Hall of Records Commission
for a Meeting
at the Maryland State Archives
November 22, 2004 (St. Cecelia's Day)
Call to Order by the Chairman
Chairman Bell called the meeting to order at 12:19 p.m.
and Introduction of Special Guests
The following Commission Members, Alternates, and staff of the Archives
The Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge, Court
of Appeals, and Chairman of the Hall of Records Commission
Ms. Vicki Fretwell, representing The Honorable Thomas
V. Mike Miller, President of the Senate
Ms. Pat Bruce, representing The Honorable Mary A.
Conroy, House of Delegates
Mr. Howard Freedlander, representing The Honorable
Nancy K. Kopp, Treasurer
Mr. Dennis Fiori, representing Barbara Katz, President,
Maryland Historical Society
Mr. Boyd Rutherford, Secretary, Department of
Mr. Christopher B. Nelson, President, St. John's
Dr. Glenn Phillips, representing Dr. Earl S. Richardson,
Morgan State University
Dr. Whitman H. Ridgway, representing Dr. William
E. Kirwan,Chancellor, University of Maryland
Mr. Bret Schreiber, representing Dr. William R.
Brody, President, The Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Timothy D. Baker, Deputy State Archivist
Ms. Kathy Beard, Recording Secretary, Maryland State
Mr. John Gartrell, Archivist II, Maryland State
Ms. Jennifer Hafner, Archivist III, Maryland State
Mr. Chris Haley, Archivist V, Maryland State Archives
Ms. Lynne MacAdam, Computer Network Specialist Manager,
Maryland State Archives
Ms. Pat Melville, Archivist V, Maryland State Archives
Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist and Secretary,
Hall of Records Commission
Mr. Richard H. Richardson, Personnel Officer and
Deputy Commissioner of Land Patents
Mr. Rob Schoeberlein, Archivist III, Maryland State
Ms. Emily Oland Squires, Archivist V, Maryland State
Mr. Christopher N. Allan
The Honorable Dale R. Cathell
Mr. William G. Kerbin, Jr.
Miss Lauren Rutherford, daughter of Secretary Rutherford
Chairman Bell welcomed Chris Allan,
Judge Dale Cathell (a colleague from the Court of Appeals), and William
Kerbin (Judge Cathell's father-in-law) who has been practicing law in Maryland
for 71 years and one month. Mr. Kerbin is over 94 years old and still
goes into his office every day.
Dr. Papenfuse reported that on November 5, Jim Hefelfinger,
a faithful member of the Archives' staff, passed away. He called
the Commission's attention to a fine article in the Bulldog written
by Rob Schoeberlein paying tribute to Mr. Hefelfinger. In Mr. Hefelfinger's
memory, Dr. Papenfuse displayed on the screen Mr. Hefelfinger's favorite
photograph of the State House that he colorized and presented to the Archives.
Dr. Papenfuse also asked the Commission to remember Harry Cole.
Fifty years ago, Harry Cole was the first African American elected to the
Senate and this year would be the 50th
anniversary of his election to the Maryland Senate. Dr. Phillips
has an article coming out shortly about Harry Cole's life. Dr. Papenfuse
advised that the Archives has posted information about Harry Cole on its
biographical web site at: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/012000/012087/html/msa12087.html
(user name: aaco password: aaco#).
Formation of Friends of the Archives:
Dr. Papenfuse announced that Chris Allan has taken on the job
of being President and Resident Agent for the formation of the Friends
of the Archives. Mr. Allan advised that with the assistance of
the Archives' former counsel, Dick Israel, he was able to put together
Articles of Incorporation for a non-stock company with the Department of
Assessments and Taxation. David C. Troy, who was active in preparing
a web site on the 15th
Amendment for Archives of Maryland On Line, has agreed to be
Reports and Minutes of Previous Meetings
of meeting of April 28, 2004
Dr. Phillips offered a motion of approval of the minutes as amended
by Chairman Bell, seconded by Mr. Freedlander and unanimously approved,
the Chairman concurring.
Special Meetings and Celebratory Events
Mr. Nelson offered a motion of approval in recognition of the special
meetings of the Commission as defined by standing resolution, seconded
by Dr. Phillips and unanimously approved, the Chairman concurring.
June 24: Unveiling
of portrait of Frances Hughes Glendening at Government House:
Dr. Papenfuse stated that the portrait of Frances Hughes
Glendening has been added to the collection of the Commmission on Artistic
Property and all of the members of the Hall of Records Commission were
invited to the unveiling.
November 9: Talk
and reception for Judge Bell at the University of Maryland School of Law;
Dr. Papenfuse had the privilege of attending a talk at
the University of Maryland Law School. It was organized by Larry Gibson
and was a very interesting program. It was intended to look
at the efforts to to change the segregated accommodation policies of the
late-1940s. The highlight was the recognition of Judge Bell in Bell
Judge Bell identified the people in the picture displayed on the screen:
Richard McCoy who was a 17 year old high school student (Judge Bell was
16). Judge Bell and Mr. McCoy were classmates of Dunbar High School
and were both arrested on June 17, 1960 when they sat-in at Hooper's Restaurant.
Also, Clarence Logan and Doug Sands. Mr. Sands was the first student
leader of what soon became known as the Civic Interest Group. Clarence
Logan was his successor and remained in charge of that movement through
the integration of the restaurants in downtown Baltimore. Logan is
an historian who has been keeping a record of what happened and he believes
that the movement started at Morgan State College, not in Greensboro, NC
as is populary believed.
November 18: Unveiling
of the Wye Oak Desk in the Rotunda of the State House. Speech
by Dr. Papenfuse.
Dr. Papenfuse reported on the ceremony for the unveiling
of the Wye Oak desk in the Rotunda of the State House on November 18.
A yellow ribbon was placed around the desk in memory of the troops and
those fighting abroad. The desk opens up in the front (similar to
the Kennedy desk) with a plaque that will have each governorís name from
Robert Ehrlich on. Dr. Papenfuse said Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. paid
for the desk and the ceremony, as well as the pamphlet about the desk.
Records Retention and Disposal
Dr. Papenfuse stated that records retention and disposal
schedules are listings of everything received at the Archives in the way
of records and a list of disposals that have been approved. He pointed
out that the courts are in the midst of a comprehensive revision all of
their retention and disposal schedules, and Pat Melville of the Archivesí
staff is active on the committee. It is important because criminal
court records can be destroyed after 12 years, yet criminal cases are being
reopened because of evidentiary material and concerns about performance
of lawyers, more than 12 years after cases have been decided. Chairman
Bell reported that the Conference of Circuit Court Judges is addressing
Secretary Rutherford offered a motion of approval of the Records
Retention and Disposal Schedules as presented, seconded by Mr. Nelson and
unanimously approved, the Chairman concurring.
Archivist's Report and Staff Activities
(see the Maryland State Archives' Bulldog
for additional details)
Administrative and Fiscal Matters
May 6: Dr. Papenfuse addressed the Women's Club of Roland Park;
May 10: Celebration in the search room for Kim Moreno, Sasha Lourie,
and Ryan Polk receiving their MA degrees in May; Salvador Barragan getting
married; Thriveni Palanivelu becoming an American citizen; and saying goodbye
to the spring interns and to Underground Railroad researcher Ellen Loll;
May 11: Mr. Baker and Ms. Moreno spoke briefly re: mdlandrec.net
at Maryland Land Title Association Annual Meeting;
May 13: Mr. Swanson attended the Land Record Improvement Oversight
May 18: Dr. Papenfuse attended Governor's Consulting Committee Meeting
on Historic Sites;
May 21: Chip DiPaula, Secretary of Budget and Management, visited
and toured the Archives;
May 22: Dr. Papenfuse addressed the Society of Colonial Wars General
May 25: Dr. Papenfuse addressed the Ft. Garrison Chapter of the Colonial
Dames of the 17th Century;
May 25: Dr. Terry was a guest on the Marc Steiner Show panel discussion
on Harriet Tubman;
May 26: Dr. Papenfuse and Ms. Calver met with Delegate Petzold and
Dorey Stacks re: Women's Hall of Fame display;
June 2: Ms. Squires attended the Celebration of the Maryland Women's
Heritage Center at Government House;
July 14: Mr. McCormick met with Maurice Possley, reporter from the
July 21: Mr. McCormick represented Dr. Papenfuse at the Maryland
Historical Society Library Committee meeting;
July 22: Messrs. Baker and McCormick hosted the Taiwanese Minister
of Research, Evaluation and Development with three other officials of the
Taiwanese National Archives including a tour of the Archives;
July 28, August 30, September 29 and November 3: Ms. Melville attended
the Circuit Courts Retention Schedule Committee meeting in the Judicial
September: Article by Elaine Rice Bachmann entitled Circa
1961: The Kennedy White House Interiors published in the
White House History Journal;
Dr. Papenfuse said that Ms. Bachmann wrote an interesting
article on the White House during the Kennedy years. She is also
the co-author of a book on the White House during the Kennedy years.
September 2: Discovery of cornerstone in the Bloomsbury demolition
September 10: Mr. Schoeberlein attended Crownsville Cemetery dedication;
September 13: Dr. Papenfuse and Mr. Richardson met with Ren Serey
and LeeAnne Chandler with the DNR Critical Areas Commission and Doldon
Moore, State Wetlands Administrator with the BPW re: a better understanding
of the land patents process and patents for submerged lands;
September 14: Dr. Papenfuse and Mr. Baker attended the Clerk's Association
meeting at the Judicial Training Center;
September 16: Dr. Papenfuse and Mr. Baker attended meeting with Judge
Bell, Scott MacGlashan, David Durfee, Mike Neale and Sally Rankin at the
Courts of Appeal Building re: PIA requests for purchase of land record
images and bulk index data;
September 23: Dr. Papenfuse, Mr. Baker and Ms. Moreno met with Jim
Reilly, Clerk, Harford County Circuit Court, Mary Bickford (Chief Deputy
Clerk), Susan Lochary (Supervisor of Civil Dept.) and Diane Burke (Supervisor
of Criminal Dept.) and toured the Archives;
September 30-October 2: Dr. Papenfuse attended, on behalf of Judge
Bell, the seventh annual meeting of the State and Federal Court Historical
Society Administrators and Trustees in conjunction with the AASLH annual
meeting in St. Louis MO;
October 8-9: Dr. Papenfuse attended fall meeting of the Historic
St. Mary's City Commission;
October 13: Dr. Papenfuse attended Library of Congress National Digital
Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program in Washington D.C.;
October 20: Dr. Papenfuse attended MLA Advisory Board meeting;
November 13: Dr. Papenfuse addressed the Broadmead retirees;
November 15: Dr. Papenfuse and Ms. MacAdam met with Maureen Kavanagh,
Mary Louise DeSaaran, and Orlando Ridout, all of the Maryland Historical
Trust, to discuss how the MD Historical Trust
Sites Survey project should be continued and maintained;
The Archives has been helping the Maryland Historical Trust
bring its historic sites surveys on-line. The site was created and
all of the historic sites inventories were scanned with support from the
U.S. Department of Transportation ISTEA money. Every county is on-line
up to last month in terms of what has been submitted to the National Register.
He said that Ms. MacAdam is responsible for overseeing all of the work
on this project and making this site possible.
November 15-16: Messrs. Baker and Yang attended Partnerships in Innovation
conference hosted by the University of Maryland at the National Archives
and Records Administration;
November 17: Dr. Papenfuse, Ms. Calver, and Sasha Lourie, Archivist
III, met with Tom Darden and Ed Blakely re: photo
web publishing project for the Governor's office;
November 18: Dr. Papenfuse addressed Preservation Maryland at its
annual meeting as the keynote speaker.
Budget Issues, Past, Present and Future:
July 12: Audit exit meeting for Information Systems Discussion Notes;
July 13: Audit Exit Meeting - Response
of the Ethics Commission re: Audit inquiry
Dr. Papenfuse advised the Commission that, during the
Legislative audit, the auditors questioned whether the creation of the
new Historical Atlas of Maryland, map book constituted a conflict
of interest. In June, the auditors asked Dr. Papenfuse to write to
the State Ethics Commission, which he did, but the auditors chose to publish
their comments before getting a letter back from the State Ethics Commission.
As a result, the impression was that Dr. Papenfuse committed a crime when
in fact the Ethics Commission praised the Archives for its work and dismissed
the claim against Dr. Papenfuse. He invited the Commission to look at the
full letter of the State Ethics Commission which is available on-line and
read the following excerpt from the letter:
Also, the Commission recognizes that your role as
the State Archivist is a unique position in that you play an active role
in obtaining additional funding for the agency to pursue documents and
other collections, which are important to Maryland's history.
They noted that Dr. Papenfuse had said on his Financial Disclosure Statement
everything that he was doing.
The Commission determined that you did not receive
a personal financial gain, and, although there may be some benefit to your
personal or professional prestige from the publishing of the book, it is
difficult to distinguish that gain from the benefit to the State.
The Commission had some concern because the name of the Johns Hopkins Press
was the same as Johns Hopkins University even though there is no relationship
between the two when choosing manuscripts. In the future, the Ethics
Commission asked that Dr. Papenfuse run any of these projects by counsel
formally rather than informally at Hall of Records Commission meetings.
The Commission determined that your primary purpose
in obtaining the grant money and loan for the book project was to generate
funds for the Maryland State Archives. The Maryland State Archives
has received approximately $38,500 to date from this project.
October 21: William Honablew (Archives' new legislative budget analyst)
and Dave Ryker (Archives budget analyst) met with Dr. Papenfuse and Mr.
Dr. Papenfuse advised that the meeting with William Honablew,
the Archivesí new legislative Budget Analyst, went well. Dave Ryker,
the Archives budget analyst was also invited to the meeting due to strict
instructions from the Department of Budget and Management that an agency
cannot talk to the budget analyst without it knowing what is being said.
Shortly thereafter Mr. Honablew resigned, and Jim Stoops was reassigned
as the Archives' Budget Analyst.
Mr. Baker reported that for the FY2006 budget, the Archives
had another 12% reduction totaling around $302,000. To meet that
General Fund budget target, the Archives had to give up all remaining non-salary
General Funds so that the only item left in the budget is the rent the
Archives pays for warehouses to store permanent record material.
The Archives also had to convert more of its staff from General Funds to
Special Funds. Now, more than half of the Archives staff are Special Funds,
i.e., no tax dollars associated with it. So, after the Archives pays
DBM for telephones, telco, rent, and the Treasurer for master lease
cost, it begins the fiscal year in a deficit. There is no money for rent,
postage, paper, staples, etc. Eighty percent of the Archives budget
is now Special Fund related. If it weren't for the fact that most
of the Archives staff are involved in a project for the Judiciary, the
Archives would cease to exist.
DBM recognizes the untenable situation the Archives is
in. Mr. Baker believes that DBM is interested in resolving this in the
not too distant future and is holding out hope that there will be a restoration
of some of the reductions and that the Archives will be able to cover at
least the cost of the warehouse facilities.
The good news is on the Information Technology side where the Archives
has successfully integrated almost 60 additional terabytes into its electronic
archival storage. It has established high-speed connectivity with the Judiciary
to facilitate data transfer and is making security back up copies of records.
By the end of this year, the Archives will have finished installing a robotic
tape library that will allow it to more seamlessly back this material up
onto tape, and it should have in place a new server that will manage all
of this. Mr. Baker will be taking this procurement to the Board of
Public Works in December.
As of today, Mr. Baker advised that the Archives has posted over 40
million images of land records related to mdlandrec.net and is managing
over 600 million database records in its storage array. There is
a need to install additional air conditioning in the server room and a
backup generator to complete the hardware side of this project, and the
Archives is working with DBM and the Department of General Services on
Mr. Baker also noted that the Archives is working on implementing a
more comprehensive implementation of Network Maryland, Marylandís high
speed network. The Archives is connected to it but needs to facilitate
greater transfer ability of electronic records from other agencies.
On facilities and storage issues, the Archives has an on-going problem
of maintaining adequate temperature and humidity control in this building.
Mr. Baker thanked Secretary Rutherford for Mr. Steve Noonanís assistance
in evaluating the situation and putting forth some recommendations, none
of which appears to be very expensive, but will help the Archives to solve
some of these problems.
Finally, the Archives will fill all its warehouse space in less than
a year. Mr. Baker is working with DGS's real estate division and
has a procurement pending on an additional warehouse. This will be
the Archives fourth warehouse facility, none of which are temperature and
humidity controlled. Mr. Baker views this fourth warehouse as a stop
gap measure until the Archives can build more archivally sound space.
Mr. Baker also mentioned that there comes a point in time when it is more
difficult to manage the records in additional locations. Secretary
Rutherford asked if Archives had submitted a Capital Budget request, and
Mr. Baker responded that he is working on one with the help of Secretary
Rutherfordís staff. Mr. Baker said that there comes a point where
it will be cost-effective to construct another building and consolidate
rather than rent another warehouse facility.
Mr. Schreiber said that Johns Hopkins, in conjunction with College Park,
is constructing a new shelving facility to house JHU collections on the
campus in Howard County. It will be completed next April, and Winston
Tabb is overseeing this project. It is specifically designed for
document storage, is climate controlled and has compact shelving.
The purpose of this new facility is to be a joint public-private partnership
to seek other partners throughout the State. Dr. Papenfuse indicated
that he would explore with Winston Tabb the possiblility of the Archives
participating in the Howard County facility.
Mr. Freedlander stated that he would like to share with the Treasurer
any information Mr. Baker has on this capital expenditure.
He asked Mr. Baker if the server is going to be a procurement through DBM
or DGS, and Mr. Baker responded through DBM.
report to joint
Education and Outreach
Mr. Freedlander offered a motion of appreciation to Henry A. Rosenberg,
Jr. for the grant to publish a childrenís book on the construction
of the Wye Oak Desk, seconded by Dr. Ridgway and unanimously approved,
the Chairman concurring.
Gift from the Dorothy and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation, Inc., for
the publication of a booklet on the construction of the Wye Oak desk ($20,000).
Mr. Rosenberg has graciously supplied a $20,000 grant to the Archives for
an illustrated children's book about the Wye Oak desk.
Recent Gifts, Deposits and Acquisitions
Courses taught and lectures given by State Archivist (see prior resolution
May 13: Boys' Latin School field trip to Annapolis;
May 20: Dr. Papenfuse conducted a short presentation with Professor
Power on inter-disciplinary teaching efforts (Barron v. Baltimore);
June 15: Ms. Melville served as judge at National History Day, UMCP;
June 17: Tom Stuckey of the Associated Press met with Dr. Papenfuse
re: Charter Day, June 20;
July 1: Dr. Papenfuse and Ms. Bramucci conducted workshops at UMBC
as part of the Teaching American History program to Baltimore City public
school teachers relating to online primary sources available to teachers
for incorporation in the classroom.;
July 14: Ms. Bramucci conducted a workshop at UMBC to Baltimore County
public school teachers as part of the Teaching American History Grant;
July 15: Dr. Papenfuse and Ms. Bramucci conducted workshops at UMBC
as part of the Teaching American History in Maryland program to Baltimore
County public school teachers relating to online primary sources available
to teachers for incorporation in the classroom;
August 11: Mr. Lourie gave a lecture to a group from the Smithsonian
Associates, program entitled: In Pursuit of Really Fine Furniture: Discovering
the World of Beautiful Antiques;
August 23: Mr. Haley loaned books/materials and attended Diversity
Fair at the Judicial Training Center;
September 1: Dr. Papenfuse addressed teachers from Salisbury University;
September 22: Dr. Papenfuse taught a Judicial Institute course on
Legal History at the Judicial Training Center;
September 22: Ms. Bachmann attended Presenting the White House:
A Decorative Arts Symposium, Decatur House, Washington DC and moderated
a panel discussion on the Kennedy White House Restoration;
September 23: Marty Sullivan, Brownwyn McCarthy and Rod Cofield met
with Dr. Papenfuse re: Nutheads;
October 9: Mr. Lourie presented paper at Museum of Early Southern Decorative
Arts (MESDA) on Men...of some influence in the city: William and Washington
Tuck and Annapolis Cabinetmaking, 1795-1838, Winston Salem, NC;
October 9: Ms. Bramucci and Messrs. Barnes and Mason talked at Keuthe
Library for the Anne Arundel County Historical Society on archival resources
for medical institutions in Baltimore;
November 9: Rob Schoeberlein presented at Londontown Historic Site
on the subject of poor relief and almshouses in Maryland.
May 24: Dr.
Papenfuse met with Ferdinand Latrobe re: map/document and Robert
Catzen re: map collection;
June 15: John Eden (92 year old relation Pendergast -- family name,
White) met with Dr. Papenfuse;
June 16: Judge
Cathell met with Dr. Papenfuse re: father-in-law's collection;
Dr. Papenfuse advised the Commission of a call from Judge Cathell regarding
his father-in-lawís collection of early Maryland-related material that
he was hoping Dr. Papenfuse could appraise and help Judge Cathell understand
its value. Dr. Papenfuse agreed to preserve the material using conservation
techniques that were as inexpensive as possible but would still protect
the material until Mr. Kerbin could figure out what he wanted to do with
the collection. Mr. Kerbin kindly agreed to allow the Archives to
copy everything, some of which Dr. Papenfuse will be showing the Commission
In going through the collection, Dr. Papenfuse came across TheUlster
County Gazette of January 24, 1800. He explained that Ulster
County is in New York and noted that the reason the newspaper is in black
and white is because it is the issue mourning the death of George Washington.
Dr. Papenfuse noted an item of great interest to him: a document
which is discussed at length by Chief Judge Carroll T. Bond in his introduction
to the history of the Court of Appeals. Dr. Papenfuse displayed on
the screen the original of what was recorded among the records of the Court
of Appeals. It represents a slice in time history of an effort to
find labor for the Chesapeake, not slave labor, but convict labor.
This particular case centered on the first shipload of convicts sent to
Annapolis, earlier than any the Archives had known about. Most of the information
about convict servants coming to the Chesapeake Bay is after 1717.
Dr. Papenfuse said that this case is one of great judicial complexity because
three times the King and Council told the Maryland Court of Appeals what
to do and three time they refused to do it, meaning that everything the
King and Council decided should be done, wasnít done. This case was
being argued by two prominent lawyers: Stephen Bordley on the side
of the town and Daniel Dulany on the side of the importer of the convicts.
Eventually the contract prevailed. This is an extraordinary original
that carries the crown seal and the signature of the then Attorney General
of Great Britain. How this document got to the Eastern Shore is a
question that Dr. Papenfuse would love to have answered, but it is a mystery
that stays with Mr. Kerbinís father.
Dr. Papenfuse displayed on the screen for the Commission the Table of
of Mr. Kerbinís collection. He said in addition to this 1724 reprimand
from the King and Council to the court system of Maryland, there are also
some wonderful letters of Ceasar Rodney from the Eastern Shore who was
a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware. Dr. Papenfuse
advised that this is probably the largest single collection of Ceasar Rodney
autographs not in a collectorsí hands at the present time.
In the collection is another document submitted in the dispute between
Lord Baltimore and William Penn over the boundary between what would become
Pennsylvania and Maryland. It is a discussion of the Maryland Charter
and what were the boundaries of the Charter and what were the privileges
and important aspects of the Charter as they related to Marylandís Eastern
Dr. Papenfuse told Mr. Kerbin that it was a pleasure to review these
materials and exciting to be able to read and help preserve them.
While he understands they are a private treasure, Dr. Papenfuse encouraged
them coming to the Archives some day, if at all possible. He appreciates
Mr. Kerbinís willingness to share his collection and asked if he could
tell the Commission how they came into the family.
Mr. Kerbin said that his father was a New York attorney who came to
Princess Anne and then Snow Hill. His father tried a murder case
and died early. Mr. Kerbinís father had a big safe in the office,
and Mr. Kerbin just picked up these materials and put them in one of his
fire-proof filing cabinets. About five months ago, one of the partners
handed them back to him. Mr. Kerbin gave them to his daughter, Charlotte,
who in turn gave them to Judge Cathell.
Dr. Papenfuse told Mr. Kerbin that his collection is on deposit at the
Archives and available for someone to come in and appraise it. Judge
Cathell said the first step is to find out everything about it. Both
Mr. Kerbin and Judge Cathell expressed their appreciation to Dr. Papenfuse
for all he has done and for allowing them to deposit this collection at
the Archives, and Dr. Papenfuse said it was an honor and pleasure to have
Mr. Kerbin and Judge Cathell with us today and thanked them for sharing
September 9: Marty Madden met with Dr. Papenfuse re: special
September 27: Dr. Papenfuse met with John Emler re: surveys;
November 10: Dr. Papenfuse met with Mark Mumford, Clerk of the Kent
County Circuit Court and Mr. William Nuttle concerning Mr.
Nuttle's survey collection.
June 24: Francis Zumbrun, DNR, Green Ridge State Forest met with
Richard Richardson and Rob Schoeberlein re: delivery of first transfer
of GRSF records to Archives
Archives of Maryland On Line
Mr. Freedlander offered a Resolution of Appreciation
for the recent gifts, including other special collections received but
not described, seconded by Dr. Ridgway and unanimously approved, the Chairman
Finding Aids, Reference Services, and Publications:
Forthcoming special meetings of the Commission and events
June 11: Seminar: Finding Records at the MSA - Finding Aides,
Indices, Search Engines by Pat Melville;
June 14: Seminar: Records Handling, Care, and Preservation
by Vicki Lee and Jennifer Cruickshank;
June 16: Meet the State Archivist of Maryland, Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse;
July 7: Presentation by Ryan Polk on A Case Study in Baltimore Connissiourship;
July 12: Seminar: Rob Schoeberlein to discuss the photographic
collection in the Oblate Sisters' archival holdings;
July 12: Presentation by Sister Mary Reginald re: Black Nuns in
a Slave Society: First Sisterhood of African Americans
sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council;
July 23: Presentation by Leonard Blackshear and Judy Cabral of the
Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation;
July 28: Seminar: Bill Sleeman, Government Documents Librarian,
Thurgood Marshall Library, University of Maryland Law School;
August 2: Field trip to Roedown Farm;
August 4: Presentation by Sasha Lourie, Have honestly and fairly
laboured for money: William and Washington Tuck and Annapolis Cabinetmaking,
August 9: Ms. Bachmann and Mr. Lourie conducted walking tour of State
House and Government House;
August 16: Farewell reception.
Dr. Papenfuse invited Emily Squires who manages the Archives internship
program to give a report on this yearís highlights. Ms. Squires pointed
out that she has tried to cultivate a year round intern program but the
summer is where the Archives focuses its paid internship programs. A
copy of Ms. Squiresí report is appended hereto and made a part of these
Ms. Squires introduced her deputy in the research department, Jennifer
Hafner, who managed the Womenís History, Maryland Womenís Hall of Fame
Exhibit. Ms. Hafner took the Commission to the on-line
exhibit that was put up two to three years ago by an Archivesí intern.
The Maryland Commission on Women donated funding for intern, Amy Hobbs,
who is a graduate student from the University of Maryland College Park,
and was completing her Ph.D. in literature. She helped create a donor
database for the new Maryland Womenís Heritage Center, among other things.
She also conducted research on and wrote biographies of Maryland Women's
Hall of Fame honorees starting with the 2004 honorees. Ms. Hobbs
created nine extensive biographies that available on-line.
Ms. Squires introduced Chris Haley to present on the progress made on
the Underground Railroad, Beneath the Underground project.
Chris Haley took the Commission to mdslavery.net
and explained that the main focus was to make the underground railroad
not just about Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass or a source of information
about African American history, but part of a source of educational opportunities
for schools and students around the area.
Mr. Freedlander asked if this project is connected to the MPT Thinkport
and Mr. Haley said that it is and that there are case studies that the
Mr. Haley introduced John Gartrell, a 2004 graduate of Morgan University
and staff member of the Archives, to demonstrate how to use the web site
to teach. Mr. Gartrell advised that there were nine interns working
on this project; seven interns conducted research and two interns worked
on the mapping element. Dr. Papenfuse pointed out that eventually
there will be hyperlinks that will take you to the history of the entire
Roedown Plantation. Mr. Gartrell showed the Commission an example
of a biography, inventory, and census records.
January 10: Dr. Papenfuse to meet with Jean-Barry Molz at Blakehurst
Retirement Community re: map of Canton;
March 18: Dr. Papenfuse to teach Maryland Legal History course on
Depression, War, 1867-1945, at the Judicial Training Center;
March 24: Dr. Papenfuse to participate in Maryland Day ceremonies
to present prizes to the winners of the Maryland Colonial Society essay
March 25: Dr. Papenfuse to give Maryland Day address in St. Mary's
March 31-April 1: Dr. Papenfuse to attend the 2005 OAH Annual Meeting,
and their Publics, in San Francisco CA;
April 6: Dr. Papenfuse to address the Wednesday Club at the Maryland
June (date to be announced): Dr. Papenfuse to serve as lecturer for
both sessions of the Landmarks of American History workshop for teachers
sponsored by St. Mary's College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary's City;
June 20: Dr. Papenfuse to address the Carroll County Genealogical
Society at Deer Park United Methodist Church in Smallwood MD;
October 18: Visit by Questers to see the preserved Kent County books
and Dr. Papenfuse to give presentation and tour of the Archives.
At the call of the Chair for some time in spring.
There being no further business to discuss, Mr. Freedlander offered
a motion to adjourn at 1:46 p.m., seconded by Dr. Ridgway and unanimously
approved, the Chairman concurring.
Approved by the Hall of Records Commission, April 19, 2005.
The Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chairman
Edward C. Papenfuse, Jr., Secretary
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