CIMA 2017 Awards Announced

April 12, 2017

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2017 CIMA Awards. Richard E. Turley Jr., managing director of the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the designated recipient of the 2017 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Sarah Singh, curator of Special Collections at Weber State University, is the designated recipient of the 2017 CIMA Service Award.

2017 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award

Richard E. Turley Jr. is recognized for his decades of service and leadership in the archival and library profession. He was named as the new managing director of the Public Affairs Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 26, 2016.

Prior to his current appointment he served for eight years as assistant Church historian and recorder. He also served for eight years as managing director of the Family and Church History Department, overseeing the Church Archives and Records Center, the Church History Library and the Museum of Church History and Art, which collectively contain the world’s largest collection of resources for the study of Latter-day Saint history and one of the richest collections on the settlement of the western United States.

He also oversaw the Church’s worldwide family history operations, which include hundreds of documentary microfilming and digital-imaging projects in dozens of countries; the Family History Library, the largest genealogical library in the world; the Granite Mountain Records Vault, a secure preservation facility for copies of millions of records from around the world; over 4,000 branch family history centers on six continents; and teams that generated highly acclaimed software and data products.

In addition, he supervised the Church Historical Department from 1986 to 2000 and the Family History Department from 1996 to 2000. The two departments were merged in 2000.

Under his guidance in 1999, the Family History Department launched the popular FamilySearch.org Web site, an online resource that provides free access to some of the world’s largest genealogical databases. Under his direction, the department also issued compact disc products containing useful historical data, including the records of the Freedman’s Bank (a treasure trove of information for African-American genealogy); the Mormon Immigration Index; Vital Records Indexes from several European countries and Australia; the 1880 United States Census; the 1881 Canadian Census; and the 1881 British Census, which was awarded the Besterman/McColvin Award from the Library Association of Great Britain. During his tenure, the department furnished data to the National Park Service and the Ellis Island Foundation for populating the Ellis Island database.

Under his editorship in 2002, the Family and Church History Department published Selected Collections From the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2002), a collection of 74 DVDs containing nearly 500,000 color images of many of the Church’s most important early documents, including the Joseph Smith Collection and Brigham Young’s letter books. Critics have hailed Selected Collections as “the most important event in modern Mormon publishing,” “an achievement of such significance that no praise, no matter how effusive, seems sufficiently laudatory.”

Turley received a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, where he was a Spencer W. Kimball Scholar. He later graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he served as executive editor of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also received the Hugh B. Brown Barrister’s Award, presented each year to the graduating student who demonstrates the highest standards of classroom performance.

He served as a member of the editorial board for The Joseph Smith Papers and general editor of The Journals of George Q. Cannon series. His book Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992) is an oft-cited history of the famous Hofmann forgery-murder case of the 1980s. Along with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard, he wrote Massacre at Mountain Meadows, published in 2008 by Oxford University Press.

Turley also served as president of the Genealogical Society of Utah and as a member of the committee for Fort Douglas Heritage Commons, a “Save America’s Treasures” official project that served as the athlete village for the 2002 Winter Olympics and currently houses University of Utah students. He has also been a vice president of the Small Museum Administrators Committee, American Association of Museums; a member of the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, National Historical Publications and Records Commission; and a member of the Copyright Task Force, Society of American Archivists.

In 2004, Turley received the Historic Preservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. And as a long-time member of CIMA, he has spoken at various CIMA conferences through the years.

Last year, CIMA presented Life-Time Achievement Awards to dual recipients. They were Jeffrey Kintop, Division Administrator for Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records; and Terry B. Nelson, Director of Salt Lake County Records and Management and Archives (retired).

2017 CIMA Service Award

Sarah Singh

Sarah Singh is recognized for her devoted service and leadership within the CIMA organization, and in the archival and library profession. Currently, she serves as curator of Special Collections at Weber State University’s Stewart Library in Ogden, Utah. She began her long association with Weber State University as an archives assistant, where she worked her way up through the ranks…to associate curator and eventually curator. Previously, she was an archives assistant at Merrill Library, at Utah State University. As a professional and a teacher, she has demonstrated her expertise with her courses in public history and library science. As an author, Sarah Singh’s works includes numerous books about the town of Ogden; including Legendary Locals of Ogden, and Lost Ogden. Her most recent book is entitled World War II in Northern Utah, from Arcadia Publishing.
Singh received a bachelor’s degree in History from Weber State University, where she concentrated in Western American History and in Women’s History. She later graduated from Utah State University, with a master’s degree in History; and from San Jose State University, with a master’s in Library Science.

Singh has served on CIMA Council (2010-2012), as CIMA vice-president (2011-2012), as CIMA president (2012-2013), and as CIMA past-president (2013-2014). Additionally, she was an instrumental leader during the 2006 CIMA Conference at Weber State University, as well as the 2013 CIMA/SRMA Joint-Conference in Salt Lake City, and the 2016 Conference in Ogden, Utah. Additionally, she has been a regular presenter at CIMA Conferences over the years. She has repeatedly shared her expertise with colleagues and researchers world-wide. And, her career has proven to be inspirational to her peers.

Last year, the CIMA Service Award was presented to Julia Stringfellow, University Archivist, Library Faculty Chair, and Professor at the University Archives and Special Collections at Brooks Library, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

The CIMA Awards are professional recognitions celebrating the archival community and it’s institutions within the Intermountain West region. These prestigious awards are given for excellence in careers of service and leadership within the archival profession. Nominees must have demonstrated advanced scholarship and support activities, on both regional and national levels. CIMA Awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients, with professional representatives from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and New Mexico.

This year’s award recipients will be honored during a luncheon, at the 2017 Joint-Annual Meeting of CIMA and Northwest Archivists in Boise, Idaho (May 17-19, 2017). The luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 19th at 12:00PM; at the Hampton Inn, 495 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83702.


CIMA 2016 Awards Announced

March 30, 2016

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2016 CIMA Awards. Jeffrey Kintop, Assistant Administrator for Archives and Records for the State of Nevada; and Terry B. Nelson, Director of Salt Lake County Records and Management and Archives (retired); are the designated recipients of the 2016 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Awards. Julia Stringfellow, University Archivist and Department Chair and Professor at the Brooks Library, Central Washington University is the designated recipient of the 2016 CIMA Service Award.

2016 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Awards

Jeffrey KintopJeffrey Kintop is recognized for his 33 years of service at the Nevada State Archives in Carson City, Nevada; where he currently serves in the role of State Archivist and Acting Division Administrator. He is a pioneer in establishing history programs throughout the state of Nevada and the region, including National History Day in Nevada; and hosting annual observances and discussions about the Nevada State Constitution. He has taught tirelessly in the areas of disaster planning, preservation and conservation across the state in an effort to ensure that Nevada’s documentary heritage is not lost. As a historian, Kintop has co-authored several books and articles on the history of Nevada, including: Earp’s Last Frontier: Wyatt and Virgil Earp in the Nevada Mining Camps 1902-1905, and What Time Is This Place?. He has also contributed articles to Uncovering Nevada’s Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State, The Uniting States: The Story of Statehood for the Fifty United States, “Mining Nevada’s Legal History: Going to the Sources” in Western Legal History, and the Encyclopedia of Local History.

Jeffrey Kintop has been actively involved in promoting the profession through his contributions to the Library and Archives Preservation Institute; Nevada’s Governor’s Conference on the Future of Libraries; the White House Conference on the Future of Libraries; and the Society of American Archivist’s Preservation Management Institute. He is Nevada’s chair for the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), and he has written operating grants and was instrumental in the completion of the SHRAB Strategic Five Year Plan. Kintop’s role in the Connecting to Collections Project, after touring the state’s repositories, resulted in the final report and a slide presentation to the SHRAB board and representatives of Nevada’s cultural institutions.

The Nevada State Library and Archives building in Carson City can be listed among Jeffrey Kintop’s many accomplishments. He served on the Building Planning Team, and he was involved throughout the entire planning process. That building was completed in 1992. Always a background fixture in state politics, Kintop’s dedication to the pursuit of accurate historical information, along with his easy-going style, have made him the go-to person for the media, the State Legislature, the Judicial Branch, and his fellow professionals, when it comes to questions about the history of Nevada.

Jeffrey Kintop is a Past-President of CIMA (1999-2000), and he served as co-editor of the CIMA Newsletter for fourteen years. He has also served on several CIMA committees. Most recently, he served on the local arrangements and program committee for the 2014 CIMA Conference in Carson City, NV. For his long service and career in the archival profession, CIMA recognizes Jeffrey Kintop with a CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award for 2016.

nelson-terryTerry B. Nelson is the recently retired Director of the Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives, in Salt Lake City, Utah; and she is recognized for her archival career spanning nearly 40 years. During her tenure at Salt Lake County, Nelson greatly improved public access to historical records through her management of the County’s reference, preservation, and outreach programs.

Nelson began her career in 1976, at the Utah State Archives, providing public reference services, processing historical records, and managing archives staff. While there, she assisted in the move of the Utah State Archives, from the basement of the Capitol building to a new location; and as the Reference and Records Services Manager, she oversaw the consolidation of 80,000 cubic feet of records from two separate facilities, into one central location.

In 1996, Terry B. Nelson was named Director of the Salt Lake County Records Management and Archives. Her tenure there is noted for several improvement projects, including construction oversight of a new reading room within the County Records Center. Throughout her career, she was an acknowledged expert in records law, serving as the County Records Compliance Officer, the HIPAA Officer, and providing records law training and guidance for the County and State governments.

Terry B. Nelson has actively served professional archival organizations on the local, regional, and national level. She served as President of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and she participated on various committees within the Society of American Archivists (SAA); and she was an early and dedicated member of the Utah Manuscripts Association. Over the years, she has served in countless committees within these organizations, and she has penned numerous articles.

In 2013, she was the author of Managing Electronic Resources, a NAGARA and IIMC Technical Bulletin, and she continues to share her extensive knowledge and experience, by presenting at the annual Utah State Archives Electronic Records conference. Indeed, she continues to serve as a consultant regarding archival issues for governments and associations around the West.

Her career capstone came, when she participated as a member of a United States Archives Diplomatic Delegation to South Africa in 2010, meeting with archivists and discussing current archival issues throughout that country.

Terry B. Nelson is a past-president of CIMA (1990-1991), and she has served in several CIMA positions and committees through the years. She has mentored countless emerging archivists and record managers, encouraging them in their educational and professional pursuits through unending patience and a willingness to give people an opportunity to build a career doing what they love to do. For her lifelong dedication and impact to the archival profession, CIMA recognizes Terry B. Nelson with a CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award for 2016.

Last year, CIMA presented Life-Time Achievement Awards to dual recipients. They were Melanie Sturgeon, Director of the Arizona State Archives; and Gregory C. Thompson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

2016 CIMA Service Award

Julia StringfellowJulia Stringfellow is recognized for her service and leadership within the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA). Currently, she is the University Archivist, Library Faculty Chair, and Professor; at the University Archives and Special Collections at Brooks Library, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Stringfellow has been a CIMA member since 2010, and she served as CIMA Vice-President from June 2012-2013; and CIMA President from June 2013-2014.

She is best known for work as an Archivist/Librarian and Assistant Professor at the Special Collections and Archives Department at Albertson’s Library, Boise State University in Idaho. She has been credited as an author in a number of peer-review publications, and her programs have been a staple at various state and regional conferences in recent years.

As CIMA President, Julia Stringfellow traveled extensively, and was an effective spokesperson for the organization. Always open to fresh ideas, she supported program initiatives in area states. She attended and provided leadership during several archival caucuses in Nevada and Utah. During that time, she worked tirelessly, and fought to bring professional and quality programs to the region. She has represented CIMA on the national level within the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and she has attended national conferences on CIMA’s behalf. For her service and her outstanding career, CIMA recognizes Julia Stringfellow with the 2016 CIMA Service Award.

Last year, the CIMA Service Award was presented to Brad Cole, Associate Dean for Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University (USU).

The CIMA Awards are professional recognitions celebrating the archival community and it’s institutions within the Intermountain West region. These prestigious awards are given for excellence in careers of service and leadership within the archival profession. Nominees must have demonstrated advanced scholarship and support activities, on both regional and national levels. CIMA Awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients, with professional representatives from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, and New Mexico.
This year’s award recipients will be honored during the annual 2016 CIMA Conference in Ogden, Utah (May 11-13, 2016). The CIMA Awards ceremony and reception are scheduled for Thursday, May 12th at 6:00PM; at the historic Ben Lomond Hotel, 2510 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah 84401.


2016 CIMA Awards: Call for Nominations

December 14, 2015

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 CIMA Awards. The CIMA Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the CIMA Annual Conference in Ogden, Utah in May 2016. Two awards will be presented at that time: the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award.

Presented by the peers and colleagues of the recipients, the prestigious CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession OR for significant life-long support of the archival community and its institutions. Nominees must have demonstrated strong leadership and advanced scholarship, on both regional and national levels. Last year, CIMA presented awards to dual recipients. They were Melanie Sturgeon, Director of the Arizona State Archives; and Gregory C. Thompson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Similarly, the CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions in recent years: to the CIMA organization OR to the archival institutions of the inter-mountain region OR to the archival profession. The award is given in appreciation for service and leadership and support of the region’s archival community. Nominees must have demonstrated an inspirational spirit and have worked to build a career based on service. However, potential nominees of the CIMA Service Award may have not yet achieved many of the career milestones required for the Life-Time Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient was Brad Cole, Interim Dean of the Merrill-Cazier Library and Associate Dean for Special Collections, at Utah State University (USU).

Award recipients do NOT have to be CIMA members.

To nominate someone for either award: please send us their name, along with a letter explaining why you think the person should be recognized by their peers. To help us with the vetting process, please be as specific and as illustrative as possible. Include any supporting documentation such as: a CV or résumé of the nominee, any photographs, a list of references that we can speak to, or links to a published biography online.

The deadline for submitting award nominations is February 1, 2016.

Nominations must be submitted by a CIMA member; and a Call for Nominations is sent to the membership-at-large. All members are encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may remain anonymous.

In addition, we are calling for volunteers to serve on the CIMA Awards Committee. The Awards Committee is comprised of representatives, from each state of the region. This committee will begin meetings in early February for adjudication, and to determine its recommendations for the award recipients. The committee’s recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the CIMA Council and Officers. The names of this year’s award recipients will be announced in late March, in advance of the spring conference.
This year’s chairperson is CIMA Past-President, Michael Frazier.

To nominate someone OR to volunteer on this year’s CIMA Awards Committee, send an e-mail to: michael.frazier@unlv.edu, with the subject “CIMA Awards Committee.”

Or mail your nomination to:

Michael Frazier, CIMA Awards Committee Chair
Special Collections, UNLV Libraries
4505 Maryland Parkway @ Box 457010
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7010


CIMA 2015 Awards Announced

May 24, 2015

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2015 CIMA Awards. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon, the Director of the Arizona State Archives; and Dr. Gregory C. Thompson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah; are the designated recipients of the 2015 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Bradford Cole, Interim Dean of and Associate Dean for Special Collections, Utah State University, is the designated recipient of the 2015 CIMA Service Award.

The two honors (the CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award) are bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the inter‐mountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession. The CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award recognizes the work of an entire career, spanning the course of several years. Likewise, the CIMA Service Award recognizes important work and activity, but it is given to someone who may not yet qualify for the Life‐Time Achievement Award. Both awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients. The award recipients will be honored during the CIMA Awards reception at the 2015 Western Roundup in Denver, Colorado (May 27‐30, 2015).

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Dr. Melanie Sturgeon and Dr. Gregory C. Thompson as recipients of the 2015 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award.

Melanie SturgeonMelanie Sturgeon has served as Director of the Arizona State Archives since 2001, and joined the agency as Deputy State Archivist in 1996. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University, where her dissertation research focused on the National Research Project and technological displacement between 1935 and 1944. Dr. Sturgeon has served on a variety of national boards, including the Executive Board of the National Association of Government Archivists (NAGARA). She served as Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) President in 2006, and on countless CIMA Committees. She advocated tirelessly for a new State Archives facility, and contributed to the design of the state-of-the-art Polly Rosenbaum State Archives Building, which opened in 2009. Melanie Sturgeon demonstrated strong leadership for the state of Arizona, during the recent economic recession. She has been a cornerstone of the Arizona archival community: teaching free archiving and preservation workshops around the state; mentoring new archivists and historians; organizing the annual Arizona Archives Summit, which gathers archivists together to discuss collaboration; and, serving as an archives advocate for her own institution and others.

Gregory C. Thompson serves as Associate Dean for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. His career has exemplified a profound dedication to his profession and to his fellow archivists, as well as to the present and future generations of users who will most definitely benefit from his tireless labors on their behalf. Gregory Thompson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in History, from the University of Utah. His doctoral research focused on the American Indian Reform movement, from 1867 to 1912; and he has published several monographs on the Ute tribe. He is a founding member of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Board and Board of Trustees, and he is a general editor for the Tanner Trust Publication Series, Utah, The Mormons, and the West. As a founding member of CIMA, Thompson has not only served on Council, but several of its committees over the years, as well. His leadership, humility, and undaunted enthusiasm have served as a catalyst for spawning countless statewide and regional projects, as well as a stalwart for resolving the challenges confronting the archival profession. He is a natural mentor, whose humble, yet encouraging spirit betrays a genuine interest in the progression of the individual in his or her professional and personal pursuits. His positive personality and disposition is infectious and a shining example of how to any professional should treat people, approach their work, and live their life.

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Brad Cole to receive the 2015 CIMA Service Award.

Brad ColeBrad Cole serves as Interim Dean of the Merrill-Cazier Library and Associate Dean for Special Collections, at Utah State University (USU). He has been a leader in the archival community for over 32 years. He received a Master of Science degree in History from USU; where he began his career as curator of manuscripts in the Merrill-Cazier Library in 1983. Brad Cole also served in a similar position in the Cline Library, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Cole’s numerous contributions to CIMA have included serving as president from 1993-1994, as well as serving on the CIMA Council and countless organizational committees over the years.

Brad Cole has been involved in a number of creative projects and activities that have added significantly to the ability of the researching community and the public to gain access to the holdings of Special Collections’ materials. One such example in Utah…Brad Cole acted as principal investigator for a Library Services and Technical Act (LSTA) grant to convert legacy finding aides into the EAD format and has helped several institutions move into the Northwest Digital Archives database. Additionally, during his time in Arizona, Brad Cole conducted a major oral history project in which he interviewed members of the United Indian Traders Association, throughout the Southwest and Four Corners region. He has been recognized for his long list of publications, book reviews, articles, and presentations. In 2002, he received the Award for Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for “Voices from the Trading Post,” and the Thomas L. Kane Award from the Mormon History Association. In 2009, he was named USU’s Faculty Librarian of the Year. Brad Cole is a very generous administrator and scholar, who is quick to offer his assistance, and in his 32 year career, he has advanced the world of archivists and record curating. He is a model we all strive to achieve in our field.


CIMA 2014 Awards Announced

April 28, 2014

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2014 CIMA Awards. Walter Jones, the Head of Western Americana at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, and John Sillito, emeritus professor of libraries and former University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at Weber State University, are the designated recipients of the 2011 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award. Michael Frazier, Book and Paper Conservator for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries, is the designated recipient of the 2014 CIMA Service Award.

The two honors (the CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award) are bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the inter‐mountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession. The CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award recognizes the work of an entire career, spanning the course of several years. Likewise, the CIMA Service Award recognizes important work and activity, but it is given to someone who may not yet qualify for the Life‐Time Achievement Award. Both awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients. The award recipients will be honored during a reception at the CIMA annual meeting in Carson City, Nevada (May 14‐16, 2014).

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Walter Jones and John Sillito as recipients of the 2014 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award.

Walter Jones photograph Walter Jones has actively and tirelessly nurtured the archival community in the Inter-Mountain Region and the Western United States throughout his archival career. He served as CIMA president in 2005-2006 and was instrumental in the launch of the Western Round-Up joint conferences that began in 2005. He also served as CIMA treasurer from 2007-2012 and on the CIMA Council from 2012-2014. Jones participated in the creation of the CIMA Awards and contributed in funding and launching the Journal of Western Archives.

Jones has served both as the Head of Western Americana and Assistant to the Associate Dean for Special Collections at the University of Utah. He has been a librarian there since 1982. Jones received his M.L.I.S. from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in History from the University of Utah. He is a recognized expert on American Western History and Oil Exploration. As a Veteran, Walter is a noted speaker and collector of literature on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, events in Asia in the 1920s and 1930s, and the French wars in Indo-China. He teaches history classes at the University of Utah on the Vietnam War and teaches the class “American Civilization” at Salt Lake Community College. His publications include A History of the Sand Bar; Derricks and Determination: Oil Exploration in a Portion of Southwestern Wyoming, 1847-1982; and A Window to the World: The First 100 Years of the Natrona County Public Library.

John Sillito photograph John Sillito has been an active member and mentor of CIMA since the organization’s early days. He served as member-at-large from 1975-1981 and was the second chairman of CIMA from 1980-1983. He served on the Council from 2003-2005. Sillito also hosted numerous CIMA events at Weber State University, including the 2006 CIMA Annual Meeting. His dedication, leadership, and vision has inspired his many colleagues in the Inter-Mountain region. He received the Distinguished Archival Career Award from the Utah Manuscripts Association at the 2010 CIMA Fall Caucus.

Sillito served as Archivist at Weber State from 1977 until his retirement in April 2010. He was previously at the LDS Church Archives. A native of Salt Lake City, he has degrees in history and political science from the University of Utah. His publications include A World We Thought We Knew: Readings in Utah History published in 1995 by the University of Utah Press, serving as editor of History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts, 1880-98 and co-authoring with John S. McCormick, A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic, and Decidedly Revolutionary which received the 2012 Best Utah History Book Award. His writings have appeared in such journals as the Utah Historical Quarterly, Sunstone, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

Michael Frazier photograph The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Michael Frazier to receive the 2014 CIMA Service Award. Frazier’s numerous contributions to CIMA have included serving as president from 2009-2010 and being instrumental in the organization and programming of the annual CIMA Nevada Fall Caucus. He is also heavily involved in recruiting sponsors and vendors for the annual meetings and has served on several local arrangement committees, including the one for the 2014 annual meeting. Frazier voluntarily took up the role of conference photographer and documenting CIMA’s history; his photographs were used in celebrating the 40th anniversary of CIMA in 2013. He is a true active, trusted, and reliable member of CIMA and the success of the annual meetings and CIMA Nevada Fall Caucus is largely owed to his work.

Frazier has served as the Book and Paper Conservator for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, where he also worked as a Preservation Assistant at the McFarlin Library. Frazier has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. He has worked on the academic journal Conservation Administration News and has worked towards bringing archival and conservation training programs to the state of Nevada. He teaches a series of book and paper conservation workshops though UNLV’s Continuing Education Division.


2014 CIMA Awards: Call for Nominations

February 4, 2014

The 2014 Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists Awards Committee invites nominations for the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award. Both awards will be presented at the Annual CIMA meeting in Carson City, Nevada, May 14–16, 2014.

The CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award recognizes a career of service and leadership in the archival profession. Last year’s recipient was Karen Underhill, retired Head of Special Collections and Archives, Northern Arizona University.

The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has, in the recent past, made significant contributions to either CIMA or the archival profession. Last year’s recipient was Gordon Daines, University Archivist, Brigham Young University.

Award recipients do not have to be CIMA members. To nominate someone for either award, please send their name, along with a letter explaining why you think the individual merits recognition by their peers. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, 2014.

The CIMA Awards Committee, including: John Murphy, Daphne DeLeon, Alan Virta, and Todd Welch, will meet in mid-March 2014 to review nominations. The committee’s recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the CIMA President and Council. The names of this year’s award recipients will be announced in April, in advance of the spring conference.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may email your nomination to john_m_murphy@byu.edu. Please put in the email’s subject box “CIMA Awards Committee.” Or mail your nomination to:

John Murphy, CIMA Awards Committee Chair
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
1130 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602


2013 CIMA Awards: Call for Nominations

January 29, 2013

We are happy to announce the 2013 CIMA Awards will be presented at the joint meeting with the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 23-25, 2013. Two awards will be presented at that time: CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award.

The prestigious CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient. Last year’s recipient was Alan Virta, retired head of Special Collections at Boise State University’s Albertson Library. The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the CIMA organization, or to the archival profession in general in recent years. The award is given in appreciation for their service and leadership, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient, but to a reception who may not yet quality for the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient was Elizabeth Perkes, Electronic Records Archivist at the Utah State Archives.

Both awards are given one-time annually, during CIMA’s annual meeting. Recipients do not have to be CIMA members. To nominate someone for either award, please send us their name, along with a letter explaining why you think the person merits recognition by their peers. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 15, 2013.

The CIMA Awards Committee will meet in mid-March 2013 to determine its recommendations for the names of the award recipients. The committee’s recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the CIMA Council and Officers. The names of this year’s award recipients will be announced in April in advance of the spring conference.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may email your nomination to walter.jones@utah.edu. Please put in the email’s subject box “CIMA Awards Committee.” Or mail your nomination to:

Walter Jones, CIMA Awards Committee Chair
Special Collections Department
J. Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860

You may remain anonymous in this nomination process. The awards committee is comprised of representatives from each state within CIMA’s boundaries.

For further information, please contact:

walter.jones@utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-9391