• 11 Sep 2015 11:13 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    CAA's own Frank Villella, archivist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was profiled in Modern Luxury's CS magazine along with objects from the collection. Check out a preview from the article below and make sure to read the whole thing - congratulations to Frank and to CSO on starting their 125th season!

  • 31 Aug 2015 9:13 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    While attending the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Conference in Cleveland, Steering Committee member Anita Mechler joined a meeting of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) as the liaison for CAA and as a new member of the Grant Development subcommittee. Representatives from RAAC discussed their 3-year plan: to support information exchange among the leadership of regional organizations and between regionals and SAA; to encourage collaboration among the regionals and between SAA and the regionals; to coordinate efforts to streamline actions, reduce costs, and increase services to archivists around the nation. An overarching goal is to create more formal and regular lines of communication and anything shared by RAAC will be shared with CAA members through this liaison position. [For more information, please visit the SAA website at:].

  • 12 Aug 2015 6:06 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    In this issue:

    • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Harbor Beach, Michigan

    • Tree Replacement at NARA at Chicago


  • 23 Jul 2015 10:46 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    In this issue

    • Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Eastland Disaster 
    • Kris Jarosik, NARA’s Education Specialist, Departing
    • Emerald Ash Borer Takes Its Toll on NARA’s Trees 

  • 24 Jun 2015 4:45 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    Preserving and Conserving Your Documents

    Saturday, July 18, 1:30 - 3:00
    Martin Tuohy, Archivist

    Every important document, photograph, or recording will deteriorate or get damaged over time. Even the ink on the Declaration of Independence has faded into barely readable text. Digital data can deteriorate within five years if kept on the original storage media. What practical steps can we take to preserve our historical document collections? How far should we expend effort and money to prolong the life of a document? 

    This workshop will introduce family historians and local history enthusiasts to basic preservation practices. Workshop participants will learn in everyday terms how paper, photographic prints and negatives, blueprints, magnetic media, and digital media deteriorate - and what simple steps and products can slow or stop that deterioration. Topics to be covered include "inherent vice," proper storage location and housing, environmental control, archival supplies, "silent disasters," and preservation versus conservation. Participants also will learn how to assess risk and make cost-benefit decisions about preservation and conservation. Examples from the National Museum of the American Sailor's archival collection will be used to illustrate some of the common problems and potential solutions.

    This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by July 17. Please send your name, phone number, and the name of the workshop to: or (847) 688-3154 ext. 217.

    Care and Preservation of Textiles
    Saturday, August 15 1:30-3 PM 
    Kari Atkinson, Collections Manager

    Textiles, be they museum artifacts or family heirlooms, are delicate, fascinating, and often times irreplaceable objects. Damage comes far too easy and is usually irreversible. However, there are simple methods of storage and general care that, when done correctly, can protect your textiles and ensure their preservation.

    Please join the Museum's Collection Manager, Kari Atkinson, as she discusses simple techniques for textile preservation including boxing, rolling, or hanging; proper storage materials; methods of cleaning; and when to call a professional conservator. 

    Participants are encouraged to bring a photograph of a textile and will receive a complementary pair of cotton gloves to take home. Please do not bring any textiles to the workshop.
    This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required. Please send your name, phone number, and the name of the workshop to: or (847) 688-3154 ext. 208.

    About the Great Lakes Naval Museum:
    The Naval History and Heritage Command's Great Lakes Naval Museum is located in the National Register-listed Hostess House (Building 42) at 610 Farragut Avenue, Great Lakes, Illinois 60088-2618. The Great Lakes Naval Museum's parking lot is accessible to the public just north of Naval Station Great Lakes' main gate and just east of Sheridan Road, about one-half mile north of Buckley Road (Illinois Route 137). The Great Lakes Naval Museum also is accessible by Metra commuter trains from the Great Lakes train station, located about one-half mile southwest of the museum. Details about visiting the Great Lakes Naval Museum can be found online at Great Lakes Naval Museum or by calling (847) 688-3154.

  • 18 Jun 2015 10:45 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt
    The June newsletter from the Robert M. Myers Archives and SVD Resource Center is now available! This newsletter includes articles on archival principles and Arnold Janssen Kleines Lesebuch by Father Joseph Alt.

  • 15 Jun 2015 11:30 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt

    Read all about

    • Select Microfilmed and Digitized Records on 19th Century U.S. Army Posts.
    • Summer Interns at the National Archives at Chicago
    • President Obama and First Lady Choose Chicago as Site for Presidential Center
    • Flag Day
    • Happy Father’s Day

  • 04 Jun 2015 1:26 PM | Gretchen Neidhardt
    CAA thanks all who attended the CAA at MAC meetup on May 8! Over 10 people attended this informal gathering at the bourbon tasting event planned by MAC organizers. The event also featured a viewing of Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business, a documentary featuring excerpts from over 30 hours of oral history interviews conducted by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries.

    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:

    • July - Grant Park Music Festival gathering - Please take the poll to help us determine the best date for this annual social event.

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

  • 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

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