2023 Annual Meeting:
Chicago, IL, April 13-15, 2023

Welcome to Chicago, Illinois, host of the MAC 2023 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Centric on the Magnificent Mile. A city long-associated with MAC, Chicago is known for its diverse culture, arts, museums, architecture, business and educational institutions, and….cuisine! 

Our conference theme of “Dig Deep" is a nod to the state’s iconic culinary staple, deep dish pizza. While it may seem unassuming, the dish can provide an apt framework to consider the many layers of archival meaning to our work and how we understand our profession. Are there times you’ve had to dig deep to slice up new approaches, deliver creative solutions, or toss around new ideas? What are some of the professional, environmental, social, and cultural ingredients that we’ve baked into our profession, our collections, our patrons, and ourselves?

Registration is Open! 


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2023 MAC Annual Meeting Program


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Present at the 2023 MAC Annual Meeting!

Session Proposals: Call for Session Proposals have Closed.

Pop-Up Sessions: The 2023 Program Committee invites pop-up session proposals on all aspects of archival practice and research, as well as from allied and related fields touching on the theme “Dig Deep.” We especially encourage submissions from students, new professionals, and first-time presenters. 

Call for Pop-Up Sessions close January 27, 2023. 


Workshops and Special Events

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm   SAA Workshop: Arrangement and Description of Digital Records

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm   SAA Workshop: Arrangement and Description of Digital Records
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm   DEI Unconference (Newberry Library)
  • 1:00 pm-5:00 pm      Business Archives meeting

Thursday, April 13, 2023

  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm   Workshop: Accessibility for Archives and Special Collections
  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm   Workshop: Records Management for Archivists: An Introduction
  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm   Workshop: Choose Your Own Adventure: A Metadata Tool for Oral History Projects
  • 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm   Plenary session
  • 5:15 pm -6:15 pm     MAC Pals Meet and Greet
  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm   Opening Reception at the Hyatt Centric

Friday, April 14, 2023

  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm   Poster sessions
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Friday Forms: More than Just a Partnership: Archives as Community Assets; Project Management; Networking for Digital Archivists
  • 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm   Black Metropolis Research Consortium break
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm   MAC Members’ meeting
  • 6:00 pm  Restaurant tours


The Local Arrangement Committee has organized several tours to take place on Thursday morning. Choose from tours to the Driehaus Museum, the Newberry Library, and Chicago History Museum. Visits to the Archives of the American College of Surgeons, Burn Media Archives, Loyola University Chicago Women and Leadership Archives, Union League Club of Chicago, and Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library will also be offered.

Plenary Session

Affectionately called “Dilla,” Chicago historian Shermann Thomas is a fascinating blend of a modern historian, cultural worker, and public employee. Dilla has become a Chicago social media sensation by going viral on TikTok. His 60-second videos on all things Chicago history have been viewed over eight million times, and he has over 150K followers across all social media platforms.

Dilla is a proud lifelong resident of Chicago’s South Side. He cofounded Chicago Mahogany Foundation in January 2022, which is committed to preserving and disseminating the rich history and culture of the city of Chicago. His talk, “Does a tree make a sound if no one’s around? Does your archives preserve history if no one sees them?” will draw from his rich experience to engage and challenge this year’s MAC audience.

Registration Information

Register on or by March 15, 2023, to receive advance registration rates:

$165 for MAC Members
$200 for Nonmembers
$75 for Students

Registration rates for March 16 or later:

$200 for Members
$225 for Nonmembers
$75 for Students

The one-day registration rate is $100. Reception guest registration is $40 for an adult guest attendee. Virtual registration rates and information can be found below.

Registration Form
Register by submitting the registration form or by printing the form and mailing it with a check made payable to "Midwest Archives Conference" to:

Midwest Archives Conference
2598 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


Virtual Conference Registration

After last year's resounding success, MAC will once again offer a virtual conference option for those who are unable to make the trip to Chicago. This option will provide access to roughly a third of program content. This content will be livestreamed via Zoom, and attendees who choose this option will receive emails with Zoom registration links approximately one week prior to the conference. Virtual sessions will not be recorded and will not be available for later viewing. See the meeting program, once available, for a listing of the sessions selected for livestreaming. Virtual registration is $80 for members, and $100 for nonmembers. Register here as a Virtual Attendee.



Hotel Information

Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 North Saint Clair Street,
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611

MAC Conference room reservation link:




Celeste Isacco
2598 E. Sunrise Blvd., Suite 2104
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Michael Bullington

Cochair, Local Arrangements Committee

Pam Hackbart-Dean
Cochair, Local Arrangements Committee