Things We Learned At The New York Archivists Round Table Awards Ceremony

October 11, 2013

*The awards ceremony was started in 1989 to mark the 10th anniversary of NYART. The first award for Innovative Use of Archives was given for a project based in Brooklyn, because at that point in time doing anything in Brooklyn was an innovation.

*The New York Archives Conference originally began as the Lake Ontario Archives Conference with attendees primarily from western New York and Canada. We finally got rid of the Canadians in 1999.

*The only thing you really need to learn to pass kindergarten: Correct identification of farm animals.

*The secret location of the NYART archives. This information is for NYART members only, but did you know that anyone can become a member, either as a professional or a Friend of ART?

*Wang computers.

*If you think the technology of creating digital artworks is hard, think about the technology needed to preserve them.

*NYART awards directly impact the support of archives (i.e., looks good in funding applications).

*Nat King Cole’s wax hands.

*Archivists are humble about and quick to acknowledge the importance of collaboration and the support of colleagues.


*These people are awesome:
Peter Wosh, Director, Archives and Public History Program, NYU – Award for Archival Achievement

New York Archives Conference (Geoffrey P. Williams, University Archivist, SUNY University at Albany accepting) – Award for Outstanding Support of Archives

Rhizome Artbase (Heather Corcoran & Ben Fino-Radin accepting) – Award for Innovative Use of Archives

Brooklyn Historical Society Students and Faculty in the Archives Project (Julie Golia, Public Historian and Robin M. Katz, Outreach & Public Services Archivist accepting) – Award for Educational Use of Archives

Check out the program from the ceremony here. Congratulations to all of the winners! And thanks to all the great presenters and NYART Board for a fun evening!