Thanks from Merle Branner; Seeking nominations for Sister M. Claude Lane Award

Merle Branner
Photo courtesy of Merle Branner.

Merle Branner sends her thanks for the card that was signed at the October 27 meeting. Merle is doing well after surgery and is beginning a long recovery process. Special thanks to Marcia Stein for arranging the card.

Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P.,
Catholic Archives of Texas

In other news, the Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. Criteria for nomination include:
  • Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section (ARCS) of the Society of American Archivists.
  • Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives.
  • Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations.
  • Evidence of leadership in specific religious archives.
Only individual archivists are eligible for nomination. The award is sponsored by the Society of Southwest Archivists, in conjunction with Society of American Archivists. It is named in honor of Sister M. Claude Lane, the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. 

The award finalist is recognized with a certificate from SAA and a $300 cash prize provided by the Society of Southwest Archivists at the annual Society of American Archivists meeting.

Visit the SAA webpage to nominate an archivist for the Lane Award. Please follow the guidelines provided in the Nomination Form via the link on that page. All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2017.

If you have any questions about this award, please contact:

Jillian Ewalt
Metadata Archivist
Japanese American Digitization Project
Special Collections and University Archives
California State University, Sacramento

2016 Fall Meeting at American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

CARA members Audra Adomenas, Malachy McCarthy, Newland Smith,
and Wanda Dole enjoy a lively conversation at the ATLA offices in downtown Chicago

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, CARA held its Fall Meeting at the offices of American Theological Library Association (ATLA) in downtown Chicago. The American Theological Library Association is a professional association providing support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA produces a line of electronic resources to support the scholarly study of religion and theology. Some of ATLA's work can have useful implications for religious archivists, as shown in a presentation given by Digital Projects Manager Andy Carter, "ATLA’s Genre Forms for Religious Terms and the Thesaurus of Religious Occupational Terms."
Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager, gives a presentation entitled
"ATLA's Genre Forms for Religious Terms and the
Thesaurus of Religious Occupational Terms"

This presentation provided an overview of controlled vocabulary and its ability to create multiple intellectual access points to research material. Both the Library of Congress Genre/Form Headings and the Thesaurus of Religious Occupational Terms (TROT) are resources that archivists can use to add controlled vocabulary to their finding aids.

Andy's colleagues also presented at the meeting. Adam Paradis discussed his work as indexer and demonstrated how he contributes descriptive metadata to ATLA's suite of religious literature databases.
Adam Paradis talks about his work as an ATLA indexer

Megan McCarthy, Production Supervisor, gave a tour of the digitization lab and explained how a print publication is scanned, processed, and archived as part of the digital workflow of ATLA's full-text religious literature resources.
Megan McCarthy, Production Supervisor, explains ATLA's digital workflow
Many thanks to Andy, Adam, Megan, and ATLA for hosting a wonderfully informative meeting. Thanks also to all who attended, and we hope to see you again in the Spring!

The Newberry Library Acquires World-Famous Collection of 2.5 Million Postcards

An example of the Curt Teich Company’s
 “Greetings from…” postcard design
October 2016

Through an agreement with the Lake County Forest Preserves District, Chicago's Newberry Library will become the new home of the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection, widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States. The postcards, about 2.5 million in number, feature a range of subjects and genres: rural vistas and urban skylines, tourist attractions and emergent industries, domestic scenes and global conflicts.

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection comes to the Newberry from the Lake County Discovery Museum, where it has been housed since 1982. Transferring the postcard materials will ensure their continued preservation and public availability as the museum prepares to move from its current location in Wauconda to the Lake County Forest Preserves’ General Offices in Libertyville.

Please visit the Newberry Library's website to read more about this acquisition.