MVAR 2/17 Recap

The most recent meeting of the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable (MVAR) was held yesterday at the Montgomery County Records Center & Archives (Reibold building, 6th floor) in downtown Dayton.

The meeting began with an awards presentation to the MCRC, which received a 2010 Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board’s Achievement Award in recognition of their success in addressing serious preservation issues in the archive over the past 5 years. After the presentation, at which county commissioner Deb Lieberman was present, the attendees gave their institutional reports.

In the institutional reports, people discuss current events and projects at their institutions, conferences they are attending, hosting, or presenting at, and other related things. If something strikes my interest, I jot it down so I don’t forget. I’m going to share a few of those notes with you here.

An attendee from the National Museum of the United States Air Force announced that the museum will be hosting the “Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums” conference this coming April. A disaster preparedness workshop/simulation is also forthcoming there.

Paper and book conservator Charles Price, of Cincinnati, was also present at the meeting. He did not give a report, per se, but he had been invited because as a consultant he did much of the conservation work that was necessary in restoring damaged records at the MCRC, during the project that resulted in MCRC receiving its award. Mr. Price’s company, Charles Price Paper and Book Conservation LLC, has done work on public records in Montgomery County, Greene County, and Warren County, and the records managers of those counties (all in attendance at the meeting) had positive things to say about his work.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m giving Mr. Price free advertising, but sometimes it’s hard to find those type of services, let alone know what they’ve done or if they’re any good, so having heard all of these people say what good work he’d done for them, I thought I’d make a note of it!

Another person in attendnace was Amy Rohmiller, whom I had not met before. She identified herself as being in charge of coordinating events in an 11-county area (centered in the Miami Valley) related to Ohio’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which begins this year. Here’s some more information about Amy and her role in celebrating the Civil War sesquicentennial.

Judy Deeter, President of the Troy Historical Society, reported that in August, Troy will host an Ohio Historic Preservation Office workshop about preserving 50+ year-old buildings. I was unable to find a link for this online; maybe it’s not out yet!

Gwen Haney, Community Collections Manager at Dayton History, announced that the NCR Digital Archive is now live. She said there are about 15,000 images up right now, with 5,000 to go. There are images of Dayton, as well as many other places where NCR did business. It’s free to search; prints can also be ordered directly from the site.

Several archivists from religious archives were present at the meeting, with announcements about various celebrations happening this year, including the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Joseph Chaminade (founder of the Marianists, the religious order that founded University of Dayton) and the 125th anniversary of Catholic education on the corner of Ludlow and Franklin (where Chaminade-Julienne H.S. now is).

There were a few other tidbits of information in my notes that I won’t share on here, such as meeting a couple of new UD archivists, and which institutions recently acquired cool new digitization equipment.

After the institutional reports, Rachel DeHart, the chair of the MVAR, shared a list of upcoming workshops and conferences that might be of interest to the group:

Then, finally, it was time for a presentation by our hosts the Montgomery County Records Center, as well as a tour of the facility. However, I have a bit more I want to add to that – some neat history about the building, as well as what they have there – so I will save it for another day.

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2 responses to “MVAR 2/17 Recap

  1. I consulted with Charles Price for my internship project at Greene County Archives. He helped me coordinate my custom box design and needed supply materials with an archival supplier. He also gave me a tour of his workshop, which was pretty cool. I’ve seen his work, and it’s great. After my research, he’s really the only skilled, trustworthy conservator in SW Ohio.

    • Hi, Matthew, thanks for sharing that! It’s possible that Mr. Price has worked on our materials at Dayton Metro Library, too – we do have several professionally conserved/encapsulated items that look similar what I saw at the MCRC. We just haven’t had that process done on anything since I’ve been there, so I’m not sure who did them. I’ll have to ask Nancy (our local history specialist). I bet it probably was Mr. Price on our materials, too…

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