MPMA is carefully saving
its archival materials dating back to when the organization
was formed in 1953. At that time, the organization was
known as the Mountain-Plains Museums Conference (MPMC).
MPMAs Archives Committee began processing, organizing
and re-housing the archives in 2003 so that materials
which had been stored at the Colorado Historical Society
and the Littleton Historical Society could be stored together.
|What MPMA collects
MPMA actively collects
items from its past. A recent addition to the archives
was a black and white photograph of the 1959 MPMC Annual
Meeting in Hastings, NE showing Local Committee Members;
a copy of the 6th Annual MPMC Conference Program and a
newspaper article from the NEBRASKA DAILY TRIBUNE. The
meeting was hosted by The House of Yesterday Museum and
held at the Minden Country Club with 85 attendees. The
featured speaker, Joseph A. Patterson (from AAM), noted:
There has been fantastic growth in museums in terms
of attendance. Likewise, museums now have become centers
of community cultural and educational activities. They
offer dramatic and music programs, lecture series, films
and specialized classes. Museums work closely with schools
and offer independent classes. People are interested in
museums and they are willing to pay for their culture
and also participate.
MPMA is looking for
the following items:
- Old MPMA identified photographs,
slides and negatives
- Board meeting minutes and
- Annual meeting programs and
- scholarship application forms
- Newsletters - "missing"
issues January - November, 1981
and January - March,
- Dated membership lists
- Dated copies of the Constitution
- Other printed brochures and
- Other interesting ephemera
Images from our collection
Let us know what you have BEFORE you toss them out. Already
some big gaps have been filled in by the Archives Committee
team plundering their own files. And Board members, SPC and
Chairs -- be sure to keep your past and current files organized
so that when MPMA calls for YOUR records for inclusion to
the MPMA archives, youll be ready.
Guidelines for sending items to MPMA
If you do have items, please be sure you follow the following
Images: photographs, slides and negatives. All images
must be identified as to the: who, what, where and when information,
for use in documentation and writing captions. Send any current
digital images or scans (as jpg files) to MPMA for use in
the NEWSGRAM or for use in the website.
Newsletters and Conference Programs: check with MPMA
before sending these items. There are only a few copies still
What else can you do to help? VOLUNTEER! Call MPMA if you
would like to help.