Reminder: Register for 2020 SOA Annual Meeting: Archiving 100 Years of Change

Kimberly A. Hamlin portrait

Plenary speaker Kimberly A. Hamlin, award-winning historian, speaker, and writer.

Join your colleagues on Tuesday June 16 & Wednesday June 17, for the 2020 Society of Ohio Archivists virtual conference, Archiving 100 Years of Change.

Plenary: Starting off the conference our plenary speaker, Kimberly Hamlin will speak on “Finding Sex, Race, and Suffrage in the Archives: What I Found When I Looked for Helen Hamilton Gardener in the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Collections.” This lecture 9am-10am, is free and open to the public! Register for the lecture here. Continue reading

SOA Election Results 2020

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Sherri Goudy

The Society of Ohio Archivists held its normally scheduled election online for the first time ever, over the period of May 6-22. This election moved online due to the global pandemic and cancellation of the in-person Annual Meeting (usually held in mid-May), during which members voted.


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Lisa Rickey

With the results now in and officially recognized, SOA welcomes its new leaders:

  • Melissa Dalton, Greene County Records Center & Archives, as Council member;
  • Sherri Goudy, Nerd Girl History Adventure, as Vice-President/President Elect;
  • Lisa Rickey, Wright State University Libraries, as Treasurer.
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Melissa Dalton

Council would like to thank Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University, outgoing Council member; and Mark Bloom, University of Akron, outgoing Treasurer; for all that they have done for SOA. Council also thanks the members who voted, and the Nominating Committee.

For more information see the Officer and Council Member roster and the Nominating Committee page.

SOA Council Statement on Racial Inequality and Black Lives Matter

June 3, 2020—We, at the Society of Ohio Archivists, are profoundly saddened and outraged by the numerous, unjustified deaths of Black men and women in our country.  We grieve the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless more who have died because of police brutality fueled by hate. We grieve the brutal lynching of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of vigilante white men, including a former police officer. We condemn the use of violence, vigilantism, and the weaponization of supremacy, and we denounce police violence against Black people.

As archivists, we know this problem is deeply rooted in the history and founding of our nation. It is also rooted in our institutions, including archives. We are committed to recognizing and breaking down systems of white supremacy within our own archives. For decades, the historical narrative has largely left out the stories of Black people in our country. Part of our work as archivists includes creating a space where we can collaborate and dialogue with those whose stories have been marginalized, ignored, and silenced. Our efforts and missions include learning from the past to prepare for the future. We can only do that if we include all voices. Continue reading

2020 SOA Annual Meeting: Archiving 100 Years of Change

Join your colleagues on Tuesday June 16 & Wednesday June 17, for the 2020 Society of Ohio Archivists virtual conference, Archiving 100 Years of Change.

Kimberly A. Hamlin portrait

Plenary speaker Kimberly A. Hamlin, award-winning historian, speaker, and writer.

Starting off the conference our plenary speaker, Kimberly Hamlin, will be discussing sex, race, and suffrage in the archives, based on her research into suffragist Helen Hamilton Gardener. Over the course of two days, we will have sessions discussing digitizing community collections, digital preservation, preserving oral histories, learning from challenges in the archives and more. We hope to “see” you at our upcoming meeting on Zoom!

Schedule: To see the full schedule and to register, visit the SOA conference page at

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Keep in Touch: Update Email Address if Necessary

Dear SOA members,

In this unstable time, please let us know if you need to change your preferred email address for SOA Membership communications. If so, please email with your current email address and the email address that you’d like it changed to. Also, if you need to change your Listserv email settings, you can do it here.

Soon we will be contacting members regarding online voting for leadership positions, as well as annual meeting and newsletter news, and we don’t want to miss you!

SOA Annual Conference 2020 (virtual): Save the Dates June 16-17!

Kimberly A. Hamlin portrait

Plenary speaker Kimberly A. Hamlin, award-winning historian, speaker, and writer.

Save the dates! SOA has moved its annual conference online! Join us Tuesday June 16-Wednesday June 17, 2020, for our virtual conference, Archiving 100 Years of Change. Watch the annual conference website for more details, including the schedule and registration, as they are updated to reflect meeting virtually.

Can’t wait to see you in June!
Questions? Please contact Society of Ohio Archivists’s Educational Programming Committee Cochairs Stephanie Bricking or
William Modrow

Ohio Humanities COVID-19 Cultural Sector Survey: Please Fill Out!

COVID-19 graphic from the CDCPlease fill out the below Ohio Humanities survey by April 7 if possible. Each organization/institution should fill it out once, regardless of whether or not it anticipates needing future aid.


During these moments of national crisis, the cultural and heritage nonprofit sector is frequently overlooked. People turn to the humanities and arts to understand what is going on and for solace. Governor DeWine’s frequent assurances that Ohioans have faced tough times before and prevailed–and will do so again–are informed by his knowledge of our state’s history. While our sector isn’t working in emergency departments or the grocery stores, gas stations, and banks deemed critical, we help fortify those who do with insight and an enhanced quality of life.

Your responses to this survey are vital and will help Ohio Humanities craft an emergency plan to distribute federal stimulus funds to help Ohio’s cultural heritage community. We’ll use this to plan and distribute federal stimulus funds and create other services to fortify your institution as you address your community’s needs in the face of COVID-19. Continue reading

Now Full! SOA/ALAO SCAig Joint Workshop Now Virtual on May 14, 2020–Register Now

Recording is now available at

Workshop: Opening Doors: Outreach with Archives and Special Collections

Great news! Our joint Society of Ohio Archivists/Special Collections & Archives interest group (SCAig) of ALAO workshop has moved online!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Live online with Zoom
Cost: FREE
Limited to 80 participants!
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Cancelled: SOA Annual Meeting, May 14-15, 2020 (Now virtual June 16-17)

The Annual Meeting will now be virtual on June 16-17, 2020! Watch the annual meeting page for updates!

Based on recent developments regarding COVID-19, the uncertainty it has created, and the great health risk it poses, Council has decided to cancel the 2020 Ohio Archivists’ Annual Meeting scheduled for May 14-15, 2020 at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in Columbus.

Discussions are ongoing regarding the possible rescheduling of the conference/preconference workshop for another date or other alternative options. As decisions are made, we will continue to update you. Continue reading