, , , ,

Our upcoming meeting of Archivists Being Awesome features four speakers who each have great stories to share!

Want to hear how the “Gettysburg Lectern” used by Abraham Lincoln made its way to Independence Mall for Pope Francis to make his papal address? Would you like to learn some practical tips and tricks for using Tumblr as an archival outreach tool? Want to discover how a six year project to digitize and catalog over 3,100 hours of Native American audio recordings has developed relationships with Native communities? And how awesome will it be to hear from an “embedded archivist” who is helping to demystify archives to university students?

Please join us!

Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2015.


5:30 – 6:00pm – pizza, refreshments, mingling.
6:00 – 7:00pm – talks.
7:00 – 7:30pm – Q&A and wrap up.

Where: American Philosophical Society Library, 105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (In the library “boardroom”)

Read on for more information on each speaker and their topic:


“I was charged with arranging the loan between the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the World Meeting of Families for the Gettysburg Lectern—the lectern used by Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg Address and used by Pope Francis in front of Independence Hall for his speech about religious freedom and equality. It was an interesting and complicated experience, where I had to coordinate with so many different organizations and individuals, but got the lectern safely to and from Independence Hall.”

Theresa M. Altieri, CA
The Foundations of The Union League of Philadelphia


“Over the past several years, Tumblr has emerged as a popular social media platform rich with collections-based content from an ever-expanding community of archives and libraries. What makes Tumblr a unique resource for special collections outreach and why should archivists add Tumblr to their social media repertoire? Inspired by her experience working on Othmeralia, the Othmer Library’s Tumblr blog, Hillary Kativa provides a brief introduction to the wonderful world of Tumblr and shares practical tips and tricks for managing a successful blog.”


Hillary Kativa
Curator of Photographic and Moving Image Collections
Othmer Library of Chemical History
Chemical Heritage Foundation


“I’ll be talking about my 6-year project at the APS digitizing and cataloging the entirety of its Native American audio collections (3100+ hours). As part of the talk, I also show a bit about how this project helped us to begin developing partnerships with the Native communities from which the material originated, bringing community members here to select additional non-audio materials for use in revitalization programs, and helping us to benefit from their knowledge of the meaning, significance, and appropriate use of this vast collection area of the APS Library.”


Brian Carpenter
Senior Archivist
Center for Native American and Indigenous Research
American Philosophical Society


“I will be talking about an English class I am working with as an embedded archivist (this is my second time doing so). The class is really intended to de-mystify the archives and make certain that the next generation of researchers is aware of how archival description happens and confident in visiting and using an archival collection. The class reads about and uses archival material throughout the semester and focuses on the value of primary sources.”

Holly Mengel
Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian
Special Collections Processing Center
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Pennsylvania