Join us for our next webinar, “La Casa Del Libro: A Book Museum in Old San Juan” on March 27th!

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For more information on past Desmantelando Fronteras Breaking Borders Webinar Series please click here


New Website Redesign!



By: Leah Rios

We are thrilled to announce our new website redesign! While we kept all the same content we thought it would be great to refresh the site and change the website address to include SAA. Our old website will still be available but eventually will be fazed out. Please feel free to send us feedback through our contact page and share the site.

Please check out our website at the new address:

We will also be creating a new logo which should be completed soon. Looking forward to a great new year!


Join us for our next Webinar! Mark your calendars for November 28, 2017 and find more information below


Están cordialmente invitados al próximo webinar de la serie Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders. Sylvia A. Fernández y Maira E. Álvarez, estudiantes de doctorado en la Universidad de Houston, en Texas, y creadoras del proyecto digital Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC) serán las presentadoras invitadas. Ellas nos hablarán sobre la misión del BAC, un mapa digital que preserva y presenta una sintesis visual de periódicos publicados en la region de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos.  El evento es en español y se llevará a cabo el martes, 28 de noviembre 2017 a las siguientes horas locales:

  • EEUU 14:00 horas EST / 13:00 CST / 11:00 PST
  • México D.F. / Honduras 13:00 horas
  • Quito / Bogotá / Lima 14:00 horas
  • Buenos Aires / Santiago de Chile 16:00 horas
  • Cáracas 14:30 horas

You are cordially invited to the next webinar event of the Desmantelando Fronteras / Breaking Down Borders webinar series. Sylvia A. Fernández and Maira E. Álvarez, doctoral students from the University of Houston and founders of the Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC), are the invited speakers. Ms. Fernández and Álvarez will discuss the mission of BAC, a digital map that displays the U.S.-Mexico border newspaper’s cartography that records geographic locations of nineteenth and mid-twentieth century periodicals. The webinar is in Spanish and will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the following local times:

  • United States 2 PM EST / 1PM CST / 11AM PST
  • Mexico City / Honduras 1PM
  • Quito / Bogotá / Lima 2 PM
  • Buenos Aires / Santiago de Chile 4 PM
  • Cáracas 2:30 PM

Presentador@s Invitad@s / Invited Speakers

Maira E. Álvarez

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Houston

Sylvia A. Fernández

Doctoral student

Hispanic Studies, University of Houston


Haga clic aqui para accede al evento en vivo

Click here to participate in the online event


La sección de los Archivos de Patrimonio Cultural de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (LACCHA) de la Sociedad de Archivistas Americanos (SAA), en asociación con la Biblioteca Digital del Caribe (dLOC) y la Asociación de Bibliotecas Universitarias, de Investigación e Institucionales del Caribe (ACURIL), ha organizado Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders, una serie de seminarios por Internet recalcando proyectos archivísticos de Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Esta serie provee un espacio colaborativo para archivistas de Latinoamérica y el Caribe donde se pueden compartir proyectos, experiencias y mensajes principales y a la vez fomentar comunicación bidireccional entre profesionales a lo largo de las Américas.

The Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Heritage Archives section (LACCHA) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), in partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL), has organized a series of online events, Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders, a webinar series showcasing archival projects of Latin America and the Caribbean. This series provides a collaborative space for Latin American and Caribbean archivists to share their projects, experiences, and takeaways and fostering a two-way communication between professionals throughout the Americas.



SAA 2016 Roundtable Agenda

Wednesday August 3, 2016 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Salon E Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

6:00-6:10              Welcome + words from our Council Liaison, Kris Kiesling

6:15-6:40              Chair report

6:45-7:00              Enrique Chmelnik will give a presentation on Mexico’s new laws regulating archives and how those laws affect private archives and libraries, such as CDIJUM.

7:00-7:15              Q&A for Enrique

(Enrique Chmelnik will also participate in the Diversity Forum: Thursday August 4, 2016 12:15pm – 1:30pm Salon E Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.)

Enrique Chmelnik to Speak at SAA Annual Meeting

The LACCHA Roundtable meeting at the annual meeting this year will be on Wednesday, August 3, 6″00-7:30 pm, at Salon E at the Hilton Atlanta. The program will feature  Enrique Chmelnik, President of the Association of Mexican Private Archives and Libraries (AMABPAC) and Director of the Center of Documentation and Research of the Jewish Communities in Mexico (CDIJUM). LACCHA was able to secure funding from SAA to bring Chmelnik to the meeting.

Chmelnik will also participate in the Diversity Forum: Thursday August 4, 2016 12:15pm – 1:30pm Salon E Hilton Atlanta.

Mtro. Enrique Chmelnik Lubinsky

Enrique Chmelnik Lubinsky was born in Mexico City on January 28, 1978. He got a B.A. in Journalism at the renowned school of journalism Escuela Carlos Septién García, and an M.A. in Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Since 2004, he is the presenter of the radio Chmelnik2program El Aleph: la voz judía de la radio (The Aleph, the Jewish Voice on Radio) at the radio station Radio Red from Grupo Radio Centro, the most renowned Mexican radio station. He is the Director of the Centro de Documentación e Investigación Judío de México (Center of Documentation and Research of the Jewish Community in Mexico), previously known as Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Comunidad Ashkenazí (Center of Documentation and Research of the Ashkenazi Community in Mexico). In addition, he is the current President of the Asociación Mexicana de Archivos y Bibliotecas Privados A.C. (Mexican Association of the Private Archives and Libraries), Member of the Executive Board of the Mexican Committee of Memory of the World (MOW), UNESCO, and Member of the Scholarly Board of Advisors of Mexico’s National Archives (AGN).

Chmelnik has worked in Editorial Mapas, the newspaper El Independiente, Once TV, and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance. He has given lectures on philosophy and history in Mexican and US universities, such as the Universidad Tecnológica de México, Universidad La Salle, the University of California (Irvine), and the University of New Mexico. At the K-12 level, he has taught history and contemporary thought, and has led workshops in Centers of Social Readaptation as well as in the cultural programs of Mexico City’s Commission of Human Rights.

Finally, he has published articles, chapters, and introductions in history and philosophy books, such as the Guía Mexicana de Archivos y Bibliotecas Privados and the essay anthology Levinas confrontado.

He obtained the Award of the Instituto Cultural México-Israel in 2014.



SAA Annual Meeting Schedule

The SAA Annual Meeting Schedule is live, and accessible at and

Whether you are attending or will be following along on twitter, here is a list of events of interest to LACCHA. Please add any other SAA or related activities of interest in the comments.

  • Committee Meetings:
    SAA Diversity Committee (1-3pm)
  • Roundtables:
    Human Rights Archives Roundtable meeting (Wed 4-5:30 pm)
    Archives and Archivists of Color Roundtable meeting (Wed 6-7:30 pm)
    LACCHA Roundtable meeting (Wed 6-7:30 pm)
    International Archival Affairs Roundtable meeting (Fri 7:30-9 am)
  • Brown bag Forums:
    Diversity Committee forum (Thurs 12:15-1:30)
    The American Archivist Article discussion (Thurs 12:15-1:30)
  • Sessions:
    A Year in the Clouds: Itinerant Archivists Pilot Trip to Ecuador (#507 Fri 3-4pm)
    Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me: Displaced Records Go Home (#604 Sat 9-10:15 am)



¡Buen viaje! to the Itinerant Archivists

This is an exciting time for LACCHA. In addition to the Desmantlando Fronteras / Breaking Down Borders webinar series, LACCHA has teamed up with SAA’s International Archival Affairs Roundtable to develop the first “Itinerant Archivists” travel program.

The goal:

Itinerant Archivists is a grassroots, self-funded effort by U.S.-based archivists to engage SAA leadership groups and members to build international awareness and service orientation through travel, service projects, and bilateral exchange of expertise. This inaugural trip to Ecuador will include visits to archival repositories in the capital Quito, where the group will participate in a half-day training symposium with professional colleagues, and a visit to the remote Cañar region to work with a community activist to build a local historical archives program.

The Dates:

September 27 – October 4, 2015 (next week!)

The people:

Natalie Baur, Judy Blankenship, Jorge Yépez Cruz, Christian Kelleher, Ana Rodríguez, Francine Snyder, Cynthia Tobar, and Sam Winn

Stay informed:

For real time and daily updates, please visit the following sites (note that these sites do NOT require logins to view these pages).

Itinerant Archivists Facebook

LACCHA Facebook

LACCHA Twitter

Instagram: hashtag #itinarch

Learn more:

Participants will share and promote their learning after they return. Keep an eye on LACCHA social media, the listserv, and of course the Memoria blog.

Archivist Bios:

Natalie Baur joined the University of Miami Libraries as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection in 2012 where she is responsible for managing the collection’s archival holdings and digitization program. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Natalie will be a Fulbright-García Robles scholar at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, working on digital preservation research at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información. Natalie holds an MA in History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and an MLS with a concentration in Archives, Records, and Information Management from the University of Maryland. Her interests include description and preservation of cultural heritage materials and collaboration with librarians and archivists in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since 2005, Judy Blankenship and her husband Michael Jenkins divide their time between Portland, Oregon and the small town of Cañar, 10,100 feet in the southern Andes of Ecuador. There, Judy’s work as photographer and writer has led to two books, Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador, and Our House in the Clouds, (both published by University of Texas Press) as well as exhibitions in the U.S., Canada and Ecuador; and long-term projects with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Judy recently added “archivist” to her CV as she has begun printing and digitizing the glass plate and early celluloid negatives of a traditional Cañar town photographer, Rigoberto Navas. The Navas photographs will be part of a larger project, the Archivo Fotográfico de Cañar, a repository of historic and contemporary photographs, video, music, oral history recordings and documents. Judy has been lucky to receive grants to continue the work she loves. In the early years, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards provided funds for research and exhibits in Toronto and Costa Rica. Since 2000 support for her work in Ecuador has come from two Fulbright senior scholar awards, the Oregon Arts Council, Organization of American States. Judy recently received a third Fulbright grant for 2015-16.

Jorge Yépez Cruz is a professionally trained archivist and records manager with more than twenty-five years of experience working in various positions and teaching roles in Ecuador and throughout Latin America. With degrees in information sciences and archival studies, Yépez leverages his extensive experience and education by developing and delivering training for Ecuador’s newest generations of archivists at several major universities and institutions, including the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar Ecuador. He writes extensively on issues of archives and the development of the archives profession in Ecuador. He currently serves as a technical consultant in the area of Communication and Information at the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), headquartered in Quito, Ecuador.

Christian Kelleher was for twelve yeas the Archivist at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, and at the end of July he took on the role of Head of Special Collections at the University of Houston Libraries. At the Benson Collection Christian also managed the UT Libraries’ Human Rights Documentation Initiative where he worked on projects for the Genocide Archive of Rwanda and the online Guatemala National Police Historical Archive. A Certified Archivist, Christian has worked with History Associates Incorporated in the DC area, with Graywolf Press in the Twin Cities, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa.

Ana Rodríguez is a librarian and archivist backed with diverse working experiences that include a national art collection, a historic museum, a newspaper, and academic libraries. All these working settings has allowed her to collect solid experience and knowledge in projects related to descriptive metadata, digital collections, and archival processing. She is currently completing a masters’ thesis in art history while working as an archival assistant at the University of Florida Smathers Library. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Theory of Art from the University of Puerto Rico, a M.S. in Library and Information Science the Florida State University, and an archives certificate from the Georgia Archives Institute.

Francine Snyder is the Senior Archivist at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Previously, she was Director of the Library and Archives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she was responsible for departmental leadership and direction including development, preservation, and access to collections; electronic records and digitization initiatives; and establishment of short- and long-term goals. She has served as a member of Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)’s Digital Services Advisory Council, SAA’s Task Force on Member Affinity Groups, the SAA 2011 program committee and is a past co-chair elect/co-chair (2009-2011) for the SAA Museum Archives Section as well as having held many other positions within the section.

Cynthia Tobar is an archivist and oral historian who is interested in collecting stories that highlight the meaningful connections between activist groups and policy makers, creating public history projects that are freely accessible to everyone in the community. She is an Archivist and Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College, where she is establishing their first Archive and Oral History program. Cynthia received her Master’s degree in Political Science from New School University and her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with a certificate in Archival Management, from Pratt Institute.​

Samantha (Sam) Winn has an MLIS with a concentration in archival studies from Drexel University. As the Collections Archivist for Virginia Tech, she helps document the history of traditionally marginalized groups in Southwest Virginia/Appalachia and manages the collections of the International Archives of Women in Architecture. In addition to collaborating with international peers, her professional interests include community archives, access to displaced archives, and international information policy.

Please join me in wishing the group well, and follow along the trip via social media links above!