In celebration of American Archives Month, the New York State Archives have announced the winners of the 2017 Annual Archives Awards.
This annual awards program recognizes the outstanding archives and records management work of individuals and organizations in New York State. In addition, three awards were given to students for their use of historical records in research projects at the ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany.
A complete list of this year’s award winners follows:
Cheryl Steinbach Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management: Town of Livonia;
William H. Kelly Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development: Warren County Records Storage Center and Archives;
Annual Archives Award for Excellence in State Agency Records Management Program Development: NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision;
Annual Archives Award for Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture;
Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives: Sarah F. Rose, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Disability, Studies Minor, University of Texas at Arlington;
Lifetime Achievement Award for the Protection of Archives or Cultural Collections in New York State: Richard Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs and State Hazard Mitigation Officer, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Annual Archives Award for Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12:
The following students from Tamarac High School, Brunswick Central School District:
Teachers: Michelle Furlong, Steve Pomposello and Mark Spitzer
Annual Archives Award for Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8:
The following student from The Wheatley School, East Williston Union Free School District:
Teacher: JoBeth Roberts
Annual Archives Award for Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4 & 5:
The following students from Drexel Avenue Elementary School, Westbury Union Free School District:
Teacher: Patricia Matarazzo
American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the significant role archives, archivists, and records managers perform. These organizations and professionals manage, preserve and make accessible to researchers records that contain information that preserve the rights of citizens; document the actions of people, governments and institutions; and provide a direct link to the voices, experiences, and opinions of people past and present.
The New York State Archives is a program of the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Further information can be obtained by calling (518) 474-8955 or visiting the Archives’ website.