2019 Spring Meeting wrap up

Classroom view of Daardi Sizemore giving her presentation on Legacy Strategic Agenda at the Spring TCART meeting.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 TCART Spring Meeting — 52 people attended the meeting down in Northfield, Minnesota. We extend our thank you to Nat Wilson who coordinated the day at Carleton College, as well as Daardi Sizemore Mixon for presenting on the Legacy Strategy Agenda.



During the meeting we also voted on new officers — please welcome the new TCART Communications Officer Jennifer Shaw Spence! She will be taking over from our previous Communications Officer Kate Dietrick who served in the position for four years. Secretary Caitlin Marineau was also voted in for a second term in her position. Both Jenny and Caitlin will serve their two year term from 2019-2021.

The next TCART meeting will occur in the fall during the Minnesota Archives Symposium.


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2019 Spring Meeting

We will be holding our spring meeting this year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. This meeting will include time to mingle with colleagues, tours of the archives, a presentation, and we will vote for new officer positions.

Where: Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity. 320 3rd St E, Northfield, MN 55057.  Larson Family Meeting Room, room 236.

When: Monday, May 13th, 2019 9:30am – 2:00pm

Tentative schedule:

  • 9:30am -10:00am:  Welcome and Reception – Coffee/tea and light breakfast snacks
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Business meeting, including TCART Elections for Communications Officer and Secretary positions
  • 10:30am -11:30am: Tours available, 2 times through at 30 minutes each.  Digital Archives (Nat Wilson) and the Carleton in China Collection (Eric Hillemann)
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm: Presentation from TCART member
    • Topic: Legacy Strategic Agenda – What is it, and how is it working to make Minnesota History more visible and accessible

      Description: The Legacy Strategic Agenda (LSA) is a collaborative partnership between the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MAHLM) and the Minnesota Historical Society.  The LSA fosters innovation and growth of history and cultural heritage in communities across the state.  Action on the LSA invests in the future of our communities by finding new ways to partner with diverse cultures and groups.  We use the LSA to help make Minnesota History more visible and accessible.  Not only have we become more engaged with one another, we are also creating real-world models for local history organizations and other states.  http://www.mnhs.org/legacy/strategicagenda

      Presenters:        Daardi Sizemore, Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch, 3 group options and the attendees can choose which place they want to go to.  Mexican food, Indian food, Americana food.
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Two tours available, 2 times through at 30 minutes each. of Northfield Historical Society Archives and Northfield History Collaborative and Museum
During the meeting, we will be holding elections for two of our officer positions that are opening up this spring – Secretary and the Communications Officer. Each position is a two-year term, May 2019 – May 2021.
The duties of the Secretary are as follows:
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the TCART and the Executive Committee; shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these by­laws or as required by law; shall be responsible for the corporate records and archives; shall maintain membership records; and, in general shall perform all duties incident to the office of the secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the President or by the Committee. In the absence of the President, the Secretary shall preside at business meetings of TCART and at meetings of the Executive Committee.
Our current Secretary, Caitlin Marineau,  will be running again for this position.
The duties of the Communications Officer are as follows:
The Communications Officer will be responsible for monitoring, updating, and sending out news and announcements to TCART communication forums, including email, website, and social media accounts. The Communications Officer will serve as the TCART Executive Committee representative on the Minnesota Archives Symposium planning committee and will preside at business meetings of TCART in the absence of the other members of the Executive Committee.
Our current Communications Officer, Kate Dietrick, will be stepping down after four years of service.
If you are interested in running for either position, please email TCART President Nat Wilson at nwilson(at)carleton.edu


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7th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium wrap up


Thank you to all who attended the 7th annual Minnesota Archives Symposium, which took place this year at the Carondelet Center on Monday, November 5th. We had 79 attendees come out on a rainy Monday. Thank you to our speakers for sharing with us their time and expertise, and thank you to Michelle Hueg with Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for hosting us and providing tours of the archives. Finally, a big thank you to the planning committee for putting on the event — a lot of time and effort goes into making the event a success and we are grateful for your work.

If you are interested in being part of the planning committee for the next symposium, please reach out to the TCART Communications Officer.


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2018 Minnesota Archives Symposium – Call for Registration

7th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium

Balancing Act in the Archives

Monday, November 5th at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul

Whether you’re a solo archivist or part of a large archival department, in this profession we all have many tasks to undertake over the course of our day. As job descriptions can sometimes read as in charge of “everything under the sun,” we are often faced with struggling to accomplish it all. How do we balance all of these different hats, especially when some are seen as competing priorities — bringing in new collections versus paying attention to old collections, privacy versus access, cultivating old donors versus going after new donors? As an archivist, how do you tackle the juggling act?

Registration for this event is FREE.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:25am – 10:00am: Optional Tours of either Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet or St. Kate’s Archives and Special Collections (max. 15 people per tour)
  • 10:00am – 10:30am:  Registration and coffee, mingle with vendors
  • 10:30am – 10:40am: Welcome to Symposium
  • 10:40am – 11:00am: TCART Business meeting
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Session One
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch, mingle with vendors
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm: TCART member announcements
  • 1:15pm – 1:45pm: Session Two
  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm: Break
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Session Three
  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Break
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm: Discussion circles
  • 4:00pm – 4:35pm: Optional Tours of either Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet or St. Kate’s Archives and Special Collections (max. 15 people per tour)


The symposium will take place on Monday, November 5th at The Carondelet Center in St. Paul. Directions and information on where to park can be found here.

Registration Information:

Registration is FREE, but we ask that participants complete the registration form by Monday, October 29th. Onsite registrations will be accepted.


Please contact TCART at tcartmn@gmail.com.


Minnesota Archives Symposium Full Schedule

  • 9:25am – 10:00am: Optional Tours of either Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet or St. Kate’s Archives and Special Collections (max. 15 people per tour)
  • 10:00am – 10:30am: Registration and coffee, mingle with vendors
  • 10:30am – 10:40am: Welcome to Symposium
  • 10:40am – 11:00am: TCART Business meeting
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Session One: Grab That Dough: Getting a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant
    • This presentation will provide an overview of grants available from the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) and describe the processes of applying for a grant, conducting a grant project, and completing the final project report.  MNHS administers a number of historical and cultural grants that are made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, state and local government units, federally-recognized tribes, and educational institutions may apply for funding to carry out a well-defined project intended to preserve and improve access to Minnesota cultural and historical resources.  Grant options include oral history projects, interpretive programs and public education (including developing exhibitions and new websites), publications (including adding content to existing websites), collections care and management, digital conversion and reproduction, developing a disaster plan, and many more. Session attendees will learn about reviewing project options, writing a successful application, working with their organizations to handle grant funds, conducting their project with an eye toward final reporting and possibly sharing their grant experience in articles or presentations, and completing the final project reporting process.  I will speak from my experience of applying for and receiving a 2017 grant to survey, reappraise, and complete processing of the Northwestern Health Sciences University archives, and to review current archives policies and develop new policies and procedures as needed.

Presenter: Monica R. Howell, Serials Librarian & Archivist, Greenawalt Library, Northwestern Health Sciences University

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch, mingle with vendors
  • 1:00pm – 1:15pm: TCART Member Announcements (time to share information on new projects or interesting things that are happening at your institutions)
  • 1:15pm – 1:45pm: Session Two: Recommendations for Preparation of Digitization for Online Access: Or Can I Post This on the Internet?
    • Digitization is tricky and knowing what your first step in the process can be even harder to identify. The rules can be difficult to decipher. Time and money are usually scarce so experimenting is not usually an option. You may already even have materials digitized, but can you post them on your website? This presentation will examine the first simple steps taken at two different academic institutions to identify if materials were safe to digitize for the web. The Upper Midwest Literary Archive at the University of Minnesota and the Prairie Poets and Press grant project was completed with an assessment of six collections of varying sizes from local authors, editors, and publishing houses. Dunwoody College of Technology is in the middle of a major renovation and their library’s recent move has allowed for the creation of a new Dunwoody College Archive.  This project has steered preparations for digitization during the identification and assessment of the archives materials.

        Presenter: Jennifer Shaw-Spence, Dunwoody College of Technology

  • 1:45pm – 2:00pm: Break
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Session Three: The Art of the Side Hustle
    • Many of us have had to take on a second job at some point in our life in order to make ends meet. But are there ways to pick up extra cash while still cultivating your skill set? Can moonlighting ultimately advance your career? This panel session convenes archivists who have taken on secondary positions and other paid work in order to build their resumes — and of course, pay the bills. During this session, each panelist will briefly introduce their work experiences and background. After guided discussion from the chair, we will open the floor for larger discussion.

Presenters: Kathryn Hujda (chair), Lisa Calahan, Jessica Huffman, Elli Lynch, Hannah O’Neill, Ashleigh Jakaj

  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm: Break
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm: Discussion Circles
    • Breaking out into groups, this will be a somewhat structured opportunity to discuss with colleagues various topics of interest related to our work
  • 4:00pm – 4:35pm: Optional Tours of either Archives of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet or St. Kate’s Archives and Special Collections (max. 15 people per tour)

Vendor Information:

Vendors will be joining us during the Symposium: ArcaSearch, Northern Micrographics Inc., Mid-American Business Systems, and Indus International. Thank you as well to our sponsors Hollinger Metal Edge, Midwest Art Conservation Center, and University Products.


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