J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.


Nominees must be from outside the archives profession. Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Nomination Requirements:

A completed nomination form.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation, in honor of J. Franklin Jameson, a noted American historian, former president of the American Historical Association, and long-time advocate for the establishment of a U.S. National Archives.


A plaque.

First Awarded:


Selection Committee:

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom shall be the current chair of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section, who shall serve a term concurrent with his or her office) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio).  One of the remaining members of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term.  The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair and shall present the award.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.  CLICK HERE to download the nomination form.

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Recipients:

        1989:   U.S. Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D-Missouri)

1990:   U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Oregon)

1991:   New York State Assembleyman William B. Hoyt and The Mellon Foundation

1992:   Not awarded

1993:   Thomas D. Clark, Louise McBee, John Marshall

1994:   Hudson's Bay Company

1995:   Not awarded

1996:   Richard Benson

1997:   Kraft Foods, Inc.

1998:   Newsday

1999:   John B. Harlan

2000:   Not awarded

2001:   Not awarded

2002:   Joan Winters, Louise Addis

2003:   Arizona State University

2004:   Not awarded

2005:   George F. Farr, Jr.

2006:   U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

2007:  The Chicago Tribune (accepted by Debra K. Bade)

2008:  Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

2009:  Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)

2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

2011:  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)

2012:   Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart

2013:   AARP Virginia and Dr. Warren Stewart

2014:   LGBT Center of Central PA History Project

                   National History Day

2015:   Adrena Ifill Blagburn

2016:   Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow

2017:   Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)