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.


Welcome the 2016-2017 BAS Steering Committe!

As first announced at the 2016 SAA Annual Conference in Atlanta, we are pleased to introduce this year's BAS Steering Committee:

Chair: Jamie Martin, IBM

Vice Chair: Eric D. Chin, NBC Universal (newly elected)

Editor: Angelique Richardson, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Vice Editor: Ryan Anthony Donaldson, The Durst Organization (newly elected)

Secretary: Marie Force, Delta Flight Museum (newly elected)

Member at Large: Erin S. Norris, SSM Health (newly elected)

Past Chair: Bill Jackson, Harley-Davidson Motor Company                                    

Congratulations to our new Steering Committee Members!  They will be joining our returning members to lead the Business Archives Section for the next year. We also want to extend our gratitude to the outgoing members who served over the past year: Sarah Latva, Amway (Editor); Shaun Kirkpatrick, ACE Group (Secretary); Tracey Panek, Levi Strauss & Co. (Member at Large); and Jamal Booker, The Coca-Cola Company (Past Chair).

2016 SAA Business Archives Section Colloquium

On Wednesday, August 3rd, the SAA Business Archives Colloquium convened at the 2016 SAA Annual Conference. The colloquium was well-attended, and included insightful group discussions on collections care. Jamie Matin, SAA Business Archives Chair, compiled illuminating discussion notes 

In addition, there were the following feature presentations:

Prioritizing & Preserving Legacy Audiovisual Media, Rebecca Chandler, AV Preserve

Care and Protection of Collections, Delta Flight Museum

The SAA Business Archives Steering Committee thanks everyone who participated, and we are especially grateful to all our presenters.

We look forward to next year's colloquium in Portland and invite your participation and ideas for another great event!

Event photographs courtesy Jamie Martin.

BAS to be Recognized with 2016 Council Exemplary Service Award from SAA

We are excited to announce that the Business Archives Section will be recognized with the 2016 Council Exemplary Service Award. We will be receiving this award at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta during the Plenary II session, Friday, August 5th at 5:00 PM. We hope you can join and support us, and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of who have served on the steering committee over the years, have planned our colloquia, supported our education efforts, contributed to our Advocacy Toolkit, contributed content for the editors, etc. This award is for all of you! Congratulations!  

Here are the highlights of the award:

  • The SAA Business Archives Section was established in 1980 to promote the interests of business archivists and others concerned with the preservation and use of business records, and to encourage the establishment and growth of business archives in both profit-making and non-profit organizations in the United States and Canada.
  • BAS has been a model of robust engagement with the Society by and for its members.
  • BAS has created a number of tools to enhance advocacy and outreach, including the Business Archives Advocacy Toolkit and the Directory of Corporate Archives.
  • BAS has enhanced the Society's educational offerings through its collaboration with SAA's Education Department to create and implement a workshop on Business Archives.
  • BAS has coordinated the Business Archives Colloquium at the Annual Meeting since 1992.
  • BAS has consistently and proactively provided feedback to the Council on matters that are unique to business archives and archivists.
  • The Council of the Society of American Archivists recognizes and thanks the Business Archives Section for outstanding service to SAA and the archives profession.


Something New Is Coming to MARAC in Newark - the MARAC Business Archives Forum!

In conjunction with our spring 2017 conference we're arranging a daylong event focused on business archives. All MARAC members are welcome, though the focus of the day will be business archives.

The day will include presentations related to the conference theme of Adaptable Archives: Redefine, Repurpose, and Renew, as well as ample time for informal networking among attendees.

Want to get involved or learn more? Read additional details, submit a session proposal, or volunteer to help plan on the following Google form:

Event details:
Where: Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017
What: A daylong gathering of business archivists from the MARAC region to discuss and share information aligned with the conference theme of Adaptable Archives: Redefine, Repurpose, and Renew.

Questions? Contact Emily Cottle,


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!

If you have any questions, please contact us at  



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  



  Stay Up to Speed with Business Archives News!



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. 

Image courtesy of Microsoft Office


Frequently Asked Questions: please click here


2016 Business Archives Colloquium Small Group Discussion_Final.pdf137.68 KB