FROM THE CAUCUS REPRESENTATIVE
This is the first issue
of The Quarterly, a newsletter with an entirely unoriginal name
typed out on a completely unoriginal format, and dedicated to keeping
members of the DC Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
(MARAC) aware of the varied activities of the Caucus via the United
States Postal Service.
My name is Jim Cassedy
and, as new Representative (Rep ) of the DC Caucus, I have the dubious
distinction of trying to follow the outstanding example set by previous
Representatives (Reps ), most recently by Ms. Susan McElrath. I’ll
During the upcoming year
or two, I hope that the Caucus will continue to have regular Meetings,
and continue its annual Archives Week events and other activities
so notably begun, and continued, by Susan McElrath and other Caucus
colleagues. We also wish to strengthen our ties with other Archival
organizations in the DC area.
I also hope to strengthen
our ability to communicate with one another, particularly electronically.
The Caucus has moved forward on three fronts in this arena. Through
the good efforts of Cheryl Stadel-Bevans, we now have the infrastructure
with which to operate a DC Caucus List Serve. This List Serve is
voluntary. In order to join this listserve, you need to send a
message to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the message "subscribe YourName". Each new addition
needs to be "approved" as it is a closed list. Cheryl
has very kindly agreed to serve as list "supervisor,"
and I will serve as the back up.
Secondly, I set up an
electronic mailing list for official use. I obtained the e-mail
addresses from the MARAC Directory, and have attempted to supplement
it using other resources. There are a few who have probably not
received my previous e-mail messages, which have served as an introduction
to upcoming DC Caucus activities, as well as our electronic communication
work. If you have not received any electronic mail messages from
me, and you wish to receive these messages, please contact me at
telephone me at 301-713-7110, ext. 258. On the other hand, should
you not wish to receive e-mails from me in the future, please contact
me, and I will be happy to remove you from my list.
Generally, I will not
send out third party messages to my DC Caucus mail list. I wish
to limit the number of messages I send to the membership of DC Caucus,
and I think the listserve is an opportune way to limit other messages
to those who wish to receive them.
Finally, DC Caucus is
in the early stages of setting up a web page i.e. we have a server
and an address - www.dcarchivists.org.
If you check out the
web page too quickly, you will find nothing there, but please do
so from time to time. I’m hoping to take advantage of the talents
of others to create a good web site, and I’d certainly be interested
Speaking of volunteers.
I have found that organizations work best with the multifaceted
talents of all members, and this includes the DC Caucus of MARAC.
Several individuals have kindly volunteered their time some of whom
are noted in this edition of The Quarterly, and others who have
volunteered but who have not yet been contacted but will be. Soon.
In the future, I hope
that this newsletter might have more than one contributor. If you
are interested in lending assistance, including writing articles
for or editing the newsletter, please contact me. All the Best,
DC Caucus Meeting
July 27, 2000
The next Quarterly Meeting
of the DC Caucus of MARAC is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2000,
at the National Archives Building, 7th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington,
DC, in Room 105, from 3:45pm to 5:15 pm. The National Archives Assembly
and the DC Caucus are co-sponsoring a presentation by Mr. Rick Blondo
on the renovation of Archives I. There will also be a brief business
meeting during which we may discuss plans for Archives Week (October
9 - 13, 2000), other possible meetings of the DC Caucus, possible
recruitment activities, and possible archival workshops.
Archives Week Activities
As part of the events scheduled
for Archives Week, the DC Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives
Conference will host its third annual Archives Fair. The Fair will
take place on Thursday October 12, 2000 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center. The DC Caucus invites interested
organizations and repositories from the Metropolitan Washington, DC
area to display literature, exhibits, etc. There is no charge for
participating. Archives which are unable to send a representative
may provide literature for distribution, however active participation
is strongly encouraged. To learn more about the Archives Fair, please
contact Susan McElrath at (202) 786-2513 or email@example.com
or Kristine Kaske at (202) 357-3133 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
In addition to the Archives Fair, the DC Caucus is sponsoring a Teachers
Workshop, Archives and Archival Research 101. Designed to
introduce teachers to primary sources and archives. The workshop
is scheduled for Saturday October 14, 2000, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00
p.m., and will be held at the National Digital Library Visitor Center,
Library of Congress. Our colleagues, Susan McElrath, Kristine Kaske,
La Nina Clayton, Jennie Guilbaud, Heather Moore, Susan Malbin, Faye
Haskins, Peggy Appleman, Mychalene Giampaoli Danna Bell-Russel, and
Gail R. Redmann (if I’ve forgotten anyone, profuse apologies!) deserve
the thanks of DC Caucus for their activities which serve to strengthen
the D.C. archival community. Many Thanks!
DC History Day First
Hand Contest Winner
The first winner of the
DC History Day First Hand Award is Alex Buchner, an 8th
grade student from Alice Deal Junior High School. He received a $15.00
gift certificate to the National Archives and Records Administration
Store. Sponsored by the National Archives Assembly and the DC Caucus
of the Mid-Atlantic Archives Conference, The First Hand Award:
Creative Uses of Primary Sources is given to a local DC participant
in the entry levels of the History Day National Contest. Award winners
do not move onto the next level of the History Day competitions.
Award winning contest entries must incorporate primary sources into
their presentation in a creative manner. Alex’s History Day Entry,
Concrete Wall Built to Fall, focused on the Berlin Wall and
the significance of its fall. -Jennie Guilbaud-
Arline Custer Memorial
The award recognizes
the best books, articles, and exhibition catalogues published by
MARAC members and individuals and institutions in DC, DE, MD, NJ,
NY, PA, VA, and WV. Individuals or institutions may submit up to
two works which were published between July 1, 1999, and June 30,
2000. Submissions must be received by August 31, 2000. If you desire
to nominate a publication, please send two copies of each submission
to: Larry Baume, 5805 Taylor Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737. Questions?
Please call Larry at 301/713-7110 ext. 234, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Next Meeting of the
MARAC Steering Committee
The next meeting of the
MARAC Steering Committee is Friday, July 28, 2000. If you have
issues to be raised, please contact Jim Cassedy.
The Maryland Caucus, led
by Ms. Mary Mannix, is attempting to organize a visit to the Calvert
Maritime Museum in Solomon’s Island, Maryland, with a possible side
trip to the nearby Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum. The Caucus
is aiming for a September visit, and has invited members of the DC
Caucus to attend. Stay tuned for additional news.
Your Rep has just received
his MARAC membership renewal form for 2000 - 2001. Have you? If
you haven’t received the form, let me know, and I’ll try to help out.
If you have received the membership renewal form, please fill it out,
and return that bad boy with a check.
The buck stops with your
If you have suggestions,
complaints, wish to volunteer, etc. please contact:
DC Caucus Representative, MARAC
National Archives and Records Administration
5400 40th Avenue Hyattsville, MD
20781 301-713-7110, ext. 258