Society of Indiana Archivists
Preserving Indiana History

Communities Building Archives

2023 Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting

March 31, 2023 | Indianapolis, IN

*Virtual option available*

In partnership with IUPUI Department of Library and Information Science.

Pre-Annual Meeting Events

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | Indianapolis, IN

Indiana State Museum Exhibit Tour

Since 1869, the Indiana State Museum has collected, preserved and presented Indiana’s history, arts and natural sciences. But only a fraction of the more than 500,000 objects are on display at any one time. In this tour, you’ll get to see something most people never get to see: backstage at the museum. (Spoiler alert: Nothing comes to life. Sorry.)

The tour will begin at 4:00 PM, and the group will meet in the lobby. There are 15 spots available. Please email Evan Miller at to RSVP. 

DLIS Career Networking Event

The Department of Library and Information Science will be hosting a career networking event for its current students and alumni, and Society of Indiana Archivists members are invited to attend! The event will be held at the ICTC Building on the IUPUI campus from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP via this link. Parking is available at the Gateway Parking Garage. The entrance to the parking garage is located at the corner of Blackford Street and North Street. More information on parking and parking rates can be found here

If attending the Indiana State Museum tour, it is possible to walk from the Indiana State Museum parking garage. 

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2023 Annual Meeting

Friday, March 31, 2023 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (EST)

ICTC Building, IUPUI

535 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

SIA hopes that the 2023 theme Communities Building Archives brings together emerging and established professionals to share experiences and outcomes of building collections and networks with and within local communities, institutions, and the profession. While our titles may vary–from archivist to historian, librarian, museum curator, cultural heritage specialist, professor, or student–we can help each other grow as professionals and build and preserve our respective collections for future researchers, communities, and archivists by sharing the lessons that we’ve learned and the practices and procedures that we’ve developed.

For the first time, SIA is offering a virtual attendance option for the Annual Meeting. Virtual attendees will be able to livestream all sessions, the plenary, and the business meeting, and the intention is to offer recordings of the sessions to membership after the event. Zoom links will be sent the week of the Annual Meeting. No matter your attendance, SIA looks forward to seeing you on March 31!

"Early Bird" registration (In-Person or Virtual) due by February 17, 2023 at midnight. 

$27.00 SIA Member | $17.00 Students, Retirees, Volunteers

Standard registration due by March 22, 2023 at midnight. 

$37.00 SIA Member (In-Person) | $32 (Virtual)

$57.00 Non-Member (In-Person) | $52.00 (Virtual)

$27.00 Students, Retirees, Volunteers (In-Person) | $22.00 (Virtual)

No onsite registration available.

Annual Meeting Program

Please find the meeting schedule, continuing education, and other detailed information in the 2023 SIA Conference Program.

Schedule at a Glance

 8:30-9:00 am


Breakfast items available

 9:00 - 9:50 am

Concurrent Sessions

1A: Uncomfortable History and Challenging Collective Memory in Community Archives

1B: Digital Preservation, Access, Outreach and Engagement within Indiana’s Historical Agencies

 10:00 - 11:00 am


Dr. Jazma Sutton, Assistant Professor of History, Miami University

 11:00 - 11:45 am

SIA Business Meeting

All members are welcome to attend

 11:45 am - 1:00 pm


 1:00 - 1:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2A: Stories of Collaboration from IndyPL's Digital Indy

2B: Managing a Digital Media Backlog: Lessons Learned on Zipping Through Disks

 2:00 - 2:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3A: Lessons Learned through Processing Collections: Indiana State Library's Northeast Indiana Diversity Library Collection and IU East Campus Library's Mary Fell Collection

3B: Essential Elements: Weeding

 2:50 - 3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

Snacks and drinks

 3:15 - 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4A: Finding Hoosier Jewish History: The Indiana Jewish Preservation Corps

4B: Professional Development: Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA) and Indiana State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB)

Annual Meeting Plenary Speaker 

Dr. Jazma Sutton, Assistant Professor of History, Miami University

Friday, March 31, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (EST)

Dr. Jazma Sutton’s research examines the lived experiences of enslaved, free, and self-liberated Black women who escaped the South and came to and through the rural Black settlements of East Central Indiana before the Civil War. Methodologically, she raises concerns with archives in the rural Midwest and how they make it almost impossible to write traditional histories of 19th century Black women. Her research seeks to ask: what do we do once we’ve read against the grain and the biased grain and we’re still unable to piece together a story of 19th century Black women in the rural Midwest? What histories are we able to write when we move beyond “the archive” and “official record” to descendant communities, their historical knowledge, and their home-based collections and archives? And, finally, once we realize that these women have not been erased, forgotten or hidden, but instead preserved in plain sight, how do we acknowledge the labor of Black women, past and present, that made this possible?

This talk will discuss the archival challenges Dr. Sutton encountered recovering the lives and experiences of Black women in antebellum Indiana. It will also explore the method she termed Descendant Archival Practices-- a method that reveals new ways of writing histories of Black women and acknowledges the preservation and memory work of Black women descendants as an alternative to mainstream archives.

Dr. Jazma Sutton, Assistant Professor of History, Miami University. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Jazma Sutton.

About the speaker:

Dr. Jazma Sutton’s research focuses on the histories of slavery and freedom in the U.S. with a particular interest in African American women’s history and the Midwest. She is currently working on a book project that chronicles Black women’s transition from slavery to freedom in antebellum Indiana and Ohio and the ways in which they expressed their ideas of citizenship through anti-slavery activism, intergenerational memory-keeping, and material culture.

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Register for the annual meeting by completing the online registration form below after reviewing all information.

  • Registration opens Monday, February 6 and will close on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
  • There will be no onsite registration the day of the Annual Meeting.
  • All times listed in the program are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • Members: please log in to access member rates.
  • If you are not currently a member, or your membership has lapsed, you must sign up for membership first in order to register with the member rate.
  • All payments are due prior to the start of the annual meeting on Friday, March 31, 2023.
  • Cancellations with refund must be made by emailing Denise Rayman at denise.rayman[at]gmail[dot]com before Thursday, March 30, 2023.
  • All registrants will receive an acknowledgement of their registration and a receipt for their payment.
  • Attendees attending virtually will receive links for the Annual Meeting via email after registering.

Online payment is available or, if you prefer, you may make checks payable to the Society of Indiana Archivists, and mail to:

Society of Indiana Archivistsc/o Denise Rayman, Treasurer
IUPUI University Library
755 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5195

In-Person Registration

Virtual Registration

LEUs and ARCs

SIA is on the Indiana State Library's (ISL) list of approved training providers for continuing education for library professionals and earning LEUs (Library Education Units). Please visit the ISL website for more information on reporting LEUs: Indiana State Library.

For information on earning ARCs (Archival Recertification Credits) for the Academy of Certified Archivists recertification, please visit the ACA website: Academy of Certified Archivists.

Please contact Evan Miller at millere[at]wabash[dot]edu with any questions.

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Parking and Travel

The Annual Meeting will be held at the ICTC Building on the IUPUI campus, which is the home of the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. The ICTC Building is located at the corner of Michigan Street and West Street, and the main entrance is off of Michigan Street.

Address: 535 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Parking is available at the Gateway Parking Garage. The entrance to the parking garage is located at the corner of Blackford Street and North Street. More information on parking and parking rates can be found here

Parking Address: 525 North Blackford Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Parking Vouchers Available: For Friday, parking vouchers will be available at the registration table when attendees check in. For Thursday’s networking event, the vouchers will be available when entering the event.

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The Society of Indiana Archivists did not reserve a block of hotel rooms for the 2023 Annual Meeting. Two nearby accomodations are:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Canal IUPUI

414 West Vermont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202


0.2 miles away (5-minute walk) | Map

Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal

350 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202


.5 miles away (9-minute walk) | Map

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In 2023, two scholarships will be awarded for the Society of Indiana Archivists Annual Meeting, held on March 31, 2023. Both scholarships will receive a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting and $75 to cover the expenses associated with attending. The two scholarships are the Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship and the John Newman Professional Development Scholarship.

Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship

Graduate students enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, Master of Arts (MA) in History or Museum Studies program, or a related graduate program, and new professionals (up to five years of post-graduate work experience) are encouraged to apply.

John Newman Professional Development Scholarship

Anyone in the field of special collections and archives in the state of Indiana is eligible to apply for this scholarship. New employees and volunteers are especially encouraged to apply as well as applicants with limited professional development opportunities available through their institution.

Application Information

Deadline: March 17, 2023 (2 weeks prior)

Submission: Submit a statement of interest stating why you want to attend the annual meeting and how it will benefit you. Include in your statement a brief outline of your archival education and any work history, along with a description of your long-term professional goals. Please include your contact information (name, mailing address, phone, and e-mail) as well as contact information for your institution or employer. Statements should be no more than 200-400 words.

Please submit the information stated above via email to Sean Eisele at seisele[at]vigo[dot]lib[dot]in[dot]us. The award recipients will be shared with all applicants via email and announced through the SIA listserv prior to the meeting. Upon accepting the award, the recipient must submit a headshot along with a reflection of the annual meeting for SIA publication.

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Social Media 

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Society of Indiana Archivists social media: @INarchivist | INarchivist

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