• 12 Feb 2014 9:34 PM | Anonymous
    The Park Forest House Museum is decorated in February with vintage valentines and decorations in the "Step Back Into a 1950s Valentines Day" exhibit. The classroom, representing Park Forest's first school, is decorated for a 1950s Valentines Day party with crepe paper candy baskets, and construction paper heart-shaped valentine “mailboxes” on each desk. Red honeycomb, puffy hearts, and vintage valentines are on display throughout the house.

    Location: 141 Forest Blvd in Park Forest, Illinois
    Hours: Wednesday and Saturday,10:30 to 3:30; and by appointment on other days.
    Donation: Adults $5: 12 & under free with adult.

    For more information, visit
  • 12 Feb 2014 11:06 AM | Anonymous member

    Three seats on the Steering Committee for the 2014-16 term are open beginning March 2014.

    Candidate statements of interest are posted in the Members Only Forums section.

    CAA members will need to be logged in to the website to access these documents. If you do not remember your login information, click “Forgot password” at the top right of the page. Instructions for resetting your password will be sent to the email address associated with your member registration.

    Candidates will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically. All CAA members in good standing as of February 12, 2014 will receive an invitation by email from to vote for 2014-16 term Steering Committee members. Please check your spam filters if the invitation does not arrive in your inbox. Voting will remain open until Monday, March 17, at 5:00pm. At least one reminder will be sent via email in March.

    Election results will be announced at the Members Meeting on March 20, 2014.

    Please send questions or comments to

  • 31 Jan 2014 9:10 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.
    Protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. See more at
    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 National History day theme, Rights and Responsibilities.

    There are several evening and weekend judging opportunities in 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 the CHMEC website to learn more or volunteer as a judge.

    Top: Police and protesters in a park during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

    Bottom: Rennie Davis and Tom Hayden lead a protest march in Chicago, 28 August 1968. Davis and Hayden were two of the “Chicago Seven” charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to protests in Chicago on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

    Images Courtesy of the National Archives at Chicago.

  • 31 Jan 2014 7:18 PM | Anonymous
    The Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2014 Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award.

    This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

    Past winners include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project Team (2011) and Elaine Forman Crane and Northeastern University Press for The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker (1992).

    The application deadline is 28 February 2014.

    Additional details and nominations forms are available at

    Did you know…? Historian Philip M. Hamer served successively as head of the Library, Accessions, Reference, and Records Control divisions of the National Archives, and was the first executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission.
  • 27 Jan 2014 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    SAA Diversity Committee is seeking case studies that illustrate diversity in the archival record and/or unique efforts to collect and document a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations.

    Archivists, cultural heritage communities, and other information professionals are encouraged to submit projects and collections that illustrate:

    • The broadest possible range of individuals, socio-economic groups, governance, and corporate entities in society;
    • Diversity of viewpoints on social, political, and intellectual issues, as represented both in archival records and among members of the profession;
    • Diversity in ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation;
    • Groups and segments of communities that have not been well-documented for a variety of reasons and thus have few extant records;
    • A variety of formats (for the previously mentioned groups) that are not being preserved.
    Submissions will be vetted and posted on the Diversity Committee’s website as a resource intended to advance many of the goals outlined in SAA’s Strategic Plan.

    Examples of diverse projects and collections include The Mujeres Latinas Project at the University of Iowa and The Milwaukee Transgender Oral History Project.

    Read the more about the project and find the submission form here.

  • 27 Jan 2014 10:21 AM | Anonymous member

    Three seats on the Steering Committee for the 2014-2016 term are open beginning March 2014. Candidates will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically. Election results will be announced at the Members Meeting on March 20, 2014.

    Service on the Steering Committee is open to all CAA members in good standing. All members with an interest in the profession – students, retirees, professionals and paraprofessionals in all types of archival repositories – are encouraged to volunteer.

    Qualifications include enthusiasm, initiative, and a commitment to the profession.

    The Steering Committee meets monthly to:

    • Establish programmatic goals for the organization
    • Circulate information to and respond to the needs of CAA members
    • Represent CAA within the larger profession and to the general public
    • Set standards to ensure the sustainability of CAA

    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 10, 2014 at 5:00pm.

    Contact information for current Steering Committee Members is available on the CAA Website if you would like to reach out to ask specific questions about service on this committee. 

    Please send questions or comments to

  • 14 Jan 2014 10:20 PM | Anonymous
    The minutes from the November 12 CAA Steering Committee Meeting have been approved and are available to view online here.
  • 11 Jan 2014 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    The application period for the SAA 2014 Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award is now open.

    The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 and recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

    The recipients of the award will receive full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, D.C. in August 2014. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

    The Pinkett is awarded to minority students, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year proceeding the date on which the award is given.

    The application deadline is 28 February 2014.

    Additional details and application forms are available at

    Did you know...? The award is named in honor of archival pioneer Harold T. Pinkett, the first African American to be appointed an archivist at the National Archives, where he served for more than 35 years as a specialist in agricultural archives, senior records appraiser, and chief archivist of the Natural Resources Records Branch.

  • 29 Dec 2013 7:43 PM | Anonymous
    Kim Efird, Records Archivist at Illinois Secretary of State, is retiring 31 December 2013. Happy retirement Kim!

    Don't be shy...If you’ve earned a degree, presented at a conference, published an article, started a new job, or completed another professional achievement, let us know and we’ll include it in next month’s Member News. Submit your information to; subject line Member News.
  • 08 Dec 2013 3:55 PM | Anonymous
    The Events subcommittee thanks all who attended the 2013 Holiday Party on 3 December at Exchequer Restaurant. Almost 60 attendees enjoyed wonderful company, games, prizes and food. We were very pleased with the turn-out and hope that you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. We wish you all a festive and restful Holiday Season.

    Again, thank you to those that were able to attend and we missed those of you that could not!

    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:
    • Tour of the Frances Willard House in Evanston
    • Rescheduled "Faith in the Struggle" exhibit tour at Woodson Regional Library
    • Archives Salon

    Details will be announced on the CAA website and in the member eblast.

    Have an idea for a CAA event? Contact the Events subcommittee at with your suggestions.

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