02 / 13 / 20

Reflections on the Field: History and Technology in 2020

Alexis C. Madrigal’s article for The Atlantic, “The Way We Write History Has Changed,” is a timely reminder that historical methods have evolved considerably since HAI’s inception in 1981. The rise of digital technology has provided historians with new ways to approach their craft, while also exposing new concerns and challenges. In our early years as… Read more »

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08 / 15 / 19

Quick Takeaways from the SAA Annual Meeting – SAA 2019

Transformative! That was the theme of this year’s Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, SAA 2019, and many sessions focused on how archivists, records managers, and information professionals can address transformations happening today in technology, society, and the archives profession. My colleagues Laura Starr and Marielle Gage and I joined nearly two thousand archivists, records… Read more »

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05 / 07 / 19

Keep The Anniversary Celebration Going! Tips for Managing and Preserving Your Historical Assets

Your history is the backbone of your anniversary celebration. Using historical assets that are uniquely yours — like photographs, historic logos, videos, and company archives — makes your story come to life. While you are preparing for the celebration, you have a golden opportunity to revitalize your archives. Properly organizing and storing your company’s historical… Read more »

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02 / 11 / 19

Unfreezing 1923: How the Reopening of the Public Domain Opens Doors for Museums

After a 20-year freeze, a flood of new content is now available in the public domain: iconic films like Charlie Chaplin’s The Pilgrim, riveting reads by Willa Cather and H.G. Wells, remarkable works by M.C. Escher and Henri Matisse, and much more. The public domain has remained frozen in place since 1998. That year, Congress… Read more »

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11 / 05 / 18

Start Your Museum CMS Selection Process with a Needs Assessment

Museums and cultural institutions use a database system better known as a collections management system (CMS) to help care for their collection of archives, historical objects, and artifacts. Galleries, museums and even libraries use a museum CMS to track and control all data and information related to the objects in the collection. Since a CMS… Read more »

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04 / 05 / 18

A Historic Presidents Race

Major league baseball is a sport steeped in history, tradition, and statistics. With the start of the 2018 baseball season officially underway we thought it would be fun to examine one of the traditions of our local MLB team, the Washington Nationals — the Presidents race. Most major league teams try to keep their crowds… Read more »

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01 / 16 / 18

Found in the Garcia Archives: Inspiration from a Notable Civil Rights Leader

In 2016, History Associates began working with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to process and digitize a unique archival collection from Dr. Hector P. Garcia — a prominent champion of civil rights for veterans and Mexican-Americans in the late 20th century. Before his death, he donated a large portion of his papers and memorabilia to the… Read more »

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05 / 08 / 17

A Day in the Life of an Archivist: Processing the Garcia Papers

More Product, Less Process – Interview with Erica Williams, Archivist and Records Manager What is your role at History Associates? I’ve been an archivist at History Associates for 11 years now. It was my first job out of grad school. We’re a team of historians and archivists who are hired by private companies, government organizations,… Read more »

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04 / 25 / 17

Vanishing History: Sites of The Green Book

When spring arrives, many families start thinking about taking a road trip. The iconic family road trip represents freedom and spontaneity for many, but not so long ago; a significant portion of the U.S. population could not plan a road trip at whim. During segregation, navigating the country proved difficult and dangerous for African Americans,… Read more »

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03 / 13 / 17

Stories from the Archives: The Personal Papers of Dr. Hector P. Garcia

In 1949, a single act of discrimination galvanized the Mexican-American civil rights movement. The widow of an American serviceman killed in action was denied use of a chapel for funeral services because her husband, Felix Z. Longoria, was Hispanic. First-hand accounts of the outcry that followed and Mr. Longoria’s eventual burial at Arlington National Cemetery… Read more »

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