Welcome to SAA@Pitt!
SAA@Pitt is the website of the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter (SAASC) at the University of Pittsburgh. SAASC sponsors events, tours, and speakers throughout the academic year. We also hold special programs and encourage activitiy in SAA and other archival conferences.
Poster Session - Creating Bridges from Breadcrumbs
Recognizing the benefits of recorded memory and continuity, SAASC has begun a process of gathering and documenting information about the chapter. The project will implement tools to:
Students are developing a poster for the 5th Annual Student Poster Session at the 2005 SAA Annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 16-21, 2005.
Picnic for Graduating Students and New Students
On August 6, 2005,
SAASC hosted a picnic to welcome new archives and preservation track
students and to celebrate the graduation of current students. It was
a great opportunity for graduating students, continuing students, faculty,
and new students to meet!
Speaker, John Kirk, Sony Pictures Film Specialist
SAASC along with Infinity, the student preservation organization, sponsored two events with Film Specialist, John Kirk. Before MGM joined Sony Pictures, Kirk was Director of Technical Services at MGM Studios. On May 26th, John Kirk presented the recently restored, extended version of Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly at the Oaks Theater, an independent theater in the Pittsburgh area. The screening was followed by a question and answer session with Kirk. This was the first theatrical screening of the restored version in Pittsburgh. It was a unique opportunity to view the classic film and speak with the person responsible for its restoration. The following day, May 27th, John Kirk gave a lecture on film preservation and restoration on campus. He presented film clips and discussed the process and issues surrounding the restoration of such classic films as Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and Kiss Me Deadly.
Trip to Washington D.C.
a trip to visit archival repositories in the Washington, D. C. area.
On May 5th, the group of 14 students visited Archives II, the NARA facility
in College Park, Maryland, which houses the government's twentieth century
archival materials. Employees James W. Martin, Jr. and Donna Melito
provided an introduction to the NARA facility and the archival practices
and procedures at Archives II. Students toured different departments,
such as audio, photographs, prints, maps, as well as research and closed
stacks areas. Later that evening, Pitt's student chapter met with SAM,
Student Archivists at Maryland, University of Maryland's archival student
chapter, for dinner and conversation.
On May 6th, students
went on a special guided tour of the museum section of NARA's Archives
I facility, viewing the "Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom,"
as well as the Public Vaults exhibit, led by a visitor services representative.
Finally, the group met with Deborah Richardson at the Archives Center
of the National Museum of American History, which is a part of the Smithsonian
Institution. Richardson and her colleagues described the mission and
goals of the Archives Center, provided a tour of the facility's workrooms
and closed stacks, and described their work with images and databases.
Tour of the Andy Warhol Museum & Archives
On Friday, April 29, 2005, students visited the Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world. The collection consists of more than 4,000 works of art by Warhol including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, film, videotapes, and an extensive archive that consists of ephemera, records, source material for works of art, and other documents of the artist's life. Collections Manager, Allison Smith, led a tour of the archives, showing the group an example of one of many "time capsules" created by Warhol himself. During the tour, the group discussed issues that arise for the Warhol staff as they attempt to remain faithful to both the artistic community and archival standards for preservation. This situation is especially problematic in dealing with Warhol's time capsules, which are simultaneously seen as works of art and documents of Warhol's life. Smith also showed the group the museum database and discussed description when cataloging time capsule items.
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