The VM Section has two positions open for the SAA 2017 Section Elections: Chair-Elect and one Member-At-Large.
Candidate for Chair-Elect:
Sandra Varry, MFA, MLIS, CA, DAS
Heritage Protocol & University Archivist
Florida State University
Sandra Varry is the Heritage Protocol & University Archivist at Florida State University where she collects, manages, and provides access to FSU’s archive and manages its History Museum. She holds an MFA in Photography from UNC at Chapel Hill and an MLIS from the University of South Florida. She became a Certified Archivist in 2013 and Digital Archives Specialist in 2014. She is Chair of the College & University Archives Section of the Society of Florida Archivists and is currently the Society of American Archivists’ Key Contact for Florida. She taught traditional digital photography for 13 years before becoming a full time archivist, specializing in historic photograph collections. The university archive at FSU holds over a half million images and counting.
Visual materials, and especially photography have been a significant part of my life in many ways. I have created imagery, taught about it, exhibited it, and strived to preserve and provide access to it. I have spent the last eight years as an archivist, and after being in leadership roles at the state and regional levels to promote archives and the profession, I want to participate on the national level and for the Visual Materials Section. I believe with my experience and passion, I can contribute significantly to the purpose of the VMS in promoting a sense of community as well as to advocate for the proper management, care, and use of visual materials collections to the greater archival community. VMS has been a great resource to me, and I truly feel I can build on the current initiatives in the VMS, and in being chair elect, I would hope to be prepared to assume the role of chair.
Candidate for Member-At-Large:
Brenda S. McClurkin, C.A.
Department Head, Special Collections
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
Brenda McClurkin has worked as an archivist in Special Collections of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries since 2002, first as its Historical Manuscripts Archivist and now as Department Head. She holds an undergraduate degree in history from Colorado Woman’s College in Denver; an MLS from the University of Arizona; and an archival administration certificate from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brenda is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Public Services Metrics, and a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists. She has contributed articles to the Special Collections’ newsletter The Compass Rose, Southwestern Archivist, and Legacies, a Dallas history journal; and coauthored Weatherford: The Early Years (2012) and Fort Worth’s Quality Hill (2014), both recent titles in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, and UT Arlington Special Collections’ Archives and Manuscripts Processing Manual (6th ed., 2011).
UT Arlington Libraries recently completed a large cold storage vault to house/preserve our vast collection of photographic negatives, primarily those of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper. Our quest for a cold storage facility was a 12+ year journey of research, analysis of our collection, and a successful NEH grant application. Members of the Visual Materials Section were pivotal to the success of our project by sharing their cold storage experiences and expertise. I am a past president of the Society of Southwest Archivists, and am now eager to offer my services to the Visual Materials Section, to pay forward the assistance VMS members have offered us, share our journey with cold storage, and overall, to work to preserve and provide access to the visual materials which document our culture and history.
Candidate for Member-At-Large:
Center for Creative Photography
University of Arizona
As the associate archivist at the Center for Creative Photography, I am responsible for managing processing and preservation-related tasks of the archives. The majority of the archives include photographic materials, both paper and film-based. Currently, I am working on a large-scale cold storage project for our nitrate and acetate film-based materials. Before coming to the CCP, I worked as a project archivist at the Modern Graphic History Library, Washington University in St. Louis. In this position, I was responsible for processing collections related to the history of American illustration. I hold a Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, where I focused on archives and preservation, and a BA in Art History. I am also currently working on a Master of Arts in Museum Studies with Johns Hopkins University’s online program. In my free time, I love bookbinding, printmaking, and collecting cacti.
As a member of the Visual Materials Section, and the current Education Chair, I am excited for the opportunity to be more involved as a member-at-large. After attending the midwinter meeting this past winter, I became more aware of the section’s goals and needs. Visual materials are at the heart of what I do, and what I am passionate about. I am eager to advance preservation and access needs and solutions for visual materials through collaboration and networking with others in the field. Overall, I would love the chance to help shape and assist with the Section’s long-term plans, meetings, and future projects.