Kim Andersen now the Communications Coordinator for SAA’s Visual Materials Section

The Society of American Archivists Visual Materials Section is pleased to announce that Kim Andersen will serve as the Communications Coordinator for the Visual Materials Section. This volunteer position manages communications activities for the Section in order to deliver consistent announcements and news through a variety of media including:

  • Views: The Newsletter of the Visual Materials Section
  • website
  • Social media, including the Visual Materials Section Facebook page and Twitter account
  • VISUALMAT and VMS listservs

Kim is a North Carolina native with academic degrees from North Carolina State University. In 1988, she began her archival career at the North Carolina State Archives during her graduate work in public history. Kim continued to work at the State Archives until 2001, when she started a five-year long position at the State Library of North Carolina on NC ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online <>), a project funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which enables users to search across thousands of digitized and born-digital historic material. In 2005, Kim returned to the State Archives, where she manages more than two million photographic images in the Audio Visual Materials Unit of the Special Collections Section, as well as motion picture films and audio recordings. Throughout her archival career, Kim has been involved with the Visual Materials Section of the Society of American Archivists, and currently serves as a member-at-large with her term ending in 2015.

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Mercy Heritage Center launches first digital exhibit on Civil War

Submitted by Emily Reed

Although 150 years have passed, the Civil War remains etched in American memory. The service of Catholic sisters, however, remains a rarely told story. The sisters were small in number, but the impact of their work loomed large in the landscape of the war. During the darkest hours of suffering, the sisters’ compassion was a beacon of hope for the wounded and dying. The service of Catholic sisters was, and remains, a vital part of the American story.

This digital exhibit replicates and expands on the Civil War Sisters: Healing the Wounds of the Nation physical exhibit, located at the Mercy Heritage Center in Belmont, N.C. The Mercy Heritage Center is the National Repository for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The exhibit features historic information about the service of the Sisters of Mercy during the Civil War and the landscape of the United States in the 1860s. It also includes digitized textual and photographic artifacts from the Mercy Heritage Center.”

Visit the exhibit here: Civil War Sisters


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Regional Archival Associations Consortium

Contributed by Daniel Alonzo

Did you know that there are over 50 regional archives groups (Regionals) in the United States? Some, such as the Midwest Archives Conference, represent multiple states over a large geographic area, while others are more narrow in geographic scope, such as the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc., which represents a single city.

Many of these Regionals overlap geographically. For example, if you work in Cleveland you could belong to up to three Regionals.

By virtue of membership overlap, there probably is coordination between groups that share a geographic area. Can the same be said for Regionals of similar size or type across the country?

The Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) fosters communication and collaboration among all Regionals. In 2013, RAAC was formed by inviting each Regional to join, with one representative per association. Representatives from each type of Regional–local, state and multi-state–serve together on one of six subcommittees and have been working  together on a few stated goals.

Making Progress

The Grant Development Subcommittee has compiled grant opportunities by region for a new online resource.

The Education Subcommittee has created a Governance Document Repository compiled from the working documents of Regionals. The Repository provides examples of governing documents such as mission statements, constitutions & bylaws, and guidelines for  advocacy & outreach, event planning, and newsletters & journals.

The Disaster Planning & Recovery Subcommittee has created an online resource that provides information on regional, national, and international disaster planning and recovery resources.

The Directory Subcommittee created a comprehensive list of archives groups in the United States and Canada. The directory makes it easy to see the breadth and scope of the Regional community. The directory includes contact information and a brief snapshot of each Regional’s activities.

The Public Awareness Subcommittee maintains a Facebook page to profile a Regional’s event each month. Beyond simply promoting these events, we hope that archivists will use the page as a catalog of events and programs to borrow from. Public Awareness also facilitates information sharing among Regionals and publicizes the work of the Committee.

With the help of SAA’s Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, the RAAC Advocacy Subcommittee is currently investigating how to best establish formal communication lines through which regionals can report local advocacy issues to SAA and ask for advocacy assistance.

In addition to the work of the subcommittees, co-chair Amanda Focke represents RAAC in the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums. RAAC joins other archival organizations such as SAA and CoSA to represent the archival field on the Coalition, whose purpose is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities.

Future Steps

RAAC seeks to ease the burden of new leadership by providing practical guidance. For the coming year we will focus on education, outreach, grants, disaster planning, and advocacy.

For more information or if you’d like make a suggestion please visit us at,

Please consider attending our meeting at SAA on Wednesday, August 19. Time: TBD.

Daniel Alonzo represents the Archivists of Central Texas in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium and is Chair of the RAAC Public Awareness Subcommittee.

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New military archivist at the State Archives of NC

Contributed by Matthew Peek.

Matthew Peek, the new Military Collections Archivist at the State Archives, is getting the word out about the military archives at the State Archives and is asking the fellow archivists around the state to help spread the word about what is available in them to patrons.  To learn more about the collections, view a brochure about them here.

Matthew M. Peek began in November 2014 as the new Military Collections Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina. Peek is a native of northeast Ohio. He holds a B.A. in History, and Archaeological Studies and Near Eastern Studies minors from Kentucky Christian University; a M.A. in Public History (archival studies emphasis) from Wright State University (Dayton, OH); and is finishing his MLIS Digital Archival Preservation from Kent State University.

Formerly the first corporate archivist for Airstream, Inc., in Ohio, Peek has worked and volunteered for the Ohio Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Greene County (OH) Records Center and Archives in Xenia (OH), Wright State University Special Collections and Archives in Dayton (OH), North Canton Heritage Center in North Canton (OH), and the U.S. Ombudsman Association. Peek comes to the State Archives from the Montana Historical Society, where he worked on CLIR Hidden Collections grant to process the U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections.

Peek is a Certified Archivist (CA) through the Academy of Certified Archivists, and a member of the Northwest Archivists and Society of North Carolina Archivists. He is a self- published historian. He has also researched and written various locally-published histories for several historical societies. Peek has conducted interviews—both formal and informal—with military veterans in Ohio, and has experience researching and writing on the Civil War and WWII.

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Speakers, Schedule & Conference Information

We are very excited about the SNCA 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville, NC this week!


We are delighted to have Wesley Hogan, director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, as the opening plenary speaker on Thursday morning. Her talk is titled “Framing Stories from the Inside-Out: Piloting a Fresh Approach to Collaborating with Groups on the Margin.”

Friday morning’s keynote speaker, Bryan Giemza, is director of the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Titled “Looking Good, On and Off Paper: Generosity, The Southern Historical Collection, and Our Moment” we are looking forward to hearing about ”how the SHC is responding to a changing research landscape and articulating an emerging model for community-driven and -curated projects.”

Conference Schedule & Directions

You can view the SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule and also view the poster session descriptions. For directions to the ECHI, please take a look at the ECHI website. There will be signs on where to park when you arrive. ECHI Event Parking.

Workshop and Tour Information

Workshop and optional ECU Joyner Library tour participants will need a hangtag for their cars to park in the M lots behind Joyner Library and the Mendenhall Student Center (see map below). For those attending the Wednesday workshop and/or tours, 15 minutes prior to your event someone will be standing at the Joyner Library’s book drop at the top of Wendell Smiley Way to hand out the hangtags. You’ll then proceed a little further along that same road to the parking lot.

If you have any delays on Wednesday, we’ll continue to give out parking hangtags at the welcome table in Joyner Library after the workshop and/or tour begins.

If you are staying at the Holiday Inn Express and would prefer a different option, there is a complimentary shuttle to the ECU campus available.

Those attending the Friday afternoon tours can pick up their parking passes at the registration desk during the SNCA conference.

ECU Parking Map


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THATCamp Community Archives at UNC March 21

THATCamp Community Archives is being held on March 21, 2015 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill.  It is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate.  THATCamp Community Archives will create a space for sharing tips, techniques and tools for using technology when working with cultural heritage material. In small-group, hands-on sessions, THATCamp Community Archives will highlight low/no cost, easy-to-use solutions for institutions of all sizes and users of all kinds.  The deadline to register is Friday, March 6.

To learn more, view the flyer and visit

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Registration ends on Monday, March 2nd!

Make sure you register for the 2015 SNCA Annual Conference soon! Registration for the conference and workshop is ending on Monday, March 2nd.

See the SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule, poster session descriptions, and workshop description online.

This year’s conference will include a silent auction, a dessert and drinks reception at the Greenville Museum of Art, and optional tours of ECU’s Joyner Library Special Collections.

You can see all the details of the conference in the SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule.

SNCA is also seeking moderators for panel sessions. If you are interested in serving as a panel session moderator, please fill out this form.

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Call for Moderators- 2015 Annual Conference

SNCA is seeking moderators for the March 12-13, 2015 Annual Conference in Greenville, NC. Moderators will gather bios from presenters, introduce panel presenters, and coordinate any presentation needs for a panel. Moderators are required to register for the conference.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in serving as a panel moderator at the SNCA 2015 Annual Conference.

The SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule,  poster session descriptions, and workshop description are now available!

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SNCA Conference Schedule

The SNCA 2015 Conference Schedule  and poster session descriptions are now available! Conference registration will end March 3rd, 2015. Read more about optional tours of ECU’s Special Collections, a social at Winslow’s on the evening of  Wednesday, March 11th, and the Greenville Museum of Art Reception on the evening of Thursday, March 12th.

Workshop information can be found here.

Hotel Room Block Info: (please note the group price cut-off dates!)

Holiday Inn Express, Greenville, NC ($99 + tax) cut-off date 2/25/2015

  • Book online using this quick link:
  • Book by calling (252) 754-8300 and request Society of North Carolina Archivists

Hilton, Greenville, NC (group rate unavailable) cut-off date 2/11/2015

Register today!

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Meet the SNCA Board Candidates

During the business meeting at the March 12-13 conference in Greenville, members with be electing new officers for all open SNCA board positions.  These are the candidates selected by the Nominating Committee:

Rebecca Peterson, candidate for President
Currently the Public Services Archivst at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (ZSR) at Wake Forest University, my responsibilities include reference, access, outreach, student managament, and instruction. I received my MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University. Prior to becoming Public Servives Archivist, I worked at ZSR as Access Archivist and at the Library of Congress on the Veteran’s History Project and the LOOK Magazine Project. Beginning 2011, I have served on the SNCA board in the capacity of Chair of the Archives Week Committee, and Vice President/Program Chair. Eager to continue my work with SNCA, I am honored to be a candidate for President.

Jolie Braun, candidate for Vice President/Program Chair
I am Assistant Director at the Duke University Medical Center Archives, where I serve as the primary contact for reference and instruction requests, and promote the collections by curating exhibits, identifying materials for digitization, and collaborating with faculty and staff. Before coming to Duke, I worked at Washington University’s Modern Graphic History Library. I received an MLIS from San Jose State University and an MA in English from the University of California, Davis.

Katie Howell, candidate for Secretary
I am the Archivist for Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte where I have worked since August 2011. Previously, I worked as the Reference Archivist for the Austin History Center in Austin, Texas. I received my MSIS with a specialization in archives and records enterprise from the University of Texas at Austin. I also hold a BA in art history from DePaul University in Chicago. I have been a member of SNCA since 2011 and I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in the organization as a member of the Board.

Ann Cooper, candidate for Electronic Resources Chair
I am currently the Electronic Records Research Assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Special Collections Library, a position I’ve held since September of 2013. I also have an MA and a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin and am a former history professor. I have been serving as the interim Electronic Records chair since our previous chair moved out of North Carolina last May.

Kathy Coker, candidate for Development Chair

Winnie Titchener, candidate for Membership Chair
Winnie Titchener has been Associate Archivist at the Biltmore Company (Asheville, NC) since 2012; at Biltmore, she splits her time between manuscript processing and heading the Estate’s growing oral history program. Previously, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Southern Oral History Program in Chapel Hill. Winnie earned a Masters in Library Science degree from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, as well as Bachelors degrees in English Literature and French from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007. She served as Treasurer for the Information and Library Science Student Association at UNC-Chapel Hill and has served in the Society of American Archivists’ mentorship program since 2012, and is enthusiastic about serving the Society of North Carolina Archivists in this role.

Matthew Shangler, candidate for Member at Large
Matt Shangler is currently Head of Technical Services at the Duke Medical Center Archives. Matt earned an MA in Public History from NC State University in 2010 and a BA in History from UNC Greensboro in 2008. As a member of SNCA for the past few years, he is excited to become actively involved in the organization.

Stephanie Bennett, candidate for Member at Large
In January 2015, I joined Wake Forest University’s Special Collections and Archives as Collections Archivist. I am currently herding our collections around, as well as supporting aspects of outreach, digital initiatives, and digital preservation. Previously, I was a Project Archivist at Iowa State University, focusing on unprocessed congressional collections, and an Archives Assistant at Boston College, where I processed Boston-area materials. I received a M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University. I am an enthusiastic member of New England Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and the Society of American Archivists and am excited to return to NC and join the robust archives community here!

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