Reward Excellent Work in Archives: Call for GHRAC Awards Nominations

Reward Excellent Work in Archives

Call for GHRAC Awards Nominations

Morrow, GA, January 23, 2020 – Do you know someone who has done outstanding work using, preserving, or making historical records more accessible?  Think about the historical or genealogical society, library, museum, county or municipal government, researcher, local historian, educator or student.  The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) wants to encourage and reward their exceptional efforts.

The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) established the Outstanding Archives Awards Program in 2003 to recognize outstanding efforts in archives and records work in Georgia. By publicly recognizing excellent achievements, the Board strives to inspire others. Hundreds of organizations and individuals play a significant role in the preservation of our state’s documentary heritage.
GHRAC has twelve different award categories for individuals and organizations. Award recipients will be honored at the Georgia Archives by the GHRAC Board at a ceremony during Archives Month in October. Nominations may be submitted February 1 through June 1. Nominations must be postmarked on or before June 1, 2020. 

All of the following are eligible for an award. (You may nominate your own organization.)  

  • local governments, courts, school systems, state agencies, and institutions
  • historical records repositories, historical societies, libraries, and museums
  • educators, students, and researchers
  • legislators and government officials
  • individuals and organizations who support archives and records management
  • specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology,
  • business history, etc.

Information about the GHRAC Awards Program is located on the website of the Georgia
Archives, On the homepage, type “GHRAC” in the search bar. You can then click on the link to the “GHRAC Awards Program.” Here you will find the links for the Nomination Form and instructions, the Award Categories and Selection Criteria for all 12 awards categories, and a list of all prior award recipients.

A nomination package consists of the one-page nomination form (please provide all requested contact
information), a 500-word summary or project description, a copy of the work itself, and any supporting documentation necessary to appropriately portray the complete work (in the case of a project which includes an exhibit, a website, or an audiovisual, instructional, service, or performance component). Please note requirements in the appropriate selection criteria for nominations.

If submitted electronically, one copy of the nomination package should be emailed to: If submitted as hard copy, seven (7) complete nomination packages should be sent to: GHRAC, Georgia Archives 5800 Jonesboro Rd. Morrow, GA 30260 [Copies will not be returned.] Nominators should pay particular attention to the following requirements: 1. Georgia students who research and write in an area other than Georgia history or a Georgia subject must use the resources of Georgia records repositories to qualify for these awards. 2. A letter of support from a professor, teacher, adviser, or other appropriate representative of an organization or institution must accompany students who nominate themselves or are nominated by a family member. Award recipients are typically notified in August or September, and the annual GHRAC Awards Reception and Ceremony are held at the Georgia Archives in October.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get involved and shine the spotlight on the organizations and individuals all across Georgia who are dedicated to preserving and sharing our history, and improving our record keeping.

For additional information, please contact GHRAC by phone at 678-364-3806, or email

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 (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2020 award.

This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has had an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

Recent winners include:

·  2019:  Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections for Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

·  2015: The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, for Doctor or Doctress?

·  2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota for Digitizing Immigrant Letters


Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.


A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Application Deadline:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year. 

For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

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

Elise Reynolds

Hamer Kegan Award Subcommitte, SAA Awards Committee






The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, in conjunction with the University of Georgia and the Georgia Archives, has available one stipend to cover attendance at the 2020 Georgia Archives Institute (GAI). The stipend is funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and is contingent on congressional authorization of continued funding of NHPRC.
The stipend is available to an employee or volunteer at a local government repository. Preference will be given to an applicant from an underserved community. The recipient will receive tuition in addition to $1500 to cover travel and accommodations in Atlanta and will be eligible for a post-training implementation sub-grant. The sub-grant will only be available to the stipend winner. We will be in direct contact with the winner after GAI.

Designed for beginning archivists, manuscript curators, and librarians or those whose positions have expanded to include the management and care of their organization’s archives or manuscript/history collection, the Georgia Archives Institute provides general instruction in core concepts and practices of archival administration and the management of traditional and modern documentary materials. The Institute is a two-week program held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, and includes six days of classroom instruction and a three-

day internship. This year, the Institute will be held June 8-19.
Instructional topics include appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, reference and outreach, security, copyright, born-digital records, and preservation and care of archival materials. Students will also participate in individualized, three-day internships at local archival repositories.
Pam Hackbart-Dean, will be the principal instructor. She is the Head of the Special Collections and University Archives at the Research Center at Southern Illinois at Chicago. She has worked at Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Special Collections and Archives at Georgia State University and for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Study at the University of Georgia.

Pam has been active in many professional archival organizations, including the Society of American Archivists, the Academy of Certified Archivists and the Society of Georgia Archivists. She has conducted a number of workshops on arrangement and description, as well as published articles and books on the subject. Pam received her MA from the University of Connecticut.

The Preservation of Archival Materials day-long session will be taught by Tina Seetoo, Preservation Manager at Delta Flight Museum.  The Born-Digital and Digital Preservation session will be taught by Katherine Fisher, Digital Preservation & Social Change Collection Archivist, Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University Library.

Look for the grant application on the Georgia Archives website under “Announcements.”  To apply, submit a completed application form to by March 2, 2020.


The Georgia Archives is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Georgia Archives identifies, collects, manages, preserves, provides access to, and publicizes records and information of Georgia and its people, and assists state and local government agencies with their records management.

Digitization Grant Opportunity from the Watson Brown Foundation

The Watson Brown Foundation, based in Thomson, GA, is soliciting applications for grants that support the preservation of Southern history. They are especially interested in funding the digitization of historical materials. Applications are due April 15. More information and contact info for inquiries can be found on their website:

Call for Applicants: Associate Editor for the Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources series

Call for Applicants
The Teaching with Primary Sources sub-committee of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of the Society of American Archivists is accepting applications for the role of Associate Editor for the Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources series. For more information about the series, visit
The Associate Editor works with the Editor to maintain the Teaching with Primary Sources Case Studies as a contribution to the professional scholarship and illustration of the application of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. The position, in collaboration with the Editor, coordinates the review process and works with peer reviewers. The Associate Editor role shall become the Editor when their term expires, requiring a two-year commitment.  
·       In consultation with the Editor, identify potential authors and solicit proposals
·       Assist in coordinating the peer review process, working with peer reviewers to provide timely feedback
·       As directed by the Editor, communicate reviews and feedback to authors
·       Promote recently published case studies to the RAO membership and broader community of practitioners
Applications will be accepted to until February 1, 2020. Applicants should submit a statement of interest explaining their experience editing; a writing sample; and a resume/CV. Questions may be addressed to Jen Hoyer at

2020 Atlanta Studies Symposium Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for the Atlanta Studies Symposium

Each spring the Atlanta Studies Network hosts an annual symposium that tackles the social, cultural, environmental, and economic issues facing Atlanta. In keeping with our belief that scholarship about the city should also be for the city, the symposium is always free to attend and open to the public.
Our eighth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium will be held at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

The eighth annual Atlanta Studies Symposium welcomes proposals on any aspect of Atlanta, past, present, or future. Priority will be given to those that directly relate to the conference theme, “Inclusive Innovation: Designing the Future of Atlanta.”
In June 2020, the city of Atlanta will host the inaugural U.S. edition of the global Smart City Expo, the world’s leading conference and expo on smart cities and smart urban solutions. City officials involved in this endeavor boast of their ability to “redefine what it means to be a smart city” while Atlanta researchers, city planners, and activists develop and investigate emerging technologies options to improve urban transportation in the City of Atlanta and the metro region. As the city hones in on its Smart City efforts, how will art and design be utilized alongside technology to enhance its infrastructure and address issues of equity? With the metro region’s ever-growing population and increased awareness of its need for new innovative methods of development, it is important for these methods to be inclusive and diverse to envision a more sustainable and equitable city and region. This symposium seeks to explore the points of intersection and division within Atlanta’s economic development, population growth and increased creative potential.  
This symposium poses the questions: 
  • How does economic development affect art and design in Atlanta?
  • How does art and design impact the lived environment of the city?
  • How can city design address structural oppression and economic disparity?
  • What are the ways art and design intersect with or address issues of equity in Atlanta?
  • What role does art, literature, and music, play in imagining alternative realities and radical futures for the city?
  • How is Atlanta redefining what it means to be a Smart city?
  • How is creative capital measured and cultivated within the city?
  • Who is designing the future of the city? Who is included in this future?
This year, we seek a diverse array of symposium sessions from scholars and practitioners at academic institutions, as well as from other public, private, and nonprofit organizations. We welcome proposals for:
  • Fully constituted panels with up to 3 presenters and a moderator
  • Individual papers or posters
  • 5 minute/5 slide presentations that will be part of a lightning round session
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Interactive workshops
  • Film screenings
  • Any other creative form of presentation you’d like to propose
Please submit abstracts via this Google form no later than February 12, 2020. Notifications will be sent out by March 13, 2020.
If you have questions about the event or proposals, please contact

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