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Richard Strassberg Receives New York State Archives Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, November 6, 2015

The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust recently honored Richard Strassberg, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Advancing the Security of Archives in New York State.

This award recognizes Mr. Strassberg for his service to the Office of Cultural Education and to the broader archival community as an archival security expert helping institutions prevent, respond to and recover from security challenges.  Following a theft at the Cultural Education Center in January 2008, Mr. Strassberg played a critical role in the initial response and recovery.  His vital work as a member of the Cultural Education Center’s security assessment panel has made security a commitment and priority for the Office of Cultural Education.

“We are pleased and honored to recognize Richard Strassberg for his contributions to archival security, both at the New York State Archives and historical repositories across the country,” said Acting State Archivist Thomas J. Ruller.  “His roles as an educator, advocate and as a first responder have played a critical role in the security of the records of the New York State Archives.”

The annual Archives Awards program takes place every October, during American Archives Month, and recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. 

A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

New York State Archives Partnership Trust Award:
New York State Canal Corporation

Lifetime Achievement Award for Advancing the Security of Archives in New York State:
Richard Strassberg (Albany County)

Annual Archives Award for Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository:
SUNY Plattsburgh (Clinton County)

Annual Archives Award for Excellence in State Agency Records Management Program Development:
New York State Office of the Children and Family Services

William H. Kelly Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development:
City of Rochester (Monroe County)

Cheryl Steinbach Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management:
The Town of Hamburg (Erie County)

Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives:
Russ Immarigeon (Columbia County)

Annual Archives Award for Student Research Using Historical Records Grade 4 & 5:
Aaron Lener, Homer Intermediate School, Homer Central School District; Teacher: Laurie Leach (Cortland County)

Annual Archives Award for Student Research Using Historical Records Grade 6-8:
Sahil Sangwan, P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, Three Village Central School District; Teacher: Nicole Connelly (Suffolk County)

Annual Archives Award for Student Research Using Historical Records Grade 9-12:
John Riley, Huntington H.S., Huntington Union Free School District; Teacher: Lauren Desiderio (Suffolk County)