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Midwest Archives Conference Presidents' Award

Has an individual or organization in your community done extraordinary work or given support for your archives? If so, consider nominating him or her for a Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Presidents’ Award. The award has been established to recognize significant contributions to the archival profession by individuals, institutions, and organizations not directly involved in archival work but knowledgeable about its purpose and value. Each MAC state has a representative for the Presidents’ Award Committee. Nominations are initiated by contacting the state chair directly or through solicitations of nominations by the state chairs or members of the committee. The award will be presented at the members’ meeting at the annual MAC meeting.

Only one nomination per year may be put forward by each state committee, but as many as three awards can be presented each year. The deadline to submit nominations to a state chair is January 15.


A. The nominee shall be any individual, institution, or organization not directly involved in archival work who has contributed significantly to a repository, archival organization, and/or the archival profession. The Award shall recognize significant contributions in such areas as legislation, publicity, advocacy, and/or long-term fiscal support.

B. The Award shall be a recognition of support that has improved the preservation of or accessibility to historically-valuable documents or records (in any format), or has contributed to a better public appreciation of archival work and activity.

C. Greater weight shall be given to archival support that has had a broad, long-term effect, but such emphasis shall not preclude the recognition of outstanding support of a single institution, organization, repository, or archival project.

D. Only support affecting archival work or activity within the MAC region shall be recognized.

E. Professional or volunteer archivists or curators shall not be eligible. Archival organizations and repositories, or corporations with archives, shall generally not be eligible unless the support recognized has reached and benefited the wider archival community in a significant way.

Nomination forms are available at: MAC Presidents' Award nomination form

To nominate a person or organization in Nebraska, send your completed nomination form to:

Tom Mooney, Curator of Manuscripts
Nebraska State Historical Society
PO Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554

For the complete list of MAC states and state representatives, go to: MAC Presidents' Award

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