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An Archivist's Tale

Archivists in conversation with archivists, discussing their work and passions and how they care for the historical record and present the storied past. Hosted by husband and wife team Karen Trivette and Geof Huth.

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Episode 123: It Had to Be Remote (Karen Trivette and Geof Huth)

Karen Trivette and Geof Huth, hosts of the podcast, return to discuss their archival lives during the pandemic and their plans for the podcast's future and even the one archival trip they have planned for this year.

53mins

21 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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Episode 122: The Myth of Self-Reliance (Natalie Baur)

Natalie Baur, Archivist-at-Large, tells us her story of encountering the profession, which transported her to Miami, then Ecuador, and then to Mexico, where her story has become one of an archivist for hire continuing to work in a global pandemic.

59mins

10 Oct 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 121: Max Meyer: Recollections of a Foreign-Born Citizen (Lourdes Font)

Karen Jamison Trivette and guest host Alex Joseph interview fashion scholar Lourdes Font, professor of history of art at the Fashion Institute of Technology. They discuss the life and work of Max Meyer, a principal at Abraham Beller and Company, a New York City-based women's cloak and suit manufacturer, and examine how archival materials helped tell his story.

1hr 10mins

3 Oct 2020

Rank #3

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Episode 120: 2X2: Accounts Payable at a Masonry Company: Why Are They Letting Me Touch This Stuff? (Molly Tighe and Matt Strauss )

Molly Tighe and Matt Strauss tells us their stories of moving from a masonry company and Japan into archives, how they met, and how they keep their archives thriving and relevant in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

1hr 1min

19 Sep 2020

Rank #4

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The Archival Enterprise (to David B. Gracy II)

After a long absence, An Archivist's Tale presents a poem to David B. Gracy II, one of our guests. Geof Huth of AAT wrote and read this poem.

3mins

22 Aug 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 119: Let's Get One of Those Archivist People (Anne-Flore Laloë)

Anne-Flore Laloë, Archivist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, tells us how a masters of English and a PhD in geography led her to archives, what it is like to work with helpful molecular biologists, how she, as a lone archivist, manages an organization with facilities in multiple countries, and how records of science can enchant the mind.

57mins

10 Jun 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 118: Healing Deep Wounds: Enlightening People about the Past and the Present (Saad Eskander)

Saad Eskander, former National Archivist of Iraq, speaking to us from Iraqi Kurdistan, tells an inspiring story about his work running his nation's archives and his struggle to repatriate national records taken by the US government and even journalists, and he explains how archives can show us a way to the truth and toward a better and more just world.

1hr 1min

31 May 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 117: The Box Has Meaning (Karen Trivette and Geof Huth)

Karen and Geof, hosts of the podcast, return alone together to discuss how their work has changed and how it has remained the same during the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss what they learned about their operations and how they might change when they return to work.

59mins

27 May 2020

Rank #8

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Episode 116: Archives is Trending (Rosemary Pleva Flynn)

Rosemary Pleva Flynn, the Chair of the Society of American Archivists' Dictionary Working Group, talks about the origins of this just-released Dictionary of Archives Terminology, an online-only dictionary for archivists, explains how entries are created, and details the rich features of the dictionary. Find DAT at dictionary.archivists.org.

59mins

10 May 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 115: Advocacy on a Bone-Deep Level (Tamar Zeffren)

Tamar Zeffren, Archival Collections Manager at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, tells us how archives kept her from becoming a lawyer, explains how she worked odd archives jobs when beginning her career during the Great Recession, and explains how her archives team continues their work while working from home during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

1hr

4 May 2020

Rank #10