November 13, 2017 - Comments Off on 2017 LAAC Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 13

2017 LAAC Holiday Party: Wednesday, December 13

Join us for our annual holiday party!

A Canine Christmas at Valley Animal Shelter, 1963, Los Angeles Public Library, Valley Times Collection.

The Los Angeles Archivists Collective warmly invites you for an evening of drinks and good cheer on Wednesday, December 13th at The Red Lion Tavern.

We're hosting a raffle at the event, and invite you to donate items. Our new tote bags will also be making their big debut!

All proceeds will be disbursed to LAAC to support memberships, professional development, and/or other special initiatives of the organizations.



All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

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November 12, 2017 - Comments Off on LAAC Call for Nominations

LAAC Call for Nominations


The Los Angeles Archivists Collective (LAAC) is accepting nominations for the following positions:

-Steering Committee member (3 year term)
-Secretary (2 year term)
-Archival Education Subcommittee chair (1 year term)
-Outreach and Advocacy Subcommittee chair (1 year term)
-Social Activities Subcommittee chair (1 year term)

These positions 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. For a complete description of the duties and responsibilities carried out by these positions, see the LAAC bylaws at

The Steering Committee coordinates the organization’s meetings; presides at all meetings; seeks members to serve on subcommittees; reports to the Advisory Board; explores avenues for sustainability and growth; and provides directional oversight for the organization.

The Secretary takes minutes of all meetings of the organization, sends report of all meeting minutes to be posted on the website, maintains a copy of the current by-laws, maintains an accurate membership roster, and keeps records of organization documents.

Subcommittee Chairs organize subcommittee meetings for five areas of focus - Archival Education, Community Outreach and Advocacy, Diversity, Press and Publications, and Social Activities to ensure subcommittee activities are scheduled and executed, and report to the membership on their progress at each meeting.

The deadline for nominations is Friday Dec. 1, 2017  Dec. 15, 2017 (self-nominations are encouraged). Please note that current students may not be elected to Steering Committee or Subcommittee Chair positions. To submit nominations, email with the nominee name and position. Include a short biography and candidate statement detailing current work, professional interests, and ideas for the candidate's role in LAAC (approximately 200 words). 

In addition, LAAC seeks the following subcommittee members:

-Archival Education, 1-3 members
-Diversity, 1 member
-Social Activities, 1-2 members
-Outreach and Advocacy, 1-3 members

Members are not elected--they volunteer to be active subcommittee members. Terms are for 1 year. Students are especially encouraged to participate in these positions - LAAC is interested in having local student representatives from UCLA, San Jose State, University of North Texas, and USC.

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. For more information, see the Subcommittees section on our about page at

To sign up for a subcommittee member position, email by Friday, Dec. 1 Friday, Dec. 15 and specify which subcommittee you are interested in. Please also include a few sentences about yourself.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and applications. Please feel free to email with any questions.

October 29, 2017 - Comments Off on LAAC Fall Community Planning Meeting

LAAC Fall Community Planning Meeting

All are invited to the Los Angeles Archivists Collective Community Planning Meeting on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm at LACMA's Art + Technology Lab, located in the Balch Art Research Library.

Casting call for black cats to star in Roger Corman movie in Los Angeles, Calif., 1961. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive ( Collection 1429). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Directions and parking info can be found here. We suggest parking in the Spaulding/Wilshire lot which is free after 7pm.

Assemble outside of the staff entrance, located directly across Wilshire from the Spaulding parking lot. When everyone arrives we will be escorted to the library. Anyone arriving later can check in with the guard at the staff entrance and they will call the library to have someone come get you.

Subcommittees will be reporting back on accomplishments for the year, and we'll discuss upcoming elections for subcommittee heads, steering committee, and secretary positions. We'll also open up the floor for feedback and brainstorming. Bring a snack or drink to share!

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

October 18, 2017 - Comments Off on LAAC Book Club No. 15

LAAC Book Club No. 15

Join the LAAC Book Club for a meeting on Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30-8 pm on the back patio at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park (1716 Sunset Blvd, 90026). Participants to the Book Club will be capped at 12. Please email to reserve a spot. 


We will be getting into the development of modern historiography by reading Dust: The Archive and Cultural History by British historian Carolyn Steedman, setting a backdrop for discussion of more recent efforts guiding inclusive historical interpretation and community archive practices with some postmodern theory and semiotics thrown in. Hope to see you there!


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

October 14, 2017 - Comments Off on Preserving Pico: A Community Workshop on the Preservation of Photographs

Preserving Pico: A Community Workshop on the Preservation of Photographs

The Los Angeles Archivists Collective, in collaboration with the 18th Street Arts Center, presents a workshop for the Pico community on how to preserve physical photographic collections.

Preserving our photographic histories is essential to understanding our families and our communities. Topics covered will include best practices for handling, caring for and storing your photographs. Community members are invited to bring a limited number of photographs to be digitized and contributed to the Culture Mapping 90404 Project, a community produced map highlighting the history and cultural assets of the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica.




Date: Saturday, November 18th
Time: 2-5 PM
Place: Santa Monica Public Library, Pico Branch
Event Address: 2201 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
Contact us at:




HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN PRESERVING PICO? Space for this event is limited. An RSVP is highly recommended. RSVP at

WHAT TYPES OF ITEMS CAN I BRING? You can bring up to 5 personal negatives or loose and unframed photographic prints. Photographs should be 8.5” x 11” and smaller. Photographs of long-term residents, historical and cultural events, community leaders, artists, artworks and community groups of the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica are particularly encouraged.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY PHOTOGRAPHS ONCE THEY ARE SCANNED? Upon scanning, the originals will be returned to you. In addition, the digital files will be provided to you on a thumb drive. You will also have the option to contribute your photographs to Culture Mapping 90404. For more info on the project, visit

HOW CAN I PREPARE TO ADD MY PHOTOGRAPH(S) TO THE CULTURAL ASSET MAP? If available, please be prepared with background information about your photograph such as date, location and description. Also be prepared to offer a brief explanation of why you believe the photograph should be included on the cultural asset map.