Claretian Archives Workshops announces Non-Print Materials in Religious Archives

Claretian Archives Workshops announces a 2.5-day Workshop for religious archivists on the management of Non Print Materials. The Workshop will be held October 1 – 4, 2017 at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL, approximately 20 miles from each of Chicago’s airports.

The residential Workshop format provides a total immersion experience for archivists needing a focused education on managing and safeguarding visual and audio records in their collections. Topics will include appraisal, storage, preservation, best practices and digitization planning – concentrating on practical solutions to implement in archives with limited resources.

The Workshop is $700.00 and includes single occupancy room/bath at the Carmelite Spiritual Center, the educational program and all instructional materials, meals, scheduled break snacks and a certificate of completion. The cost to commuters is $450.00.

Since 2007, Claretian Archives Workshops has provided affordable archival training to individuals who work for religious communities in the Roman Catholic tradition. This shorter workshop format allows for a purposeful exploration of a select topic. This intermediate program builds on the foundation of the Introductory Archives Workshops for Religious Communities.

For information or a Registration Form, contact

Patricia Carroll,
Claretian Archives Workshop Coordinator

Or call the Workshop
312 544 8174

CARA Members named to Catholic Religious Archives Conference Advisory Committee

Boston College recently announced a major working conference on the future of Catholic Religious Archives. The conference will be held in July, 2018. Its purpose is to engage congregational leaders, archivists and historians in identifying options for permanently housing endangered religious collections and for providing appropriate levels and means of access.

CARA members Patricia Carroll and Malachy McCarthy have been invited to serve on the conference planning committee. The committee’s work is to outline important issues and pinpoint subject matter experts who can speak on these areas of concern and lead fruitful results oriented discussion.

The conference committee hopes to generate ideas and approaches toward developing a national strategy for preserving the archival heritage of religious communities in the United States.

SAA Notes Passing of Mark A. Greene

An email message distributed yesterday announced to SAA members that Mark Greene, truly a giant in the archives profession, has died. Mark and colleague Dennis Meissner are the originators of MPLP – More Product, Less Process. Their initial article on the concept was published in American Archivist , vol 68 in 2005.

Mark was a champion of the under-represented in archives, arguing persuasively for the need for people of color and other minority group members to join the profession. He mentored and inspired many who remember him with affection and gratitude. Those of us who attended the annual members meeting at the Midwest Archives Conference gathering in Omaha last April had the opportunity to see Mark receive the well-deserved, long overdue Emeritus Award for distinguished service.

Mark’s influence is, and will continue to be, widely felt in the archives profession. Nowhere are his ideas – about appraisal, minimal processing and bringing forward hidden aspects of cultural history – more resonant than in religious archives.

The text of SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont’s announcement is below.

I am saddened to tell you that Mark A. Greene, former SAA President (2007-2008) and a Fellow of SAA, died Wednesday night, June 21, as the result of a car accident.

Best known for “More Product, Less Process,” which he co-authored with Dennis Meissner, Mark’s true passion was for what he considered the art of archival appraisal—the willingness to make the hard choices. His other passion was acting as a mentor for archivists entering the field and those navigating the minefields of administration.

He loved archival work. And dogs. And his friends. We will all miss him, but he left much behind for generations to chew over and digest.

We will be informing other groups throughout the day, and we invite those who would like to share their memories of Mark to do so via a tribute page on the SAA website. In addition, we will be working with his wife, Kathy Marquis, to plan an opportunity for friends and colleagues to come together in Portland to remember Mark.


Nancy P. Beaumont
Executive Director
Society of American Archivists

Submitted by Patricia Carroll, June 23, 2017