Archives for October 2016

October 25, 2016 - Comments Off on Call for LAAC Subcommittee Members

Call for LAAC Subcommittee Members

The Los Angeles Archivists Collective (LAAC) seeks subcommittee members to help develop and organize programming for the upcoming 2017 year. 

Beach beauties raising hands, view 4 [ca. 1930], Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

The subcommittees will provide LAAC members with an opportunity to lead and contribute to future programming efforts, as well as engage, collaborate, and build relationships with the other local archivists and professional organizations.

The LAAC subcommittees address five areas of focus - Archival Education, Community Outreach and Advocacy, Diversity, Press and Publications, and Social Activities. Each subcommittee consists of one chairperson and two or more members. Chairpersons are responsible for overseeing projects and reporting back to the LAAC Steering Committee as needed.

Each subcommittee will meet in-person or virtually three times a year, and check in with other local professional organizations to avoid duplicate efforts and/or identify potential collaborations for projects or events. Students are especially encouraged to participate - LAAC is interested in having local student representatives from UCLA, San Jose State, University of North Texas, and USC.

To sign up for a position, please email by Monday, Nov. 7th and specify which subcommittee you are interested in and if you are interested in a chairperson position.

Archival Education
The Archival Education Subcommittee is charged with sharing information about educational efforts and pursuing collaborations with other professional organizations, including workshops, lectures, skill-shares, and webinars.
Vacancies: Chair, 1 or more members

Community Outreach and Advocacy
The Community Outreach and Advocacy Subcommittee will reach out to local communities to help serve their archival needs, as well as develop programs/plans for local associations to advocate for archives and archivists in the public foray.
Vacancies: 2 or more members

The Diversity Subcommittee will foster engagement with underrepresented communities as well as ensure inclusion of all types of archivists and archival repositories (e.g. lone arrangers, film archivists, citizen archivists, community archives, etc.) in LAAC programming.
Vacancies: Chair, 1 or more members

Press and Publications
The Press and Publications Subcommittee will head efforts to develop and solicit content for the LAAC blog, social media sites, zine series, as well as professional journals and publications.
Vacancies: Chair, 1 or more members

Social Activities
The Social Activities Subcommittee will coordinate and promote LAAC social activities, including but not limited to happy hours, meetups, and repository tours.
Vacancies: Chair, 2 or more members

October 6, 2016 - Comments Off on LAAC Book Club No. 10

LAAC Book Club No. 10

Join us for our tenth reading and meeting of the LAAC Book Club--where LA-area archivists and friends read and discuss publications exploring all matters archives.

Our next book selection is Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century by Kelly Wooten and Lyz Bly.

51vzb3lq7tl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Publisher’s Description: Make Your Own History: Documenting Feminist and Queer Activism in the 21st Century addresses the practical and theoretical challenges and advantages of researching, documenting, and archiving recent and contemporary activists in the feminist and queer movements. In the last few decades, the place and practice of activism has shifted from a physical "headquarters" where activists convene to plan and strategize, to the reality where planning happens at various desks and kitchen tables across the country (or world) and activists then convene at one site for an action (the prime example of this being the WTO protest in Seattle in 1999). So much of the work is taking place in the digital environment and/or within smaller do-it-yourself (DIY) and anarchist subcultures where ideas are often shared via zines and other ephemeral materials. The challenge of the archivist and the scholar, whose work is traditionally paper-based, is to keep up with the changing modes of communication of these individuals and organizations and to make sure these activists' work is not left out of the historical record.

Activists, archivists, librarians, and scholars address the following issues and topics: the practical material challenges of documenting and archiving contemporary activism; theoretical perspectives and conversations; online communities and communications; "third wave" feminism/youth and queer cultures/subcultures; the move from paper to digital archives and documents; zines; and the work of activists who employ creative/artistic/cultural approaches to work for social justice.

The group will meet on Thursday, October 27, from 6:30-8 pm at Canter’s (419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036). Participants to the Book Club will be capped at 12. Please email to reserve a spot.

Can’t make the meeting, but are still reading the book? Let us know!


October 5, 2016 - Comments Off on LAAC Fall Community Planning Meeting

LAAC Fall Community Planning Meeting

All LAAC members are invited to the Los Angeles Archivists Collective Community Planning Meeting on Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 pm at Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park.


Union Brewing Co., Group Portrait. ca 1910, Anaheim Public Library photograph collection on Anaheim local history


Verdugo Bar
3408 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

We will meet at the outside patio.





Subcommittees will be reporting on their accomplishments for the year. We are also going to discuss our financial sustainability through a plan to join the Society of California Archivists as an Affinity Group. We’ll also open up the floor for feedback and brainstorming

Meeting Minutes will be posted to the LAAC Google Group. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to email agenda items to

*Sunday, November 6 is the end of Daylight Savings. Be sure to “fall back” an hour!