Archives Month 2021: Make Plans, Share Your Plans, Sign Up to Give a Virtual Tour!

October is American Archives Month and we want to take the opportunity to highlight and celebrate archives all throughout Ohio!  This year, the Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee would like to offer a few virtual opportunities in October to invite the public “in” to our archives.

We have set up four dates on Tuesday afternoons in October to allow Ohio archival repositories to sign up to give a brief virtual tour during a one-hour Zoom meeting. This is a chance to show off your place, your coolest things, whatever you’d like!

  • The one-hour Zoom meetings are on Tuesdays. October 5th and 19th are at 12:15 pm, and October 12 and 26 are at 2:15pm.
  • Each Tuesday time slot can have up to 6 archives providing a tour, giving 8-10 minutes per archive (pre-recorded or live–your choice!).
  • (Multiple employees/representatives from an archive are welcome to attend the Zoom where your organization will be featured.)
  • Sign up for your preferred date and tour time using the form here:
  • After signing up, you’ll receive the link for your date.
  • We’ll share a graphic/flyer that can be shared with details of how the public can join each session.
  • In addition, organizational representatives can join to watch and chat/ask questions on any of the other dates if they just want to see other archives!
  • See the virtual tours from our June Annual Meeting.

This is a fun opportunity for us archivists too, not just the public! We hope you can join any of the days available!

Other ways to celebrate Archives Month

Hold an Event: If your archive site hasn’t made plans yet to do something to celebrate and acknowledge Archives Month, we encourage you to hold some sort of event (in person or virtual) to let people get to know your archives!

Let us know: If you already have something planned (like an open house, talk, etc.), please share the details so that we can publish a list of Ohio Archives Month activities around the state on the SOA website. You can send event details to Advocacy and Outreach Committee Cochair Natalie Fritz.

Last Updated on September 21, 2021 by janet_carleton

Annual OHLA/SOA Fall Meeting, Sept 30-Oct 2, 2021

The 2021 annual Ohio Local History Alliance and Society of Ohio Archivists fall meeting (virtual), will be held Thursday September 30-Saturday October 2, with the theme of Challenge Accepted: Overcoming Obstacles.

Register online through September 29–see the SOA Meeting page for registration and more details. Fees are member (SOA/OLHA) $40; nonmember $50; student/unemployed/furloughed $20.

Registration covers the full conference including the plenary sponsored by Ohio Humanities, “Making the Local Universal: How Hidden Histories in Ohio Communities Can Broaden Audiences and Bring More Support,” with Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox, Harvard University, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Dr. Cox, an award-winning American historian, specializes in the history of racism in the nineteenth century, with a focus on the frontier and rural Midwest. Her recent book, The Bone and Sinew of the Land examines the long-denied history of African American pioneers who settled the Midwest before the Civil War.

The SOA session track is on Thursday and will feature three engaging sessions.

  • In “Making Your DPLA Harvest Go Farther,” John Dewees will discuss a new DPLA initiative to use its content harvests as an opportunity to also add copyright-free digital collections resources into Wikimedia Commons. He’ll talk about how the Ohio Digital Network is supporting this work.
  • Dyani Feige from the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts will share “Lessons Learned: Adapting Collections Care in a Global Pandemic” as a mini-workshop.
  • In the third session, Martha Bishop, Hannah Klacik, Kayla Metzger, and Sarah Wilschek, will present on “Community Partnership for the Preservation of Jewish History in the Mahoning Valley.”

Questions? Contact the Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and Anne Ryckbost.

Last Updated on August 26, 2021 by janet_carleton

SOA Council Meeting Minutes for June 28, 2021 Available

The Society of Ohio Archivists most recent leadership meeting minutes, from June 28, 2021, can be found on the Council Meeting Minutes page. The document includes many between-meeting actions from the spring.

Interested in SOA over time? Also on that page are minutes dating back to 1997. In addition to documenting actions from the leadership meeting, minutes include reports from the treasurer as well as from committees and task forces.

Last Updated on July 14, 2021 by janet_carleton

Internship Available: Sisters of the Precious Blood Archives at Salem Heights, 2021


  1. $15/hour for up to 300 hours. Biweekly pay schedule.
  2. Flexible work schedule.
  3. All work will be onsite at 4960 Salem Ave. in Dayton, Ohio


  1. Mounts a small exhibit using materials from the CPPS Archives.
  2. Utilizes PastPerfect Museum Software to maintain and update the CPPS Archives collections digital database.
  3. Inventories, researches, and evaluates books contained in the CPPS Archives.
  4. Assists with writing column in Congregation’s quarterly newsletter.
  5. Participates in other archival activities as needed which may include Community events, oral histories, and professional meetings.

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Last Updated on July 1, 2021 by janet_carleton

Recordings Available for SOA 2021 Annual Meeting: Archives in an Era of Change

Recordings are now available from the virtual Society of Ohio Archivists 2021 Annual Meeting: Archives in an Era of Change (June 7-8, 2021).

Find them on the SOA’s YouTube channel SOAam21playlist. Or linked next to the sessions in the Schedule At A Glance on the Annual Meetings page.

Speaker slides are being added as we receive them, also on the Annual Meetings page.

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and Anne Ryckbost.

Last Updated on June 23, 2021 by janet_carleton

SOA Election Results 2021

Amy Rohmiller

Amy Rohmiller, Vice President/President-Elect

For the second year in a row, the Society of Ohio Archivists held its normally scheduled election online May 14-28. The online election was again necessitated by current conditions and the lack of an in-person Annual Meeting (held June 7-8 virtually this year and free to membership).


Jen Johnson, Secretary

The results of the election are now in and officially recognized. SOA would like to welcome the following new leaders:

  • Amy Rohmiller, University of Dayton, Vice President/President-Elect (2021-2022)
  • Jen Johnson, State Library of Ohio, Secretary (2021-2023)
  • Sasha Griffin, Denison University, Council (2021-2023)

Sasha Griffin, Council

A big thank you to Jenifer Baker and Marsha Miles for running, and the Nominating Committee. Also, thank you to everyone who participated!

For more on the new officers and Council member, see the Candidate Statements in this 4-page extract from the Ohio Archivist, spring 2021.

Officer Transitions

  • Sherri Goudy, Nerd Girl History Adventure, transitions from Vice President/President-Elect to President.
  • Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library, transitions from President to Past-President.
  • Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center and Archives, transitions out of SOA Leadership. Council cannot heap enough praise on Robin for all that she has done and for her great leadership.

Committee Leadership Appointments and Departures

Another big thank you also goes out to outgoing, incoming, and reappointed committee leadership:

  • Educational Planning Committee: Bill Modrow, Miami University, whose term as EPC cochair comes to an end with the 2021 Annual Conference. Welcome to incoming Cochair Anne Ryckbost, Xavier University, who is joining current Cochair Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metro Library.
  • Marketing and Communications Committee: Janet Carleton, Ohio University, has been reappointed for a second term as MCC cochair, joining current Cochair Amanda Rindler, Ohio History Connection.
  • Membership and Awards Committee: Stephanie Shreffler, University of Dayton, has been reappointed for a second term as MAC cochair, joining current Cochair Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University.
  • Nominating Committee: Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center and Archives, whose term comes to an end as the chair position resides with the Past President. Adam Wanter, MidPointe Library System assumes the role of chair.
  • Ohio Archivist: Kayla Harris, University of Dayton, whose term as Editor-in-Chief comes to an end. Welcome to incoming Editor Abigail Sachs.

For more information see the Officer and Council Member roster, Committees & Task Forces page, and the Nominating Committee page.

Last Updated on June 10, 2021 by janet_carleton

Virtual Meet-Up: Post-SOA Annual Meeting, Wed June 9

The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee is hosting a virtual informal “Meet-Up” on Wednesday, June 9, 2001 at 3pm (Eastern), via Zoom.

This will be a fun opportunity for Ohio archivists to get together, following the virtual SOA Annual Meeting on June 7-8. There will be trivia and an opportunity to share and chat with fellow archivists.

Registration is required to receive the meeting link. Please email Connie Conner to register.

We hope you can join!

Questions? Contact the Advocacy and Outreach Committee Cochairs Natalie Fritz and Jenifer Baker.

Last Updated on June 2, 2021 by janet_carleton

Register Now for SOA 2021 Annual Meeting: Archives in an Era of Change

Register now to join your colleagues (virtually) at the Society of Ohio Archivists 2021 Annual Meeting: Archives in an Era of Change, Monday June 7 & Tuesday June 8.

Two days of sessions on current topics, a virtual archives crawl, awards ceremony, annual business meeting, and a thoughtful plenary (all via Zoom). Plus registration is FREE for members!*

Much more, including the full schedule, on the Annual Meeting page.

Ben Garcia portrait

Ben Garcia

Plenary Speaker: Ben Garcia – “Archives, Libraries, Museums: Meaning-making and Magic.”
Garcia is deputy executive director and chief learning officer at the Ohio History Connection. His talk will be a reflection on why our work matters, where we have gone astray, and what the path forward could be. This presentation will touch on the meaning of collections and spaces, digital and physical. And a rationale, rooted in our deepest places, for equitable practice, access and representation in our fields.

*If not currently a member, you will have the opportunity to join SOA through the online meeting registration form by choosing that option within the Registration Type menu. And membership fees are just $5 (student)/$10 (bridge)/$15 (individual)!

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Rachael Bussert and William Modrow.

Last Updated on June 8, 2021 by janet_carleton

2021 Winners for SOA History Day Award

The Society of Ohio Archivists Membership and Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 SOA History Day Awards. The awardees were selected from submissions for the award, from among those advancing to the state finals competition which was held virtually on Saturday, April 24.

Junior Award: Angela D’Souza, Birchwood School of Hawken, for her junior individual documentary, “The Cleveland Free-Net: How a Case Western Reserve University Experiment Opened a New World of Communication.” Angela worked with archivists at Case Western Reserve University to obtain primary source documents and resources about the Cleveland Free-Net that she used in her documentary. She also interviewed the widow of the creator of Free-Net, who gave her additional photos and primary sources she used.

Senior Award: Brendan Zbanek, Mary Basilion, Zara Braun, Shaker Heights High School, for their senior group performance, “Tinker v. Des Moines: The Student Led Fight For Free Speech.” Brendan, Mary, and Zara researched the Supreme Court case files, and read books from the 1960s to fully understand the time period. They also conducted an interview with Mary Beth Tinker, the plaintiff in the case, and incorporated her firsthand knowledge of the case into their performance. Continue reading

Last Updated on May 26, 2021 by janet_carleton

Ballot Available for 2021 SOA Election

It’s time to vote for Society of Ohio Archivists Leadership!

All current members of SOA should have received an email with a link to the ballot for officers and Council members today, May 14. The ballot will be available May 14-28. If you did not receive one, and you have checked your junk folder, please contact Matt Francis, cochair of the Membership & Awards Committee, to check on your membership status.

Please see the Candidate Statements in this 4-page extract from the Ohio Archivist, spring 2021.

2021 Slate of Candidates

  • Vice President/President-elect: Amy Rohmiller
  • Secretary: Jen Johnson
  • Council (1 open seat): Jenifer Baker, Sasha Griffin, Marsha Miles

Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their work.

Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by janet_carleton