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"Reflection of Mt. McKinley on Wonder Lake in Denali National Park, Alaska, circa 1988." Randy Brandon Collection, Anchorage Museum, B2016.019.06458.036.04.04.
"Bridge across Hess Creek Canyon, leading the the Hartley house, circa 1885." George Fox University Photographs. GFU.01.09. George Fox University Archives. Murdock Library. George Fox University.
Unknown, "Students in Airplane, 1946." Linfield College Archives Photograph Collection. Image. Submission 113.
"Dr. Henry Fielding Reed leading a Mazama party down the soon-to-be-named Reed Glacier on Mount Hood, 1901." Mazama Library and Historical Collections, VM1993.020 Mt Hood, 1901.
Oregon Metro Archives.
"Deputy Seth Davidson rides his motorcycle up Beacon Rock on March 18, 1930. From the records of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office." Multnomah County Archives.
"Mount Hood from Lost Lake, circa 1910." Kiser Photo Co. photographs, Org. Lot 140, bb000223, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
“University of Oregon Medical School football team, 1894,” OHSU Digital Commons, accessed August 16, 2018.
"Old Fort Road Campus, circa 1950s," University Archives, Oregon Institute of Technology.
"Belle Bloom Gevurtz, Sarah Goodman, Ophelia Goodman, Helen Goodman, Lillian Heldfond, and Ann Zaik at Cannon Beach, circa 1914," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM2996.
"Men repairing the dome of Congregation Beth Israel building on NW Flanders St., designed in 1925 by Herman Brookman, 1981," Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, OJM9966.
"View of OAC from Lower Campus, 1909." Oregon State University Archives and Special Collections.
"Woman with Child, n.d.," C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana. Joseph Henry Sharp Photograph Collection.
"Green Lake Park, 1985." Seattle Arts Commission. [Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs]. Seattle Municipal Archives.
"Aerial view of Century 21 World's Fair, 1962." City Light Negatives, Seattle Municipal Archives.
"PH037_b089_S00208," Angelus Studio photographs, 1880s-1940s, University of Oregon. Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives.
"Students studying in the library, University of Washington, circa 1908-1909," Arthur Dean University of Washington Photograph Album, PH Coll 903, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.
Asahel Curtis, "Forest ranger cabin in the Olympic National Forest in the Elwha Valley, 1924." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Stacking alfalfa hay near Grandview, circa 1925." Conservation Department, Planning and Development division, Lantern Slide Shows, Washington State Archives.
"Inauguration of Governor Ferry, November 11, 1889." Rogers (photographer), Inauguration of Governor Ferry Photographs, 1889, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.
Asahel Curtis, "Yakima Pears." Washington State Library collection of photographs by Asahel Curtis, circa 1920-1940 (MS 0544-29).
"Student in Professor Frank Chalfant's Phonetics Laboratory," 1912. The lab was an early precursor to today's Foreign Language Lab. Washington State University Lantern Slides collection.
Bill Phillips, "Wheel Shop employees in Livingston during the last days of Livingston BN Shops," Park County." Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

News & announcements

  • 12 Jan 2024 10:31 AM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    The Northwest Archivists 2024 Program Committee welcomes poster proposals in broad support of the Annual Meeting theme Seeking Balance: Sustainability and Adaptation. The conference will be held in Spokane, Washington, May 8-10, 2024. The theme recognizes the 50th anniversary of Expo ‘74, Spokane’s World’s Fair, the first such exposition to focus on the environment. This theme invites consideration of how issues related to the environment, sustainability and adaptation intersect with archives and allied professions. Students, new professionals, first time presenters, and those in allied professions are encouraged to submit proposals.

    Posters can be used to convey a variety of outcomes and ideas related to practice, theory, or research. Examples include - but are not limited to - summarizing an internship project, highlighting a workflow, demonstrating the use of a tool or technology, conveying an outreach or advocacy strategy, getting feedback about projects in progress, or sharing research findings.

    Submit your proposal using the 2024 Poster Proposal Form.

    Proposals will be evaluated on clarity, originality, relevance to the field, and relation to the annual meeting theme.

    Deadline for proposals is March 1, 2024. Notification will be made the week of March 11.

    Questions? Email Program Committee chair Ben Murphy: murphybp@uoregon.edu


    Members of the Program Committee

    Terry Badger

    Becky Butler

    River Freemont (Native American Collections Roundtable)

    Alisha Graefe

    Anna Harbine (local arrangements)

    Libby Hopfauf

    Heather Mulliner

    Ben Murphy (chair)

    Sara Szobody

    Jennifer Vanoni

  • 27 Dec 2023 9:08 AM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    In 2024, AkLA and PNLA will hold a joint conference in Juneau, AK from August 1-4. The conference committee is putting out the call for proposals early so that presenters and attendees can make travel arrangements and reserve hotel rooms before everything gets filled up for the very busy summer tourist season. The conference theme is “Stronger Together: Amplifying Voices, Strengthening Communities”. Please consider submitting a proposal.


    Proposals are due by January 15, 2024, and the program committee plans to notify proposers by mid-February. Please contact program committee co-chairs Sara Saxton (ssaxton@cityofwasilla.gov) and Claire Imamura (claire.imamura@sos.wa.gov) with questions. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

    Here’s the link to the proposal form:


  • 11 Dec 2023 12:18 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession.  The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.  The scholarship was established by the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church and named for Josephine Forman, archivist for 18 years of the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.


    The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000.  Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.  Also included is complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting in the year in which the scholarship is received.


    • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.
    • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.*
    • The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree or multi-course program at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).
    • The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award.  Otherwise the award will be rescinded.
    • Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.

    *The graduate program or multi-course program must offer at least three courses in archival science or be listed in the current SAA Directory of Archival Education.  The applicant must provide proof of the three-course standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current course catalog.



    For further details and application information please visit: http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-forman


    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2024.





    The Josephine Forman Scholarship Subcommittee

    Elizabeth Wilkinson (Chair), Southern Connecticut State University

    Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff, United Methodist Church Archives

    Carrie Schwier, Indiana University Bloomington

    Lara Taylor, Mississippi State University

  • 08 Dec 2023 3:55 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    The NWA Program Committee has decided to extend the deadline for session proposals to Friday, December 15 at 11:59pm. If you have been on the fence about submitting a proposal, we encourage you to do so! You can read the full call for proposals on the Annual Meeting website. As a reminder, this year we are accepting panel proposals, submitted as a group, and case study proposals, which are submitted individually. If you would like to find collaborators to form a panel, you can use our panel collaboration spreadsheet. If you have an idea to present on your own, you can submit a case study proposal and we will pair you with other presenters. 

    Do you have questions? Do you have an idea but aren't sure how it fits? If so, email program committee chair Ben Murphy: murphybp@uoregon.edu.

  • 07 Dec 2023 2:22 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    MAC is soliciting applications for the 2024 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color (http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley). The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession. Two $1,500 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded.  


    To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African/African American, American Indian/Indigenous, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian/Asian American, Latinx, or Pacific Islander descent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. 


    Applications are due March 1, 2024 and must include the following documents: 


    • Completed application form, available at http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley 
    • Current resume that includes education, work history, involvement in campus or community organizations, membership in professional organizations, and any honors or awards received 
    • Transcript from the applicant’s most recent academic program (unofficial transcript will be accepted) 
    • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant’s interests and future goals in archival administration 
    • One letter of recommendation (may be submitted separately by recommender). 

    Completed applications should be sent to: 


    Jolie Braun 

    Curator of Modern Literature & Manuscripts 

    The Ohio State University 



    Applications must be received by March 1, 2024.  

    Awards will be announced no later than June 3, 2024.  

  • 28 Nov 2023 2:12 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    The Society of Southwest Archivists will host its virtual annual meeting from May 1st through May 3rd, 2024. Although we have no physical, in-person space in which to meet, we still have the opportunity to share our work virtually from our own communities, workplaces, and homes. The theme this year is “DO NOT DEPLETE: Creating Sustainable Solutions in LAMs”. This theme emphasizes sustainability in all its many forms. There are four main areas of sustainability - Human, Social, Economic, and Environmental - all of which are reflected in the archival and archives-adjacent professions.    

    All sessions will be held virtually, and will be recorded.   

    Session proposals are welcome on any subject, training, or topic relevant to the archives and records management professions. Proposals will be evaluated on the completeness of the description, the originality of the topic, and the diversity of speakers. In addition, the Program Committee will prioritize submissions not only focusing on sustainability, but also those with a strong equity, diversity, and inclusion components.   

    We also encourage proposal submissions from non-SSA members and those located outside of the Southwest. However, please note that conference registration is required for those whose proposals are accepted.    

    The deadline for submission is December 1st, 2023.   

    Specific areas of member interest include:    

    • Community-based archives and post-custodial collections   
    • Indigenous archives   
    • Integrating archives   
    • Collaboration and breaking the silos   
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion   
    • Accessibility   
    • Hybridity   
    • Ethics and social responsibility   
    • Reparative archival work   
    • Technology in the archives   


    The Program Committee invites submissions in the following formats:   

    Panel Discussion

    A traditional session with three to five speakers, each giving 15-20 minute presentations on a single theory or perspective on a given topic, followed by time for questions. Prepared papers are not required. The Moderator/Chair is usually one of the speakers.   

    Roundtable Discussion
    Less formal than a Panel Discussion, a Roundtable session consists of one to three presentations of 10 minutes each that describe a theory, issue, or initiative followed by small group discussions where participants and speakers share ideas. A session Chair is not required. 

    Lightning Talks
    A large panel of eight to ten speakers that deliver 5 minute talks on a common theme or issue, keeping a lively pace and sharing relevant take-away ideas. A session Chair is required to compile presentation materials and maintain the time schedule. 

    Skills Training
    Are you a whiz at making phase boxes? Do you have advanced Excel skills or other technical expertise? Share your skills with other members in a mini-workshop setting. Focus on one or two skills that can be shared in a 60 or 90-minute session. Skills Training sessions can have one or two speakers, and a moderator to assist with materials. Proposals should include details of the speaker’s relevant experience or training. 

    Lunch Meeting/Discussion
    Are you part of a state or local archival organization that would like to meet up at SSA? Use this form to let us know! Want to start a book club or a study group? Get your special interest in the program to reach more potential members. 

    Please click here to submit your proposal.    

    Have a session idea and are looking for other like-minded souls? The Program Committee has created a 2024 Proposal Connector spreadsheet to facilitate collaboration and the creation of joint proposals among old and new colleagues across the region.   


    Thank you,   

    Perla Camacho-Cedillo

    Reference Librarian | Angleton Branch

    Brazoria County Library System

    401 E Cedar Angleton, TX 77515



  • 09 Nov 2023 1:28 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    Are you a Certified Archivist or interested in becoming one? Join ACA Board members and ask anything about the certification and recertification processes, the organization, or other archives-related questions. This is an informal event open to members and non-members for you to ask questions and learn more about ACA. The Zoom meeting link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88372620012?pwd=WW9UTDJUVTJKYlBSMXp5WHB6QTNPdz09,

    Meeting ID: 883 7262 0012, Passcode: 557770.

    Please share this event with other archivists! It is open to non-members.

    Questions? Contact Julia Stringfellow, Regent for Member Services, memberservices@certifiedarchivists.org.


    We hope to see you there!


    Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA)
    230 Washington Avenue Extension, Suite 101
    Albany, NY 12203
    Phone: (518) 694-8471

  • 31 Oct 2023 4:02 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) and the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS) at Western Washington University are now accepting applications for the 2024 James W. Scott Research Fellowships, established to promote awareness and use of archival collections at Western and to forward scholarly understandings of the Pacific Northwest. Up to $1000 in funding is available to scholars who propose to undertake significant research using archival holdings at CPNWS on Western’s campus. Applications are accepted from individuals currently engaged in doctoral programs as well as individuals who have finished the Ph.D.

    Scott Fellowships have supported a wide range of research topics including: settler violence and colonialism, and past, present, and future approaches to teaching local and regional history; sense of place as it relates to communities, policy, and planning; the development of state and national political party platforms from 1960 to the present; environmental history and cleanliness in 20th century America; the 1930s “Red Scare” and local/national anti-Communist, “super-patriot” trends; the role of media culture in creating a “local” identity during the 1930s-1960s; women’s roles in anti-nuclear protest; and the history of audio-visual media production in the region. More information about candidate qualifications and application requirements is available on the A&SC website.

    Applications are due by January 31, 2024 with award announcement expected by the end of February 2024. We are hoping to spread the word about the availability of this year’s funding and draw as many qualified applicants as possible.

  • 24 Oct 2023 2:59 PM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    See the full details, and the Submission Form, on the Annual Meeting Page

    Conference Overview 

    Northwest Archivists’ 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in Spokane, Washington, from May 8-10. In 2024, the Spokane community will observe and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo ‘74, Spokane’s World’s Fair, the first such exposition to focus on the environment. Taking inspiration from the Fair, our theme is Seeking Balance: Sustainability and Adaptation. This theme invites consideration of how issues related to the environment, sustainability and adaptation intersect with archives and allied professions. While we seek balance, we are frequently required to adapt and react to changing circumstances. We must also be responsive to the changing climate, to different resource allocations, to new staffing models, and much, much more. 

    Session Proposals 

    The Program Committee is seeking Session Proposals related to all aspects of archival practice, theory or research that is broadly related to the theme. Any and all ideas are welcome! We especially invite those in allied professions as well as graduate and undergraduate students to participate. 

    Session Formats

    In your proposal you will be asked to indicate the format of your session. With the exception of workshops, all sessions will be 60 minutes. 

    • Panel Session: Two to four speakers present together in a 60 minute session on a common theme. This may include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce the speakers and topic. Panelists may choose to engage in questions or dialogue with attendees. Panel Sessions must be submitted as a group. You may use the Panel Collaboration Spreadsheet to find interested folks to partner with on a panel. 
    • Case Studies: three to five speakers present individually in a 60 minute session on topics focused on recent projects, workflows, ideas, problems, or other topics related to their work. Case Study presentations are shorter than the standard presentation (around 10 minutes for each speaker) and designed to serve as examples of archival theory in practice. Case Studies must be submitted individually and will be combined by the Program Committee. 
    • Poster Session: One or two presenters design and present a poster based on research related to archives or allied fields. Note: poster submissions will have a later deadline in Spring 2024, with the deadline and submission form to-be-announced. 
    • Workshop: Consists of a full-day (8 hours), half-day (4 hours), 60 minute or 120 minute session. Two to four workshop leaders will design a lesson plan to teach about an archival topic, practice, program, technology, technique, lesson plan, or software. The lesson plan may be followed by smaller breakout or hands-on sessions to try things out. Note: full or half-day workshops must be pre-conference workshops held on Wednesday, May 8, and there will be a limited number of pre-conference workshop proposals accepted. 120 minute sessions will be held in two consecutive 60 minute slots during the conference. 
    • Alternative Format. Propose a format that best fits your topic! In your proposal, provide enough information for the evaluators to understand both the format and how the format will support the topic or presentation of the material. Additionally, include how much time the format requires.


    Session proposals for the NWA 2024 Annual Meeting are due on Friday, December 8 by 11:59pm Pacific Time. Acceptances will be communicated to presenters in January 2024. Submission Form. 

    Poster proposals will be due at a to-be-announced date in Spring 2024. 

    If you have any questions, email Program Committee chair Ben Murphy: murphybp@uoregon.edu 

    Program Committee Members 

    • Terry Badger 
    • Becky Butler 
    • River Freemont 
    • Alisha Graefe 
    • Anna Harbine (local arrangements) 
    • Libby Hopfauf 
    • Heather Mulliner 
    • Ben Murphy (chair) 
    • Stephanie Plowman (local arrangements) 
    • Sara Szobdy 
    • Jennifer Vanoni

  • 22 Sep 2023 7:54 AM | Melissa Pomeroy (Administrator)

    This November, Join Us in Seattle for Three Inspiring Workshops 

    The Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, in partnership with the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is thrilled to announce a series of SAA workshops taking place this fall in Seattle, Washington.


    Workshop Details 

    Arrangement and Description Fundamentals | November 13–14

    Instructors: Pam Hackbart-Dean and Anne Ostendarp

    Dive into the core principles, concepts, and tools archivists use to establish control over archival records. This workshop counts towards the A&D certification program.

    Learn More & Register: https://mysaa.archivists.org/nc__event?id=a0l5a00000GKGARAA5


    Implementing "More Product, Less Process" | November 15

    Instructor: Dennis Meissner

    Learn practical strategies to increase processing rates and reduce backlogs. This workshop counts towards the A&D certification program.

    Learn More & Register: https://mysaa.archivists.org/nc__event?id=a0l5a00000GKGAbAAP


    Managing Digital Records in Archives and Special Collections | November 16

    Instructor: Seth Shaw

    Gain essential skills to manage digital records in archives and special collections. This workshop counts towards the DAS certificate program.

    Learn More & Register: https://mysaa.archivists.org/nc__event?id=a0l5a00000GKGAWAA5


    Funding Opportunities 

    Calling All Archivists and Students! If you are a member of Northwest Archivists, consider applying for a scholarship to support your attendance at these workshops:

    Professional Development Scholarship

    If you're a practicing professional, seize the chance to boost your skills.

    Apply Here: https://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/profdevsch...

     Student Scholarship

    For students eager to delve into the world of archiving, there's a scholarship tailored just for you.

    Apply Here: https://northwestarchivistsinc.wildapricot.org/studentsch...

    Don't miss this incredible opportunity to enhance your archival knowledge and skills. Join us this November in Seattle for these enriching SAA workshops. Reserve your spot today!


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