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:

Early Seattle Theatre History Project

Here’s an opportunity to help build a online collection of Seattle theatrical materials!

Local repositories are invited to contribute content to the Early Seattle Theatre History Project (ESTHP), a newly launched website partially funded by 4Culture, which documents the history of theatrical activity in Seattle from 1851 to 1920. You can access the site at:

ESTHP currently includes 690 photographs, 150 newspaper articles and over 75 theatre programs. In addition, the site features an interactive timeline with over 70 entries and an interactive map. ESTHP’s Drupal content management platform also supports a rich discovery experience for users by linking related content about people, productions and theaters.

New content and features will be added to ESTHP on an ongoing basis. The goal is to create a comprehensive resource on the early history of theatre in Seattle that students, teachers, theatre historians and the general public will find informative and engaging. All local repositories that hold relevant items, such as photos, playbills, posters, and theatre programs, are encouraged to consider participating in the project. Ann Ferguson, ESTHP Director, is happy to answer any questions about the site and the process for contributing content. You can contact her at:

SAA seeks award nominations

The Society of American Archivists is seeking nominations for the following 2017 awards. The deadline for all nominations is February 28.

!. The Distinguished Service Award — Nominees should be an archival institution that has “provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession”. Archival institutions, education programs, nonprofit organizations, and government organizations providing service or support to the archives community in North America are eligible. A description of the award and nomination form is located here:

2. The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award — This award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. A description of the award and nomination form is located here:

3. The Waldo Gifford Leland award — this prize encourages and rewards writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice. The author(s) of a monograph, finding aid, or documentary publication published in English during the previous calendar year is / are eligible. A description of the award and nomination form is located here: