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10/08/2007   University at Albany Professor Wins State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The Board of Regents and the New York State Archives have selected Dr. Laura Wittern-Keller of the University at Albany to receive the 2007 Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the New York State Archives.

The award will be presented to Wittern-Keller at a luncheon ceremony at the State Education Building in Albany on October 22, 2007 at 12:00 PM.

The award recognizes Dr. Wittern-Keller’s extensive research into film censorship in New York and six other states. This research has resulted in the publication of the book, Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship (2007) that made extensive use of the holdings of the New York State Archives including records of the Motion Picture Division of the State Education Department.

Previous recipients of the award include Benjamin Justice of Rutgers University, author of The War that Wasn’t: Religious Conflict and Compromise in the Common Schools of New York State, 1865-1900; Janny Venema of the New Netherland Institute, author of Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1642-1664; Andrew L. Kaufman, Professor of Law at Harvard, author of Cardozo; Carol Sheriff, Assistant Professor of History at the College of William and Mary, author of The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862; Robert A. Slayton, Professor of History at Chapman University, author of The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith; and Timothy J. Gilfoyle, Professor of History at Loyola University, author of A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York.

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Laura Wittern-Keller, University at Albany

Debra E. Bernhardt Award for Excellence in Documenting New York’s History
Dominican Studies Institute, City College of New York

Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository
Schenectady County Historical Society

William H. Kelly Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Suffolk County

Cheryl Steinbach Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Town of Lewisboro

Excellence in State Agency Records Management
New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation

Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records by a Local Government
Town of Ithaca

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4–5
Fourth and Fifth Grade Students from the Stewart School, Garden City School District
Dolores Volpe, Educator

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6–8
Emma Gugerty, Locust Valley Middle School, Locust Valley Central School District
Barbara LaBella, Educator

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9–12
Alexandra Rheinhardt, Cooperstown Central High School, Cooperstown Central School District
Mary Beth Murdock, Educator