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Archives Month 2022 Poster Reveal Event – Sept 8

The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee is pleased to announce open registration and the agenda for the unveiling of the Ohio Archives Month poster on Thursday, September 8, 2022, 3-4pm on Zoom. (Watch the recording on YouTube!)

At the unveiling we’ll have the top ten photo winners speaking about their winning images, some fun trivia, and finally, the reveal of this year’s beautiful poster.

The theme of this year’s poster is “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of It All,” and we received so many amazing submissions! See more about the submissions and the voting process in “2022 Ohio Archives Month Poster Top 10 Voting Results.”

Register by September 6. Continue reading

SOA Annual Meeting 2023 Quick Survey

The Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee (EPC) is considering going hybrid for the 2023 Annual Spring Conference!

We would like your feedback on offering a traditional in-person conference with the ability to attend some or all sessions virtually. We will use the information from this one-question survey to gauge how many people might prefer to attend virtually, and how large of a venue we might need. Please respond by Friday, September 2.

Access the survey here.

If you are interested in joining the EPC (or have questions), please reach out to the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

2022 OHLA/SOA Fall Joint Conference Registration EXTENDED

Joint OLHA/SOA Fall Meeting 2022: Be the Change

September 30-October 1, 2022, in-person at the Quest Conference Center, Columbus (Westerville).

Join the Society of Ohio Archivists and the Ohio Local History Association for our in-person fall meeting! This is OLHA’s annual 2-day meeting with the addition of a SOA track on Friday, September 30, serving as SOA’s fall conference. Come for SOA’s sessions or come for the entire conference!

For the SOA track we have 3 panels, plus the discussion session Crucial Conversations: Social Justice in the Archives. Panel sessions cover Grants for Your Institution: Where to Find Them and How to Get Them with Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board members; From Skin to Skeleton: Pulling off the “Illustrated Human” Exhibit and Lecture Series at the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions with University of Cincinnati staff; and Beyond the Grant: Cultivating Sustainable Next Steps with Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, and Lakeside Heritage Society representatives.

See the annual conferences page to register and for many more details! Continue reading

Save the Date: SOA Fall Virtual Workshop, November 9-10, 2022

Save the date for the Society of Ohio Archivists fall virtual workshop, “Going Rogue: Practical Hacks (and Pitfalls) for Electronic Records Processing“!

“Going Rogue” will be held online via Zoom on both Wednesday November 9 and Thursday November 10,  10am-12pm Eastern. This is a two-day workshop and attendees are expected to participate on both days. The workshop will not be recorded but resource links will be shared after the workshop.

The SOA Educational Programming Committee is partnering with the Midwest Archives Conference Speakers Bureau to offer this great educational opportunity.

Registration will open in October. Free for members; $15 for non-members.  See more on the meetings page!

Description: The challenges of born digital records are well-known to most archivists by now. For years professional literature, workshops, and trainings have informed us of the complexities and issues around these materials. But what happens when theory meets reality? What kinds of collections are we actually encountering, and what are the real-life tools and procedures that repositories are using?

Speakers: Carol Kussmann, Digital Preservation Analyst, Digital Preservation and Repository Technologies and Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Digital Records Archivist, Archives & Special Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries.

Questions? Contact the Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Matt Francis and Adam Wanter.

Ohio Archives News: Ohio History Fund Applications Open

Apply for an Ohio History Fund Grant

Hello Grant Seekers and Ohio History Fund Friends!

Ohio History Fund grant applications are now available at The application deadline is Sept. 27, 2022.

The Ohio History Fund is a competitive matching grants program for history projects. Grants support all kinds of history projects about Ohio and its communities including
• Rehabilitation of National Register-listed historic buildings
• Museum collection storage initiatives,
• Educational programs
• Digitization of archival materials and historic photographs
• Surveys of buildings and archaeological surveys
• Exhibit development, including virtual exhibits
• Oral history projects
• Organizational development, including board training
• And more – contact us to discuss your idea!

See a list of last year’s grant recipients and projects. Continue reading

Ohio Archives News: Historic Marker Dedication July 17

Ohio Archives Month Poster 2020

Ohio Archives Month Poster 2020

The Society of Ohio Archivists is pleased to share this invitation (below) to the historic marker dedication for Ohio suffragist Jewelia Galloway Higgins, who was featured on our 2020 Ohio Archives Month poster “Ohio Women and the fight for the Right to Vote.”!



Patricia Smith Griffin, and The Charity’s Children Project, cordially invite you to attend the Historic Marker Dedication of their ancestor, Ohio suffragist Jewelia Galloway Higgins.

Please see the beautiful 3-page PDF version of the invitation, including photos of Jewelia Galloway Higgins. Continue reading

Ohio Archivist Call for News and Notes

Hello! I am now collecting submissions of “News and Notes” for the fall 2022 issue of the Society of Ohio Archivists’ newsletter Ohio Archivist.

You do not have to be a member of SOA to submit your news – all Ohio archives, records, and special collections news is welcome!

Think you don’t have anything to share? Think again! These are just a few examples, but you get the idea! You can check the News section of previous issues of the Ohio Archivist to get ideas of the kinds of things we are looking for. Continue reading

2022 Ohio Archives Month Poster “Top 10” Voting Results

The 2022 theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster is “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of It All.”

For the past two years, health-care professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so health care issues are on the minds of many people. This is our way of recognizing their work. The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that highlight Ohio’s healthcare related materials.

We received submissions on the theme from 23 institutions, for a total of 52 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 10 images were selected as winners through online voting by you. Thank you to everyone who submitted images. We could never make this poster without your great images!

Below are the images that were chosen by you as the top ten. Each one of these has a chance to appear on the final edit of the poster. Stay tuned for this year’s poster as we get closer to October and Archives Month!

Thank you to the following institutions for your submissions: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Archives of the Chancery; Bexley Public Library; Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections; Case Western Reserve University; Cincinnati Children’s; Clark County Historical Society; Columbus Metropolitan Library; Defiance College; Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregational Archives; Greene County Archives; Hudson Library & Historical Society; Huron County Community Library; Logan County Historical Society; Mahoning Valley Historical Society; Ohio History Connection; The Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center; Ohio University Libraries, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections; Sandusky Library Archives Research Center; University of Akron; University of Cincinnati, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of Health Professions; University of Dayton, U.S. Catholic Special Collection; Western Reserve Historical Society, African American Archives; Youngstown State University, Melnick Medical Museum and University Archives.

“Top 10” Images

As voted on by you, selected from the 52 submitted. In no particular order….

Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD, founder of the Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, 1986

Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD, founder of the Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, 1986. Cincinnati Children’s Department of Marketing and Communications.

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SOA Business Meeting Minutes for May 20, 2022 Available

The Society of Ohio Archivists most recent business meeting minutes, from the annual meeting held on May 20, 2022 at Columbus Metro Library, can now be found on the Council Meeting Minutes page.

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.

Questions about minutes? Contact SOA Secretary Jen Johnson.