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Call for Submissions: 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Award

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2015!

Call for Submissions: 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Awards

The Finding Aid Award is given yearly to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) region. Nominated finding aids must have been made available to the public for the first time during 2014.

The top award will receive the designation of the Fredric M. Miller Finding Aids Award, in honor of Dr. Miller’s contributions to the field as archivist and author. Monetary awards will be presented at the Spring 2015 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Call for Submissions
In the last decade, there have been significant changes in the processes by which archivists arrange, describe and make their collections available to the public: most notably, the widespread adoption of streamlined processing practices and a push to make our work available online. At the same time, the fundamentals of good finding aids have remained the same: they provide content that enables researchers to understand the materials in our collections and are designed to help them find what they need easily and quickly.

The Finding Aids Committee invites MARAC members to nominate exceptional finding aids for the 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Awards. Successful finding aids will have outstanding content, take full advantage of the design capabilities inherent in their medium of publication, and incorporate successful innovations that enable researchers to more effectively access and use archival materials. Please see Characteristics of Successful Finding Aids for more details.  Finding aids may be submitted for collections of any size.

Submissions are due by January 31, 2015 and must include:
– A link to the finding aid’s URL
– A nomination letter that addresses the finding aids’ exceptional qualities and/or discusses elements not readily apparent from examination of the finding aid itself.

Please see our Finding Aid Awards Submission Checklist for further information concerning the nomination letter and optional submission materials. Submissions should be sent to the Chair of the Finding Aid Award Committee:

MARAC award announcement – Arline Custer Memorial Award

The following is an award announcement from our friends at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC):

Presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee, this award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

Eligibility

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to, monographs, popular narratives, reference works, and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.

Evaluation

Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community.  They also should be original and well researched using available sources.  In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written, and organized.  Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text. Preference will be given to works by archivists.

Award

Up to two awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles.  The 2014 awards will be announced at the Fall 2014 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

How to submit an entry

Please send two copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Elizabeth Shepard
39 Harrison Avenue, Unit #8
Montclair, NY 07042

Entries must be received by 31 July 2014.

For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site at http://www.marac.info/arline-custer-award