Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists 2019 Annual Meeting
Preserving Collections, Ensuring Access
February 15 - 16, 2019 (Fri - Sat)
Panel 1: Increasing Access to our Shared History: Linking Missionary Archives and their Hawai'i Collaborators Sat, 16 Feb 2019 10:35am (30m) (global) - Increasing Access to our Shared History
Since 2014, Archives & Special Collections at Santa Clara University has been instrumental in the outreach, collaboration, acquisition and retention of the records of Catholic women religious scholars and congregations needing assistance or nearing “completion” in the West, i.e. no new entrants replace the aging members. A&SC’s holdings include the papers of Sr. Sandra Schneiders, IHM, and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Fremont, CA collection (to be transferred in the summer of 2019), which contains significant materials pertaining to the SHF’s mission work in the Hawai’i islands in the mid- to late 20th century.
The National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States and the Department of Archives & Special Collections at Santa Clara University present a new opportunity for the expansion of the use of our Hawai'i materials. Through collaborations with archivists based in Hawai'i, we aspire to create mutual awareness of our shared history and easy access to historical records. We propose a virtual joining of relevant collections between San Antonio, California, and the archives of our AHA colleagues.
Mary Elizabeth Kenney is the Marianist Province Archivist for the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States (NAMPUS). In 2014 she accepted the project of centralizing in San Antonio, Texas all the Marianist archival collections from the five provinces that unified in July 2002. The collections include the Marianist mission schools in Hawai’i, first established in 1883. One of the founders was Father Bertram Bellinghausen, SM, a Prussian and amateur photographer whose images, 1883 – 1905, document Hawai’i as he and his community experienced it in the years before and just after annexation of Hawai’i by the United States. The glass slide negatives are digitized and available for use. At one time 500 glass negatives of the original corpus were donated to the Hawai’i State Archives.
Education includes MA in Classical Studies and Teaching Fellowship at the University of Michigan, 1970 - 1971; Masters in Information Science, University of Michigan, 2003-2005.
Archival work experience includes: American Heritage Center, Laramie, Wyoming; National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution; and California Province of the Society of Jesus, Santa Clara University.
Erin Louthen is the University Archivist at Santa Clara University, where she is responsible for the collection, organization, description, and preservation of archival materials, personal papers and manuscripts, as well as the management and coordination of activities in the University Archives at University Library’s Department of Archives & Special Collections (A&SC). Directed by the Head of A&SC, Erin provides assistance in the use of archival resources, including the official records of Santa Clara University offices. Her duties also include consulting with campus units, surveying materials, and providing training for records management, organization and retention. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
Art McKay holds historical research as his field, working in marine archeaology in Alexandria, Virginia. He was able to crew on the James Cooke replica of HMS Resolution, sailing from Vancouver to Hawai'i. Art's experience with 19th century ships and exposure to Hawai'i brought him to the National Archives of the Marianinst Province of the United States where he has been working on the Gabriel Bertram Bellinghausen Collection, connecting the Hawai'i archives and museums which share an interest in the glass negatives Bellinghausen created while living in Honolulu, 1883-1905.