• November 03, 2022 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society of California Archivists (SCA) invites submissions of session proposals for our 2023 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in-person from April 6-8, 2023 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

    Next year's theme, History by the People, can be broadly interpreted, expanding on the scope of who “the people” are. We aim to include a broad and diverse range of sessions and topics. Possible session topics could include:

    - Archives and collaborative work within a community

    - Archives as authority and how it relates to power imbalances, privilege, and colonial practices

    - Advocacy initiatives

    - Considerations on the operational costs of stewardship

    - Digital projects involving community archives

    - Inclusivity and reparative work

    - Labor issues

    Other aspects of archival practice and research are also welcomed.

    First-time presenters, current graduate students, early-career professionals, solo archivists, community members, and other individuals who work with archival materials in less traditional or unconventional roles are encouraged to submit a proposal. We welcome proposals from archivists and memory workers at all stages of their career.

    In an effort to be more intentionally inclusive of underrepresented voices in discussions centered around community archives, non-traditional archives and/or memory projects, a limited number of stipends will be available to support the participation of community archivists and memory workers. Please see  eligibility criteria... 


    Or if you have a session topic in mind and want to reach out to possible co-presenters, feel free to use this AGM Session Idea Sheet to help make connections

    The deadline for proposals is  Monday, December 5, 2022 (11:59p PT)

    We look forward to seeing your proposals and to seeing you in Sacramento!


    The 2023 SCA-AGM Program Committee

  • October 25, 2022 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The SCA newsletter is seeking articles and notices about your activities and accomplishments for the Winter issue. The newsletter relies entirely on submissions from community members, so please share your news with the California archives community.

    We all enjoy reading what members of our community are up to. How about an article on newly processed collections, new acquisitions, your institution's response to the challenging budget environment, grants received, or an ongoing project? Or you might consider a short notice on upcoming events, exhibit openings, new hires, student activities, internship opportunities, or workshops? Have you read a great book that other archivists might find interesting? How about submitting a short review of it?

    Submissions on any topics of interest to the California archives community are welcome. We would love to have short news and events items from repositories and archivists throughout the state.

    Format for submissions: All articles and items submitted for consideration should be delivered via email attachment. Be sure to include the author's name, repository name, location, and contact information at the end of your article. Please attach any images separately as JPG or PDF files and include the caption for each image in the article document file.

    Please review all submission guidelines online. 

    The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 25, 2022. Email your submissions to newsletter@calarchivists.org. Be sure to include your repository name, location, and contact information.

    For more information, please contact the newsletter editors at newsletter@calarchivists.org.

    Thank you for sharing!


    The SCA Newsletter team


    Sue Luftschein

    Marissa Friedman

    Sue Tyson

    Shaula Stephenson

    Editors, SCA Newsletter


  • October 19, 2022 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Increasing Access: Transforming Physical Archive Inventory into Online Learning Resources

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

    Webinar Description:

    This webinar is a step-by-step exploration of Beckman Foundation’s “Let’s Learn Science” online learning resources project, developed for middle school students. The six-month project utilized historical documents and images from the institution’s archive in conjunction with objects from its small museum exhibit to highlight the contributions of 20th century scientific instrumentation pioneer, Dr. Arnold O. Beckman. The aims of the project were to generate awareness of grade-specific science concepts and spark interest in future science careers by increasing accessibility to archive and museum collections and widening the audience for the materials. The deliverables of the project included a range of resources in both English and Spanish that could be retrieved online by public, private, and home school students and teachers.

    The cost is $10 for SCA members; $5 for student members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for unemployed or precariously employed individuals. 


    Kaerie Ray is a Senior Program Officer at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, a role that engages her in both grants management and archive responsibilities. She earned her MBA degree from WGU and holds professional certificates in both Museum Studies and Curation from Northwestern University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, respectively. She curated the Arnold O. Beckman at Work (2022) special installation for the Revolutionary Tools Exhibit at Beckman Center and published A Quick Start Social Media Primer for Early Career Archivists (2022). Upcoming projects include a case study on Small Space Visual Storytelling with Impact, digital archive showcase for A Semi-Centennial Celebration, and an article on Curating Trios.

    Registration is open until December 6. Online payment is required.

    • Questions about your membership? Contact Alix Norton
    • Questions about Registration? Contact Sandy Enriquez
    • Problems with your credit card payment? Need to request a refund involving credit card or PayPal? Contact Lara Michele

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