An Archivist's Tale
By Geof Huth and Karen Trivette
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Archivists in conversation with archivists, discussing their work and passions and how they care for the historical record and present the storied past. Hosted by husband and wife team Karen Trivette and Geof Huth.
||CleanEpisode 56: We Have the Best Job (George Blood)||George Blood, President of George Blood LP, reveals how a beginning in music turned him into someone intent on preserving audio-visual records for the future. George discusses his company's small beginnings, its recent move into a large new space...||3/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 55: We Sponsored the Towson Reception (Marisa Bourgoin and John LeGloahec)||The married couple, Marisa Bourgoin (Head of Reference Services at the Archives of American Art) and John LeGloahec (Archives Specialist in the Electronic Records Division of the National Archives) discuss their very different career paths, how they...||3/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 54: A Furloughed Records Manager (Cheryl Stadel-Bevans)||Cheryl Stadel-Bevans, a Records Management Specialist for the U.S. federal government, explains how someone with a bachelor's and master's in mathematics becomes an archivist and records management and loves the work. She also recounts her experiences..||3/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 53: Eating Old Onions (Chris Muller)||Chris Muller, founder and former CEO of Muller Media Conversions, tells us how he moved from writing code for Grumman to rescuing data from distressed, damaged, and obsolete media. His story covers the globe and some of the major stories of the recent..||2/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 52: Yes, We Have the Body Here (Jessica Newell)||Jessica Newell, Archivist at the Edgar Cayce Foundation, recounts her movement from history into archives, and tells us what it is like to manage the archives of the famous American spiritualist Edgar Cayce. This episode is filled with parapsychology,..||2/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 51: I Guess I Was Good at Osmosis (Bob Sink)||Bob Sink, former archivist of the New York Public Library, begins his story during the civil rights era, when he was a member of Students for a Democratic Society, and he explains how his desire to ensure justice brought him into archives. He...||2/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 50: A Virus of Meaning (Karen Trivette and Geof Huth)||On their fiftieth episode, Karen Trivette and Geof Huth, hosts of An Archivist's Tale, discuss what they have helped create with the podcast over the preceding year and their plans for the podcast for this year, including travel to San Francisco,...||2/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 49: Total Domination of All Information (Bonnie Marie Sauer)||Bonnie Marie Sauer, Director of Archives and Records Management at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, discusses her move from public relations to archives, her career from government to performing arts organizations, and the constant need for...||1/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 48: A Guinea Pig, a Turtle, and a Duckling (David Kay)||David Kay, Digital Archivist for Optimity Advisors and the founder of Digital Archivy (http://www.digitalarchivy.com/), tells the story of his fall into archives (particularly digital archives), his work as an archivist for an animated television...||1/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 47: My Goal as a Kid Was Really to Be a Mailman (Peter Wosh)||Peter Wosh, retired Director of the Archives and Public History Program at New York University, tells the tale of his early life, how his interest in history was spurred by his interest in the history of his own neighborhood, his varied carreer, his...||1/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 46: The Frankenstein Factor (Toya Dubin)||Toya Dubin, President of Hudson Archival, recounts her early life as the daughter of a microfilming company executive (her father) and a records manager (her mother), and as a girl who learned from ballet the need for excellence, before she describes...||1/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 45: Access, Mentorship, Cultural Record, Truth (Pamela Cruz)||Pamela Cruz, an archives executive, relates the surprising story of her move to New York City to fulfill a goal only to become an asset manager for the records and artifacts of businesses (Polo Ralph Lauren and Miramax) before those experiences helped..||12/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44: I Had My Eye Set on Gotham (Ryan Anthony Donaldson)||Ryan Anthony Donaldson, Senior Manager of Heritage and Information Services at the Durst Organization, explains how auctions led him to museums and museums led him to archives, how he accidentally created his own first archives job, and what it is...||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43: 2X2: Our Retention Period is Permanent (Kerri Anne Burke and Alan Delozier)||Kerri Anne Burke, Global Curator of the City Heritage Collection at Citi Group, and Alan Delozier, University Archivist and Education Coordinator at Seton Hall University, who are married to each other, inaugurate the 2X2 series of podcasts, where one..||12/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: This Mysterious Process by Which (Elizabeth Myers)||Elizabeth Myers, Director of Special Collections at Smith College, discusses how she developed an interest in archives while working on her Ph.D. in history, how she studied to teach herself to be an archivist, and how she moved from a job as a lone...||12/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: Well, This is One Form of Records Disposition (Kent Stuetz)||Kent Stuetz, former Regional Advisory Officer for the New York State Archives, recounts his tales of helping local governments manage their archives and records, supporting one of the largest grants programs for records in the world, and participating..||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: The Secret of Danna (Danna Bell)||Danna Bell, Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress, discusses her unexpected beginning as a college dormitory director through her transition to archives and her eventual transformation into a multivalent information professional....||11/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Using Archives to Resist Erasure (Josue Hurtado)||Josue Hurtado, Coordinator Public Services and Outreach at the Special Collections Research Center of Temple University, discusses his beginnings in archives at Stanford University, his work with records relating to the AIDS crisis while working at...||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Original Order: SUV (Karen Trivette and Geof Huth)||Karen Trivette and Geof Huth, hosts of An Archivist's Tale, recount their time at the meeting of the International Council of Archives' Section on University Archives and Research Institutions held in Salamanca, Spain, in October 2018, including the...||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Archetypes of Ideas (William J. Maher)||William J. Maher, the Director of University Archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses his start as an archivist, his professional involvement in the Society of American Archivists and the International Council of Archives,..||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Yearning to Understand (Shelley Sweeney)||Shelley Sweeney, Head of the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections, describes her work with Indigenous Canadians decolonizing and indigenizing archives, with the Canadian Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, her professional...||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: An Unreconstructed Paper Person (Geoff Williams)||In a laugh-filled episode, Geoff Williams, former University Archivist at the University at Albany, SUNY, talks to An Archivist's Tale about how he accidentally became an archivist, his first (which was also his last) job as an archivist, his interest..||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: The Big Myths of Medical Archives (Lisa Mix)||Lisa Mix, Senior Archivists at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medicine, discusses her life as an archivist almost always working in medical archives, back and forth across the country, and the interesting records held by and myths about medical...||10/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: As Close to Being a Private Investigator as I am Comfortable Being (Rachel Vagts)||Rachel Vagts, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Berea College, talks about her beginnings as an archivist, the pleasures of working in small college archives, and her central role in assuring the success of the Archives Leadership Institute...||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Like All Archivists, I Did it for the Money (Terry Baxter)||Terry Baxter, Archivist for both the Oregon Country Fair and Multnomah County in Oregon, discusses his start in government archives, his involvement in Camp Pitt and the Archives Leadership Institute, and his efforts supporting certification as...||9/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Things We Need to Know about Ourselves (Tanya Zanish-Belcher)||Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections and University Archivist at Wake Forest University and then the President of the Society of American Archivists, talks about the unusual start of her career (focused on fly-fishing), her...||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: This is a Leadership Intensive (Kathleen Williams)||Kathleen Williams, Chief of Archives at the National Gallery of Art, talks to An Archives Tale about her career primarily as a museum archivist, her important role in the creation of the Archives Leadership Institute, and her advocacy work for archives.||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: That Light of Understanding (Sarah Demb)||Sarah Demb, Senior Records Manager/Archivist at the Harvard University Archives, tells us the three-country story of her career as an archivist, then a records manager, and somehow now both.||9/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: My Ideas of Information are Very Fluid (Rosemary Pleva Flynn)||Rosemary Pleva Flynn, Principal Librarian and Team Lead for the University of North Dakota Energy Environment Research Center, talks about her work at the crossroads of libraries and archives, her involvement in the Archives Leadership Institute, and...||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Metadata is Impossible (Kevin De Vorsey)||Kevin De Vorsey, an electronic records policy analyst at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, discusses the trajectory of his career from museums to technology to archives, while he deeply covers his technology work at NARA,...||8/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: FYI—ALI (Geof Huth and Karen Trivette)||In a special episode, Geof Huth and Karen Trivette discuss their experiences at the 2018 Archives Leadership Institute held at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Karen recounts her experience as a member of that cohort, and Geof reflects on the seven...||8/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: To Catch an Archival Thief (Christopher Barth)||Christopher Barth, the Library Director at the U.S. Military Academy, talks about his career stretching from Alaska to West Point, his work teaching strategic visioning and ethics at the Archives Leadership Institute, and his personal story as a...||8/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: I Orchestrate Camaraderie (Mark Nigro)||Mark Nigro, Learning Training Coordinator of Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College, talks to An Archivist's Tale about his work helping people and groups achieve their potential and collaborate effectively. Mark reviews his career and about his work...||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Maybe I'm Driven (Eimee Lagrama)||Eimee Lagrama, Head Librarian of University Archives at the University of the Philippines Manila, and quadrilingual (in Tagalog, English, Spanish, and Ilocano) discusses how she came to be an archivist, her archival studies in Madrid, how she tries to..||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: The Patterns of History (Stacie Williams)||In a boisterous, funny, and serious interview, Stacie Williams, the Director for Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago, discusses her own experiences as a participant and later as an instructor at the Archives Leadership Institute, her work..||7/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: To Display or Unfurl (Sharon Leo)||Sharon Leon, associate professor of digital history at Michigan State, discusses her work supporting the activities of archivists, on the web publishing tool Omeka, providing project management training at the Archives Leadership Institute, and...||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Collections, Assembly, Gathering (Janel Quirante)||Janel Quirante, the Head Digital Archivist for ‘Ulu‘ulu Archives in Hawai'i, recounts her incredibly direct journey from anthropology to documentary film to video archives, her work preserving video and film, and her anticipation of the Archives...||7/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: What You Do with the Chicken Before You Roast It (Lauren Barnes)||Lauren Barnes, Director of Information Governance at S&P Global, recounts her beginnings in the theater and how she ultimately came to archives, records management, and information governance (which is a tale full of unexpected surprises and deep...||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: The Totality of the Past (Will Tatum)||Will Tatum, the Dutchess County Historian, describes his progression from archeology to history to archives (while also remaining an historian) and how he manages and enhances access to the records that make up the Dutchess County Ancient Documents, a..||6/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Everything Comes Back to Baseball (Jamie Brinkman)||Jamie Brinkman, the digital asset manager for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, discusses managing digital resources, promoting the collections, beginning her career at the University at Albany, and the fun of working at the Hall of Fame.||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Little by Little, Box by Box (Debra Kimok)||Debra Kimok, special collections librarian at SUNY Plattsburgh, discusses her work documenting the history of her college and region, saving the voices of those who used to live there, serving students, and managing a broad collection of materials.||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: A Very Expensive Temp (Fred Grevin)||Fred Grevin, troubleshooter, and a consultant for the New York City Teachers' Retirement System, discusses his wide and ever-changing career in technology and records management, and the passion he has for solving complex information problems.||6/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Docupy (Brian Keough)||Brian Keough of the University at Albany discusses oral history, working with donors and researchers, collecting and making available death penalty archives, and producing meta-archives resources.||5/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: 245,000 Cubic Feet and Some Change (Sylvia Kollar)||Sylvia Kollar, Director of the New York City Municipal Archives, discusses her broad experience in archives, her dedication to public service, and her archives' work to gain complete physical and intellectual control over a large collection of analog...||5/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: It's All Relative (Daria Labinsky)||Daria Labinsky discusses her beginnings as an archivist and what it is like to work for not one but two outposts of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: The Big Project (Deb Schiff)||Deb Schiff, an archivist with multiple hats, talks about her geographical and career peregrinations, her multi-job life, and her big project to bring low-cost archives training to archivists practicing in small institutions with limited funding.||5/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Ensuring Archivists are Respected for Their Work (Sharmila Bhatia)||Sharmila Bhatia of the U.S. National Archives discusses ensuring good working conditions for archivists, digital preservation for archives, and how she became an archivist even though she comes from a family of scientists.||4/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Listening to People Who Never Lived When We Lived (Vincent Novara)||Vincent Novara of the University of Maryland discusses his life as an archivist of music collections, his past life as a professional musician, and his own encounters with leadership, including as the executive officer of the Mid-Atlantic Regional...||4/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The Person in the Middle (Dan Noonan)||Dan Noonan discusses his life as an appraiser of buildings and how it led to his life as a records manager, an archivist, and a digital archivist in a library setting. He also tells us about his life helping run the Archives Leadership Institute.||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: There's an Archivist for You (Chris Burns)||Chris Burns, Curator of Manuscripts and College Archivist for the University of Vermont, talks about collecting and using congressional papers, dealing with controversies surrounding archival records, and increasing awareness of archivists and their wor||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: If You Don't Start Crawling, You're Never Going to Win a Sprint (Jamie Martin)||Jamie Martin, the lead archivist at IBM, talks about her work as an archivist providing tangible value to her organization in the form of history.||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Meaningmaking and Building Relationships (Alison Clemens)||Alison Clemens of Yale talks about heading up a large description operation, managing digital records, serving the profession, and the importance of meaningmaking and relationships in archives--and the last is not primarily about records.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Bravery is Impossible without Terror (Margot Note)||Margot Note, a consulting archivist, discusses how her life in archives changed dramatically, how she then remade herself as an archivist, and how she became empowered by learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: From Latent Data to Active Knowledge Making (Brenda Scruggs Gunn)||Brenda Scruggs Gunn of the University of Virginia talks about becoming an archivist, the importance of professional service, certification of archivists, and moving across the country for a dream job.||3/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Document Whisperer (Bob Clark)||Bob Clark discusses moving from the law to archives, how the cost of being an archivist diminishes diversity in the profession, and how SAA could better help strengthen the archives profession. (FIT, New York, NY, 2 March 2018)||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: An Archives Couple of Archivists (Karen Trivette and Geof Huth)||Karen Trivette and Geof Huth discuss their lives as archivists, how they came into the profession, why they are still there, and why they are passionate about their profession. (10 February 2018, New York, NY)||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Not That Impressed
Started listening after seeing a Facebook post but was disappointed. First of all, they have separate microphones for the speakers. That means that one voice comes into your left ear, and the other voice in your other ear. Listening on a headset is not a pleasant experience. This is not how stereo was meant to be.
Episode one was mainly chatter about the presenters themselves. I am not sure if that was interesting to a large audience. After being disappointed with episode one I listened to the latest episode 49. More of the same.
But they do like to laugh. A lot.
Very Great with a Caveat
This is an invaluable resource of information that has very little public exposure. This podcast does an excellent job in promoting hard working, brilliant people who receive very little recognition and thanks for the important work they do.
Caveats: The audio mixing in this is BIZARRE! It is the only interview I have ever heard (podcast, radio, tv) where the different voices are panned 100% to the left and 100% to the right, as if the listener wouldn't be able to tell voices apartment if they weren't quadraned off into their seperate corners. This creates what's known in the biz as "ear fatigue" and a lot of open space in the center of the stereo field where outside noises leak in and distract from a more immersive listening experience.
That being said, that is very easy to fix and may just be growing pains for the project. Overall, great podcast!
I love that this exists!
So glad I found this podcast! I love hearing what other archivists do and how they got where they are!