2016 Annual Meeting Program


We look forward to seeing you in Perry next Thursday, July 21, for our annual meeting. Please, if you could, RSVP to me (david-mccartney@uiowa.edu) with your menu preference by next Tuesday afternoon so that we can have a head count for our lunch reservation.

Where: Hometown Heritage in Perry, 1124 Willis Avenue, second floor (accessible by elevator)

9:00-9:30 social time and coffee

9:30-12:00 meeting: welcome new members, around the table – discuss activity or projects at our shops, any current issues of concern

12:00-1:30 lunch at the Arrow Room in David’s Milwaukee Diner at Hotel Pattee; menu:
Four Cheese Mac $7.95- American, cheddar, fontina, and Parmesan
Fresh Ground Hamburger $8.95- burger served with fries
Classic Club $8.95- club served with potato salad

1:30-3:30 tour Hometown Heritage, historic Perry

Links of interest:

Hotel Pattee: http://www.hotelpattee.com/

Hometown Heritage: http://www.hometownheritage.org/

Map of Perry: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Perry,+IA+50220/@41.8431252,-94.1140901,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87ec4acbf2c9bfa7:0xda5a697c71841b8!8m2!3d41.8385964!4d-94.1071797?hl=en

Many thanks to Bill Clark and the Hometown Heritage staff and volunteers for hosting us this year! We look forward to seeing you soon.



David McCartney, C.A.
University Archivist
Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
The University of Iowa Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

2016 Annual Meeting in Perry, Iowa

Get out your calendars and save the date for our 2016 annual meeting, coming up in July! We will be meeting at:

Hometown Heritage, Town/Craft location
Perry, IA
Date: Thursday, July 21

People who need overnight accommodations may want to check into the Hotel Pattee, a beautifully-restored historic landmark in downtown Perry.

Details with an agenda will be forthcoming but for now, please save the date and we hope to see you then.

2015 CIA Annual Meeting in Mason City, Iowa

Please plan to attend the annual meeting of the Consortium of Iowa Archivists to be held in Mason City in just a couple of weeks.

When: Thursday, July 30; 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Mason City Public Library, 225 Second St. SE



9:00-9:30 – coffee

9:30-11:30 – meeting

  1. CIA web site and blog administrative update (Laura Sullivan)
  2. HICRN project update (David McCartney)
  3. What we’re up to (around the table)
  4. Old / new business

11:30-1:00 – lunch

State Street Deli or alternate location – a short walk from MCPL

1:00-3:30 – continue meeting if desired; local tour

MCPL’s art collection; Rock Crest/Rock Glen tour, either self-guided or with Terry; Stockman House nearby. Local visitor information/city maps will be provided.

Please let us know by Tuesday, July 28, if you can come so that we can get a head count for lunch reservations. Contact: Terry Harrison – archive@mcpl.org  or David McCartney – david-mccartney@uiowa.edu

Many thanks to Terry for hosting our meeting this year!

Regional Archival Associations Consortium

Did you know that there are over 50 regional archives groups (Regionals) in the United States? Some, such as the New England Archivists, represent multiple states over a large geographic area, while others are more narrow in geographic scope, such as the Seattle Area Archivists, which represents a single metro area.

Please view this map as a visual.
Many of these Regionals overlap geographically. For example, if you work in Cleveland you could belong to up to three Regionals.

By virtue of membership overlap, there probably is coordination between groups that share a geographic area. Can the same be said for Regionals of similar size or type across the country?

The Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) fosters communication and collaboration among all Regionals. In 2013, RAAC was formed by inviting each Regional to join, with one representative per association. Representatives from each type of Regional–local, state and multi-state–serve together on one of six subcommittees and have been working  together on a few stated goals.

Making Progress 

The Grant Development Subcommittee has compiled grant opportunities by region for a new online resource. 

The Education Subcommittee has created a Governance Document Repository compiled from the working documents of Regionals. The Repository provides examples of governing documents such as mission statements, constitutions & bylaws, and guidelines for  advocacy & outreach, event planning, and newsletters & journals.

The Disaster Planning & Recovery Subcommittee has created an online resource that provides information on regional, national, and international disaster planning and recovery resources.

 The Directory Subcommittee created a comprehensive list of archives groups in the United States and Canada. The directory makes it easy to see the breadth and scope of the Regional community. The directory includes contact information and a brief snapshot of each Regional’s activities.


The Public Awareness Subcommittee maintains a Facebook page to profile a Regional’s event each month. Beyond simply promoting these events, we hope that archivists will use the page as a catalog of events and programs to borrow from. Public Awareness also facilitates information sharing among Regionals and publicizes the work of the Committee. ()


With the help of SAA’s Issues and Advocacy Roundtable, the RAAC Advocacy Subcommittee is currently investigating how to best establish formal communication lines through which regionals can report local advocacy issues to SAA and ask for advocacy assistance.


In addition to the work of the subcommittees, co-chair Amanda Focke represents RAAC in the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums. RAAC joins other archival organizations such as SAA and CoSA to represent the archival field on the Coalition, whose purpose is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable Continuing Education and Professional Development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities.


Future Steps 

This is my first and only career; I hope never to leave it. I come from a family of public servants. I’ve heard my whole life the cliche “I didn’t get into this for the money.” While it is laudable to have all-volunteer organizations, constant turnover in leadership can, without solid recruiting, jeopardize the vitality of a Regional.

RAAC seeks to ease the burden of new leadership by providing practical guidance. For the coming year we will focus on education, outreach, grants, disaster planning, and advocacy.


For more information or if you’d like make a suggestion please visit us at, http://www2.archivists.org/groups/regional-archival-associations-consortium-raac


Please consider attending our meeting at SAA on Wednesday, August 19. Time: TBD.

Daniel Alonzo represents the Archivists of Central Texas in the Regional Archival Associations Consortium and is Chair of the RAAC Public Awareness Subcommittee.

Historical Iowa Civil Rights Network: Meeting March 11

Please join us for our next meeting of the Historical Iowa Civil Rights Network, to be held at the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. (Your admission as a HICRN member is already covered.) Brianna Wright of the AAM staff will be our host that day. Thank you, Brianna!

Date: Wednesday, March 11

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Place: African American Museum of Iowa, 55 12th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids (http://www.blackiowa.org/)


Welcome, introductions

Updates on our activities – around the table

UI Obermann Center possible collaboration

Web site partnership w/ History Corps and the Studio for Public Digital Arts and Humanities – demo by Mary Wise and Eric Zimmer, Ph.D. candidates in UI Dept. of History

What’s next for HICRN – upcoming focus, projects

(Tentative) Screening of “Iowans Return to Freedom Summer,” recently aired on IPTV

Tour AAM; meet staff and leadership

Iowa Next: Quality of Life Initiative

Dear Fellow Consortium of Iowa Archivist Members,

I hope this message finds you well. I know you have a vested interest in the Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa’s cultural vitality in general, so I wanted to reach out and make sure you know about Iowa Next.

Iowa Next is a new quality of life initiative, proposed by the Governor and currently being considered by the Iowa Legislature, which would create a new $26 million statewide grant program that would be administered by the Department of Cultural Affairs in coordination with the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Department of Transportation.

If passed by the Iowa Legislature, Iowa Next would take a comprehensive approach to state investment in local and regional quality of life efforts by coordinating and streamlining public access to state programs that provide resources to support cultural, natural and recreational community projects.

I encourage you to learn more about Iowa Next online by reading an overview of the proposed legislation and to sign up to receive important email updates as the bill moves through the Legislative session. Your voice will be an important in this process so I would be happy to discuss Iowa Next with you further, or provide information that you can distribute to your colleagues or members to help inform Iowans about this important initiative.

We’re excited about the opportunity Iowa Next presents for Iowa communities and non-profit organizations engaged in cultural, natural and recreational projects, so please let me know if there is additional information I can share or if you have any questions I can help answer.

Thanks so much for your interest,

Tony Jahn

State Archivist, State Historical Library & Archives

anthony.jahn@iowa.gov | 515.281.4895 | iowahistory.org

Iowa Arts Council | Produce Iowa | State Historical Society of Iowa

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

State Historical Society of Iowa: 2015/2016 Research Grants

State Historical Society of Iowa


2015/2016 Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2015/2016 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s schol­arly journal.


Applications for the 2015/2016 awards must be postmarked by April 15, 2015.


Download application guidelines from our web site:


or request guidelines or further informa­tion from:

Research Grants

State Historical Society of Iowa

402 Iowa Avenue

Iowa City  IA  52240-1806

Phone: 319-335-3931

e-mail: marvin-bergman@uiowa.edu