NARA Philadelphia access

Good news, everyone!

The National Archives at Philadelphia is now fully open for researchers at our new facility – 14700 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 – from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday – Friday. There is plenty of free parking; and limited bus service on SEPTA’s Routes 1 and 14 (look for the buses going to Byberry East Industrial Park).

Please note — there are no NARA services or staff at the former Market Street / Chestnut Street facility.

C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award

There’s only one week left to nominate a recent publication for MARAC’s C. Herbert Finch Online Publishing Award!


The C. Herbert Finch Online Publication Award was established to honor the memory of C. Herbert Finch, former Assistant Director of Cornell University Libraries, who died on April 27, 2005.

The Finding Aids Award Committee will award a prize honoring online publications, including virtual exhibitions, web sites and web pages devoted to the promotion and use of archival materials, created by individuals or institutions in the MARAC region: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Call for Submissions
The Finding Aids Award Committee will accept submissions or nominations for the C. Herbert Finch Award. An online publication that is primarily a finding aid is not eligible for the Finch Award but may be nominated for the Finding Aids Award. To be eligible for the Finch Award, an online publication must have a stable internet address and must have been published between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

The committee encourages the submission of entries that use a variety of media. Submissions are judged on content, navigability, usability, functionality, and site design. One award will be given with a maximum value of $250.00. The 2015 award will be announced at the MARAC Fall 2015 conference.

Submission Deadline
Entries must be received by July 31, 2015. Please e-mail URLs for each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Finding Aids Award Committee: Maureen Callahan, maureen[dot]callahan[at]yale[dot]edu

Fedora Interest Group

Attention archivists with digital repositories!

There’s been a call for a local Fedora Interest Group in the Philadelphia area. This would be a meet-up for GLAM-types who¬†are using Fedora — or are thinking about using it– with Islandora, Hydra, or another front-end option.

As added incentive, it’s likely that these meet-ups would include presentations and workshops from David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager, and Andrew Woods, the Technical Lead for Fedora.

Comment here or contact Scott Ziegler at sziegler[at]amphilsoc[dot]org with any questions, comments, displays of enthusiasm or general thoughts.

Call for Proposals for MARAC Spring 2016

Call for Proposals Announcement
The Program Committee is now accepting session proposals for the Spring 2016 meeting to be held April 14-16, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference theme is Archival Confluence: Connecting Theory and Practice. Please visit the following Google form for more information and to submit session proposals:
Proposals will be accepted until July 10, 2015.

Contact PC co-chairs Emily R. Cottle, or Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, with questions.