Wednesday, August 29
KEY: C=Cassette Tape; G=SAA Group; T=Tour; W=Pre-Conference Workshop; S=Session; E=Special Event


8:00 a.m. ­ 12:00 p.m.

G — SAA Publications Board

8:00 a.m. ­ 3:00 p.m.

G — Committee on Education and Professional Development

8:30 a.m. ­ 1:00 p.m.

ACA Exam

8:30 a.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.

ACA Board Meeting

9:00 a.m. ­ 12:00 p.m.

G — Ethics Committee

G —
Standards Committee

T —
Smithsonian Institution Archives Tour

Come see the Smithsonian Archivists at work. This tour will take you through the Archives of American Art, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, the Office of Smithsonian Institution Archives and the Archives Division of the National Air and Space Museum. The collections the Smithsonian archival units document the history of American art, our nation, the Smithsonian itself and the history of aviation and space flight. The tour will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Archives of American Art (AAA), located in the Victor Building, 750 9th Street NW. AAA is on the 2nd floor of the Victor Building. The nearest Metro stop is L'Enfant Plaza or the Smithsonian stop. $10 fee.

10:00 a.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.

T — Historic Canals of the Federal District

Pierre Charles L'Enfant's plans for the capital included a canal from the Potomac that would run in front of his President's Park and Capitol Hill to the intended port of Washington on the Anacostia River. This and four other canal systems critical to the development of the Federal District in the 18th and 19th centuries are the subject of a tour led by canal historian Karen Gray.

The tour first travels to Georgetown, where participants embark on a mule-pulled boat and learn about canal history as they travel through a lock. After lunch at Georgetown Park's food court and a walking tour from Tidelock to the Alexandria Aqueduct abutment near the Key Bridge, the tour travels by bus to Great Falls Park, Virginia, where the group walks through the vanished village of Matildaville to the five locks of the Patowmack Company's skirting canal around the falls. The tour then follows the Alexandria Canal's route into Old Town Alexandria to Canal Center Plaza, where participants view a partial reconstruction of the canal's tidelock. The day ends on the National Mall, where Pierre L'Enfant's Tiber Creek Canal, Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Washington City Canal, and the James Creek Canal are discussed. Participants bring or purchase their own lunch. Dress for weather. The tour includes two walks, each about 1.5 miles long. Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation. $47 fee.

1:00 p.m. ­ 3:00 p.m.

G — SAA/ARMA Joint Committee

G —
Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards

G —
Membership Committee Meeting

1:00 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.

G — Electronic Records Section Working Group

G —
Museum Archives Section Working Group

G —
American Archivist Editorial Board

1:00 p.m. ­ 4:30 p.m.

Business Archives Colloquium

Is the I/T staff doing odd things again? Having a difficult time convincing e-people in your business that 13 months is not long-term? Do you hear the phrase, "I thought someone else saved that old Web site" in your sleep? Time to join your colleagues in the annual pre-conference colloquium hosted by the Business Archives Section. This year will focus on preservation of electronic records behind the firewall, and will be followed in the evening by the famous Business Archives Section mixer. Speakers and locations to follow in the section newsletter and Web page:

1:00 p.m. ­ 6:00 p.m.

T — University of Maryland and Archives II Tours

College Park, Maryland, is the home of two important archival repositories: the University of Maryland and the National Archives and Records Administration (Archives II). The tour begins at UMD's Hornbake Library, were participants will see the recently renovated space in which the University Archives and Manuscripts Department now resides. Staff will discuss the move into the new space and the renovations, which are continuing. In keeping with the "facilities renewal" theme, the tour then goes to the new UMD Performing Arts Library where participants see the new home of the Performing Arts Special Collections and the International Piano Archives. The tour then continues to Archives II, NARA's facility in College Park, where preservation staff members will conduct tours of the labs. Participants will also view the Charters of Freedom and learn about efforts to preserve these important documents. A light reception will follow the tours. Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation. $30 fee.

1:30 p.m. ­ 3:00 p.m.

G — Awards Committee

G —
ALA/SAA Joint Committee

1:30 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.

Congressional Papers Roundtable Forum

The Congressional Papers Roundtable is planning a forum to be held at the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives. The topic of the forum is the Third Report of the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress. The Advisory Committee was established in 1990 by P.L.101-509 and is required to report to Congress every five years. This Third Report is the first to contain discussions and recommendations regarding the preservation of papers of the members of Congress. It raises several issues of interest to the roundtable. The forum is designed to provide an opportunity to discuss these issues and develop an action agenda for addressing them. Since its establishment, the Advisory Committee has proved to be a remarkable vehicle for accomplishing goals related to improving congressional documentation. Please RSVP to Karen Paul at or by phone at 202/224-3351. The report will be mailed to all roundtable members.

2:00 p.m. ­ 6:00 p.m.

T — Mount Vernon: Home of the First President

Take a walking tour of Mount Vernon, the home for 45 years of George Washington, the first U.S. president, and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. In addition to being the "Father of His Country," Washington was an agriculturalist. He planned the beautiful gardens of flowers and vegetables that surround the magnificent home. The mansion and many outbuildings on the grounds have been restored to depict life in the late 1700s. For more information visit Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation. $41 fee.

3:00 p.m. ­ 4:30 p.m.

T — Behind-the-Scenes Capitol Tour

See the Capitol! Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Capitol Building given by one of Senator John Warner's staffers. On this tour you will get to see more of the building that you thought the average citizen could! Plan to be at the Russell Office Building Room 225, 1st and C Street NE, at 3:00 p.m. to start the tour. The Union Station Metro stop is the closest. Be sure to give yourself time to get through security. $10 fee.

3:00 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m.

G — 2002 Program Committee Meeting

5:00 p.m. ­ 6:00 p.m.

G — 2001 Program Committee Meeting

8:00 p.m. ­ 10:00 p.m.

T — U.S. Naval Observatory

Come gaze at the stars! Please join us on a special tour of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO). Observe stars through a more than 100-year-old telescope, learn about official time, and the history of the USNO on an evening tour conducting Geoff Chester, the public relations officer for the USNO. In addition to the tour, the library reading room will be open for viewing of rare celestial drawings. Meet in the hotel lobby for transportation. $25 fee.

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Contact 2001 SAA Host Committee Chair, Marisa Keller

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