Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) records, 1998-2012 MS 499

creator Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!).
Title: Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) records
Dates: 1998-2012
Abstract: The collection contains five boxes of organizational records related to the founding and ongoing activities of the Archivists of the Houston Area, commonly known as AHA! The current website for the group is www.houstonarchivists.org.
Identification: MS 499
Quantity: 3.0 linear ft.(5 boxes)
General Physical Description note 3 linear feet (5 boxes)
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Organizational Sketch

Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) was founded in 1998 by “The Gang of Four” (Houston archivists Lesley Brunet, Shelly Kelly, Mark Martin, and Gerianne Schaad) to facilitate interaction among area archivists and repositories. By-laws were adopted and first officers elected in Dec. 2002, providing a more formal structure for the organization. AHA! membership includes, but is not limited to, those interested in preservation of the historical record, and exists to increase contact and communication among archivists and those working with records, to provide opportunities for professional development, and to promote archival repositories and activities in the greater Houston, TX area.

The current website for the group is www.houstonarchivists.org.

Scope and Contents

The AHA! records document the organization and ongoing development of this Houston-area professional group of archivists.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the AHA records must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) records, 1998-2010, MS 499, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

The materials were originally collected and donated in 2003 by “”The Gang of Four,” Lesley Brunet, Shelly Kelly, Mark Martin, Geri Schaad, and subsequently added to by members of the AHA Executive Board.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: AHA records, 1998-2012

Box Folder
1 1 Mission statement, bylaws, 2002
2 Articles of Incorporation, 2003
3 Membership directories, 1999, 2003-05, 2007
4 Membership forms
5 News articles, 2003
6 “The Haversack,” 1999, 2002-03
7 General meeting minutes, 1998-99, 2003-09
8 Executive board meeting minutes, 2003-08
9 Resolutions/Proclamations – Archives Week/Month, 2002-06, 2008-09
10 Archives Week, 2003
11 Archives Week, 2004
12 Archives Week, 2005
13 Archives Week, 2006
14 Archives Week, 2007
15 Archives Month, 2008
16 Archives Month, 2009
17 Archives Month, 2010
18 Archives Month, 2011
19 Archives Month, 2012
20 AHA! brochure
21 Houston area repositories brochure
Box Folder
2 - Archives Week 2007 buttons
- Archives Month 2008 buttons
- T-shirt 2004
- T-shirt “100% acid free”
Box Folder
3 - Week/Month posters: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009
Box Folder
4 - AHA! banner
Box Folder
5 1 Presentations:
“Disaster Planning for libraries and archives,” March 2003
“Developing Best Practice for Archives Websites,” Oct. 2003
“The Wet Book & Document: A Homeowner’s Small Disaster Recovery Guide,” Oct. 2004
“The Harris County Juvenile Protection Records: Putting Minimal Processing into Practice,” 2005
“Taking Archives to the Street,” Aug. 2008
Preservation of Visual Materials,” Oct. 2008
Box Folder
5 2 Phone tree plan, 2005
3 Correspondence, 1999-
4 House Bill 698 correspondence, 2005
5 Preservation Fair, 2004
6 Mutual Aid agreement, 2001
7 Website domain registration
8 Website capture
9 Employer i.d./tax-exempt status
10 Financial reports, 2003-
11 Banking statements, 2005-2007