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The officers of the conference shall be Chair, Chair-elect, Meetings Coordinator, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Steering Committee shall consist of the officers, one (1) State Representative from each state represented by the Conference and the District of Columbia and four (4) Members-at-Large. Conference officers and Members-at-Large shall be elected at large, while individual State Representatives shall be elected only by the members of the respective state and district caucuses. Steering Committee members shall serve for two (2) year terms, except those elected to fill one-year vacancies.

Browse a list of previous MARAC officers, administrators, MAA editors, archivists, members-at-large, and state caucus representatives from 1972-present.

MARAC Officers


(Spring 2015 - Spring 2017)

Brian Keough
M.E. Grenander
Special Collections & Archives
University at Albany
Albany, NY 

TEL: 518/437-3931


(Spring 2016 - 2018)

Vincent Novara
Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

TEL: 301/405-9220


(Spring 2016 - Spring 2018)

Katy Rawdon
Coordinator of Technical Services
Special Collections Research Center
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

TEL: 215/204-5250



(Spring 2014 - Spring 2017)

Dyani Feige
Director of Preservation Services
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
Philadelphia, PA 

TEL: 215/545-0613

Meetings Coordinator

(Spring 2014 - Spring 2017)

Mary K. Mannix
Maryland Room Manager
C. Burr Artz Public Library
Frederick County Public Libraries
Frederick, MD

TEL: 301/600-1368

Caucus Representatives (2016-2018)


Sarah Denison
Deputy Director
Delaware Public Archives
Dover, DE

TEL: 302/744-5016

District of Columbia

Rachel Donahue
Digital Projects Librarian, Special Collections
USDA National Agricultural Library
Beltsville, MD 

TEL: 301/504-5876


Jason G. Speck
Archivist & Supervisory Librarian for Collection Development
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

TEL: 301/405-9297


New Jersey

Laura M. Poll
Trentoniana, Trenton Free Public Library
Trenton, NJ

TEL: 609/392-7188

New York

John Zarrillo
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY

TEL: 718/222-4111, Ext. 205


Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh
Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA

TEL: 717/361-1506



Kate Morris
Special Collections Research & Technical Services Librarian
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

TEL: 540/568-3444

West Virginia

Danielle Emerling
Assistant Curator, Congressional and Political Papers
West Virginia & Regional History Center
West Virginia University Libraries
Morgantown, WV

TEL: 304/293-2574

Members-at-Large (2015-2017)

Wesley Chenault
Head, Special Collections and Archives
James Branch Cabell Library
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 

TEL: 804/827-3576 

Kenneth Cleary
Project Archivist
Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Dept.
Hagley Museum and Library
Wilmington, DE 

TEL: 302/658-2400, Ext. 224

Christine Anne George
Archivist & Faculty Services Librarian
Charles B. Sears Law Library, SUNY Buffalo
Buffalo, NY  

TEL: 716/645-6690


Lindsey Loeper
Special Collections Archivist
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Baltimore, MD 

TEL: 410/455-6290

Steering Committee Advisory Positions


Danna Bell
Educational Resources Specialist
Library of Congress

National Coalition for History

Jan Zastrow
Office of Sen. Barbara Boxer
Washington, DC

TEL: 808/426-6268

Archives Coordinator

Lauren Brown
Special Collections Librarian (emeritus)
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

TEL: 202/368-9914

Development Coordinator

Sharmila Bhatia
Archives Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD

TEL: 301-837-1519

Regional Archival Associations Colloquim (RAAC)

John LeGloahec
Archives Specialist
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD

TEL: 301-641-3425



History of MARAC

On June 23, 1972, a meeting organized by Mary Boccaccio, Frank Evans, and Elsie Freivogel was held in the Katherine Anne Porter Room of McKeldin Library at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. It attracted thirty-three archivists; the agenda as the possible formation of what eventually became MARAC -- the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. By the end of calendar year 1972 this fledgling organization had held its first semi-annual meeting in Wilmington, Delaware, attracting one hundred and fifty archivists and manuscript curators who paid a modest registration fee of $6.00. Also during 1972 MARAC published the first issue of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist (MAA) and enjoyed a healthy first-year budget of nearly two thousand dollars. Within three years the Conference had held six meetings in five different states throughout the mid-Atlantic region -- from Newark, New Jersey to Charlottesville, Virginia.

What were the factors that led to the successful development of this regional organization? By all accounts it was at least partially the result of a perception held by many that the Society of American Archivists was not adequately addressing the needs of less-experienced professionals, staff from small repositories, and archival issues below the national level. Certainly the opportunity to discuss regional archival developments and to meet local colleagues proved attractive. MARAC's beginnings paralleled archival developments in other areas of the United States during the early 1970s: six regional organizations, including the New England Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, the Northwest Archivists, and the Society of Southwest Archivists were also formed in 1972. MARAC demonstrated its desire to develop programs and services on its own, rejecting any official affiliation with the SAA and returning a $100.00 "seed money" stipend that had been contributed by the SAA to MARAC. It sought to attract members from the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The initial purposes of the group were to plan practical action-oriented conferences and workshops and to seek additional means of increasing professional competence, preserving local historical resources, and promoting cooperation with colleagues in related fields. Semi-annual meetings have continued to be a major focus of MARAC's activities from 1972 to the present. These meetings have offered a wide range of workshops and tours designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of the membership-from beginning archivists to experienced professionals and staff from both small and large repositories. To an increasing degree sessions at the meetings are designed to relate to an overall theme. Two thematic meetings resulted in the publication of two archival symposia papers, Constitutional Issues and Archives and Automation in Archives.

MARAC members have developed a vigorous publications program. Publishing of the Mid-Atlantic Archivist (MAA) has become a quarterly event with issues having grown from four pages in 1972 to twenty to thirty-two. Technical leaflets providing guidance on processing issues and administrative decisions have been published, first as inserts in MAA and later as separate issues. Membership directories have been regularly compiled and several occasional papers have been issued, including Paul Mucci's Paper and Leather Conservation: A Manual, Guidelines for Archives and Manuscript Repositories, and Charlene Bickford's The Coalition to Save Our Documentary Heritage.

Adapted and condensed from MARAC history written by Lauren Brown and Anne Turkos, November 1987, published in Mid-Atlantic Archivist.