Andy (Jonathan) Uhrich, a 2nd year graduate student in the Moving Image Archiving Program (MIAP) of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, has been named the 2009 recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) F. Gerald Ham Scholarship. The award recognizes an individual’s past performance in a graduate archival studies program and the honoree’s potential in the field. The scholarship amount is for $7,500 in tuition assistance toward his second year of graduate study.
“It makes going to school in New York possible,” said Uhrich. “This scholarship is integral to me being able to continue my studies and expand my skills and understanding of the archival field.” He will graduate with a master’s degree in 2010.
Uhrich earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of South Carolina-Columbia in 1994. He has been involved in the field of film in a number of positions in Chicago-as assistant technical director for the Gene Siskel Film Center, manager of film and media operations at the University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center, and director of collections and programming for the Chicago Film Archives. He is currently an intern at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, working on a preservation project of Sidney Peterson films.
The F. Gerald Ham Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 through the generosity of SAA Fellow and past president F. Gerald Ham and his wife Elsie. The endowed fund was awarded for the first time in 2008. Uhrich is the third recipient of this scholarship.
Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. For more information, visit www.archivists.org.