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Business Archives Section

The Business Archives Section (BAS) provides a vital mechanism for archivists to become active in the work of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and for meeting members with a common interest in managing and providing access to business archives.

The Business Archives Section is comprised of employees of corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and associations, who administer and provide access to non-current records of a historical or archival nature.  The conduct of business for this section is guided by the by-laws (PDF) maintained on this site.

Business Archives in North America: Invest in Your Future, Understand Your Past provides a brief explanation of business archives and the archivist's role in developing, collecting and maintaining the records of business entities.  If you are interested in what business archives are all about, this is a good article to start your research.


ICA SBA 2016 Conference: Call for Papers


The 2016 International Council on Archives Section on Business Archives conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, from 4-5 April 2016.

This year’s conference will look at Sustainability: both as what makes business sustainable in the 2010s and the ways in which business archives can and do input into that sustainability and also the ways in which corporate archive services can be made sustainable.

The themes to be covered in this conference include:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business archives and human rights
  • Self-service in business archives by internal and external users and customers
  • Corporate  archive service innovation
  • Managing global corporate archive collections

Abstracts of proposed papers should be sent to the organizing committee by 31 January 2016.  The organizing committee will select the papers to be included in the conference by 28 February 2016.

Reports on successful projects within these themes would also be welcomed.

Abstracts are to be sent to Lesley Richmond by 31 January 2016

Organizing Committee: Lesley Richmond, Ted Ryan, Alison Turton, Alexander Bieri, Paul Lasewicz, and Becky Haglund Tousey



BAS 2015/2016 Election Results

Congratulations to our new Steering Committee Members!  They will be joining our returning members to help guide the Business Archives Section for the next year.  Please give everyone a warm welcome!

Chair: Bill Jackson, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Vice Chair: Jamie Martin, IBM (newly elected)

Editor: Sarah Wagner, Amway

Vice Editor: Angelique Richardson, Archdiocese of Atlanta (newly elected)

Secretary: Shaun Kirkpatrick, ACE Group (newly elected)

Member at Large: Tracey Panek, Levi Strauss & Co. (newly elected)

Past Chair: Jamal Booker, The Coca-Cola Company

Put a face with a name by checking out the Steering Committee's photos on our Leadership page.



Update SAA ListServ E-mail Preferences

As discussed at our annual meeting last week, please ensure you update your SAA ListServ E-mail preferences (to "subscribe") to ensure you receive communications from the Business Archives Section (and any other sections/roundtables you are involved in).

Don't forget to also stay up-to-date with BAS on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter!

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2014 Advocacy Survey Results

Attached for the section membership's review are the results of the advocacy survey that was conducted earlier this year.  BAS Chair Steve Hausfeld will be discussing these results and next steps in more detail at the upcoming Colloquium.  Please look over the results prior to the meeting and address any questions to Steve at that time or send them to  



Advocating For Business Archives Toolkit

The BAS Steering Committee is pleased to publish the first version of the "Advocating for Business Archives Toolkit".  Advocating for one's self and archival collection is a constant effort, and unfortunately there's no silver bullet that will work for every business archives every time.  As stated in the 2013 defense of the Georgia State Archives, "Too often, advocacy is effectively crisis management, responding to specfic events.  Proactively developing a plan allows time to consider a range of options, find ways to refine the message, and identify and educate a broad range of stakeholders."

Therefore the intent of this page is to provide Business Archives Section (BAS) members with a resource center to allow development of individualized advocacy plans to avert future issues, and if necessary to successfully "win the day".  There is a wealth of advocacy information available, and this list is not exhaustive but merely a starting place for you develop your own policies.  Materials listed and provided are not endorsed by BAS, but rather provide solid examples for you to consider leveraging.  

We welcome your suggestions and additions!  Send them to  



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BAS has pages on Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter! Join the conversation and network with your colleagues over social media!  

Please use these sites to post any stories, articles, job postings or content related to business archives that you run across the web and want to share.  

We kindly ask not to use these sites as a platform to solicit or sell products or services. 



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