Four members were named distinguished Fellows, the highest individual honor bestowed by SAA for outstanding contributions to the archives profession. These accomplished individuals were recognized on August 15, 2013, during Plenary I at ARCHIVES 2013 in New Orleans. LYNN HOLDZKOM, the former head of the Technical Services Department of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC– Chapel Hill), began her archives career in 1987 as technical services archivist at the Manuscript Department at UNC–Chapel Hill after earning a master of library science degree at the school. Between 1987 and 1996, she processed 468 manuscript collections, the most of anyone working at UNC–Chapel Hill to date. She assumed the position of head of the Technical Services Department in 2008. Holdzkom played a critical role in the Canadian-U.S. Task Force on Archival Description (CUSTARD), which attempted to develop an archival descriptive standard. When CUSTARD disintegrated, Holdzkom refused to accept defeat, pulling together American colleagues to create Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), a set of rules for describing archives, personal papers, and manuscript collections. Holdzkom worked tirelessly to champion DACS, collaborating on a 2006 SAA Annual Meeting session and a highly important article published in The American Archivist in 2008. One recommender wrote: “While DACS was definitely a group effort produced by likeminded individuals, [Lynn] was the heart and soul of the rules. . . . DACS has had an enormous impact on archival description— not just in the United States—and much of that impact is due to Lynn’s promulgation and ongoing support of the standard.” Holdzkom also influenced the next generation of archivists as a mentor and as an instructor for the SAA workshops Archival Cataloging as a Component of Description and MARC According to DACS. As another nominator noted, “Lynn is a gifted teacher—approachable, patient with questions, always willing to share her experiences or help work out a thorny descriptive problem.” Sadly, Holdzkom passed away on July 12, 2013. Prior to her passing, she received news of her induction as a Fellow and received her Fellow’s plaque and pin. Holdzkom’s nominator and colleague, Jackie Dean, accepted a certificate on her behalf during the ceremony in New Orleans. DEBORRA A. RICHARDSON, chair of the Archives Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH), received a bachelor of music degree from Howard University and a master of library science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Richardson has worked at NMAH for twenty-three years, previously serving as the assistant chair of the Archives Center and archives specialist for the Duke Ellington Collection. During her time at NMAH, Richardson has implemented projects to educate young adults about the profession through internships and volunteer opportunities. She also has worked with Archives Center colleagues who teach an “Archival Practices” class, introducing students in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University to the profession and to archival theory and practice using hands-on experience with archival materials. Richardson has served the profession in a variety of leadership positions; she was a member of the SAA Council from 2009 to 2012 and she helped bridge the gap between affiliated professional organizations as a representative and then chair of the SAA / American Library Association / Association of American Museums Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums from 2004 to 2008. In 2011, Richardson published Treasures at the Museum, a children’s book targeting students in grades K–4 that encourages intergenerational interaction among family members as they learn together about archives and museums. The book also has been used as a basis for in-school and afterschool activities as well as museum visits for Students in grades K–6 in the Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas. For Richardson’s most recent work, she contributed to the New York metropolitan area hip hop symposium “Documenting History in Your Own Backyard” held at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, for which she and colleagues introduced participants to new issues in documenting and preserving the history of hip hop culture. One recommender noted that Richardson is “a fine exemplar of the importance of diversity in the field of archives and a strong advocate for a more participatory and outreach-oriented profession.” MARGERY N. SLY, director of special collections at Temple University, earned a master of arts in American history and a master of library science from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. One supporter noted that Sly made a “commitment to archives as her profession at a time when the majority of archivists still received onthe- job training.” Throughout her career, Sly has worked with the papers of government officials, senatorial records, women’s history, institutional archives and manuscript collections, and religious archives, and has worked at the National Archives, Western Historical Manuscripts Collection at the University of Missouri–Columbia, Smith College, the Presbyterian Historical Society, and now Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center. More impressive than her work history, Sly’s service to the profession is exemplary. New England Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Society of Georgia Archivists, and Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries have all benefitted from Sly’s energetic leadership. A Certified Archivist, Sly is the president-elect of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Sly also has enriched SAA; she has been an active member for thirty years, serving multiple leadership positions in SAA, most recently on the Council where she was elected to the Executive Committee and served as liaison to the Standards Committee; as a member of the Publications Board; and on the SAA Foundation Board of Directors. One recommender wrote: “Deeply versed in archives, history, and literature, Margery is one of the rare individuals who can work with anyone. She fearlessly takes on even the most volatile situations and expertly diffuses them with humor and good sense.” Sly generously shares all she has learned, through her years of teaching seminars and workshops and her participation as an instructor/mentor for the rigorous internships that are part of all archival studies programs. ELLEN SWAIN, associate professor of library administration and archivist for student life and culture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U. Of I.), earned a bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College; a master of arts degree in American history from Indiana University, Bloomington; and a master of science degree in library and information science from U. of I. She began her career as a professional archivist in 1996, working first as a project archivist and then assistant archivist for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives. She moved on to serve as archivist for student life and culture at U. of I. and continues to serve as the leader of this specialized archives program. U. of I. University Archivist William Maher wrote in his nomination letter, “She has moved the program from nascent effort to a vibrant and expanding program with growing national credibility among both archival researchers and the creators of records of enduring value.” Swain’s progressive commitment to educational programming has had a profound impact on professional archives organizations, particularly SAA and the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC). Her work as chair of MAC’s Education Task Force is helping to establish a speakers bureau pilot project that will provide members of the profession with a mechanism to connect lone arrangers and new archivists directly with leaders across the archives discipline to address both theoretical and practical questions that arise. One nominator wrote that Swain’s work in building collaborative partnerships is “integral to the overall continued success of the archival profession in the twenty-first century.” Swain has been a member of SAA since 2000 and has served on the Education Committee, Student Program Subcommittee, and Program Committee. She served as chair of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section, vice chair of the College and University Archives Section, and co-chair of the Women’s Collections Roundtable. Swain also has published on numerous topics, including documentation strategies, oral history, and teaching with primary sources.
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