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Archives Month 2010

Join the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery in celebrating American Archives Month this October! We are currently planning several events, a book display, and a series of essays authored by UMBC faculty, staff, and alumni focused on their personal experiences working with archives and special collections across the United States. More information will be released in September 2010. View the event flier (PDF).

Discard discussion with Lynn Cazabon

Wednesday October 6th in the Library Gallery during Free Hour (12-1pm)
Lynn Cazabon will present her series of photographs, Discard. Discard is an ongoing body of work consisting of several discrete series of images featuring movie films discarded by public institutions (libraries, schools, archives). Harking back to the 19th century practice of postmortem photography, each print serves as a memento mori to the recently obsolete medium of film. In its totality, Discard is a shadow archive, reflecting that which has been omitted from institutional archives. More generally, the series reflects on the ongoing cycle of obsolescence, wherein technologies replace one another at ever increasing speed. With each iteration of this cycle, a particular way of seeing/knowing the world is lost. You can view photographs from the Discard series at

"Using Images for Original Research" panel

NEW! You can now register for "Using Images for Original Research" (required)

Tom Beck, Chief Curator, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at UMBC
Joanne Archer and Doug McElrath, Special Collections at University of Maryland, College Park
Barbara Orbach Natanson, Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress

Researchers in the humanities, arts, and social sciences often request historical images for use as an accompanying illustration in publications, presentations, and online exhibits, but despite the wealth of content contained in a single image, few use them as an independent historical resource. Archivists and curators from UMBC, College Park, and the Library of Congress will discuss the importance of visual literacy, image-based research methods, and the scholarly potential held in photographs, illustrations, and postcards.

This panel is being held in conjunction with American Archives Month and the fall meeting of the Maryland History and Culture Collaborative. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and interested undergraduates are encouraged to attend. Registration for UMBC attendees is required; please see additional information on the event webpage.

In the Archives essay compilation

Special Collections Archivist Lindsey Loeper contacted some of her best archives supporters on campus and asked them to write short essays about how archives have influenced them, either professionally, academically, or personally. The essays will be posted throughout the month of October on the Library blog, or you can read all of the essays on the In the Archives webpage. Essayists include:

  • Michael Bowler, Library volunteer
  • Richard Byrne, UMBC Magazine
  • Christopher Corbett, English
  • David Hoffman, Office of Student Life
  • Jenny O'Grady, Institutional Advancement
  • Ed Orser, American Studies
  • Jody Shipka, English
  • October Reference book display

    A book display is available on the first floor of the Library featuring archives related publications. Topics include archival theory, public history, non-fiction texts heavily influenced by archival materials, and books exploring the use of archives in professional and personal situations. The full list of books available is listed below, but please stop by and browse the selections in person! Each book is available to be checked out - just take the book to the Circulation desk and they will check it out for you.

    Maryland History and Culture Collaborative

    UMBC will host the fall meeting of the Maryland History and Culture Collaborative, an informal meeting of archivists, curators, and librarians that work professionally with collections documenting the history and culture of Maryland.

    Other resources

    Archives Month webpage on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference website (link updated: 2016-12-13)

    American Archives Month at the Society of American Archivists (link updated: 2016-12-13)

    Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress

    Reference Display - Archives Month 2010