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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.



Business Archives Workshop, June 17-19, 2015 - Cincinnati, OH

Are you charged with starting, managing, or overseeing a business archives? Are you wondering how you can garner support from management to establish an archival program? This workshop gives you an overview of what it takes! During the course of three days you will have the opportunity to tour three corporate archives, address interrelationships among archives, corporate libraries, records management, and information centers. Read more and sign up here.

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


BAS Steering Committee Election Results

Bill JacksonElizabeth (Libby) SpatzSarah WagnerJennifer Steinhardt

There was a great response to the BAS election by the membership, and the section was lucky enough to have a robust and diverse field of candidates to choose from this year.  Whether you were elected or not, the Steering Committee would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to everyone who volunteered to run.  Your willingness to dedicate your valuable time and considerable talents to the Section clearly shows the depth of your dedication to your colleagues.

The new members of the 2014/2015 BAS Steering Committee are...
Vice Chair:  Bill Jackson, Harley-Davidson
Secretary:  Elizabeth "Libby" Spatz, Disney Consumer Products
Vice-Editor:  Sarah Wagner, Amway
Member-at-Large:  Jennifer Steinhardt, American Girl

You can read their statements on the Elections page.

As always, if you have a particular passion or issue you'd like addressed, please bring it to the attention of a Steering Committee member or send it to


Stay Up to Speed with Business Archives News!

BAS SMBAS 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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2014 SAA Business Archives Section Agenda.pdf38.79 KB
2014 SAA Business Archives Section Colloquium.pdf101.45 KB
2014 Advocacy Survey Results Deck.pdf334.74 KB