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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.


"From Factory to Facebook: New Ways to Engage with Business Archives"

International Council on Archives' Section for Business & Labour Annual Conference

You might have your own Facebook page, you may even tweet, but do you use these social media for your archive?  If you'd like to learn more then plan on attending ICA's Secton for Business & Labour's Annual Conference on April 14-15 2014, at the Unilever House in London, England.  

This exciting conference is designed to help you make the most of social media in promoting your archive.  Speakers from business archives and other heritage organizations will be demonstrating how they have used various forms of social media to their advantage, as well as their pitfalls and challenges.  

There is no fee for the conference, which includes a reception at The Rothschild Archive on the evening of April 14th.  

The conference schedule, booking form, hotel information, directions, and other information can be found below under the Attachments section of this page.

The ICA Section for Business and Labour Archives (SBL) aims to support the preservation and use of archives of business worldwide.  Created in 1990, SBL attracts a broad international membership with shared common professional interests and activities.  You can find out more about SBL at their website.     

Meet Your 2013/2014 BAS Steering Committee!

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect:

Jamal Booker, Coca-Cola



Jamie Martin, Target Corporation


Vice Content Editor/Editor-Elect:

Greg McCoy, P&G



Jacqueline Reid Wachholz, Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, Duke University


Thanks for voting!  The newly-elected officers will join incoming Chair Steve Hausfeld, Editor Eric Chin, and Immediate Past Chair Scott Grimwood to lead the Section in the upcoming year.


BAS unveils social media presence

We are excited to debut our new 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 this past year 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!

Recent News & Announcements

Presenting your candidates for the 2013/2014 Steering Committee
BAS now has a presence on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Catch up on your colleagues' accomplishments.
Don't miss these in-depth presentations starring fellow BAS members.
Join your colleagues at Beyond Borders in San Diego
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