Issues of the Ohio Archivist 1970-2001, Now Online

The Ohio State University Libraries has completed digitizing and archived the Ohio Archivist in the University’s Knowledge Bank. The Knowledge Bank ( is Ohio State’s institutional repository. Inclusion in the Knowledge Bank means that issues of the Ohio Archivist will be searchable (e.g. by Google) and available via the Internet. Other benefits of this arrangement include long-term preservation in a professionally managed repository, a worldwide audience, a long-term stable URL that can be used in citation, and an increased web presence.

The Ohio Archivist is the official newsletter of the Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA). Its primary mission is to serve as a conduit for information about the SOA and its membership. The Ohio Archivist also publishes articles containing general information about the archival profession, especially as it relates to archivists located within Ohio and the Midwest. The Ohio Archivist is published twice a year, in the spring and fall.

Issues from Spring 1970 through Spring 2001 are available online in the Knowledge Bank at the following link:

Issues from Fall 2001 through Fall 2017 are available online on the Society of Ohio Archivists’ website at the following link: 


SOA Spring 2018 Annual Conference: Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 SOA Annual Conference, 50 Years of New Frontiers.

Online registration is available at the following link:

Early Bird Registration: Pricing for early bird registration ends April 30, 2018. Beginning May 1, $5 will be added to the cost of each registration level. Registration for the Thursday Evening Mixer CLOSES April 30, 2018.

Preconference Workshop – Finding Aids for the Future, with Morag Boyd and Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University Libraries, co-sponsored by the Academic Library Association of Ohio
Time: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2-5 pm (registration begins at 1:30)
Location: Ohio History Center, 3rd floor Cardinal Classroom, 800 E. 17th St, Columbus

For more information about the conference, please visit the Annual Conference page on the Society of Ohio Archivists website (

The Society of Ohio Archivists is Celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

Beginning February 27, the Society of Ohio Archivists will celebrate a half-century of service to Ohio archival repositories and archivists. To mark the occasion, we will be highlighting the accomplishments of our organization throughout the course of the year. Stay tuned to the SOA website, social media and upcoming issues of the Ohio Archivist for more information on forthcoming activities and ways to engage with SOA.

If you want to share your favorite SOA or Ohio archival memory over the coming year, be sure to tag the SOA twitter handle @ohioarchivists and use the hashtag #SOAat50.

Notification of Intent: OSU Knowledge Bank to Archive Digital Versions of the Ohio Archivist

We are pleased to announce that The Ohio State University Libraries will archive digital versions of the Ohio Archivist through the University’s Knowledge Bank. The Knowledge Bank ( is Ohio State’s institutional repository. Inclusion in the Knowledge Bank means that issues of the Ohio Archivist will be searchable (e.g. by Google) and available via the Internet. Other benefits of this arrangement include long-term preservation in a professionally managed repository, a worldwide audience, a long-term stable URL that can be used in citation, and an increased web presence.

We welcome questions from any author/contributor to the Ohio Archivist regarding inclusion in the Knowledge Bank. Please contact us at

Call for Nominations for Treasurer and Council Positions

The SOA Nominating Committee would like to announce a call for nominations for two open SOA Council positions and the SOA Treasurer position. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged, as are peer nominations. All positions are for two year terms of office.

Candidates must be current SOA members in good standing and be willing and able to attend regular council meetings and business activities (both in-person and virtually).

The election will be held during the SOA Annual Business Meeting held during the SOA Spring Meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018. Candidates will be required to write a response to a question to be printed in the Ohio Archivist prior to the election.

More details about responsibilities and terms can be located in the SOA bylaws, located here:

I would also be happy to answer any questions about the positions. Please respond to me with any nominations by Friday, January 5, 2017.

Happy Holidays!
Thank you,

Jillian Ramage 

Deadline Extended: 50 Years of New Frontiers: SOA at 50 – Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting – Friday, May 18, 2018

Location: Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240.

Deadline to submit proposals EXTENDED: Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 p.m.

The SOA 2018 Program Committee seeks a broad array of creative proposals, sessions and posters, related to archival work today and into the future. All proposal topics are welcome.

Possible ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Presentations or discussions of longstanding institutional projects or collections in accordance with the ‘50 year anniversary’ theme
  • Tools for archival discovery, maintenance, and/or marketing
  • Outreach and instruction efforts
  • Student, intern, and volunteer experiences and projects
  • Unique collection development ventures
  • Preservation, description, and access to analog, born-digital, or hybrid collections

Session Formats:

  • Panel Sessions – Two to four speakers present on a common theme.
  • Poster Presentations – Report in which information is summarized using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as photographs, charts, graphs, and/or diagrams mounted on poster board. Presenters will be assigned a specific time at which they must be with their poster to discuss it with attendees.
  • Debate – Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate. May include more than one topic and additional debaters.
  • Fishbowl – Speakers sit in a circle of chairs on stage — the bowl—and the audience sits in concentric circles around them. The speakers are then asked to talk to each other by answering a series of directed questions. In an open fishbowl, one chair is left empty and audience members can rotate through, adding their take on the topic.
  • Lightning – Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long, with the time allotted depending on the number of presenters. May or may not include slides or images.
  • Mini-Workshop – session teaching a skill or concept through hands-on activity.
  • Pecha Kucha – Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment. Each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • World Café – consists of multiple presentations/conversations going on at separate tables, with attendees given the opportunity to rotate between them every 20 minutes.
  • Other session formats that encourage interaction between presenters and attendees

All sessions will have an assigned member of the Program Committee to provide introductions, and, as needed, to moderate.

Proposal requirements:

  • Session title and intended format
  • 250-word abstract describing the session/poster and how it will be of interest to SOA attendees
  • 150-words session description for use in the printed program
  • Main contact’s information and any other participants
  • A/V or technology requirements
  • Any additional special needs

Proposals will be evaluated on clarity, originality, diversity of content and speaker representation, and completeness of proposal and presenters. We encourage proposals from students*, new professionals*, first time presenters and attendees, as well as individuals from related professions, including those from outside of Ohio.

Please complete the proposal form by Friday, January 19, 2017, 5 p.m. at

*Scholarships are available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards). Read more about it in this link:

More meeting details will appear as they develop at:


Please contact:
Stacey Lavender ( or Collette McDonough (
Cochairs, Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee

Scholarships Available to Students and New Archival Professionals

The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) is pleased to announce four scholarships available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the workplace to attend their annual spring meeting on Friday, May 18, 2018  at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The scholarship consists of conference registration (including lunch), a one year membership to SOA, and a $100 travel stipend.  Awardees are required to submit a photograph and write about their experience for publication in the Ohio Archivist newsletter.

 Applications should include the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, mailing address, and e-mail address.
  • Students should list their school’s name and academic program;
  • New professionals should list their employer and number of years working within the field;
  • Description about how the meeting will benefit the applicant professionally;
  • Brief description of the applicant’s scholarship and contribution to archives. This will be taken into consideration along with the applicant’s number of years in the field or academic study
  • Statement of the applicant’s need for financial support to attend the conference;
  • Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

Applications and inquiries can be sent via e-mail or mail to Devhra BennettJones

Congregation Archivist for the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Campus

Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Campus Adrian, Michigan

The Dominican Sisters of Adrian, a Congregation of about 640 vowed women religious and more than 200 Associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway, and the Philippines. The Congregation’s Vision is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”

Position Available: Congregation Archivist


The Congregation Archivist is responsible for organizing, preserving and protecting the records which pertain to the origin, history, spirit, life and growth of the Congregation.  The Archivist is responsible for the acquisition, assessment, processing and reference, preservation, records management, planning, budget preparation and management, security, search and retrieval systems, as well as related community outreach.


  1. Establishes and maintains policies and procedures for professional administration of the Archives.
  2. Plans and implements the annual goals, objectives and budget for the Archives.
  3. Applies professional archival and records management practices for the use and management of the archival collections.
  4. Works with Communications staff to create and maintain an archives component on the Congregation website.
  5. Ensures that the Archives’ finding tool, technology, and software are up to date.
  6. Responds to requests from Congregation Leadership and others.
  7. Applies best-practice standards for receiving, accessioning, cataloguing, storing and displaying items of historical value pertaining to the life and mission of the Congregation.
  8. Oversees environmental protection of archival materials, including storage systems, temperature and humidity levels, security and conservation procedures.
  9. Oversees development of exhibits, including research, text, exhibit design and installation.
  10. Recruits, trains, and oversees volunteers and other staff as applicable.
  11. Digitizes audio-visual collections.


  • Master Degree in Archives and Records Management or Library Science or with a concentration in archival work preferred. Bachelor Degree required.
  • Certified Archivist qualification from the Academy of Certified Archivists preferred.
  • Three to five years experience in archival work. Minimum of three years experience in administration or management.  Knowledge and experience in records management, research, systems management, cataloging, and preservation standards relative to archival work.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in software and other computer applications appropriate for strengthening and expanding computerized data retrieval and archival services; knowledge of best practices for digital preservation and digitization.
  • Ability to learn, understand and support the Adrian Dominican Mission and Values.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to function independently with flexibility and personal integrity.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to sit, stand and walk up to 8 hours per day
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, reach and carry approximately 20 pounds


  • Generally quiet office area with frequent times of interruption
  • Full time hours, Monday through Friday


  • Medical, dental and vision insurance available to purchase after 60 days of employment
  • Congregation paid life, short term and long term disability coverage
  • Defined benefit pension plan funded by the Congregation after 1 year of employment
  • Paid time off and paid holidays

Interested candidates may apply by visiting

Another October another American Archives Month!

As part of the annual celebration, SOA creates a poster every year to highlight items from collections around the state. This year’s theme was Ohio in World War I, to mark the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in the “War to End All Wars.” Out of the 21 institutions that submitted images for possible inclusion, a poll of SOA members selected six. Only three were included in the final poster, so we wanted to take this opportunity to share all of the winning images and their stories with you. Congratulations to all images chosen and keep an eye out for the call for submissions for next year’s poster!

Congregational Archives, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, Cincinnati, OH
In 1918, after 46 years in the US, Sister Eutropia was required to register as an Alien Enemy Female. She had to carry her registration card at all times.

Franciscan Sisters Registration Card

Franciscan Sisters Registration Card

National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, OH
Female employees at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, Plant 1, Motor Department, July 1, 1918.

Dayton Wright Airplane Company, Plant 1, Motor Department, 1 July 1918.

Defiance College, Defiance, OH
Card advertising the Student Army Training Corps on the Defiance College campus, c. 1918.

Defiance Students Army Training Corps Card

Defiance Students Army Training Corps Card

Ohio Army National Guard, Columbus, OH
Chaplain John F. Herget serving ice cream to Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Regiment during training in Cincinnati, September 1917.

Ohio National Guard members being served ice cream

Chaplain John F. Herget serving ice cream to Ohio National Guard Soldiers

Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH
Photograph of 21,000 soldiers who were stationed at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio, during World War I standing in formation to make the shape of President Woodrow Wilson’s head. In the upper right-hand corner can be seen the tents and buildings of the camp.

Soldiers in Formation as Woodrow Wilson's Head

Soldiers stationed at Camp Sherman in standing in formation as the shape of President Woodrow Wilson’s head

Mary E. Gladwin Papers, University of Akron Archival Services of University Libraries, Akron, OH

Akron nurse and University of Akron graduate Mary E. Gladwin (back row, center) poses with nurses at the American Red Cross Field Hospital in Belgrade, Serbia during World War I—the only Red Cross hospital then located in a combat zone—where she helped care for over 9,000 soldiers.

Akron Gladwin with Nurses in Serbia

Akron Gladwin with Nurses in Serbia

With your Archives Month celebrations wrapped up, don’t forget to check out SOA’s Passport to the Past, it’s a great tool to learn more about historical organizations throughout the state.