Contributed by Emily Reed
Mercy Heritage Center (MHC), which holds the archives of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, has made their collections list and select finding aids available online for public access. MHC has thirty-four collections from former communities, regional communities, and congregation-wide associations across the country. The collections document ministries, including schools and hospitals, as well as the histories of individual sisters and the story of the Community itself. The U.S. collections range geographically from Maine to California, and MHC also holds information about ministries in Africa, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Micronesia, and Southeast Asia.
At the 2015 Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR) Triennial Conference, discussions concerned the under-representation of women’s religious archives. MHC responded with this work to provide online access to collection information.
Mercy Heritage Center is located in Belmont, North Carolina. Staff can assist visitors with on-site research (by appointment) or remotely (by email request). They are also available for contact if researchers need further information about any collection.
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Contributed by Jennifer Coggins
University Archives and Records Management Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Graham as University Archivist.
As the University Archivist, Nick will provide vision and leadership for the University Archives and Records Management Services department. He will be responsible for managing the University records program in accordance with State of North Carolina public records laws and records schedules, including the ingest and preservation of University electronic records of long-term value. He will also provide administrative reference service for UNC administrators, faculty, and staff; develop programs recognizing and promoting UNC history; and solicit and acquire appropriate collections of faculty papers.
Prior to this appointment, Nick was the Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and the Assistant to the Director of Wilson Library at UNC. He was previously the North Carolina Maps Project Librarian for the Carolina Digital Library and Archives at the Wilson Library and Head of Public Services for the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library.
Nick holds a B.A. in British and American Literature from New College of Florida in Sarasota and an M.L.S. from the UNC School of Information and Library Science.
Nick began serving as the University Archivist effective October 1, 2015.
Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, Visual Materials Archivist at Duke University, is now Chair of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Visual Materials Section, a vibrant, 650-member group – SAA’s largest section – dedicated to promoting and learning about all manner of visual materials, including but not limited to photographs, film, architectural records, prints, and artwork. She assumed the position August 1 after serving as Chair-Elect last year. Paula has been on the staff of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library since 1992, where she is responsible for the description and arrangement of the library’s photography collections, most of which form part of the Archive of Documentary Arts. Interested in the Visual Materials Section? Find out more at http://saavms.org or contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed by Gwen Erickson
Guilford College has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges’ Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning. A generous grant from the Andrew E. Mellon Foundation provides two years of full funding for Artstor’s Shared Shelf product and a portion of costs for two additional years. The selection committee was impressed by the high quality of Guilford’s proposal describing projects the Friends Historical Collection and the Art Gallery will implement using Artstor’s Shared Shelf media management tool.
This grant opportunity comes at an ideal time for Guilford as they seek innovative and affordable ways to improve access to resources and to collaborate with others on campus. The grant proposal specified two projects, one audio and one visual, in the Friends Historical Collection and the Art Gallery. This two-pronged approach will serve as a pilot for other potential campus partners, improve access to unique digital materials held at Guilford, and offer opportunities for faculty and students to engage more fully with archival resources. The Friends Historical Collection will focus on using Shared Shelf to provide access to recent oral history audio interviews that document Guilford’s integration in 1962 and the subsequent experiences of early African American faculty and students. The Art Gallery project will present Asian and African works from the college’s permanent art collection.