My last official act as TYCA Archivist–aside from shipping the TYCA physical archive to
The TYCA physical archive currently housed at the Salt Lake Community College Student Writing Center
NCTE headquarters–is this post. I’ve enjoyed my six years as archivist and learning a great deal about TYCA’s organizational history by compiling online the complete physical archive passed on to me by the previous TYCA Archivist, Lois Powers.
While it looks like the official position of “TYCA Archivist” will go away (see the NCTE 2017 agenda action item 9.b), the proposal is that the TYCA Secretary will take on the duties of maintaining the online archive. It makes sense for the Secretary to take on that job, since that person has ready access to all the current Executive Committee materials.
I hope that future researchers will find this archive useful. Thanks to TYCA for allowing me to compile it.
Salt Lake Community College
UPDATE! Stephanie Maenhardt, former TYCA West Representative and Chair will be taking over as archivist!
All of the minutes extant in the physical TYCA archive for the predecessor of TYCA, the National Two-Year College Council (NTCC), have been uploaded. They may be accessed on the TYCA Executive Committee Minutes page. A note about that page: the order of the TYCA EC minutes will be reorganized when your humble archivist can find an automated way to reverse the order. (In other words, he is not going to reverse the order by hand quite yet.)
Your humble archivist has decided to put a theme to the newly created TYCA History page. The theme, appropriately corny, is gardening related. It may be that your humble archivist is pining to plant his own real world garden given the turbid and cold weather in his humble city. It would seem, however, that no better analogy than gardening can be made for TYCA history, since it reflects that TYCA is about the hard work of many dedicated people and the subsequent flourishing of the two-year college English community.
Click on the TYCA History tab above (or that link over there) to read the page. There is still a great deal of work to do with the documents, but “The Germ of an Idea” section is complete based upon the physical archives your humble archivist has at hand. If anyone has pictures of that era of TYCA (NTCC*), please contact your humble archivist directly.
*National Two-Year College Council
Minutes for all of the TYCA Executive Committee meetings have been put up on the minutes page. Nearly all of the minutes are official, save those from 1999, March 1998, November 1997, and November 1996. November 1996 was the official first meeting of TYCA.