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Lecture / Discussion  |  Archives Matter: A Presentation by Kathleen Roe

Part of SUNY Buffalo State E. H. Butler Library Charles Rand Penney Lecture Series in association with the Canisius College Rev. Clayton J. Murray Archives’ Speakers Series

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 5–7 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Archives are the essential evidence of the past, the individual and collective voice, the source of action and events, the thread and fabric of our society. Archives often occupy a hallowed but unclear role to people in our communities, universities and schools, places of business, and government.

There are pressing issues the archival community must address effectively both to ensure the availability and use of the historical record as well as to ensure that key stakeholders and the public recognize the importance and value of archives. Those issues include: ensuring that a comprehensive historical record survives; concerns over “competition” for prestigious collections; threading our way through the complexities of electronic records; ensuring access to information; and the need for informed stakeholders and the general public to value and appropriately support the functions of archives. This talk will focus on these matters of concern to the archival community, and the need for archivists to promote a strong understanding of why archives matter.

Kathleen D. Roe is the current president of the Society of American Archivists, the oldest and largest national archival professional association in North America with over 6200 members. In that capacity, she has challenged archivists to spend a “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” by getting out of their comfort zone to focus on raising awareness of and advocating for archives. She has also served as president of the Council of State Archivists, the national association for state archives, and on various committees for SAA and regional archival associations. She has published and taught extensively in the areas of archival descriptive practices and advocating for archival programs. She is the director of archives and records management operations for the New York State Archives where she oversees programs providing services to state and local governments and non-profit historical records programs around the state.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center’s galleries will be open to attendees preceding the presentation. Free parking is available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center lot.