fulfilled through the steady acquisition of community records." Cyril Leonoff, the head of an engineering firm, was one of the society’s driving forces. He and other founders of the society focused from the beginning on acquiring photographs and recording oral history. These were used to prepare exhibits and publications, and Leonoff has published monographs based on the materials collected. The society also produced a public service television program for several years. Over 200 oral histories have been recorded so far, and over 10,000 images are in the general photograph collection. Another photograph collection contains over 30,000 images created by Leonard Frank, who operated a photographic studio in Vancouver for over sixty years. The oldest photos in the Frank collection date to the early part of the century. (AABC Newsletter, Fall 1996).

    among web sites of interest . . .

    Duke University Archives has articles on the university’s history, descriptions of selected holdings, and a guide to resources about women at Duke. Access it at: http://www.duke.edu/web/Archives/.

    The National Archives of New Zealand web site lists services, holdings, draft strategic plans, exhibitions, and the latest newsletter. It is at: http://www.archives.dia.govt.nz .

    Special Collections at the University of South Florida is placing pre-1900 Hillsborough County, Florida, Marriage Records on the web. Indexes to grooms, brides, officiators, and dates are linked to scanned images of original marriage records and related documents. At: http://lib.usf.edu/spccoll/guide/m/ml/guide.html .

    The American Jewish Historical Society site has moved to http://www.ajhs.org .

    Student Archivists at Maryland have humor at: http://www.glue.umd.edu/~clissam/archumor.htm .

    A presentation on the contents of the oral history program of the Billy Graham Center Archives can be found at the URL: http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/oralhist.html .

    To see a recent SAA paper titled "Net Worth: Adding Value to the Archival Web Site, " go to: http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/networth.htm .

    The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is at: http://www.radcliffe.edu/schles .

    The new web site for the Harvard Law School Manuscripts and Archives can be found at: http://www.law.harvard.edu/library/guides/msswww/index.html

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    Archives Nation

    History, Archives, and the Public Interest

    National Archives Friend Retires
    United States Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon has retired from the Senate, where he was counted on as a staunch supporter of the National Archives and its interests. In June, Hatfield was honored at a dinner and reception in the National Archives Rotunda, where documents related to his service in the Navy and in national politics were exhibited. One of the awards cited Hatfield’s two terms as a board member of the NHPRC and his work "as a devoted advocate . . . for the national archival and cultural institutions on whose collections the study, understanding and appreciation of American democracy depends." In his own remarks, Hatfield stated that the National Archives was "a monument to the idea that knowledge is the cornerstone of all human society." (The Record, September 1996).

    Conference on Fair Use
    The Conference on Fair Use met September 6 to continue developing "fair use" guidelines for the electronic use of copyrighted material. Bruce Lehman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, commended CONFU and stressed that "fair use" in the digital environment is important to many Clinton administration educational initiatives. He stated that the U.S. would never consent to an international agreement that required giving up "fair use." Lehman noted that it took 200 years before "fair use" became a part of U.S. law. He argued that the international community is evolving toward our view of "fair use." CONFU has met regularly for two years to seek consensus among publishers, librarians, scholars, and teachers regarding guidelines on multimedia classroom use, distance learning, visual image archives, and scenarios on the use of copyrighted computer programs in libraries. Some participants view various guidelines under development as either too restrictive or not restrictive enough, and it is uncertain whether enough publishing and library organizations will endorse the guidelines to justify the conclusion that there is a consensus for them. Guidelines on electronic library reserves supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Association of American University Presses, and various library associations, was strongly opposed by the Association of American Publishers and other publishing associations. There were also strongly differing views on the topic of digital transmission of Interlibrary Loan material, but a working group will meet again and seek some common agreement. (Page Miller, NCC Washington Update, Sept. 12, 1996).

    National Archives Reorganizes Staff
    In September, John Carlin notified Congress and constituents of plans to reorganize the National Archives staff. Under a new plan, the National Archives’ work will be performed largely through the headquarters office and the field office. Michael Kurtz will head the former, which includes reference, description, records administration and appraisal, preservation, declassification, the Center for Legislative Archives, the Center for Electronic Records, and public programs. Kurtz was responsible for several of these areas previously and has a strong background in archives and history. James Moore, formerly responsible for records administration and appraisal, will become a senior policy advisor. The Field Office will include the records centers and regional archives. Richard Claypoole, formerly in charge of the Federal Register, will head it.

    In addition, there will be the Office of Presidential Libraries and the Office of the Federal Register, headed respectively by David Peterson and Raymond Mosley. Several small offices will report directly to the Archivist of the United States, including general counsel, administration, congressional affairs, public affairs, strategic planning, and the Policy and Information Resources Management Services. The reorganization plan eliminates some bureaucracy and more closely coordinates records management and appraisal with accessioning, description, and the servicing of records. The details concerning all other reassignments were to be completed by January. (Page Miller, NCC Washington Update, Sept. 27, 1996).

    Lyndon Johnson Tapes Released
    The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library has released transcripts and nearly 80 hours of recordings of the late president’s telephone conversations between January 1 and March 31, 1964. These include secretly taped conversations between Johnson and his advisors. They cover many topics, including Civil Rights, the poverty bill, tax cut and farm bills, and foreign policy issues. Researchers can audit recordings in the Johnson Library’s Reading Room in Austin or purchase copies of individual tapes at $6 each. (Page Miller, NCC Washington Update, October 17, 1996).

    New Deputy At Library of Congress
    James Billington, Librarian of Congress, has appointed Donald Scott to be the Deputy Librarian of Congress. Scott assumed his duties on September 30. Billington has given Scott full authority to manage the day-to-day administration of the Library's internal operations. In Senate debate authorizing the appointment, three Republican senators (Mack, Hatfield, and Warner) called for the appointment of a strong Deputy Librarian. After reviewing the troubling management issues at the Library, they concluded that the appointment of a Deputy who could take care of the day-to-day administration was imperative. The senators stressed their respect for Billington but strongly stated that Billington should turn over administrative responsibilities to the Deputy and focus on the development of a vision for the Library in the 21st century. (Page Putnam Miller, NCC Washington Update, October 11, 1996).

    Historical Review Panel Criticizes CIA
    Last fall, the CIA's Historical Review Panel sent the agency’s director a report skeptical of the agency’s efforts to declassify and release historical documents and records. The report noted "a serious omission" in the CIA’s failure to inform the panel of a policy shift that opened records previously off-limits to Freedom of Information Act requests. The panel worked uninformed that this development was about to take place.

    Panel members "remained unconvinced" of the appropriateness of the CIA's policy of "targeted access" and called for a comprehensive review by agency historians and other staff of early CIA files for transfer to the National Archives in a manner comparable to that of other federal agencies." The report noted that not a single whole office file or collection of CIA files--as opposed to selected documents--is yet available for research at the National Archives.

    CIA plans for implementing Executive Order (EO) 12958 on declassification also concerned the panel. The CIA has requested that 64 per cent of its classified records of permanent value over 25 years old be exempt from the automatic declassification provisions of the EO. The panel acknowledged that 25 years may be too soon to declassify some agency materials but questioned whether two-thirds of the CIA’s records fall into the exempted category. The panel also was concerned that the CIA spends substantial time and money reviewing materials of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service. The great bulk of these records, the panel noted, were publicly available from the time they were originally broadcast. (Page Miller, NCC Washington Update, October 11, 1996).

    Nixon Documents Released
    On October 17 the National Archives opened 28,035 documents from the Nixon White House’s Special Files. These are available to researchers at Archives II in College Park, Maryland. A review board determined that the Archives should retain 33,199 of the 42,191 documents contested by Nixon. The remainder--8,992 documents--were deemed "personal" and ordered returned to Nixon’s estate. Those retained by the Archives include 5,164 items that remain closed for privacy or national security reasons.

    The release of these documents resulted from court ordered mediation that began in 1992 after historian Stanley Kutler sued the National Archives for ignoring his repeated requests for access to the Nixon materials. Since the review board’s determinations, Kutler has expressed concern that nearly 9,000 documents were judged "personal" and returned to Nixon’s estate. The issue focused on whether campaign-related records originating in the White House should be treated as personal papers. Kutler insists that Nixon's roles as Republican Party head and President of the United States were frequently intertwined, making it difficult to separate Presidential records from personal ones, and he argues that campaign-related documents should remain at the Archives. (Page Miller, NCC Washington Update, October 24, 1996).

    Physicians for Human Rights Collection to UC-B
    The University of Colorado at Boulder Archives will be the repository for the records of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a Boston-based organization of physicians, scientists, and citizens who use medical and forensic sciences to investigate and prevent violations of international human rights. The organization began in the early 1980’s to combat torture, disappearances, and political killings by governments and opposition groups. PHR also works to improve health and sanitary conditions in prisons and detention centers, to investigate the physical and psychological consequences of violations of humanitarian law in internal and international conflicts, to defend medical neutrality and the right of civilians and combatants to receive medical attention during times of war, and to protect health professionals who themselves can become victims of human rights abuses. It also works to prevent medical complicity in torture and abuse. PHR bases its actions on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international humanitarian agreements. It conducts numerous on-site investigations of torture, disappearances, extra-judicial executions, and violations of medical neutrality.

    The files contain approximately 120 feet of material, including on-site mission reports and photographs. There is correspondence with the United Nations, other intergovernmental agencies, and other human rights organizations. Other files document PHR's founding, development, and operations; the recommendations and findings of the International War Crimes Tribunal concerning atrocities in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and other places; and interviews and witness testimonies. Most files are currently being acquired. (Archives Listserve, November 20, 1996; additional details provided by Bruce Montgomery, collection archivist.)

    New Priorities for NHPRC
    On November 8, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) adopted a strategic plan to guide its allocation of grants. The plan has four categories of grant making. The two top priority areas are grants for (1) states (including re-grants to State Historical Records Advisory Boards) and (2) research and development projects, particularly if they deal with the preservation and access of electronic records. The second priority categories are for (1) documentary editions (all existing and future projects) and (2) preserving and making available document collections. This marks a distinct shift, since historical editions traditionally have been an NHPRC priority since its establishment—an emphasis reflected in the "Historical Publications" part of its name. Some historians have expressed concern at the degree to which the new plan shifts priorities from the traditional focus of the commission's work. Historical organizations recently have expressed concern about the percentage of NHPRC funds going into historical editions, but some historians believe the revised plan errs in making historical editions a low priority rather than addressing the issue of the appropriate funding balance. (Page Putnam Miller, NCC Washington Update, Nov. 21, 1996).

    Library Groups Optimistic About Copyright Treaty
    Five national library associations are cautiously optimistic that the rights of both copyright proprietors and the users of copyrighted materials can be accommodated in the new digital information environment. This optimism is based on agreements reached December 20 after weeks of international negotiations. The associations are the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association. Some 160 governments participated in the diplomatic conference on intellectual property issues convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The final treaties represent significant progress over earlier proposals by more fairly balancing the rights of copyright proprietors with the interests of users. Adam Eisgrau, counsel for the ALA’s Washington Office, stated that there was diplomatic consensus in favor of extending limits on copyright, including fair use, into the digital environment. Many conferees strongly opposed proposals for a broad new system of database protection in addition to copyright. The library community worked with others to ensure a balanced process and outcome in the treaty negotiations. The Geneva agreements impose broadly phrased obligations on signatory nations. In many countries, including the U.S., the treaties will require domestic approval and legislative implementation. The library associations are engaged in further analysis of the Geneva agreements, and will continue to work with the White House, Congress, and other interested parties. (Adapted from a News Release, December 23, 1996, issued by the five library associations).

    Notes
    Denver will be the site for the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in 2000. The meeting will be held in an Adams Mark hotel that has not yet been built. SAA reportedly was "impressed with the location of the proposed hotel" and the fact that it is "close to restaurants, shopping, and a free shuttle. The [Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists] delegation’s enthusiasm and preparation were also strong factors in the selection as well as an active regional group and a high number of SRMA members who are also SAA members." (The Rocky Mountain Archivist, Fall 1996) . . . . The Library of Congress is making available, via internet, seventy-one Country Studies from the Army Area Handbook Series. These electronic books can be accessed at http://www.lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html/ . The series is produced by the Library’s Federal Research Division by agreement with the Department of the Army . . . . When Harry Houdini died, he bequeathed his collection of rare books and manuscripts to the Library of Congress. Now, highlights from the Houdini collection are available online as part of the National Digital Library Program, available at http://www.loc.gov/ . The NDL program has been called one of "the best web sites of 1996" by Time magazine . . . . When the National Archives moved part of its operation to the new site in College Park, Maryland, an average of 9,000 boxes were moved daily over a three year period. The move involved 112,274 reels of motion picture film, 8 million photographs, 13 million maps, and nearly 2 billion pages of documents. Move administrator Robert Matchetter observed that "this was something nobody had ever done before." (Washington Post, November 2, 1996: B3).

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    Publications

    Books, Pamphlets, Videos, Et Cetera

    A Guide to the Smithsonian Archives is an expanded edition that replaces an earlier 1983 guide. It lists official records of the Smithsonian Institution and related agencies, including those of 19th century western survey expeditions and the Smithsonian’s extensive records pertaining to natural science organizations and American folklife agencies, including those of the American Association of Museums, the Biological Society of Washington, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and many others. Other resources include photograph collections, which are particularly strong in Smithsonian history, and biographical files. The guide also lists holdings in the Smithsonian’s video and oral history programs. $24.95, plus s/h (4th class @ $4.24 each; priority mail @ $7.00 each) from Smithsonian Folkways Mail Order, 414 Hungerford Drive, Suite 444, Rockville, MD 2850; by toll-free phone at 1-800-410-9815; and by email: folkways@aol.com. Major credit cards accepted.

    The revised edition of Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology has been published by AltaMira Press in association with AASLH. Edited by David K. Dunaway and Willa K. Baum, it contains classic articles by leading proponents of oral history, including Allan Nevins and Barbara Tuchman. 432 pages. Hardback: $48.00 for non-members ($38.40 for AASLH members). Softcover: $22.95 for non-members (18.36 members). $2.00 s/h. From: AltaMira Press, 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Phone: (805) 499-9774. E-mail: order@sagepub.com. Fax: (805) 499-0871.

    Carol Kammen of Cornell University has edited The Pursuit of Local History: Readings on Theory and Practice, also by AltaMira Press. 240 pages. Paper. $24.95 for non-members (19.96 for AASLH members). Other ordering information is the same as above.

    The Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States is a new 3-volume reference work which introduces users to archival records in the three branches of the federal government. Two volumes describe the nearly 1.7 million cubic feet of federal records in the custody of the Archivist of the United States. Volume 3 is an index to the other volumes. The 400 plus chapters contain overviews of the government agencies that produced the records and provides scope and content information and locations of records. 2,428 pages. Three volumes. $95 plus $5 s/h. Order from: National Archives Trust Fund, NECD Dept. R1, P. O. Box 100793, Atlanta, GA 30384. Phone credit card orders to: 1-800-234-8861.

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    Opportunities

    Employment, Research & Internships

    MANUSCRIPT SPECIALIST: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Columbia, Missouri

    The Western Historical Manuscript Collection in Columbia, MO, comprising the manuscript holdings of the University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri, has a full-time permanent entry-level position. For further information about the Collection, visit our world wide web site at http://www.umsystem.edu/whmc.

    Responsibilities: Primary duty is processing, including large political collections. May assist with reference service, and with History Day in Missouri and/or microfilm programs on a limited basis.

    Qualifications: BA in history or another social science; however, preference will be given to candidates holding MA degrees, with emphasis in archival training and/or archival experience and familiarity with MARC-AMC format. Excellent oral and written communications skills and interpersonal skills necessary. Demonstrated ability to quickly perform rudimentary processing (arrangement and description) of large collections of organizational records or political papers preferred. Willingness and ability to lift and carry 35- to 40-pound boxes of papers.

    Compensation: Salary is $20,700. Position carries University of Missouri academic non-regular status; 26 days annual leave and 24 days sick leave per year; standard benefits package including medical and dental insurance and other options.

    Application: Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: Nancy Lankford, Associate Director, WHMC, 23 Ellis Library, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201. Deadline January 31, 1997. The University of Missouri and The State Historical Society of Missouri are equal employment opportunity institutions.

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    KCAA

    SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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    The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to assist those KCAA members with access to little or no institutional support defray the cost of attending professionally related educational conferences, workshops, symposia, institutes, etc. Grants will be awarded per qualifying member of up to $200 per fiscal year as available.

    Also, subject to the approval of the Scholarship Committee, up to $200 of the Scholarship Fund will be available each year to assist in defraying KCAA's financial commitment to the Minority Internship Program. No more than one third of the beginning fiscal Scholarship fund balance will be awarded in any one year, June 1 - May 31.

    Application for funding may be made at any time within one year of the date of indicated educational activity. Application forms are available from KCAA Treasurer. All applications shall be returned to the Treasurer who will retain a copy and forward the application to the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee for consideration. Scholarship Committee will give consideration to merit and situation of applicant and worthiness of the solicited activity per the intent and purpose of KCAA scholarships. Scholarship Chair will notify applicant of the disposition of their request in a timely manner.

    Ten percent of each KCAA members' annual dues are allocated to the Scholarship Fund. In addition, KCAA members, institutional members, and friends are encouraged to make a $5.00 or more donation in support of the Scholarship Fund.

     

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    KCAA Scholarship Application Form

     

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    Please forward this application to KCAA Treasurer:
    Matthew Veatch, Kansas State Historical Society, Center for Historical
    Research, 6425 Southwest 6th, Topeka, KS 66615-1099

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    1997 CALENDAR

    MARCH 20 (TENTATIVE)*
    KCAA STEERING COMMITTEE
    Lawrence, Kansas
    12:00 Noon

    MARCH 20 (TENTATIVE)*
    KCAA QUARTERLY MEETING
    Tommaney Library
    Haskell Indian Nations University
    Lawrence, Kansas
    2:00 P.M.

    APRIL 12
    KCAA SPRING SYMPOSIUM
    RLDS Temple, Independence, Mo.

    MAY 1-3
    MIDWEST ARCHIVES CONFERENCE SPRING MEETING
    Midland Hotel, Chicago, Ill.

    AUGUST 24-31
    SOCIETY OF AMERICAN ARCHIVISTS
    ANNUAL MEETING
    Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Ill.

    * Postcards will be mailed to members before the meeting to confirm dates and times

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    KCAA OFFICERS

    Co-Chairs
    Denise Morrison (KC Museum)
    (816) 483-8300

    Bobbi Rahder (Haskell Indian Nations Univ.)
    (913) 749-8470

    Secretary
    Amy Leimkuhler (UMKC)
    (816) 235-1508

    Treasurer
    Matt Veatch (Kansas State Hist. Soc.)
    (913) 272-8681

    Kansas City Area Archivists is a local non-profit organization serving archivists in Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri. Annual membership dues: $15 individuals, $25 institutions, $10 students, $50 sustaining institution, $100 supporting institution.

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    THE DUSTY SHELF

    Editor
    Stan Ingersol

    Production Staff
    Lon Dagley
    Dwight Sponagel
    Jerry Austin

    Preservation Notes Editors
    Nancy J. Hulston & Alan Perry

     

    The Dusty Shelf is published three times a year by Kansas City Area Archivists. We honor exchanges with other organizations. The Dusty Shelf is compiled and edited by staff of the Nazarene Archives and mailed by staff of the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-KC.

    Materials for publication should be sent to: Stan Ingersol, Nazarene Archives, 6401 The Paseo, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 333-7000, or via e-mail to singersol@nazarene.org.

    Memberships and address changes should be sent to: Jelain Chubb, Kansas State Historical Society, Center for Historical Research, 6425 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66615 (913) 272-8681, ext. 307.

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