[SIGCIS-Members] Work Begins on the Records of the Association for Computing Machinery at the Charles Babbage Institute

Arvid Nelsen nels0307 at umn.edu
Tue Oct 7 06:19:03 PDT 2008

The Charles Babbage Institute is extremely pleased to announce that 
the new Project Archivist for the records of the Association for 
Computing Machinery started work on Monday, Sept. 29.  Loralee J. 
Bloom ("Lora") has many years of experience in archives and 
libraries, including ten years with the Minnesota Historical Society 
as the Archivist for the records of the 3M Corporation.  Lora will be 
with CBI for nine months, working solely on processing the ACM 
records, in a position generously funded by the ACM.

Materials selected for inclusion in the collection to be held at CBI 
were identified in two different projects.  First, in 2005 then-CBI 
Archivist Elisabeth Kaplan and then-Assistant Archivist Carrie Seib 
travelled to the ACM offices in New York to assess currently held 
materials and make recommendations for long-term retention and 
preservation.  This past summer current CBI Archivist R. Arvid Nelsen 
went to the new ACM offices to identify the locations of materials 
previously recommended as well as to consult with various department 
heads and examine additional materials to be retained.

About half of the materials identified for housing at CBI have now 
arrived at our offices in the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West 
Bank of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  Materials include 
(but are not necessarily limited to) minutes, reports, 
correspondence, and publications from originating units such as 
Publications, Member Services, the Executive Director's Office, 
Administration, SIG Services, Marketing, and Policies & 
Procedures.  Further information will be available as collection 
processing is completed.  In addition to a completed online finding 
aid, the project will also include the creation of a web page on the 
history of ACM.  A physical exhibit and celebration to promote the 
completed project will be announced later.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please direct them to CBI 
Archivist, R. Arvid Nelsen at nels0307 at umn.edu.

Thank you

R. Arvid Nelsen, Archivist
Charles Babbage Institute
211 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Office: 612-625-4867
Fax: 612-625-8054

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