Michael Pahn

Elevating Native Identities in the Historical Record

In this presentation, Jerry Simmons, External Agency Liaison to SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) at the National Archives and Record Administration; Jennifer O'Neal, Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at University of Oregon; and Michael Pahn, Head Archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian highlight new ways in which information professionals are leading cooperative efforts to reveal and promote Native American’s identity and their social networks through enhanced access to original materials. Panelists discuss emerging standards and tools that aim to improve representation of Native people and communities in the historical record.This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Archives and Museums Fostering Relationships with Native Communities

In this presentation, Michael Pahn, Head Archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian; Rachel Menyuk, Archivist at the National Museum of the American Indian; Nina Sanders, Independent Researcher; Vince Schiffert, History and Culture Teacher at Tuscarora School; and Brian Carpenter, Curator of Native American Materials at the American Philosophical Society discuss two successful collaboration projects between Native nations, community members and non-tribal museums and archives. First, Rachel Menyuk and Nina Sanders discuss how an internship in NMAI's Archive Center resulted in the creation of an online finding aid of Apsáalooke photographs built upon community knowledge, input, and perspective. Second, Brian Carpenter and Vince Schiffert discuss how the Tuscarora Nation's multi-year collaboration with the American Philosophical Society Library to digitize the APS's entire Tuscarora archival collections, strengthened the Nation's language and cultural initiatives, and helped built a lasting, reciprocal relationship. This session was part of the ATALM annual conference held in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, on October 10-13, 2017.

Moving Image Digitization

This presentation on moving image digitization was given by Mark O'English at the 2014 Sustainable Heritage Network Post-ATALM Workshop on June 13, 2014 in Palm Springs, California. Towards the end of the presentation, Michael Pahn weighs in on planning a film digitization project.

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Audio Tape Digitization

This presentation on audio tape digitization was given by Michael Pahn at the 2014 Sustainable Heritage Network Post-ATALM Workshop held on June 13 in Palm Springs, California.

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Audio Tape Digitization Overview

Michael Pahn leads a practical primer on digitizing audio cassettes that includes a theoretical understanding of how analog sound is converted into a digitized format, tools and procedures for digitizing audio tape, file naming, data management, cleaning up digital audio files, and creating embedded metadata. Following the session will be a lab where you can practice skills taught in the session or direct specific questions to Michael about audio digitization.

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Audio Digitization Resources

This document is a list of resources on digitizing audio tape. It was compiled by Michael Pahn to go with his workshop session on digitizing audio tape at the SHN post-conference workshop at the 2014 ATALM Conference in Palm Springs, California on June 12-15. DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT