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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08 / 22 / 16

Unsung Treasures of the National Park Service

August 25, 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. NPS is best known for its stewardship of America’s natural wonders, but its mission includes the preservation of places with cultural and historical significance as well. What many people may not realize is that in addition to preserving these important spaces, NPS also… Read more »

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06 / 20 / 16

What’s Your Legacy? The Enduring Value of an Archive

Upon winning a championship or leaving office, sports figures and politicians are often asked to speculate about their legacy. Although leaving a legacy is something one may aspire to, it is really only something we see in retrospect. Such reflection requires perspective. Let me share a case in point in the context of History Associates’… Read more »

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05 / 09 / 16

Advice on Donating Congressional Records – What Members of Congress Should Know

Many Members of Congress choose to donate their personal papers to a state university or their alma mater. This historical legacy – including constituent correspondence, legislative research, and personal notes – could provide important insights for future policymakers and the public. What Members and their staff might not realize is that the accepting repository has… Read more »

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12 / 04 / 14

How One Company Reduced Off-Site Records Storage Costs

Storing inactive records in an off-site facility can save space and costs, but these records, like active ones stored in your office, still need to be managed according to a retention schedule and destroyed appropriately. If such actions are not taken, the costs of keeping unnecessary records can negate the savings made possible by placing… Read more »

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