SMA 2019 Schedule

Society of Mississippi Archivists

2019 Annual Meeting at Mississippi State University


Wednesday, April 24

3:00 pm               Pre-Conference Meeting: “The Current State of Records of Enslaved Persons in the State of Mississippi” (no cost) – Mitchell Memorial Library, Room 1405


3:00 pm               Pre-Conference Workshop: “Teaching with Primary Sources” ($10), Instructor: Jessica Perkins Smith, Mississippi State University Libraries – Mitchell Memorial Library, Special Collections Department


Thursday, April 25

8:00-9:00              Registration


9:00-9:15              Welcome & Introductions


9:15-10:15           “For My People”: The Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African American Experience and the Development of an African American Archive at Jackson State University

Moderator          Robert Luckett, Director of the Margaret Walker Center

Panelists              Angela D. Stewart, Archivist at the Margaret Walker Center; April Blevins, Intern at the Margaret Walker Center; Amara Johnson, Student


10:30-11:30         Preserving and Documenting LGBT History

BLK Magazine: Studying the Queer Black Community Through Archival Collections (August Darbonne, University of New Orleans)

Indexing the Closet: The Problematic Side Effects of LGBT Oral Histories (Derek Webb, Mississippi University for Women)


11:45-1:00           Lunch


1:15-2:15              After the Storm: Revelatory Documentation of Mississippi’s Tumultuous Past Today

Moderator          Lorraine A. Stuart, University of Southern Mississippi

Panelists              Ryan Semmes, Mississippi State University; Redell R. Hearn, Johns Hopkins University; Rex Jones, University of Mississippi


2:30-3:30              Finding and Preserving Slavery Records

Locating and Creating Awareness of the South’s Local Slave Records: A Case Study (Dallas Hanbury, Montgomery County Archives)

Indexing Legal Records of Enslaved Persons (Mona Vance-Ali, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library)


3:45-4:45              Opening the Archive with Digitization

Digitizing the Citizens’ Council Radio Forum (Jessica Perkins Smith, Mississippi State University)

“Legitimate Use by a Qualified Scholar”: Developing Digitization Policies to Counteract Historic Exclusions (Jenny Mitchell, Louisiana State University; Scott Ziegler, Louisiana State University)


6:00-9:00              Supper & Drinks at Central Station Grill


Friday, April 26


8:30-9:00              Coffee & Snacks


9:00-10:00           Implementing ArchivesSpace in an Academic Setting (Lorraine A. Stuart, University of Southern Mississippi; Jennifer McGillan, Mississippi State University)


10:15-11:15         Public Outreach

Takin’ it to the Streets: The Pros and Cons of Pushing Exhibits Online (Jennifer Brannock, University of Southern Mississippi)

The Museum as an Extension of the Library: Embracing John Cotton Dana’s Vision in a Modern Academic Library (Jenifer Ishee, Mississippi State University; David Nolen, Mississippi State University)


11:30-1:00           Society of Mississippi Archivists board meeting (open to all SMA members)