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Volume 28 Issue 5
Register Now! The 26th Annual Long Island Archives Conference
The LILRC Committee for the Preservation of Local History is proud to present the 26th Annual Long Island Archives Conference:
Monday, October 18, 2021
Virtual via Zoom
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$25 for all attendees
CEUs will be offered
This year's theme is The 1920s: Style and Design. The speakers will elaborate upon the Art Deco style that defined the decade, the fashions that excelled in frivolity but are inherently flawed, and the significance of preserving materials related to jazz culture.
Meet our speakers:
American Art Deco Design with Kathleen Murphy Skolnik
Although the modern approach to design now known as Art Deco originated in Europe, by the late 1920s it had captured the imagination of Americans with a taste for modernity. Both American-born designers and European emigres living in the U.S. were embracing this new aesthetic and Art Deco was affecting just about every aspect of design. This lecture will examine the impact of Art Deco on furniture, metalwork, lighting, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and industrial design in the United States.
Kathleen Murphy Skolnik teaches art and architectural history at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, leads seminars on Art Deco design at the Newberry Library, a private research library also in Chicago, and lectures for the Scarsdale Adult School. She is the co-author of The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière and a contributor to the recently published Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America. From 2008 to 2016 she was the editor of the Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Art Deco Society of New York.
Flapper Dresses and Inherent Vice in Museum Collections with Morgan Carbone
While the fashions of the Roaring Twenties often bring beautiful images of Charleston dancing flappers to mind, this is not always what a museum professional envisions. We often see the ravages of time and lifeless dresses that barely resemble what they once were. Associate Textile Conservator Morgan Carbone will be discussing the prominence of these fashions and their advanced deterioration due to the way they were made, also called inherent vice. We will explore where inherent vices exist in textile collections and review guidelines on best practices for handling and archivally housing these fragile artifacts.
Morgan Carbone is the Associate Conservator at Museum Textile Services, a private conservation lab in New England, and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. She earned her BA in Art History from Grinnell College in Iowa with the award for excellence in Art History. Morgan then received an MA in Fashion and Textiles: History Theory, and Museum Practice with a focus in conservation at the State University of New York (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Jazz Loft Archiving Project at the ‘Coal Bin’ a panel discussion led by Dr. Thomas J. Manuel, President & Founder, The Jazz Loft, Inc. and Tony Scalatos, senior lecturer and Director of the Multimedia Lab in the Stony Brook University Department of Computer Science.
The Jazz Loft, a music venue and museum located in Stony Brook, has recently completed an ambitious renovation project of its basement, now known as the “Coal Bin.” The new Coal Bin at the Jazz Loft will serve as a functional work space as the Jazz Loft continues its mission of archiving and preserving Jazz history. Stony Brook University student interns have begun to inventory and digitize the more than 10,000 historical Jazz artifacts in the possession of the museum. According to Thomas Manuel, the museum currently possesses paper records, sheet music, personal possessions of Jazz legends past and present, posters, photos, diaries, manuscripts, programs, musical instruments, vinyl record collections and more that require cataloging and storage.
Thomas Manuel is a Jazz historian, music educator and cornet player. Dr. Thomas Manuel holds the endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. In addition to this he serves as a trustee to the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Huntington Arts Council Decentralization Advisory Committee, and is the founder and President of The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, N.Y., an innovative and creative space which joins jazz performance, jazz preservation and jazz education in celebration of the past, present, and future.
REGISTER NOW at https://lilrc.org/event-4388253 or www.LILRC/events. For questions please contact Nicole Menchise, Digitization and Archives Coordinator, Long Island Library Resources Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Immigration in New York State, 1650-1950
The latest online exhibit is now available for your enjoyment!
By Nicole Menchise
As a member of the ESLN Exhibit Committee, I am proud to announce that after nearly two years and some hefty setbacks, we are online with the latest exhibition: Immigration in New York State, 1650-1950.
When we decided to create this exhibit, which will be available as a traveling exhibit through LILRC later this year, our committee of curators wanted to tell an immigration story that focused more on the lives of immigrants who settled the regions of Long Island and throughout the entire state. Often the immigrant experience is dominated by stories of those that settled in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Naturally , those stories are included , but so are the stories of Italians in Amagansett , Germans in Buffalo , and Russians in Tupper Lake.
We wished to relay the understanding that there were many reasons people chose to immigrate and to show those examples through individual stories. In the segment "A Difficult Decision" it reads, "The decision to relocate to a distant country is a serious matter. ..Reasons for leaving included political oppression, civil wars, religious persecution, economic stagnation, and personal matters."
We hope you enjoy these stories and are inspired by the courage, resilience and success that is part of the American immigrant experience.
A New Look for New York Heritage Launches September 1st
For a few months, the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) has been working behind the scenes to create a more user-friendly website with a greater dedication to showcasing items from the state's nine regions (LILRC is one of those nine councils). The website appears simpler in design: one large image has been selected to represent each region (thanks to Montauk Library for the one I chose to represent Long Island) on the home page complementing the Google-esque search box; there are no more drop-down menus; and there are sections for easy browsing by subject matter. Other popular features like the monthly 'collection of the week' for each region will still be on the home page.
What else is new? Per Chuck Henry, team leader and website developer at the Northern New York Library Resources Council, the content has been streamlined, so there will be fewer clicks to navigate the site. Also, there is updated policy with language about privacy concerns in light of the yearbook-based ethics question out of Long Island in 2020. We also created a link so that end-users can go directly to the item page associated with the representational image chosen for each digital collection (where applicable). Take a look and let the folks at ESLN know what you think!
Go to https://nyheritage.org/ and find a link at the top of the page that directs you to a User Experience Survey. Browse around an see all of the fascinating digital collection that our state has to offer!
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Workshop highlights! Digitizing Audiovisual Media: A Hands-on Workshop Presented by the Regional Media Legacies Project
For the fist time since March 6, 2020, LILRC hosted its first in-person program. at the Suffolk Cooperative Library Systems building. The Auditorium was perfect for allowing attendees to keep a comfortable distance while learning about the Gardiner Foundation-funded Regional Media Legacies (RML) Project.
The Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program (NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts) created the RML project because, "regional audiovisual collections have been historically undervalued and often go un-preserved." The team of Marie Lascu, Project Manager, and the two RML Fellows, Robert Anen and Claire Fox shared a presentation and offered activities identifying different audiovisual formats, types of risk and signs of deterioration, and each item's specific preservation needs. A good deal of time was explaining the importance of digital storage and the factors to consider when planning for the future.
Claire and Robert went hands-on to show how reformatting software works using their playback devices and additional equipment. It was a very informative day with the added liveliness of being among colleagues once again. Below are some images from the program.
Long Island Archives - September/October 2021 Editor: Nicole Menchise, Digitization and Archives Coordinator
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Now Receiving Applications!
Accessing Archives Pilot Project
Get short term projects completed or long-term projects started with help from LILRC.
A new pilot program to provide cultural institutions in Nassau and Suffolk Counties an opportunity to improve access to archival collections. LILRC will support a project archivist to assist member institutions in providing archival services such as processing and housing a collection or defined body of materials.
The application process is simple, but the more detailed the application narrative, the better. Top contenders will get a site visit for the Digitization and Archives Coordinator, Nicole Menchise, to confirm the scope of the project and the safety of the environment. For the time being, the project is not open to historical collections in public libraries. Cultural institutions that are eligible LILRC members may include historical societies, museums, religious organizations, and arboretums. This current policy is subject to change.
After careful review, five or six organizations will be chosen to receive the time and expertise of the Project Archivist (LILRC is accepting resumes at this time and interviews will begin next month).
The deadline is October 1st. Find out how to apply on the LILRC website under the Archival Services heading or go to: https://lilrc.org/Accessing-Archives-Pilot-Project