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About SAA

Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association.

VISION:   The Society of American Archivists enables archivists to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value.

MISSION:  SAA promotes the values and diversity of archives and archivists. We are the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists.

The Society of American Archivists is committed to:

  • Advancing the public standing of archivists.
  • Ensuring the diversity of its membership and leaders, the profession, and the archival record.
  • Fostering a culture of creativity and experimentation across the association.
  • Providing an open, inclusive, and collaborative environment.
  • Providing excellent member service.
  • Social responsibility and the public good.
  • Transparency, accountability, integrity, and professionalism in conducting its activities.

SAA Strategic Plan

SAA History

SAA celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011 with special conference sessions, trading cards, a supplement to The American Archivist, and more! Check out 75th activities, browse SAA's Timeline, read more about the Oral History Project honoring those who shaped SAA, or research the history of SAA's leaders since 1936.