Category Archives: Local Events

SeaAA’s Future — Happy Hour

The Seattle Area Archivists asks you to please attend a special topic Happy Hour at 6 PM on March 8th at the Elysian Tangletown pub in Wallingford.
The Steering Committee would like to discuss the future of SeaAA and we need to hear input from our membership. SeaAA has been a positive presence in the Seattle archival community for more than 30 years, however, we have recently been unsuccessful in recruiting new officers to serve on the Steering Committee. We have been operating with only three members for almost a year now (there are five established positions) and the current officers’ terms all expire at the end of June 2017. Please come and bring your energy and ideas to discuss how SeaAA might continue. The organization needs guidance and leadership from within its membership to continue to operate successfully. If we are unable to find at least 3 new officers, ideally 5 to return to the norm, SeaAA will unfortunately be forced to disincorporate at the end of the current officers’ terms. We hope to see many of you at this special happy hour – the first round is on SeaAA, so please join us!


Amy Heidrick
Jeff Winter
Odette Allen

ArchivesSpace Workshop canceled

The ArchivesSpace workshop planned for February 9th has been canceled, due to unavailability of enough panelists. We thank the University of Washington Libraries for offering to host, and we hope to reschedule in the near future.

Join MIPoPS at the movies on February 17th!

Moving History Returns: Saving Our Magnetic Media
An Archival Screening Night
February 17, 2017
8:00 PM (Happy Hour at 7:00 PM)
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

Moving History is back with new selections from Seattle-area heritage organizations, including dance troupe the Sally Sykes Group, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Schools, and the Wing Luke Museum, as well as previous participants King County Archives, Seattle Municipal Archives and the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections. Featured moving image material includes glimpses of rare feature films, historic Seattle, oral history interviews, dance performances by Pacific Northwest artists and much more (emceed by Spencer Sundell).

This archival screening night is presented by Moving Image Preservation of the Puget Sound (MIPoPS) to showcase analog videotape digitized with funds from 4Culture.

Seattle Municipal Archives and University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections will also feature selections digitized from 16 mm film.

For more information about MIPoPS, please visit our website:

To view video digitized by MIPoPS, check out our collection on Internet Archive:

Call for Presenters!

SeaAA will be hosting a workshop on ArchivesSpace on February 9 from 2 – 4 pm at the University of Washington. As many of our members work for institutions transitioning from Archivists’ Toolkit and Archon to AS, this workshop is aimed at helping those in different phases in the transition learn from one another about their experiences. At this time, we are looking for members from two other institutions who would be willing to participate in a panel discussion and share their specific experiences (via powerpoint and/or demonstration via ArchivesSpace, if possible) so that we have many different perspectives. If this is something you or someone from your institution would be interested in doing, please let us know at
After the panel presentation, we will allow time for questions from the panel and general discussion among the workshop participants. Please consider joining our panel and help your fellow members in their transition to ArchivesSpace!

SeaAA updates and upcoming events

Hello Seattle Area Archivists,

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer in Seattle! Please check out the following for some SeaAA news and information.

SAA 2016
Those of you who recently attended Society of America Archivists annual meeting in Atlanta, we hope it was a fun, educational and engaging experience. The SeaAA Steering Committee would love to hear about your experiences at the conference! If you have any stories, session recaps, resources or links or anything else you’d like to share that you discovered at the conference, please share it with us! Please send to

Fall/Winter Workshops
The SeaAA Steering Committee would also like to hear from you about your ideas, suggestions and requests for our planned series of workshops this fall and winter. If you missed our last meeting at SAM or our last happy hour, we plan to host a series of three casual workshops for our members starting this fall on topics that are of general interest to the entire group – which is why we need your help! After some previous discussions with members, it was agreed that at least one of the sessions will be devoted to a community discussion/forum on ArchivesSpace. We would like to have a panel of those already using ArchivesSpace to discuss how their transitions from Archivists’ Toolkit or Archon went, the migration process, any challenges, tricks, etc. that they have discovered in the process and through discussions with the group, help answer questions from those institutions that are just beginning their transition process and problem solve with those facing any challenges with the program.

We would like to plan for two other workshops to go along with the ArchivesSpace forum and we want to hear from you! Other ideas brought up by our members included a discussion on what digital and online platforms various institutions are using around the area, what digital initiatives they are working on and how other institutions can learn from what they are doing and potentially having a “hands-on” workshop, where we learn to make or repair something. We’d love to hear what you think about those ideas and any others you have. Maybe you have a challenging processing task and you want to discuss with others about how they tackled similar projects? Or you’d like training on specific software? Or you’d like to learn how to build custom enclosures? Please let us know at

Annual Treasurer’s Report
The annual treasurer’s report for 2015-2016 is available for your review: Seattle Area Archivists Financial Report 2015-2016. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the report, please email Amy Heidrick at

SeaAA Newsletter
Sound Archivist is on hiatus for the summer, but please continue to send us your articles, recent happenings, new hires and any other ideas you have for the newsletter to to include in the fall edition!

DAS Workshop
A reminder: SAA and Seattle Area Archivists are co-hosting DAS (Digital Archives Specialist) course #1727, Appraisal of Electronic Records, at the Seattle Municipal Tower on Friday, October 21 and Seattle Area Archivists is offering a $25 discount on registration! If you register, please contact us at for reimbursement information
For more information or to register, visit

SeaAA Happy Hour Reminder
Our next is happy hour is Monday, September 12, 6 PM at the District Lounge in the Hotel Deca in the U-District. Hope to see you all there!


Seattle Area Archivists Steering Committee

Amy Heidrick

Jeff Winter

Odette Allen