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Attending MARAC as a Student & First-Time Conference Attendee

Guest author: Lauren Bell
Archives and Preservation MI student at Rutgers University. 

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Lauren with her poster during MARAC poster presentation, 4/21/17.

On April 20-22 I attended the bi-annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in Newark, New Jersey. I had initially planned on being at the conference to attend workshops and get a better understanding of conference structure, but gradually assumed other roles throughout the conference.

This was the first conference I’ve attended as a graduate student in the archives field and I was blown away by the amount of opportunity presented at this gathering. On the first day, I attended a workshop titled “Dating 19th Century Portrait Photographs,” given by Gary Saretzky (Monmouth County Archives). During this workshop, Saretzky discussed various 19th century photographic media including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, carte de viste, and cabinet cards. Saretzky went through each of these photographic types at length, providing many visual examples of how one could determine the date that the photo was taken. Some consistent elements to look for amongst all of these types include dress and accessories worn by subject in the photo, color of photo, the casing of the photo, material of photo, photographer’s marks, and captions. The presentation was supplemented with reading material and a hands-on look at some photographs in Saretzky’s own personal collection. Continue reading
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Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) – Fall 2015 Meeting Recap

Guest author: Christy Fic
Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, Shippensburg University and SNAP Roundtable Steering Committee Member

The Fall 2015 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) was held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in beautiful Roanoke, VA from Thursday October 8th – Saturday October 10th. We might have been an hour away from Blacksburg, but we were definitely in Virginia Tech country. Exhibit A (the only photo I took during the conference): this sparkly Hokie bird statue outside of the Hotel Roanoke.Hokie bird

The theme of this fall’s conference was “Moving Mountains: Ingenuity and Innovation in Archives.” The plenary speech by Ed Summers of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) was an inspiring start to the conference. Summers’ presentation on web archiving described the power of archives to preserve evidence of social justice movements that spread via social media. He focused on archivists’ efforts to collect tweets and websites in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Summers’ presentation slides can be found here. The slides provide an overview of how the content was collected, what type of metadata was gathered, and links to access the collections at MITH. Summers shared a powerful tweet from Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist at University of California Riverside, which I felt perfectly captured the magnitude and importance of these projects: Continue reading