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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.



Call for Steering Committee Nominations - 2015/2016

Have you ever dreamed of commanding the vast Business Archives Section empire? Then the time to act is now as this is the call for Steering Committee nominations!

The Section benefits from having a diversity of experience, backgrounds, and viewpoints on the Steering Committee. The time committment is very manageable and the experience can be very rewarding. Whether you've been on the committee in the past, or nominated and didn't win, or are a new BAS member, PLEASE consider nominating yourself or someone else that you believe would be interested.

The following positions are available and more about them can be learned in the current section by-laws.

  • Vice Chair is a 3 year term, with the first year spent as Vice Chair, second as Chair, and third as Past Chair.
  • Secretary is a 1 year term.
  • Vice Editor is a 2 year term, with the first spent as Vice Editor and the second as the Editor.
  • Member at Large is a 1 year term.

Nominations should be sent to Bill Jackson ( by June 12th, and should include a short bio statement and photo and clearly list which office you're nominating for.

Thank you for considering giving some of your precious time and talent to the Business Archives Section.



ICA Section of Business Archives Annual Conference, June 15-16, 2015 - Milan

The ICA (International Council on Archives) Section on Business Archives invites you to its annual conference on "Creating the Best Business Archive: Achieving a Good Return on Investment." In recent years the number of corporate archive collections and corporate archive services in both the public and private sectors has grown dramatically. It is now time to examine the requirements of the "best business archive" and to look at ways to measure the return on investment of an archive's activity.

The annual conference will be held June 15-16, 2015 in Milan, Pirelli's Headquarter Auditorium Via Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, 3. There is no fee for the conference, and it includes a visit to Intesa Sanpaolo Museum Gallerie d'Italia, the Pirelli Foundation, the Renaissance villa Bicocca degli Arcimboldi, and more.

Here are the links for detailed information and how to register:
ICA SBA 2015 Conference Flyer, Programme, and Booking Form



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 archives, address interrelationships among archives, corporate libraries, records management, and information centers. Read more and sign up here.

UPDATED Hotel Lodging:  As of 3/26, there is no vacancy at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.  Downtown alternative hotels include the following:

  • Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown, 506 E 4th St, Cincinnati OH 45202   513-651-1234 (very close to P&G)
  • 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, 609 Walnut St, Cincinnati OH 45202   513-578-6600  

Please mention that you're attending a conference at P&G and that you be given the P&G rate.



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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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