• January 17, 2023 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society of California Archivists is opening this Blog space to its members. Initially, the Communications and Outreach (C&O) Committee would like to post a blog from a Society-member guest blogger once a month. We’re open to a variety of topics, from announcements to tools & techniques.

    We are working with the Publications Committee to facilitate cross-publication content. Blogs should be short-form, 500-600 words. They may be followed up by longer pieces in the SCA Newsletter per Publications Committee approval. Likewise, Blog posts may be updates to pieces previously published in the newsletter. All posts will be shared via SCA social media.

    If you’re interested in blogging with SCA, please see the Guidelines for SCA Bloggers, where you will find details regarding topics, tone, copyright, how to submit your topic, and more.

    C&O is looking forward to working more closely with the SCA membership!

    Please direct questions and/or comments to outreach@calarchivists.org.

  • January 17, 2023 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    • Seeking Nominations, Awards and Scholarships

      The SCA Awards Committee is making plans to celebrate deserving colleagues and archival programs at the April 2023 AGM in Sacramento. We have several long-standing awards for which we seek nominations, and we are also excited to continue to promote SCA’s two new "Advancing Equity" scholarship opportunities for California archivists and graduate students of color.

      The nomination and application period is open until Monday, January 30, 2023, so please consider honoring a colleague with a nomination for the Career Achievement Award, or recognizing service to SCA over a twelve year period with a Sustained Service Award. Sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc., the Archives Appreciation Award recognizes an agency, organization or institution that has provided extraordinary support for archival programs of all sorts.

      SCA also has scholarships available. 

      For graduate students in archival studies:

    • The James V. Mink Scholarship enables archival studies students or recent graduates to attend the SCA Annual General Meeting.
    • The Advancing Equity: Graduate Education Scholarship supports a student of color in their pursuit of graduate archival education.

    For working archivists, continuing education funding is available through three funding opportunities. These awards are available for any educational event throughout the year, as long as budgeted funds last:

    Please contact Awards Committee members with any nomination ideas that don't quite fit established categories – we’d love to hear from you.



  • January 17, 2023 8:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, January 26, 2023

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

    Webinar Description:

    What are the responsibilities of archivists in documenting the past and present?

    Over the past ten years, the USC Shoah Foundation and the JFCS Holocaust Center have been working together to collect and contextualize stories of antisemitism, or hatred against Jews.  The JFCS Holocaust Center has a collection of 2,000 oral histories, the interviewees primarily Holocaust survivors living in the Bay Area.  The USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA) includes over 55,000 video testimonies, one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world.  Beginning in 2013, the JFCS Holocaust Center's collection was digitized, indexed, and integrated into the USC Shoah Foundation’s larger VHA.

    This webinar will investigate the relationship between past and present and the role of archivists in curating collections of stories.  It will situate both antisemitism and efforts to collect oral histories within their historical context.  It will then detail the process by which the USC Shoah Foundation incorporates smaller collections into the VHA while maintaining their individual character.  In giving voice to both survivors and the collections themselves, the USC Shoah Foundation models what it looks like to confront hatred, doing together what could not be done alone. 


    Yedida Kanfer is the Director of Programming at the JFCS Holocaust Center, Northern California’s primary resource for education about the Holocaust and genocide. At the Holocaust Center, Yedida manages the Tauber Holocaust Library and Archives, whose holdings include over 13,000 books, 2,000 oral history testimonies, and other collections related to the families of Holocaust survivors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Yedida received her PhD in East European and Jewish history from Yale University. She has been teaching at the JFCS Holocaust Center since 2013, and she loves to share her passion for history and social responsibility with teens, adults, and the larger community.

    Sandra Aguilar oversees metadata, indexing, and institutional archiving at USC Shoah Foundation. Prior to the joining the Institute in 2014, Sandra worked as Director of Archives for USC School of Cinematic Arts' Warner Bros. and Moving Image Archives. Previously she worked as Media Librarian in the visual effects industry at Industrial Light & Magic. She received an M.L.I.S. from the UCLA and a B.A. in Film Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She is a digital museum consultant for the Visual Effects Society.


    Registration is open until January 25. Online payment is required.

    • Non-members – $20.00
    • SCA members – $10.00
    • Student SCA Member – $5.00
    • Unemployed or Precariously Employed – $5.00

    Questions about your membership? Contact Alix Norton
    Questions about Registration? Contact Sandy Enriquez
    Problems with your credit card payment? Need to request a refund involving credit card or PayPal? Contact Lara Michele
  • January 17, 2023 8:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership between FEMA and the Smithsonian Institution, is supporting response and recovery efforts of California’s arts & culture sector – and the public. 

    Cultural institutions and arts organizations affected by the flooding can call the National Heritage Responders hotline: 202.661.8068. The National Heritage Responders, a team of trained conservators and collections care professionals administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation, are available 24/7 to provide advice and guidance.

    • HENTF’s Save Your Family Treasures guidance is available at https://www.fema.gov/assistance/save-family-treasures. Here you can find the downloadable FEMA fact sheets “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” and “Salvaging Water-Damaged Family Valuables and Heirlooms,” available in multiple languages.

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