Season 2, Episode 4: Davia Nelson


In this bonus episode, we meet Davia Nelson (left), one half of The Kitchen Sisters along with Nikki Silva. Their podcast, The Keepers, spotlights activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors, historians and other keepers of culture. Because of their work, The Kitchen Sisters received SAA’s 2019 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award. Learn how The Keepers came to be and why The Kitchen Sisters revere archivists and the materials stewarded by archival repositories.


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Check out The Keepers podcast and learn more about The Kitchen Sisters’ work at

You can read excerpts from this conversation (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) on ArchivesAWARE!, the blog of SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness.

Season 2, Episode 3: Christine Weideman and Mary Caldera

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What values do you hold dear as an archivist and why? In this episode, Christine Weideman, director of manuscripts and archives at Yale University Library, and Mary Caldera, head of arrangement and description at Yale University Library, talk about their new book, Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene. Both Mary and Chris reflect upon the values that animate their work and ways in which archivists can engage with foundational principles of the profession.




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In Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A Greene, twenty-three archivists honor the late SAA Felllow and past president Mark A. Greene by offering a variety of perspectives on the Core Values of the Society of American Archivists and their relevance today. These essays clearly demonstrate how core values empower archivists’ interactions with resource providers, legislators, donors, patrons, and the public. For anyone who wishes to engage in thinking about what archivists do and why, Archival Values is essential reading. The book is available from the Society of American Archivists.

Season 2, Episode 2: Laura Millar


We live in an age where evidence and facts matter more than ever. Laura Millar, an independent consultant in records, archives, and information management and in publishing and distance education, discusses the “evidence crisis” and the urgency of all citizens to share a vested interest in preservation and access to archival evidence in her new book, A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age. Laura talks about why it is vital for the public to understand the nature and importance of records and archives, and actionable steps everyone can take to protect authentic evidence.


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In this urgent manifesto, Laura Millar makes the case that authentic and accurate evidence is crucial in supporting and fostering a society that is respectful, democratic, and self-aware.

A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age is the inaugural book in the Archival Futures Series, copublished by the American Library Association and Society of American Archivists. Read more about it.

Season 2, Episode 1: Peter Wosh


SAA Fellow Peter Wosh, editor of the Archival Fundamental Series III and former director of the Archives/Public History Program at New York University, kicks off the second season of Archives in Context. Peter discusses his path to archival work and the ways that teaching changed his understanding of archival practice. He also reveals the process behind reimagining the Archives Fundamental Series and what archivists can expect from the seven new volumes.


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The seven-volume Archival Fundamental Series III published by the Society of American Archivists, provides a gateway to contemporary archival best practices. Whether a student, new professional, seasoned archival veteran, or in the information science and public history fields, you’ll find the books in this series accessible, stimulating, and indispensable to your daily work. In addition to editing the series, Peter is the author of Volume 7: Introducing Archives and Manuscripts, forthcoming 2021.  In the meantime, check out his other SAA books, Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession andPrivacy & Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists & Archival Records or his award-winning American Archivist essay, “Going Postal.”

Season 2 of Archives in Context


The Society of American Archivists (SAA) is delighted to present Season 2 of Archives in Context, a podcast highlighting archival literature and technologies, and most importantly, the people behind them. Cosponsored by SAA’s Publications Board, American Archivist Editorial Board, and Committee on Public Awareness, the podcast explores the often moving and important work of memory-keeping.

Archivists are continually in conversation. Whether talking in person at conferences, on listservs, through the professional literature, or on social media, these conversations move the profession forward. Each podcast episode offers a commute- or workout-length interview with an archives professional who enriches the field and practice. Hosts Chris Burns, Ashley Levine, Nicole Milano, and Anna Trammell interview authors, storytellers, and editors so that you can hear more conversations from the world of archives. With production coordinated by Colleen McFarland Rademaker and Bethany Anderson, the podcast also includes guest contributor Caryn Radick.

Season 2, released September 2019, features interviews with Peter Wosh, editor of SAA’s Archival Fundamentals Series III; Laura Millar, author of A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age; Christine Weideman and Mary Caldera, editors of Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene; Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters, co-host of The Keepers podcast; Teresa Brinati, director of Publishing at SAA;  Kathleen D. Roe, author of Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists; and Margot Note, author of Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories for Future Generations.

Listen to the full season now via the Archives in Context website, Google PlaySpotify, and iTunes.

Episode 7: Dominique Luster


Dominique Luster, Teenie Harris archivist at the Carnegie Museum of Art, discusses her TED Talk and her role in building community to better steward a large photographic collection documenting African American life in mid-twentieth century Pittsburgh. Her experiences in cleaning up “dirty data” and her thoughts on archivists’ understanding of professionalism round out the conversation.

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Watch Dominique’s TEDx Talk in Pittsburgh, given in June 2018, titled “Archives Have the Power to Boost Marginalized Voices,” and read her article on the same topic in the November/December 2018 issue of Archival Outlook.

Episode 6: Anthony Cocciolo

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Anthony Cocciolo, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Information, speaks about his award-winning book, Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists. He discusses his inspiration for the book and explains how his recommendations can be realized even in small archival programs. He also shares his thoughts on archival outreach for audiovisual and other archival collections.

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Most archivists encounter and most archives contain some form of moving image and sound material. This book offers practical guidance on how to preserve and make accessible the moving image and sound record, from the most relevant legacy formats to born-digital formats. Cocciolo won the SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award for best publication in 2017 and the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in 2018. The book is available from the Society of American Archivists.

Episode 5: Karen Trivette


Karen Trivette, head of special collections and archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology, provides a behind-the-scenes look at An Archivist’s Tale (a podcast produced by Karen and her husband, archivist Geof Huth), tells her own archival origin story, and talks about her passion for sharing archival and special collections materials.



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Check out An Archivists’s Tale podcast, in which archivists discuss their work and passions and how they care for the historical record and present the storied past.

Episode 4: A Finding Aid to My Soul

CAH_8907Listen to four compelling stories from the archives in this selection from A Finding Aid to My Soul, the open-mic storytelling event at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018, sponsored by SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) and emceed by COPA member Chris Burns, University of Vermont.

Storytellers are Petrina Jackson, head of Special Collections and University Archives, Iowa State University; Elizabeth Myers, director of Smith College Libraries; Geof Huth, chief records officer and law librarian, New York State Unified Court System; and Mary Rubin, senior archivist, University of Central Florida.


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overstreetjennifer-large-e1540998614453Check out two of the spookier stories from A Finding to My Soul by Jennifer Overstreet, graduate student at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Terry Baxter, archivist at Multnomah County Archives.

Follow ArchivesAWARE! to stay up-to-date on the Committee on Public Awareness’s (COPA) activities.

Episode 3: Michelle Caswell

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Michelle Caswellassociate professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the cofounder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), discusses her research and writing process for her book, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia, in an interview in July 2018.



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In Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia, Michelle Caswell traces the history of the bureaucratic recordkeeping regime of the Khmer Rouge and examines the ways in which these photographs are testaments of archival silence and agency. The book received the SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award for best publication in 2015 and was a finalist for the ICAS Book Prize, given by the International Convention of Asia Scholars. The book is available from the University of Wisconsin Press.