Global Notes – July 15, 2018

SAA News

* Voting for the 2018 Election is open until July 17th, 2018.

 * July 13, 2018--The SAA Executive Committee agreed to sign on to a letter, drafted by, calling on Congress to immediately investigate the administration’s records management practices relating to the “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family reunification efforts. As noted in the letter, “Only by exercising its authority can Congress begin to remedy the secrecy and confusion rampant in the immigration detention system, starting by investigating the record keeping practices and demanding maximum disclosure of information to the public in accordance with the law.” Read the full letter here.

In a separate press release, noted, “To increase access to information on this issue, Open the Government and the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) are also filing a Freedom of Information Act request calling for the disclosure of all policy guidance relating to the handling of records by border agents, implementation of the zero-tolerance policy, and the administration’s family reunification plan (read the FOIA here). The request asks for expedited processing, citing the urgent need to provide information to family members, advocates, and lawyers working to ensure the separated children see their parents again.”
See the full news release here. 

* SAA Letter to the NYT Editor: Migrant Family Records (July 10, 2017). See the news release on the SAA website.

Weekly News roundup:

* ICA HRWG News 2018-06 has been published. The Newsletter includes a commentary on the archival needs for special courts. Here is an excerpt:

“The creation of special courts illustrates the caboose nature of archives: archivists do not drive the establishment of establish special courts, but once established, archives must deal with the records: courtroom transcripts, evidence, audiovisual products, records of prosecutors, chambers, registry, witness protection, and the deliberations of judges (see, for example, the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on the records of its deliberations in HRWG News 2018-05). And archivists usually have no say in whether the records are sent to the national archives, to the archives of the regular court system, or to a special body for at least a temporary period. But as the train of litigation moves forward, archivists must be along for the ride.” 

 * This year’s ICA meeting will be held November 27-28 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. ICA has put together a FAQ on the conference. Please note the statement that the ICA just published in light of recent news reports (for example in the New York Times on July 12, 2018 and June 28, 2018) about the security situation there. (July 18, 2018).

(Editorial note: We have updated the previous version of this posting, which merely included links to the news stories about the political situation in Cameroon without providing context, to provide additional context on the ICA perspective. We also added the link to the ICA statement on July 18, 2018. )

Announcements and Calls:

* Refugee Rights in Records Symposium, University College Dublin, August 9, 2018

A one-day Symposium on Refugee Rights organized by Dr. Elizabeth Mullins in association with the Refugee Rights in Records research project (Anne Gilliland, University of California, Los Angeles and James Lowry, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies) will be held at the School of History, University College Dublin on August 9, 2018.

Please go to to register. Registration is free. Further information about the program can be found below.


Thu 9 August 2018

10:00 – 16:30 IST


School of History Seminar Room K114

Newman Building

University College Dublin


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In late 2016 the United Nations (UN) estimated that the numbers of forcibly
displaced persons had exceeded more than 65.6 million people
worldwide. Displacement
crises raise complex interacting issues about nation-states, laws, borders,
human rights, citizenship and identity, security, resource allocation and
information and communication technologies (ICT). Integral to this
complexity, documentation and particularly official records are pervasive
and fundamental yet somehow rarely conspicuous.

The symposium will bring together speakers from a range of backgrounds:
people with experience of coming to Ireland as refugees and asylum seekers,
those who assist and advocate for them and record keepers and archivists
who manage the official records of the process. This event is one of a
series of workshops taking place across the globe in 2018 to highlight the
issues linked to rights in records for refugees and asylum seekers.

Programme of Speakers
9.45am: Welcome
Session 1: Coming to Ireland as a Refugee: Experiences with Records and
10.00: Captain Daniel Ayiotis, Irish Military Archives, ‘The Developing
Archival Heritage of Asylum Seekers in the Republic of Ireland.’
10.20: Lassane Ouedraogo, ‘Experiences with State Records.’
10.40: Vukašin Nedeljković, Dublin City University, ‘Creating the Asylum
11.20: Coffee Break
Session 2: Helping Refugees establish Rights in Records: Challenges and
11.40: Colin Lenihan, Immigrant Council of Ireland: ‘Barriers to Proving
Identity in the Irish Immigration System.’
12.00: Noeleen Healy, Legal Aid Board: ‘A Refugee’s Personal Data Rights.’
12.20: Phillipa Metcalfe, University of Cardiff, ‘Data Justice: Towards an
Understanding of Digital Borders and Datafied Identities.’
12.50: Lunch
Session 3: The historic role of archives in addressing refugee crises
2.00: Graham Jackson, Public Record Office Northern Ireland, ‘Refugee
Records at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.’
2.20: National Archives, Ireland speaker: ‘Refugee Records at the National
Archives, Ireland.’
2.40: Deirdre Mulrooney, Out There Productions, ‘Unearthing the Bohemian
Refugee Narrative of Erina Brady at Cathal Brugha Barracks.’
3.15: Comfort Break
3.30: Professor Anne Gilliland, UCLA, and James Lowry, University of
Liverpool, ‘Reflecting on Refugee Rights in Records’.


* “Cooperation as Opportunity. Historical Documents, Research and Society in the Digital Era” – ICARUS Meeting #22 | co:op convention | 24-26 September 2018 | Naples (IT),


* Registration is now open for the Second Workshop on Scientific Archives!

The Second Workshop on Scientific Archives seeks to bring together archivists, data curators, historians, scientists, engineers, and others to explore topics related to the contemporary archives of science and technology. The First Workshop on Scientific Archives was hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg (DE), 1-2 November 2016.

Dates: August 13-14, 2018,  Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005):

Organized by: Committee on the Contemporary Archives of Science and Technology (C-CAST) of the International Council on Archives/Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA/SUV)

More information and registration:

View the preliminary program here:

* CFP: Economic Activities and Archival Practices in Europe between the 12th and the 21st century – Hamburg 04/19, Deadline: 30.09.2018,


Global Notes – June 29, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

SAA annual meeting 2018

We will hold this year’s annual meeting of the International Archival Section jointly with the Latin American and Caribbean Heritage Archives Section in the Marriott Wardman Park conference hotel on Friday, August 17, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.

We will announce election results, report on our activities in the previous year, and hear from two visiting international speakers, one from each section. And LACCHA is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! It promises to be a rewarding session!

More information can be found on our microsite.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on August 17th!


IAAS elections 2018

We are holding elections for two open positions this year:

  •   Junior co-chair – Two-year term (one year as junior co-chair, and one year as senior co-chair)
  •   Member-at-large – Three-year term

Please read the candidates’ statements and biographical sketches at the Elections 2018 webpage on our microsite, and then vote for one candidate for each position. Eligible members were sent unique links to the ballots via Survey Monkey. Ballots will remain open until July 17, 2018.

Thank you for voting in this year’s election!

IAAS Steering Committee


Diversity of Data: Resource Description & Access in the international context – one-day conference is organized by the RDA Board and will be held on 23 August 2018 at the National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

– 70 years of design drawings saved in an automaker’s archive in Germany. Efforts currently underway to digitize the holdings.

– Vatican archives welcoming new archivist from Portugal.

– A new book features the “world’s most beautiful libraries.”


Weekly News Roundup–June 25, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe


Calls for proposals

Weekly News Roundup–June 17, 2018

*SAA Council Approves Statement on Removal of ISIS Records from Iraq NY Times Reporter, June 12, 2018, “Statement on Removal of ISIS Records from Iraq by New York Times Reporter”

International Archives Day 2018, a mosaic

* International Archives Day 2018 interactive map:

* Egypt: Sadat Museum:

* Gabon: Nous avons débutés les activités de la “Journée” le 7 et 8 Juin par des formations sur les fondamentaux dans les sciences documentaires (Archivistique, Bibliothéconomie et la Documentation), les principes archivistiques, la gestion d’un service d’archives et le patrimoine documentaire. ces formation étaient données par les agents des archives nationales du Gabon, les membres de l’Association des Documentalistes du Gabon (ADG) et un représentant de l’Unesco. une soixantaine de professionnels des administrations publiques et privées ont pris part à ces formations qui se se sont déroulé aux archives nationales du Gabon.

* CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) Casualty Archive joins UN heritage register, Centenary New,

*Wiping off the Dust for International Archives Day, The daily Star, Lebanon, June 9, 2018,

*Lagos, Nigeria: Stakeholders Call for Passage of Data Protection Law, Business day, June 12, 2018,

* Video from the AIA of Israel for IAD 2018: or from here

*Thimphu, Bhutan: international Archives Day Observed,


Access to Memory (AtoM Foundation)

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Access to Memory (AtoM) Foundation, a federally incorporated, community-driven, soliciting non-profit body. The Foundation was established to oversee and support the development, sustainability and adoption of Access to Memory (AtoM) as a multilingual, multi-repository open source application for standards-based archival description and access. The Foundation’s primary focus will be on leading the planning and development of AtoM 3, a successor version of the current software.

We believe a non-profit foundation is the best way to provide governance and promote community involvement in the development and maintenance of AtoM 3. AtoM is not just a software tool, it is an open-source project. Being open-source has profound implications for how software is developed, released, documented and made available to communities of users around the world. The Foundation wants to give organizations that use AtoM, or who are considering using AtoM, a stake in how the software evolves.

The Foundation will lead the development of AtoM 3 by soliciting funds from members and others to rewrite the software so that its sustainability is assured and its overall functionality enhanced while reflecting the descriptive needs of the archival community.

The Foundation also wants to support future migration from AtoM 2 to AtoM 3 to ensure users of the software can continue to rely on their current instances of AtoM while feeling confident that the development of a new version does not mean they will be left behind.

We are now accepting institutional and individual memberships. For more information about the Foundation, please visit our website.

Calls/deadlines for applications

* ICA Yaounde 2018 Call for Posters: APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 JUNE 2018

The ICA YAOUNDE 2018 Programme Committee now invites submissions for the Poster Exhibition, to be presented at the conference venue in the Exhibition Area.

From those submitted during the application period, 15 posters will be chosen and displayed at the Conference. Presenters will have the opportunity to explain their posters and interact with attendees.

For information on Eligibility, Requirements, and Process, see

* Please note that the deadline for applications to the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee to enrol on a PGDip/MLitt/MSc programme in September 2018 is July 6th. CAIS offers Masters degrees and single courses for continuing professional development, all by online distance learning. Please see below or look at our website for more information on our programmes and details of how to apply –

* Subject: Konf: “Archive und Museen des Exils”. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Exilforschung e. V. – Frankfurt am Main 09/18,

Happy International Archives Day, everyone!


By Tewodros Abebe*

Well, every day, in my view, should be considered an international archives day–at least among archivists and supporters of archives around the world.  What each of us, as an archivist, does on a daily basis forms a critical piece within the vast, beautiful mosaic of human heritage.  Our profession, no matter how local it may seem, always has a global dimension to it.  Humanity’s interconnectedness is the foundation for that quality.  As an Ethiopian, who is well aware of my own motherland’s struggles to preserve its history dating back to Biblical times, the issue of proper archiving is near and dear to my heart.

My duties at an American university constantly remind me of the far-reaching aspects of archival work.  It is fascinating, for example, when someone in South Africa, or China, or Scotland, or Mexico contacts me (by the way, these are real scenarios) with an inquiry which usually reveals the subject’s unique connection to the university.  The discovery oftentimes leaves me awestruck and compels me to appreciate archival work even more.  It is a gratifying feeling and one that I take as a priceless fringe benefit.


Bahera Hasab, (Computus). Manuscript #23 in the Thomas Kane collection. African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress. This Ethiopian manuscript, in the languages of Amharic and Geez, is open to a page explaining the mathematical system for fixing the movable feasts and fasts of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Select the image for a larger version. Stephanie Hall, Ethiopian Christmas and the Ethiopian Calendar System, Folklife Today, Feb. 22, 2016,

There is a compelling reason, therefore, for archivists to look beyond their own institutions, particularly in today’s technologically advanced global order. Archival records and special collections, regardless of their type and size, contribute to the preservation of a nation’s treasures.  At a larger scale, national archives, regardless of their prestige and funding status, are indispensable custodians of world heritage.  It is for these reasons why archives with an abundance of talent and resource need to stretch helping hands to those in disadvantaged regions of the world.


Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela, 13th century, UNESCO World Heritage list,

In this regard, the sharing of information and knowledge is an essential collaborative endeavor.  Empowering needy archival organizations by connecting them with the right funding agencies is another critical task.  Implementing a program whereby experienced archivists travel to archival sites where skills are desperately needed to help and train local staff will be another.  This can be setup as a two-way exchange program that benefits both sides.  In fact, many tasks can be performed through the utilization of information and communication technology.  The possibilities for collaboration are numerous.

SAA, particularly its IAAS membership, is uniquely positioned to take a leading role in such initiatives.  The wealth of experience in this forum alone can significantly improve the conditions of many endangered archival treasures around the world.  Pursuing and accomplishing such a task will certainly be an outstanding service to the human race.  With the right planning and collective goodwill, it can be done.

I wish a happy 70th birthday to the International Council on Archives whose creation, on 9 June 1948, is the reason why we celebrate International Archives Day.

* Tewodros Abebe is the Senior Archivist at Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center in Washington, DC.   


International Archives Day 2018 News and Resources

* The International Council on Archives invites you to celebrate the International Archives Day on Saturday 9 June 2018!

* Please also check out ICA’s new 70th anniversary online exhibit: ICA: 70 Years of international influence.

* “Our archives, our future: Our archives must live!” by Olutayo C. Adesina, The Eagle Online, June 8, 2018

“In recognition of the 2018 International Archives Day, the Society of Nigerian Archivists in a sombre mood is issuing a clarion call to the governments at all levels in Nigeria, private citizens, corporate organisations, the private sector and the citizenry to rededicate themselves to the effective organisation, funding and management of our archives and records.”

*Mundaneum: the Belgian archive that anticipated the internet, Independent, June7, 2018.

*Documentary Heritage News, vol. 11. No. 40.


Private Dokumente, öffentliche Dokumente –
archivarische Klassifikation oder soziales Problem?
– Paris 09/18

Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne
(CIERA) und Centre  d’Etudes  Sociologiques  et  Politiques  Raymond
Aron  (CESPRA) de l’EHESS Paris; Organisations-Komitee:  Nebiha Guiga /
Theo Müller / Felix Schmidt (Universität Heidelberg/EHESS Paris)
21.09.2018-21.09.2018, Paris
Deadline: 12.07.2018




Weekly News Roundup – June 4, 2018

Check the online exhibit (to open on June 9) to celebrate ICA’s 70 years anniversary:

Please join us as we prepare to celebrate International Archives Day on June 9. Find how you can organize a celebration event: #archivesmemory on International Archives Day 2018

UK National Archives on International Archives Day:

Alongside our colleagues and peers at the International Council on Archives (ICA), and other archives and institutions across the world, I’m delighted that The National Archives is once again joining in with this day of global celebration. Some of you may already know why the date is so significant. On 9 June 1948, the International Council on Archives was created with support from UNESCO. Adopted by the ICA Executive Board, it has since evolved to become an international day of advocacy and opportunity for archives. As part of the day, archives are encouraged to showcase their online events and activities to demonstrate why archives matter. They also get to tell the world how valuable archival collections are to society. If you join us during the week leading up to 9 June, I would highly recommend following us on Twitter and keeping tabs on this blog. Hopefully, you’ll learn more about some of the exciting international projects we’re involved in with our partners and colleagues in archives and other institutions worldwide.

If you know of a French and/or Francophone Digital Humanities Project, add it to the following guide:

Cuban archivists are organizing a Workshop on History and Archival Science, which will take place on June 5, 6, and 7, 2018:

From June 4-9, Brazil will have a National Week of Archives. See information here:

Calls for Funding Proposals:

Iberarchivos call for funding can be found here. Proposals will be accepted from June 1st to September 10, 2018. An example on a project funded by Iberarchivos is Estabilización, descripción y digitalización de documentos audiovisuales y fotográficos en formatos análogos del fondo Ex Teresa Arte Actual

Coming webinar:

Our LACCHA colleagues will host the next webinar of the series Desmantelando Fronteras/ Breaking Down Borders on June 14, 2018, 2pm EST. The title of the webinar is Breaking Down Borders Through International Collaboration: Cuban Repositories and US Institutions:

Weekly News Roundup – May 25, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

  • Special tours for schools offered by  National Archives in Guyana to educate students about the country’s history as part of the 52nd anniversary of independence celebrations. (Guyana Chronicle, May 23, 2018)
  • Archives of working woman’s wardrobe inspired an exhibit of clothing in Frankfurt. (The Local Germany, May 18, 2018)
  • The Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia to deliver documentation of human rights violations to the National Archives as it continues its work “to complete the process of transitional justice.” (Tunis-Afrique Presse (TAP), May 25, 2018)
  • Men without masks” exhibition of portraits by photographer August Sander made in Germany between 1910 and 1931, opened in the Hauser and Wirth gallery in London. (Hauser & Wirth website, May 18, 2018)


Conference on anti-war movement among the members of the military during the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars was held earlier this week at Notre Dame University, organized by the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. An accompanying exhibit “Waging Peace” will be on display until June 17. “The conference also celebrated the launch of the GI Press Collection, an online archive of an underground newspaper printed by active duty members of the military between 1964 and 1977.” (South Bend Tribune, May 25, 2018)

International Archives Day is on Saturday, June 9th this year. Please visit the website of the International Council on Archives for programs and activities organized on the occasion.