Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, October 04, 2022
    • Tuesday, November 01, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom
    Registration is closed

    Archives 101

    A free, five-part webinar series running Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., October 4 through November 4

    This series of five, one-hour webinars provides information and instruction in the basics of archival management, including archival acquisition and appraisal; arrangement and description; creating finding aids; preservation storage and housing; and access with emphasis on best standards and practices, as well as low-cost solutions. Archives 101 is designed for staff and volunteers from historical societies, libraries, museums, archives and other cultural heritage organizations with historic record collections. Students and others are also welcome to attend.

    All webinars will be recorded and made available online.


    October 4: Part 1
    Basics of Archival Acquisition and Appraisal
    Martha Lund Smalley, Archives Consultant

    October 11: Part 2
    Fundamentals of Archival Arrangement and Description
    Linda Hocking, Curator of Library & Archives, Litchfield Historical Society
    Leith Johnson, Archives Consultant

    October 18: Part 3
    Creating Finding Aids
    Brian Stevens, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, Western Connecticut State University

    October 25: Part 4
    Preservation Storage and Housing of Archival Collections: Guidelines and Solutions
    Tara Kennedy, Preservation Services Librarian, Yale University Library

    November 1: Part 5
    Making Your Archives Accessible
    Diane Lee, Collections Manager, Fairfield Museum and History Center, and Connecticut Collections Project Manager, CLHO

    Special Requirement: To participate in this webinar series you will need to have a Google account so you can access Google Classroom. This is a free service. If you don’t have a Google account, click here for more information about how to create one.

    Questions? Contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Conservation ConneCTion, at CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov

    Registration Deadline: October 3, 2022

    About the Instructors

    Martha Lund Smalley headshotMartha Lund Smalley was Special Collections Librarian at the Yale Divinity School Library for many years and continues to do archival consulting there and elsewhere in her retirement. She has led archival training workshops throughout the U.S., Africa, and Asia, and has served as a Connecticut traveling archivist since 2016.

    Linda Hocking headshotLinda Hocking has served as the Curator of Library & Archives at the Litchfield Historical Society since 2002 where she oversees all aspects of acquisitions, description, and access to the Society’s library and archives. She is a member of the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board and the Academy of Certified Archivists, and is on the Society of American Archivists Management Section’s Steering Committee. She served as President of New England Archivists; newsletter editor for the Academy of Certified Archivists, member of the Society of American Archivists Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard, and as a member of the ArchivesSpace User Advisory Council. She holds a BA in Political Science from Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY and a MS in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

    Leith Johnson headshotLeith Johnson is a project archivist at the Litchfield Historical Society and archivist and reference librarian at the Wood Memorial Library & Museum in South Windsor. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in history, an MLS, and a certificate in archival management and public history. Since the early 1980s, he has held positions at a variety of institutions, including corporate archives, the Cinema Archives at Wesleyan University, and Wesleyan's Special Collections & Archives, where he was university archivist. He has been active in professional archival associations and is a member of the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board.

    Brian Stevens began working in archives while a student at the Pratt Institute where he graduated with a Master’s in Library Science with an archives focus in 2002. Before coming to WestConn, he worked at New York University for 5 years, where he was responsible for converting nearly all of their legacy print finding aids (~600 at the time) from three of their Special Collections repositories into the industry standard EAD. In 2004, he was assigned to work on a Mellon Foundation funded initiative to create an open-sourced and comprehensive archival management software tool called the Archivists’ Toolkit, the precursor to ArchivesSpace. Upon completion of the first phase of its development, he came to WestConn. WestConn’s Archive had been in existence since 1978 but had almost no Web presence and was not in adherence with many of the industry standards for operation and description. Today, the WCSU Archives has a vibrant online presence and is much more in compliance with evolving archival best practices. He has been frequently contracted as an archives consultant in New York and Connecticut and elected to serve on the State Historic Records and Archives Board (CT-SHRAB) which promotes and advocates for archives and archival best practice around the State. Additionally, he is the founder and lead administrator of Connecticut’s Archives Online.

    Tara Kennedy headshotTara Kennedy is the Head of Preventive Conservation at Yale University Library. She holds a MLIS and a certificate of advanced studies in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven, and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Northwestern University. Before coming to Yale, she was an intern at the National Archives, and worked at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives, and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center/ Nebraska State Historical Society in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a Professional Associate with the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). She is an active member of the AIC National Heritage Responders, a group of conservators that specialize in emergency preparedness and response. She is co-chair of the National Heritage Responders Working Group, and former chair of the AIC Health and Safety Network. Outside of her preservation work, she is a volunteer for the Doe Network, the Online International Center for Unidentified and Missing Persons.

    Diane Lee headshotDiane Lee is the Project Manager for CLHO’s Connecticut Collections (CTCo), and also the Collections Manager at the Fairfield Museum in Fairfield, CT.  She has been working with the CollectiveAccess platform since 2016 so is well versed in its capabilities and assisting members with training and questions. Primarily focused on objects, Diane has been working more closely with the Archival Collections components of CTCo in readying Fairfield’s archives for public access above and beyond their existing paper finding aids. Her goal in this Archives 101 series is to help groups feel confident in working with their archival collections and to ensure that everyone has access to the archives training and support to learn best practices and enable them to organize and share their collections.

    This webinar series is presented by the Connecticut League of History Organizations and Conservation ConneCTion with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives.

    National Archives, National Historical Publications and Records Commission

    • Thursday, October 06, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom

    Newspaper Digitization Webinar Series - How Do You Digitize? Planning & Working with Vendors

    The third session of our Newspaper Digitization Series will focus on the logistical side of a newspaper digitization project. We’ll look at important aspects to consider during project planning, provide tips for managing a project throughout its different stages, and discuss working with vendors. And to cover the tech side of things we’ll also go over the basics of OCR (optical character recognition) and our recommendations on both technical specifications for digitization and filenaming best practices. Lastly, CT Humanities will join us to discuss how their grant offerings can help fund newspaper digitization projects.



    Nicole Besseghir

     Project Coordinator, CT Digital Newspaper Project

     Anna Newman

     Digital Projects Manager, CT State Library
     Co-Director, CT Digital Newspaper Project

     Scott Wands

     Director of Grants & Programs, CT Humanities



Past events

Thursday, September 29, 2022 Using Your Annual Appeal to Share Your Story: A Beginner’s Guide to End-of-Year Appeals
Friday, September 23, 2022 Newspaper Digitization Webinar Series - Can You (Legally) Digitize? Copyright & Permissions
Thursday, September 22, 2022 CLHO Focus Group: Tolland and Windham Counties
Thursday, September 22, 2022 CLHO Focus Group: Hartford County
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 CLHO Focus Group: Lower CT River Valley/New London County
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 CLHO Focus Group: New Haven County/Western Middlesex County
Monday, September 19, 2022 CLHO Focus Group: Fairfield County
Monday, September 19, 2022 CLHO Focus Group: Litchfield County
Thursday, September 15, 2022 Newspaper Digitization Webinar Series - What Do You Have? What Do You Digitize?: Newspaper Format & Title Selection
Monday, September 12, 2022 Collections Assessment Grant Info Session
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants Info Session with CT Humanities
Monday, August 29, 2022 Connecticut Collections Info Session
Thursday, July 14, 2022 Demystifying Data Collection: How to Ask for Demographic Information from Visitors, Board, and Staff
Monday, June 06, 2022 2022 Annual Conference
Monday, June 06, 2022 2022 Annual Conference Exhibitor Registration
Monday, May 30, 2022 Sponsor the 2022 Awards of Merit and Annual Conference
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 CT Summer at the Museum 2022 Grant Info Session
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 2022 Annual Business Meeting and Awards of Merit Presentation
Thursday, April 07, 2022 Colleague Circle: Digitizing the Newspapers of Connecticut
Monday, April 04, 2022 Behind the Scenes at the Florence Griswold Museum: New London County Quilts and Bed Covers, 1750-1825 (Afternoon Session)
Monday, April 04, 2022 Behind the Scenes at the Florence Griswold Museum: New London County Quilts and Bed Covers, 1750-1825 (Morning Session)
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Evaluation Nuts and Bolts: How To Get Started
Friday, February 04, 2022 Colleague Circle: Getting the Most out of Connecticut History Day
Friday, December 17, 2021 Colleague Circle: Museum Makeover Information Session
Friday, December 10, 2021 Colleague Circle: 2022 Awards of Merit Info Session and Q&A
Friday, October 29, 2021 Colleague Circle: CT Humanities SHARP Capacity Grants Info Session
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Colleague Circle: CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants Info Session
Friday, September 17, 2021 Colleague Circle: CT Humanities Granting Program Updates
Friday, August 20, 2021 Connecticut Collections Info Session and Q&A
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Colleague Circle: Gearing Up for Connecticut History Day
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Keynotes of Change: Susan Ferentinos, Interrogating the Silence: Sharing the LGBTQ Past with Visitors
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Keynotes of Change: Kyera Singleton, Northern Slavery and the Preservation of Memory
Wednesday, June 09, 2021 Keynotes of Change: Juan David Coronado, Latinos: The Not so New Kids on the Block
Wednesday, June 02, 2021 Keynotes of Change: Chris Newell, Indigenizing Historical Narratives
Thursday, May 20, 2021 Colleague Circle: CT Museums–Kids are Free Summer Grants Info Session
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Fundraising Past the Edge of the Pandemic
Monday, May 10, 2021 Colleague Circle: Reopening 2021
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 Engaging Your Audience through Video
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 The Versatility of Virtual Tours
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2021 Annual Business Meeting and Awards of Merit Presentation
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Sponsor the 2021 Awards of Merit and Keynotes of Change
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Creating Online Exhibits
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Achieving Real Impact Via Virtual Programming
Friday, February 19, 2021 Colleague Circle: Advocating for History in Connecticut and Beyond
Friday, January 29, 2021 Colleague Circle: New Year, New Faces
Friday, December 11, 2020 Colleague Circle: 2021 Awards of Merit Live Q&A
Friday, November 20, 2020 Colleague Circle: Continuing Suffrage History Beyond the Centennial
Friday, October 23, 2020 Interpreting Slavery at Connecticut Museums and Historic Sites, Part II
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Colleague Circle: Coronavirus Survey Results
Friday, October 16, 2020 Interpreting Slavery at Connecticut Museums and Historic Sites, Part I
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 StEPs-CT Virtual Open House and Reunion
Friday, September 04, 2020 Colleague Circle: What We've Learned This Summer
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 Summer School: Come Together, Right Now, Over Resources: Historic Preservation in a Changing Environment
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Summer School: How to be a Steward for the Visitor Learning Process: Strategies for Facilitating Meaning Making
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Summer School: How to Future-Proof Your Stories with Narrative Video
Friday, August 14, 2020 Colleague Circle: Programming Outdoor Spaces
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Summer School: It Takes Five Villages - Creating a Long-term Exhibit about the History of a Town
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Summer School: Stewarding the Story: Relevance in Interpretation
Friday, July 24, 2020 Colleague Circle: Encouraging Collaboration between Educators and Historical Institutions
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Summer School: Advancing Discovery and Use of Cultural Heritage Collections: Connecticut Collections Alliance
Friday, July 17, 2020 Colleague Circle: What We Need to Remember: Sharing Overlooked Histories
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Summer School: Sharing Connecticut Stories
Friday, July 10, 2020 Colleague Circle: Approaches to Reopening
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 Summer School: History Made By Us
Monday, June 29, 2020 Connecticut Collections Info Session
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Summer School: How to Handle (Almost) Everything
Friday, June 19, 2020 Colleague Circle: Digital Internships
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Summer School: Donor Stewardship: Getting Viral and Vocal
Thursday, June 11, 2020 Special Edition Colleague Circle: Reopening
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Summer School—All Sessions
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Summer School: Connecticut's Historic Gardens: The Challenges of Preserving the Past while Looking Towards the Future
Friday, June 05, 2020 Colleague Circle: Collecting COVID-19
Monday, June 01, 2020 Annual Business Meeting
Friday, May 22, 2020 Colleague Circle: CARES funding from CTHumanities
Thursday, March 12, 2020 CANCELLED: Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities: New Haven
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities: Rocky Hill
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Connecticut Collections Meetup and Info Session
Monday, January 06, 2020 Insects in the Museum: Revitalizing the Historic House Experience with Contemporary Art
Friday, December 13, 2019 Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities: Old Saybrook
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities: Litchfield
Monday, November 18, 2019 Workshop: Paper Conservation with Jean Baldwin
Thursday, October 31, 2019 Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities: Norwalk
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Coffee with CLHO and CTHumanities: Willimantic
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 CT Museum Educators Roundtable: An Introduction to Evaluating Museum Exhibitions and Programs
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Behind the Scenes Tour - Greenwich Historical Society
Monday, June 03, 2019 Become a 2019 Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Monday, June 03, 2019 Registration Closed - 2019 CLHO Annual Conference
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Graphic Design Basics for Museum Educators
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Sold Out! - CLHO Award of Merit Reception and Mini-Tours
Monday, March 18, 2019 Digitization 101
Friday, January 25, 2019 Connecticut Digital Archive Winter "Unconference"
Friday, November 16, 2018 Casual Convos with Public Historians
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Enchantment Encampment with the Connecticut Museum Educators Roundtable
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Tour Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine with CLHO
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Fearless Financing and Fundraising
Friday, August 10, 2018 Connecticut Collections Information Session
Monday, July 23, 2018 Curators' Colleague Circle: Affordable Exhibitions
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 CT Collections Information Session
Monday, June 04, 2018 2018 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Reception
Monday, June 04, 2018 Become a 2018 Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Monday, April 30, 2018 Connection Collections (CTCo) Meet-Up & Training
Thursday, April 26, 2018 Learning, Creating, and Having Fun: Museums as Social Hubs with CT Museum Educators Roundtable
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Twitter 101 Workshop - CANCELLED
Sunday, April 08, 2018 Red Carpet Premiere - Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero!
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 #CTPlaces Advocacy Day
Monday, March 05, 2018 Connection Collections (CTCo) Meet-Up & Training
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Behind-the-Scenes at The Stowe Center
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Behind the Scenes at Old Lyme Historical Society: Renovations!
Monday, October 30, 2017 Sweet Secrets to Fundraising and Appeals: Marketing and Development Colleague Circle
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Monday, October 02, 2017 Lesser-Heard Voices: Fall 2017 CMER Meeting
Monday, September 25, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 How a Disaster Helped Reinterpret a Historic House: Curator's Circle at the Shelton History Center
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Monday, June 05, 2017 2017 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Monday, June 05, 2017 Become a 2017 Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Virtual Field Trips and Distance Learning for Museums
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Social Media 101: Using Facebook as an Effective Tool for your Organization
Monday, May 01, 2017 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at Railroad Museum of New England
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Guided Tour of "SeaChange", the newest exhibit at Mystic Seaport & Behind the Scenes Collections Visit
Monday, April 24, 2017 "Caught on Camera": Museum Security Best Practices as Taught through Real Video Surveillance Footage
Monday, April 03, 2017 Exploring Connecticut Collections: A New Approach to Collections Management, Access and Digital Preservation PLUS Object Cataloging 101
Monday, March 20, 2017 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Solomon Goffe House, Meriden, CT
Thursday, January 26, 2017 History Unfolded, Holocaust Newspaper Project
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Serving Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Winter CMER Meeting
Thursday, January 05, 2017 Guided Tour of the exhibit "Art & Industry in Early America, Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830" at the Yale Art Gallery
Monday, December 05, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Rocky Hill Historical Society
Friday, November 04, 2016 The Law and its Effect on Museums, Historic Houses & Historical Societies
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Marketing & Development Colleague Circle: Meet the Experts!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Curator's Colleague Circle at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center: Storage of Your Dreams!
Monday, October 03, 2016 WWI Centennial Commemoration Show & Tell Workshop
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 The Anatomy of a Field Trip: Fall CMER Meeting
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Meriden Historical Society
Monday, June 06, 2016 2016 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Monday, June 06, 2016 Become an Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Connecting with the New Social Studies Frameworks: What Historical Societies, Museums and Libraries Need to Know
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Summer Programming for Kids, Teens, and Families: Spring CMER Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Development and Marketing -- Cheerleaders of Your Institution
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Thomas Darling House
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Rally for Humanities, Heritage, Preservation and Library Funding!
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Collections Colleague Circle: Quick Tips for Collections Care & Management
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Museum Education in Connecticut: What's New? What's Next?
Friday, November 20, 2015 Volunteer Organization Colleague Circle: Stump the Experts!
Monday, November 09, 2015 Collections Colleague Circle: Old Loans & Other Ownership Tangles
Monday, November 02, 2015 Directors Colleague Circle (Small/Medium Organizations): Navigating the Relationship Between the Director & the Board
Monday, June 29, 2015 No Lectures! Creating Meaningful Experiences at Historic House Museums and Other Cultural Sites
Monday, June 01, 2015 2015 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 History Rally Day at the State Capitol
Monday, February 23, 2015 Directors! Consultants! and Boards! Oh My!
Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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