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Workshop Catalog: Historical Records

The New York State Archives offers the following workshops on Historical Records. Click on the workshop title for more information about the workshop's availability.

Accessioning! 

Presenter: Clare Flemming, Consulting Archivist. Accessioning is a crucial step in acquiring materials at any collecting institution, as the process by which legal and physical ownership is transferred to the organization. This webinar will address the importance of accessioning, as well as essential components of an accessioning policy, accessioning workflows, and how to handle “found in collection” items.

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Alienated Records

Lost records have left their original owner's custody without permission. These records may have been stolen, forgotten, or accidentally left behind, and are now in the custody of new owners.

This workshop:

  • Examines how records become lost
  • Shows how to keep records in custody
  • Outlines strategies to regain custody, if necessary
  • Discusses issues to consider when donating archival records to another organization
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Appraisal of Historical Records

This workshop will introduce techniques to identify records that are necessary for adequate documentation of local governments and the communities they serve. Identifying records which have enduring value is one of the most challenging tasks of an archival program.

Through lectures, cases studies, and exercises, participants will explore the current methodology for appraising records, learn how to use State Archives schedules in identifying archival records, and discuss how to apply the techniques to their own local governments' records.

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Black, White, and Read All Over: Addressing Newspaper in Collections 

Presenters: Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY; Jennifer Palmentiero, Digital Services Librarian, Southeastern New York Library Resource Council. Many collecting institutions have newspaper in their collections, from clippings to entire runs of publications. There are myriad issues with newspaper collections that can impede access to important information. This webinar will focus on the common problems with newspaper collections and what steps institutions can take to prevent deterioration. Presenters will also discuss the importance of digitization, microfilming and current programs that support this work for newspaper collections.

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Collection Management Policies 

Presenter: Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY. Having essential policies and procedures in place is crucial for a properly functioning and thriving collection. This webinar focuses on one of these, the Collection Management Policy (CMP).

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Collections Care Basics

Presenter: Anastasia Matijkiw, Program Coordinator, DHPSNY. This webinar provides an introduction to collections care basics through the ten agents of deterioration: physical force; theft and vandalism; fire; water; pests; pollutants; light; incorrect temperature; incorrect relative humidity; and custodial neglect.

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Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Book Collections 

Presenter: Amber Hares, Book Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. The second presentation in our Common Collection Conditions series, this webinar discusses how to identify common condition problems found in book collections and introduce five priority levels that can be utilized to categorize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs.

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Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Collection's Housing

Presenter: Benjamin Iluzada, Housing Technician, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. The third presentation in our Common Collection Conditions series, this webinar will discuss common housing issues found within an institution's collection, as well as recommendations for how to address them both in-house and externally.

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Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Paper-Based Collections 

Presenter: Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Every collection will have some condition issues, and every organization has limits on the level of collections care they can institute. However, by both understanding the overall condition of a collection and identifying urgent items, organizations can determine how to best allocate resources within an overall preservation plan. This webinar will discuss how to identify common condition problems found in paper objects and introduce five priority levels that can be utilized to categorize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs.

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Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Photograph Collections

Presenter: Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. The fourth presentation in our Common Collection Conditions series, this webinar will discuss how to identify common condition problems found in photograph collections and introduce five priority levels that can be utilized to categorize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs.

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Demystifying Cold and Frozen Storage 

Presenter: Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. This webinar covers the types of materials that benefit most from or are unsuited to cold storage conditions, concentrating on photographic materials. The differences between cold and frozen systems, such as equipment types and preparation and access to a collection, are also explored.

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DHPSNY's Planning & Assessments: A Crash Course

The DHPSNY team is excited to continue to offer Planning & Assessment Services in 2021, having spent time in 2020 perfecting our approach to a safe, virtual delivery. On March 10th, Join Program Manager Anastasia Matijkiw to learn more about DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services, including what virtual assessments entail, how to apply, and more.

DHPSNY’s Planning & Assessment Services consist of Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, Condition Surveys, and Strategic Planning Assistance. In each instance, our services aim to improve adherence to best practices and are tailored to an organization’s unique circumstances. The deadline for the next round of applications for DHPSNY planning and assessment services is March 26, 2021.

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Digital Preservation for Small Repositories

Presenter: Bonita Weddle, Coordinator of Electronic Records, New York State Archives This webinar focuses on simple, practical first steps small repositories can take toward digital preservation and points you to a wide array of helpful resources.

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Finding Aid Basics: An Introduction to DACS

Presenter: Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY. This workshop covers the basics of collection-level finding aids and focus on content and formatting as governed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), the descriptive standard for archival materials.

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Good Housekeeping 

Presenter: Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY. Having a regular housekeeping program is essential to the preservation of collections. Clean conditions are important for long-term collections care and for good emergency preparedness. This webinar will address how to develop and maintain a housekeeping program for small- and medium-sized institutions, including policies, schedules, and recommended cleaning products.

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Housing Material Basics 

Presenter: Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY. This webinar guides you through the process of becoming an informed consumer in an often confusing world of products marketed as “archival” or “conservation-grade.”

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Introduction to Digitization 

Presenter: Tamara Talansky, Preservation and Imaging Coordinator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
This webinar provides a basic overview of some of the considerations institutions should make when digitizing materials, including prioritization and selection criteria, handling practices while scanning or photographing, and storage concerns for digital media.

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Introduction to Historical Records

Historical or archival records have long-term value not only for the organization that created them, but also for use in research.

This workshop will discuss methods to ensure that these records are identified, organized, properly stored, available for use, and preserved. It will also suggest ways to develop support for these activities. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss issues related to their historical records with the instructors and with other attendees.

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Introduction to Historical Records for Local Governments

Historical or archival records have long-term value not only for local governments that created them, but also for use in many types of research. This webinar will discuss practical methods to ensure that these records are identified, organized, properly stored, preserved, and available for use. It is designed to introduce records management officers to this important responsibility.

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Introduction to Integrated Pest Management 

Presenter: Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY. This webinar provides an introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for cultural institutions. Topics include the basic principles of prevention, monitoring, identification, and response/recovery, as well as resources for setting up a pest management program.

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Know Your Collections: Collections Management 

Presenter: Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. This presentation covers key collections management topics such as acquisition, appraisal, documentation and deeds of gift, inventory, and deaccessioning. Issues such as “found in the collection” items and abandoned property are also addressed.

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Lighting: Beyond Standards 

Presenter: Heather Hendry, Senior Paper Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Light is one of the ten agents of deterioration, making it especially crucial that collecting institutions know how to control and mitigate exposure to light during storage and exhibition. This webinar discusses basic principles of managing light exposure in collections, including identifying light sources commonly found in institutional storage, measuring and understanding visible and UV light values, current standards for light exposure during exhibition, and preventive measures to avoid unnecessary exposure to light. The light sensitivity of materials commonly held in archives, museums, and libraries is also discussed. Several case studies will show how small and large real world institutions have protected their collections.

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Local Historian’s Role in Identifying and Promoting Historical Records

Local history provides such color and depth to an otherwise bland panorama of dates, events and places. It offers unique information and creates a context for regional, state and national history. But what is the documentary basis for excellent local history and what is the local historian’s role in identifying and promoting historical records in a community context? This webinar will explore these questions as they relate to the primary roles of local historians – interpreting the past through research and writing, teaching, organizing, advocacy and historic preservation. We will consider the nature and challenges associated with local records, where they may be located, and options to preserve and make accessible these local treasures. This presentation will be valuable to records management officers, historians, and all those charged with overseeing the rich history of their communities.

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Managing Oversized Maps, Plans and Drawings

Managing over-sized maps and architectural drawings is one of those challenges we wish would just go away. They are bulky, often are subject to lengthy retention periods, and can easily become an unruly headache. Depending on the size and nature of your government, they can be a monstrously large set of records.
 
In an attempt to bring these challenges into perspective and make these records more manageable, this webinar will address the key elements of maps, plans, and drawings, including the significance of these records to efficient government operations. We will describe common characteristics of these types of materials such as format, media, and sizes, and how these characteristics affect the management of these records. We will explore how to conduct an initial assessment to better understand the scope and scale of your records management issues when dealing with over-sized materials. Finally, we will discuss some strategies in how to process these records in order to get physical and intellectual control over them, as well as storage options, reformatting, and ways to facilitate access. 
 
In one hour we can only scratch the surface, but hopefully this webinar will provide some basic, common sense approaches to managing maps, plans, and architectural or engineering drawings.
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Managing Your Digital Collection 

Presenter: Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. This webinar will focus on the basics of managing digital collections and will address born-digital material as well as items that have been converted to digital format. Maggie Downing, Manager of Digital Imaging at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, will discuss scalable strategies that can be implemented by institutions of all sizes.

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Managing Your Historical Photographs

This workshop presents strategies for taking physical and intellectual control of photographs to ensure their long-term access and use.

This workshop:

  • Discusses methods of organizing and making accessible photographic material
  • Provides preservation guidelines for photographs
  • Outlines reference, exhibition, and outreach strategies
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Metadata Matters: The Basics

Presenter: Dacia Metes, Digital Archives Manager, Queens Public Library. What is metadata? And why does it matter? This webinar will answer these questions and more! Intended to help those just getting started with metadata, topics covered will include best practices for item- and collection-level metadata, file naming, and systems for capturing metadata. Dublin Core and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) will also be addressed.

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Mold: Prevention, Detection, and Response 

Presenter: Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY. This webinar covers the basics of mold: what it is, why it happens to archival and library materials, how to recognize it, as well as strategies for prevention and recovery. Resources for responding to a mold outbreak are also discussed. Note: In the slide titled “Inactivating Mold: Freezing,” it should say “Below -20°C/-4°F” instead of “Below -20°F.”

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Museum Chartering 101: What is Chartering?

A museum or historical society in New York that wishes to organize as a nonprofit private education corporation must be issued a charter from the Board of Regents. But how does that process work? What are the different types of charters available? What are the benefits of being issued a charter? 
 
Museum Chartering 101: What is Chartering? Is the first webinar in a series designed to help institutions better understand the processes involved in New York's chartering program.
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Photographs in the Archive: Arranging and Describing Visual Materials 

Presenter: Amanda Murray, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY. Visual materials are a ubiquitous part of many collections that pose specific challenges to providing access. This session will discuss important considerations for the successful arrangement and description of visual materials in order to gain intellectual and physical control, improve accessibility, and provide for preservation.

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Photographs in the Archive: Caring for Photographic Collections

From tintypes to color prints, photographic collections require specific collections care methods. In this presentation, Preservation Specialist Amanda Murray offers guidance on basic preservation of photographic collections including strategies for storage, housing, and handling.
 
This presentation offers guidance on basic preservation of photographic collections including strategies for storage, housing, and handling.
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Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning

Presenter: Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. Permanently removing accessioned materials from your holdings can be daunting. However, deaccessioning is an important collections management tool, particularly for institutions that are overcrowded or have accepted every donation that came their way. This webinar will address best practices when it comes to deaccessioning, including policies and suggested workflows.

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Preservation in Exhibits 

Presenter: Amelia Parks, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY. This webinar covers strategies for planning and installing exhibits of archival collections using preservation quality materials and following best practices for preservation strategies.

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Preservation of Electronic Records

With ever-changing technology and the short life expectancy of the media on which they are stored, electronic records pose a special challenge to governments' preservation. Governments' electronic records can be found not only on computer media, but also on audio tapes and videotapes.

This workshop will discuss:

  • different types of electronic media
  • techniques for preserving electronic records
  • how to maximize longevity of electronic storage media
  • how to preserve electronic media through proper storage techniques
  • how to maintaining intelligible access to electronic records
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Preserving Electronic Records

With ever-changing technology and the short life expectancy of the media on which they are stored, electronic records pose a special challenge to governments’ preservation efforts. Governments’ electronic records are found, not only on computer media, but also on audio tapes and videotapes. This presentation will be helpful for all government officials responsible for the preservation or maintenance of electronic records stored on computer media, audio tapes, and videotapes.
 
This webinar will:
 
  • Describe the different types of electronic media
  • Provide practical guidelines about various preservation techniques
  • Provide information about proper storage methodologies
  • Discuss how to maintain access to records
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Records Appraisal for Records Managers

How do you decide which records have historical value? The answer is through an appraisal process.  
 
This webinar introduces records managers to the process of archival appraisal. You will learn the basic principles and practices of appraisal and how to identify records having historic or secondary value.
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Risk Assessment for Collecting Institutions 

Presenter: Samantha Forsko, Preservation Specialist, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
This webinar explores the basics of conducting a risk assessment at your institution. Conducting a risk assessment is one of the first steps an institution can take in the preparation and updating of an emergency preparedness and response plan.

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Scanning Your Historical Photographs

Scanning (digitizing) your historical photographs is the perfect way to increase use, share and preserve these visual treasures. But there is a lot to consider in terms of scanners, software, file formats, image resolution, bit depth, compression, preservation . . . the list goes on and on. Anyone can create a digital image from a photograph, but in this workshop, we will unveil the secrets to creating the highest possible quality scans of your photos. We will provide everything you need to know to take your scans from blase to brilliant in a very practical, informal presentation. Come and have some fun learning the true art of scanning. Whether you are a newbie or have serious experience scanning, this workshop will open your eyes to new techniques that will dramatically improve your digital results.

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Social Media: Instagram & Facebook

Presenter: Jason Henn, Manager of Marketing & External Relations, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Social Media is an excellent platform for sharing information about your organization and highlighting the collections under your care. This webinar will address the basics of establishing a social media presence for your organization on two popular platforms, Instagram and Facebook, and how they can be used to build audiences, share stories, and promote events.

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Space Planning: Getting Started

Presenter: Maria Holden, Preservation Officer, New York State Office of Cultural Education. Archives, libraries, and museums of all sizes face challenges when considering how to make the most of collections storage spaces, particularly when space is limited. The presenter will discuss strategies for making the most of precious storage space as well as ways to prioritize best practices and current standards for housing and storing institutional collections.

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Stories from the Field: Mold at RPI

Presenters: Tammy Gobert, Preservation and Access Archivist, Institute Archives and Special Collections, RPI Jenifer Monger, Assistant Institute Archivist, Institute Archives and Special Collections, RPI Dealing with a large mold outbreak is one of the most difficult situations an institution can face; in this webinar, staff from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Library share insight and lessons learned after they tackled a large mold outbreak in the collections.

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Temperature & Relative Humidity in Collections Care

Presenter: Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY
Providing stable environmental controls is one of the most important steps an institution can take to preserve its collections. As strict parameters for temperature and relative humidity can be expensive and difficult to implement for many institutions, efforts should be focused on maintaining environmental conditions that are attainable, sustainable, and cost-effective over the long term. This webinar will cover the impact temperature and relative humidity can have on collections, as well as ways to mitigate the risks posed by fluctuations or extremes. Establishing and maintaining an environmental monitoring program will also be addressed.

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The Process of Processing: Creating and Implementing Processing Plans 

Presenter: Kate Philipson, Archives Specialist, DHPSNY. Processing archival collections, which is the work of arranging, describing, and housing materials, can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating an initial processing plan helps to make these activities more manageable, as it proposes a clear guide to understanding any given collection and the resources that are necessary to make it accessible. This webinar will address the reasons for utilizing processing plans in your workflows, as well as the details of how to write one and implement it effectively.

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Using Local Government Records for Local and Family History

The historical records of towns, villages, cities, counties, school districts and other local governments are among the most amazing treasures for those conducting family and local history. They have the ability to paint beautiful panoramas, providing detail and color to otherwise bland lists of names, dates and places. But accessing these records, knowing what is available and where to find them, can be rather daunting.

This one-hour webinar will outline the types of historical records available at many local governments. It will explore where you may find them and the kinds of information they contain. We will also discuss some of the challenges and approaches you might use to successfully access these treasures.

This webinar will be really valuable for researchers, historians, and for all individuals who care for and make accessible historical records in local governments.

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Using State Agency Records in the State Archives' Holdings

The New York State Archives is responsible for storing state agency records with long-term historical value, and is critical in ensuring their preservation and access for future New Yorkers.  This workshop will discuss the importance of transferring your agency’s archival records to the State Archives. It will outline the transfer process, review policies and procedures for requesting and using materials at the State Archives, and examine the conditions under which records may be loaned back to agencies.

 

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What Does the Genealogist Want from You? And How to Provide it

Genealogist are, by far, the largest user group of New York State local government historical records. This webinar will help local government officials understand what the genealogist is looking for and why. It will provide tips and strategies on records access that help make things easier for you and the genealogist.

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