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American Archives Month

The 2008 American Archives Month Public Relations Kit —Now Available Online!

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Pubs Catalog 2009

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Jul/Aug 2008

Archival Outlook
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AA Vol 71 No1

American Archivist
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You Can Help Our Gulf Coast Colleagues!

The National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives provides support for recovery of archival collections from major disasters. To make a donation to help our Gulf Coast colleagues, click here. If you or someone you know needs assistance as a result of the recent hurricanes, click here.

Call for Comments on Draft Guidelines for Archival Facilities

SAA's Task Force on Archival Facilities Guidelines has released its third draft document and is seeking comments and suggestions from members of the profession. The document, intended to assist the archival and building professions in planning new and remodeled structures, will be open for comments for comments until October 6. [Read more]

ARCHIVES 2008 a Sell-Out!

More than 1,700 archivists attended SAA’s largest-ever West Coast gathering in San Francisco in late August! Keep an eye out for conference coverage on the SAA website and in Archival Outlook and Online News. To read Mark Greene’s 72nd Presidential Address, “The Power of Archives: Archivists’ Values and Value in the Post-Modern Age,” click here. Didn't get a chance to attend a session of your choice? Purchase the audiocassette or CD today! Click here to view Session presentations that have been submitted to the SAA office. (Quick Tip: Click on the Session title to view presentations.) Click here to print the 2008 Annual Meeting evaluation form.

Check Out These Latest Reads!

Navigating Legal Issues in Archives by Menzi Behrnd-Klodt introduces and examines a variety of legal issues in the administration and management of collections. In Managing Congressional Collections, Cynthia Pease Miller addresses best practices for managing these unwieldy collections — from soliciting materials and working with a Congress member’s office through detailed processing guidelines to planning effective outreach activities. Both books were published by SAA in August and can be purchased online.

NHPRC Funding Bill Needs Senate Approval to Stay Alive

On July 10, 2008, the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to markup the Financial Services and General Government fiscal year (FY) 2009 appropriations bill that includes funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Recently approved by the House Appropriations Committee, the funding bill provides NHPRC with its highest funding level in five years: $10 million, plus $2 million for administrative costs. Help ensure the Senate does the same here.

Be an "Activist Archivist"!

Action Alert
NEH Division of Preservation and Access Faces Slashed Budget

In June, the budget for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access was cut by 45% by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior. The Division of Preservation and Access is the source for most of NEH's funding for archival projects. To support the call to action issued by Heritage Preservation, go here.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Reauthorization

H.R. 5582 would reauthorize NHPRC at an annual level of $20 million for FY 2010–2014 — double the amount of the current authorization. For more information, go to

PAHR“Preserving the American Historical Record” Act Introduced in House of Representatives!

May 14, 2008—H.R. 6056, new legislation to preserve the American historical record, was introduced in Congress today and referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. You can help ensure its adoption! Read more.

The Artist-Museum Partnership Act (AMPA)

AMPA aims to allow artists, writers, and composers who donate works to museums and libraries to take a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of their work. Help keep this bill alive by contacting your senators to encourage their support! Click here for a pdf of a sample letter that you can adapt on your letterhead and fax. Click here to track previous introductions of this bill.

SAA/ACA Joint Statement on Iraqi Records

SAA and the Association of Canadian Archivists have released a joint statement on the fate of records captured or otherwise obtained by the U.S., and those removed by private parties, during the first and second Gulf wars. See the full statement here. See the Hoover Institution's response here.

Free Download of Archival Classic by Jenkinson

A digital version of the 1922 edition of A Manual of Archive Administration, Including the Problems of War Archives and Archive Making, by Sir Hilary Jenkinson, is available courtesy of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This is perhaps the most famous work produced by British archivist and theorist Jenkinson, who speaks with great passion about many concerns that continue to reverberate today in the worldwide archival community. Click here for more details.

9th Case Study on University Digital Records

“Survey of the University of Pittsburgh and Association of American Universities’ Websites and Physical Holdings” is the ninth case study to be published under Campus Case Studies. College and university archivists working on solutions for born-digital records can post their reports in this area. Click here for more details.


You Can Help “Save Our Archives”!

Did you do something simple to make a difference for your archives on May 1? We want to hear about it! Drop us a line at Read about what others have done in the past here.

Quick Tip: “In response to the flooding in the Midwest, Heritage Preservation has released a free, online video guide to coping with water damage. This 10-minute streaming video segment from the award-winning Field Guide to Emergency Response provides professional advice to help libraries, museums, and archives salvage damaged collections. Households hoping to rescue family treasures can also use the easy-to-follow information.”

Get a Grant!

The Library of Congress and the Foundation Center have published “Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums.” This guide lists 1,725 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 474 foundations from 2003 through 2007. The publication includes hotlinks to free online grant writing tutorials, a statistical analysis of grant funding, state-by-state descriptions of projects funded in preservation, indexes of recipients, and a list of all foundations that have donated to preservation. For more information, go to:

Best Elevator Speech Contest Winner

Lisa H. Lewis

Lisa H. Lewis took her boss’s advice and decided to enter the “Best Elevator Speech” contest conducted by SAA in celebration of American Archives Month 2007. Her 28-word entry took first place and won her a free year membership in SAA and a $50 coupon for books. [Read More]



A*CENSUS Survey Results Now Available Online

A special section on A*CENSUS was published in the Fall/Winter 2006 issue of The American Archivist. The online version includes enhanced links to additional tabular material. For comprehensive information on the survey, click here.

Your Contribution Will Make a Difference!

The SAA Foundation is the nation’s leading source of nonprofit funding dedicated solely to the interests of archives and archivists. Its mission: To enrich the knowledge and enhance the contributions of current and future generations by championing efforts to preserve and make accessible evidence of human activity and records of enduring value. [Click here to learn how you can make a difference for archives and archivists!]

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