Chicago Open Archives: The Unconference


CAA invites you to participate in our first ever, Chicago Open Archives Unconference. 

In celebration of American Archives Month, Chicago Open Archives connects community members with the collections, programs, and services of archival repositories throughout the city and suburbs.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year’s COA celebration will be in the form of a remote conference that will be hosted on BlueJeans. 


Session Schedule: 

9am - Chicago Area Archivists Opening Remarks

9:30am - Religious Archives and Their Potential as Sacred Space with Virginia Jung, OSB

10:10am - Mayor Richard M. Daley Oral History Project with David Greenstein and Dan Harper

11:10am - Easier EAD: Using Airtable and Excel to Organize and Automate EAD Construction with Gretchen Neidhardt and Brie Callahan 

12pm - Break / Mentorship 

1pmThe Tension Files: A 500 Linear Foot Undertaking to Restore and Describe the University of Iowa’s Social Documents Collection with Lindsay Moen and Jenna Silver-Baustian

2 pm - Online Exhibits = Greater Archives Accessibility with Abby Battis

2:40pm - Collaboration, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Joseph Coates

3:20pm - Reading between the lines: finding and giving voice to sexual minorities with Mindy C. Pugh

This event is free and open to the public. This event is limited to 100 registrants. We will email registrants the BlueJeans information the day before the event.

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