• 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 | Anonymous
    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

  • 20 Jan 2015 8:28 PM | Anonymous
    The minutes from the November 11, 2014 CAA Steering Committee Meeting have been approved and are available to view online here.

  • 19 Jan 2015 11:02 AM | Anonymous member

    On Friday, 16 January 2015, Chicago Area Archivists hosted 18 people for the presentation Managing Digital Content Over Time, led by Andy Steadham, Archives Specialist at Rotary International. Based on curriculum developed by the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education arm, the presentation offered one CAA member’s disclosure of how he is tackling digital preservation in his shop.

    Thanks are due to Keith Helt, Archivist at Crown Family Philanthropies, for serving as site host.

    As several people asked to be placed on a waiting list for this event, CAA is considering offering the presentation again later this year. Watch for updates via the CAA listserv or on our website at

    Questions about CAA? Visit our website or email

  • 18 Jan 2015 6:36 PM | Anonymous
    Each year, Chicago Metro History Fair students in grades 6-12 select a topic related to Chicago history, then dive deep into research to develop their own interpretation or argument which they then present for evaluation by community-minded judges. Through this research and evaluation process, students gain important historical and critical thinking skills that will carry them through high school and prepare them for college.

    Please consider volunteering as a History Fair judge this year. Many CAA members (and non-members) have volunteered in the past and found it to be a very rewarding experience. This is an excellent opportunity to support Chicago students and see the connections they make between Chicago history and the 2014-2015 National History Day theme, Leadership & Legacy in History.

    There are several evening and weekend judging opportunities in February, March, and April. No prior experience is necessary. The Chicago Metro History Education Center provides orientation on the day of the event and pairs new judges with veteran judges.

    Visit History Fair’s registration page to learn more and sign up as a volunteer.

    President John F. Kennedy meets Rotary members at the White House in 1961. Photo: Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. JFKWHP-AR6919-B.

  • 13 Jan 2015 12:52 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    The December newsletter from the Robert M. Myers Archives and SVD Resource Center is now available. Check out their latest archives news!

  • 10 Dec 2014 9:08 AM | Deleted user
    A huge "Thank You!" to everyone who came out last night (December 9th), to the Exchequer, to celebrate the season with CAA. The Events Subcommittee was very pleased with the turn-out and hopes that everyone enjoyed themselves. We had a total of 74 attendees!! As always there was plenty of great food, drinks and conversation. Guests that registered before November 15th received their free CAA T-shirt at the party. For those of you who did not register in time for your free T-shirt, or if you did register in time but want additional CAA merchandise, visit the Cafe Press site. Happy Holidays!

    If you missed this event, don’t worry – there will be more events throughout the year at a variety of

    dates, times, and locations. Coming soon:

    ● Digital Preservation Workshop - January (stay tuned)

    ● CAA Annual Members Meeting - March

    ● Archives Salon - May

    Have an idea for a CAA event? Contact the CAA Events Subcommitee at or with your suggestions.
  • 08 Dec 2014 1:08 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt
    If you didn’t RSVP to the CAA Holiday Party in time to get a free t-shirt, fret not! The Outreach Committee is pleased to present a CafePress site for CAA swag! Enjoy your coffee in a travel mug emblazoned with the fabulous new CAA logo, or tell the world you’re an archivist with one of the many tote bag options.

    If you’d like an item that isn’t available at the store, contact or with your suggestions. And feel free to pass along a photo of yourself with your new purchase for possible inclusion on the CAA website!

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