• 14 May 2015 1:34 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    Check out the latest news from the National Archives at Chicago, including:

    • The Army Corps of Engineers: Helping Prevent Great Floods during the Great Depression

    • National Archives at Chicago welcomes new employees

    • The National Archives at Chicago Workshops for 2015

  • 21 Apr 2015 1:38 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    Check out the attached April newsletter from the National Archives at Chicago!

    Included in this issue: 

    • The Dawn of the Atomic Age and Beyond: Photographs from Argonne National Laboratory
    • The National Archives at Chicago Workshops for 2015

  • 08 Apr 2015 3:52 PM | Hathaway Hester (Administrator)

    On Monday, March 30 the Chicago Area Archivists hosted “Records and Information Management – Making It Work for You!” at University of Illinois-Chicago’s Daley Library.  The 31 attendees were introduced to the concepts of records management, explored the relationship between archives and records management activities, and were given practical guidance for implementing a records and information management program at their own institutions. Presenter Joanne Kaczmarek, Archivist for Electronic Records and Director of Records and Information Management Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, taught this workshop as part of the MAC Speakers Bureau pilot project.
    Thanks to all who attended.  If you missed this one, there will be other opportunities to join your colleagues for Professional Development programs throughout 2015 - including one scheduled for later this spring.  Watch for updates via the CAA listserv or on our website at

  • 02 Apr 2015 10:51 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    Headed to the annual MAC conference in Lexington, KY this year? Show off your CAA pride with items from our CafePress store! Coordinate with other CAA-ers to combine on shipping costs. Show off our new logo in style!

    If you'd like to order an item you don't see in the store, contact and we will try to get the item added. 

  • 24 Mar 2015 1:14 AM | Audra V. Adomenas
    The minutes from the March 20, 2014 CAA Members Meeting have been approved and are available to view online here.

  • 13 Mar 2015 9:34 AM | Stephanie Giordano (Administrator)

    The Chicago Area Archivists Professional Development Subcommittee seeks out volunteers for the 2015-2016 year. Our stated mission is to create and facilitate access to low-cost educational opportunities and to develop new learning opportunities in collaboration with CAA members.

    Volunteers are needed to contribute ideas, facilitate programs, and communicate with members. Discussions primarily take place online with very occasional in-person meetings.

    If you are interested in volunteering, or if you would like more information, please contact

    We will be discussing Professional Development plans for the upcoming year at the CAA Annual Members Meeting on March 23. Please join us!

  • 13 Mar 2015 9:31 AM | Stephanie Giordano (Administrator)

    The CAA Events Subcommittee is looking for new volunteers! All CAA Members are encouraged to volunteer; including students and archivists that are new to the Chicago area. Serving on the Subcommittee is a great way to get involved with the CAA community and meet some of your archival colleagues in Chicagoland, as well as add a great line to your résumé.

    By joining the Events Subcommittee you will help brainstorm and plan social activities and events for the archival community, participate in the subcommittee processes, and share your ideas with other archivists. 

    Individuals should be willing to serve at least one year and service commitments are renewable at the Annual CAA Members Meeting. The Events Subcommittee accomplishes most of its work via e-mail, with occasional in-person or virtual meetings. Participation in every planned event is not required.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

    To learn more about CAA and/or the Events Subcommittee, come to the CAA Annual Members Meeting on March 23.

  • 05 Mar 2015 2:54 AM | Audra V. Adomenas
    The minutes from the January 20, 2015 CAA Steering Committee Meeting have been approved and are available to view online here.

  • 13 Feb 2015 3:25 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    Check out the latest news from the National Archives at Chicago's newsletter!

  • 26 Jan 2015 9:09 AM | Anonymous member

    Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Chicago archives community? Consider volunteering to serve on the Chicago Area Archivists Steering Committee. Not only will you get to work closely with some of your colleagues in the profession, but CAA service is a great way to gain valuable experience in preparation for service in regional and national archival organizations.

    Think you aren’t experienced enough to serve on the Steering Committee? Think again: any organization needs fresh viewpoints to remain vibrant. And CAA is meant to serve the needs of all of its members, including those that are new to the profession.

    Worried about over-committing yourself? Steering Committee members are elected to two year terms that begin and end at the Members Meeting in March. The time commitment is relatively minimal, consisting of monthly in-person meetings with occasional business conducted by email.

    Wonder what the Steering Committee does? The Steering Committee is tasked with:

    • Establishing programmatic goals for the organization
    • Circulating information to and responding to the needs of CAA members
    • Representing CAA within the larger profession and to the general public
    • Setting standards to ensure the sustainability of CAA

    Curious about how Steering Committee members are elected? Four members of the CAA Steering Committee are nearing the end of their 2013-15 terms:

    • Rob DeLand
    • Amber Dushman
    • Jessica Farrell
    • Andy Steadham

    Candidates for the four open seats for the 2015-17 term will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically. Election results will be announced at the Members Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015.

    Service on the Steering Committee is open to all CAA members in good standing. To volunteer, submit a brief (1-2 paragraphs) Statement of Interest outlining your background and motivation for serving on the Steering Committee to Please include your full name, title, place of work (if applicable), and preferred contact phone and email address. Statements of interest will be distributed to CAA members.

    The deadline to submit your Statement is Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00pm.

    Want more information? Contact information for current Steering Committee Members is available on the CAA Website. Please reach out to one of them and ask about his or her service on Steering. 

    Please send general questions or comments to

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