William Stingone, Columbia University Libraries Curator of the Carnegie Cooperation Archives, wins Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference 2001 Finding Aid Award


May 14, 2002 - William Stingone, Curator of the Carnegie Corporation Archives at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, won the 2001 Fredric M. Miller Finding Aid Award presented annually by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) for his Guide to the Carnegie Corporation of New York Records.

The collection, Carnegie Corporation of New York Records, 1872-2000, held by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) at Columbia University, is 875 linear feet (2000 boxes, 339 volumes, 107 microfilm reels, 8 flat folders). The finding aid is available at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/indiv/rbml/collections/carnegie/

In addition to the Carnegie records, Mr. Stingone is in charge of the processing, preservation and public service of the records of three other Carnegie philanthropies that are housed at RBML: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT) and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. He plans to have the CEIP collection finding on-line this fall.

Said Jean Ashton, director of the RBML, "Bill built on the hard work of Sue Young Park and Brenda Hearing, as well as on Patrick Lawlor's groundbreaking work in RBML. All of them deserve congratulations, but Bill deserves a tremendous amount of credit for taking this large project in hand, seeing what needed to be done, and deploying it effectively online."

The MARAC Finding Aid Awards were first given in 1984. Beginning in 1993, first, second and third place awards were given, irrespective of category. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of finding aids by institutions within the MARAC region or by MARAC members. The Finding Aid Awards Committee presents them annually at the MARAC Spring Meeting.

According to the MARAC website, "Archival finding aids provide researchers with information about the contents and nature of documentary materials in archival repositories. Repository guides, record group inventories, registers to collections of personal papers, and subject and other multi-collection guides are among traditional finding aids that archival institutions produce. Despite their variety and evolving forms, effective archival finding aids share certain characteristics both in the information they convey and the ways in which the information is presented and retrieved."

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library, located on the 6th Floor East of the Columbia University Butler Library, at 535 West 114th Street at Broadway, New York, is home to over 600,000 rare books, 28 million manuscripts filed in 3,000 separate collections, 75,000 photographs, and 40,000 prints and watercolors. In addition to printed and manuscript resources, the library contains cuneiform tablets, papyri, maps, works of art, posters, sound recordings and other interesting objects and materials. The library's website with collections and service information is: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/rbml/

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written: 05/14/02 KRS