The OMA at SAA 2013

Last week the OMA traveled to New Orleans to attend the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting. And the OMA presented, twice!

First, the OMA participated in the “Women’s Archives: What Does the Future Hold?” Society of American Archivists Pre-Conference at Tulane University. As part of the panel presentation “Documenting Diverse Communities” the OMA shared two collaborative, community projects, the Chinese Disinterment Documents collection online exhibit and the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute, and how these projects can serve as models to assist communities in documenting their histories. The presentation is available online:  The Oregon Multicultural Archives: Documenting Diverse Communities through Digital Stewardship and Archival Education

Later in the week, the OMA attended and presented at the Performing Arts Roundtable. The presentation included updates regarding the American Theatre Archive Project and a description of the Oregon Multicultural Archives’ relationships and project plans with the Miracle Theatre Group and the Obo Addy Legacy Project. The presentation is available online: American Theatre Archive Project Updates & The Oregon Multicultural Archives: Collaborations with Performing Arts Groups in Oregon 

Throughout the conference there were a variety of sessions that pertained to the OMA including presentations regarding Native American archives and collections, community archives, building donor relationships, and collaborating with traditionally underrepresented communities to make their histories more visible.

Sessions the OMA attended include:

Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable

Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable

108 – Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Discovering the Intersections of Labor History and Civil Rights in Labor Collections

208 – Native Americans and Route 66: Hidden Stories of the Mother Road

Acquisitions and Appraisal Section

302 – Archiving Hip Hop Culture: Collaborating Across Institutions and with Communities

406 – Journeys of Reconciliation: Institutions Studying Their Relationships to Slavery

Performing Arts Roundtable

603 – To Protect and Connect: Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Heritage Materials in the Archives


 The OMA’s next conference will be the Cultural Heritage Archives Symposium in Washington D.C. and we will of course post all about it!

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