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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.



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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SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland - August 16-22, 2015

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Cleveland this August. Here are some important BAS events to add to your schedule:

  • BAS Colloquium: Wednesday, August 19, 1-4 p.m. in Room 16 (agenda)
  • BAS Annual Mixer: Wednesday, August 19, 5 p.m. at Urban Farmer Steakhouse
  • BAS Meeting: Friday, August 21, 1-3 p.m. in Room 25C (agenda)

Sessions that feature Business Archives and Archivists: 

  • Session 102: Archives and Storytelling
  • Session 203: Marriage, Separation, Divorce: Managing Collections During Organizational Change
  • Session 302: Dancing to a New Tune: Managing Your Career in the Archives Profession
  • Session 405: You've Come a Long Way Baby: Images of Women in Advertising
  • Session 608: What and How: Advocacy with Impact

See you in Cleveland! #ClevelandRocks



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. 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. SAA generously allowed sections and component groups the opportunity to develop social media pages and we must adhere to their guidelines regarding the use of social media. Please consider using these sites as a privilege and let's take advantage of the opportunity!         



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2015 SAA Business Archives Section Colloquium Agenda.pdf75.54 KB
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2014 Advocacy Survey Results Deck.pdf334.74 KB