SAA: Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

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Society of American Archivists – Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2011 award.

This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

Recent winners include:

2010 The Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2009 Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo’s “From Institution to Independence”
2008 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les Archives de Radio-Canada)
2007 National Library of Medicine’s “Profiles in Science”

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

Application Deadline:
All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28.

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

44th Annual Georgia Archives Institute

Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians, the 44th Georgia Archives Institute will offer general instruction in basic concepts and practices of archival administration and management of traditional and modern documentary materials.  The Institute will be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, 15 miles south of Atlanta.

Dr. Timothy L. Ericson, former Director of Archival Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, will be the instructor during the first week. Topics will include acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, reference, as well as legal and administrative issues.  The second week of instruction will begin with training on preservation by Christine Wiseman, Preservation Manager at the Georgia Archives.  To link archival theory with real world application, students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.

Tuition is $500.  Enrollment is limited and the deadline for receipt of application, resume, and $75 application fee (refunded if not admitted to Institute) is March 1, 2011. Tuition does not cover transportation, housing, or meals.

Tuition scholarships are available from the Society of Georgia Archivists, and The Friends of Georgia Archives and History,  Scholarships have earlier deadlines.  

For an application to the Institute or information, please visit the Georgia Archives Institute web site at or contact:

Georgia Archives Institute

P.O. Box 279
Morrow, GA 30260-0279
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News From Next Door: South Carolina Edition

The Waring Historical Library and MUSC University Archives announce the opening of a new web exhibit:

“Civil Practice to Civil War: The Medical College of the State of South Carolina, 1861-1865”

The Medical College of the State of South Carolina (MCSSC), as it was known from 1832 until 1952, suspended classes after the March 1861 graduation, just three months after South Carolina seceded from the Union and a month before shots upon Fort Sumter marked the official commencement of hostilities between North and South. Almost immediately, many of the College’s faculty, students, and alumni joined the Confederate military and the College was left dormant for five long years. Even while the College was on hiatus, its students, alumni, and faculty were getting an entirely new education in the field hospitals and on the battlefields. The exhibit tells the stories of but a few of the hundreds of MCSSC’s alumni, faculty and students who took their medical bags to war.

For more information about the web exhibit, please contact Brooke Fox, University Archivist at

*Colcock Hall, n.d., Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, SC

Savannah Heritage Emergency Response Workshop

Insurance and Appraisal for Disaster Recovery for Cultural Heritage Organizations. Savannah, GA . January 18, 2011.
Day long workshop on insurance and appraisal of cultural heritage collections, targeted to museums, galleries, historic house museums, and libraries. Sessions to be held January 18th 2011, at the Metropolitan Planning Commission, 112 E. State St.  Registration 8:30- 9:30, Programs 9:30-3:30. $25.00
Registration:  Please mail registration form with your name, address, phone, e-mail, institutional affiliation (if any) and a check made out to CEMA (Chatham Emergency Management Agency) and mail to Beth Reiter, Chairman of SHER, 202 Atkinson Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31404. 912-234-9398;
Morning Speakers: Jeff Minett and Lynn March, Senior Vice Presidents with Aon/Huntington T Block Insurance Agency.  Topics will include coverage, exclusions, evaluation, incoming and outgoing loans, terminology, certificates of insurance, notice of loss, arbitration, and how to reduce the financial impact of a risk.
Afternoon Speakers:  Debra Freer, Senior Appraiser with Aaron Appraisal Services in Atlanta, Ga. Topics will include appraisal of fine art, decorative art, antiques and she will share insights from her appraisal of the Fox Theatre’s collection in Atlanta.  One description is present and the other future – do we want to be consistent?
Off street parking can be found in the City’s State and Bryan Street parking garages.