Distinguished Service Award
Purpose and Criteria for Selection:
Created in 1964 and revised in 1993, this award recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession. The institution being nominated should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:
- Demonstrably contributing to archival theory and the development of new archival practice.
- Serving its constituency in an outstanding fashion.
- Showing extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness in improving efficiency of operations or methods of work.
- Going well beyond the normal performance requirements expected of an archival agency and thus providing a model for others.
- Developing over a period of years an archives program of such depth and scope as to warrant special recognition.
Any archival institution, archival organization, records center, or manuscript repository, archival education program, or nonprofit or government organization providing service or support to the archives community in North America.
In addition to a completed nomination form, each nomination must include letters of support from three SAA members, each representing a different institution. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
Sponsor and Funding:
The Society of American Archivists Foundation through the generosity of three SAA Fellows:
Leon de Valinger, Jr., Mary Givens Bryan, and Delores Renze.
The Distinguished Service Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member 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 during the Awards Ceremony at the SAA Annual Meeting.
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.
Distinguished Service Award Recipients:
1964: North Carolina Department of Archives and History
1965: Maryland Hall of Records
1966: Wisconsin State Historical Society, Department of Archives and Manuscripts
1967: Not awarded
1968: Not awarded
1969: Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records
1970: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
1972: Oregon State Archives
1975: Ohio Historical Society
1976: Wayne State University, Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs
1977: Georgia Department of Archives and History
1980: Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
1981: City of Toronto Archives
1982: Illinois State Archives
1983: Not awarded
1984: Public Archives of Canada
1985: American Institute of Physics, Center for the History of Physics
1986: Not awarded
1987: New York State Archives
1988: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
1989: Not awarded
1990: The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for
Advanced Study, Harvard University
1991: Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College
1992: Oberlin College Archives
1993: Not awarded
1994: The Research Libraries Group
1995: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, The Johns Hopkins University
1996: Not awarded
1997: Not awarded
1998: Masters of Archival Studies Program at the University of British Columbia
1999: Not awarded
2000: Not awarded
2001: The Ohio Historical Society
2002: Duke University
2003: Not awarded
2004: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
2005: Not awarded
2006: The Modern Archives Institute, National Archives and Records Administration
2007: Not awarded
2008: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut
2009: National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration
2010: American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
2011: Not awarded
2012: Archival Education Collaborative
2013: Black Metropolis Research Consortium
2014: Not awarded
2015: Archives Leadership Institute