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Saturday, August 3 • 8:30am - 11:45am
Museum Archives Section Symposium

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The Museum Archives Section steering committee members and working group chairs will provide project updates with time for discussion and networking. The Standards and Best Practice Working Group 2019 Symposium will revisit the topic of work in progress allowing presenters to share current projects and highlight accomplishments.

Museum Archives “Updates from the Floor” Symposium 

Please join us! The Museum Archives Section’s Standards and Best Practices Working Group is holding its annual symposium at this year’s SAA Annual Meeting in Austin on Saturday, August 3rd from 8:30am to 10:30am, followed by our Section’s business meeting. 

This year our symposium will formalize the “Updates from the Floor” portion of the Section meeting and focus on projects currently underway or recently completed in museum archives. This symposium will provide a forum for sharing pilots, in-progress projects, and recently completed projects, initiatives, and activities at our repositories with our colleagues, and offers an opportunity for sharing ideas and assessing the current state of the museum archives field.


8:30-8:35: Symposium Introduction: Megan Schwenke, Harvard Art Museums

8:35-9:30: Panel 1

Building a Museum Archives Program: A Game of Chutes & Ladders 
Katrina O'Brien, World of Speed

Back to Basics: Recent Projects in the Archives at The Henry Ford
Brian Wilson, The Henry Ford

American Museum of Natural History Authorities
Rebecca Morgan, American Museum of Natural History

Moderator: Rachel Chatalbash, Yale Center for British Art

9:30 - 10:30: Panel 2

ArchivesSpace at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Tara Hart, Whitney Museum of American Art

Wrangling a Hybrid Collection
Malia Van Heukelem, University of Hawaii at Manoa

One Smithsonian, Many Libraries and Archives
Sharad J. Shah, Smithsonian Libraries

Moderator: Megan Schwenke, Harvard Art Museums

Questions? Please contact Working Group co-chairs Rachel Chatalbash (rachel.chatalbash@yale.edu) and Megan Schwenke (megan_schwenke@harvard.edu).


Rachel Chatalbash

Senior Archivist, Yale University

Megan Schwenke

Senior Archivist/Records Manager, Harvard University

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Malia Van Heukelem

Art Archivist Librarian, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library
Malia oversees the Jean Charlot Collection, a large collection of artist papers, plus the Archive of Hawaii Artists & Architects at Hamilton Library. Previously, she worked in the Library's Preservation Department, and has served as Collections Manager for the state's Art in Public... Read More →

Rebecca Morgan

Special Collections Archivist, American Museum of Natural History
Rebecca Morgan is the Special Collections Archivist in the American Museum of Natural History. Her responsibilities include managing an ongoing efforts to identify, describe and advise on the stewardship of archival collections across the museum.

Katrina O'Brien

Collection Manager & Archivist, World of Speed Motorsports Museum
Katrina O'Brien, Collection Manager & Archivist at World of Speed motorsport museum in Oregon, is a CA and has a MARA from SJSU, building the archive and collection program even before the museum opened and continues to strengthen the program as the WoS heads into its third year... Read More →
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Brian Wilson

Security Officer / Visual and Performance Artist, MoMA
Brian Wilson is a Security Officer at the Museum of Modern Art. He also calls himself Soigne Deluxe. Brian attended The Columbus College of Art and Design and The Art Academy of Cincinnati . Brian does Acrylic on canvas paintings and Ink and Pastel drawings on paper. Brian paints... Read More →
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Sharad J. Shah

Collections Librarian, Smithsonian
Sharad Shah serves as the Collections Management Librarian for the History and Culture Department of the Smithsonian Libraries, and spends the bulk of his time working at the National Air & Space Museum (NASM) and the Museum Support Center (MSC).

Tara Hart

Whitney Museum of American Art

Saturday August 3, 2019 8:30am - 11:45am CDT
303/304, [Level 3]