Cultural Heritage Working Group

Established February 2010, the Cultural Heritage Working Group will take the lead in fostering discussion, clarifying issues, and investigating a range of alternative approaches to managing, preserving, and providing access to cultural heritage, given the rights and responsibilities of cultural groups and stakeholders and archivists' interest in providing equal and open access to all.

This group will:

  • Advise the SAA Council, officers, staff, and members concerning cultural heritage and cultural sensitivity issues;
  • Prepare draft statements for SAA to issue;
  • Develop positions for SAA concerning cultural heritage and cultural sensitivity issues;
  • Represent SAA on cultural heritage and cultural sensitivity issues at meetings and in professional discussions; and
  • Communicate and collaborate with all relevant SAA and external (ALA, AAM, etc.) groups.

A CALL TO ACTION: The CHWG Survey

In the November/December "Archival Outlook" (see "A Call to Action: The Cultural Heritage Working Group Seeks Your Input," page 11) we highlight the recent work of the CHWG and encourage all members to take a brief survey to gather baseline data about your largest concerns and needs regarding cultural heritage archives to determine new initiatives and projects.

UPDATE: Due to other SAA surveys underway, the CHWG survey has been postponed to Fall 2016. The link to the survey will be included here when available and announced on the SAA Listserv.

Recent News & Announcements

The Cultural Heritage Working Group annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Renaissance Hotel Cleveland, Doan Room. The agenda is posted below.
In the November/December "Archival Outlook" we highlighted recent work of the CHWG and encourage all members to take a brief survey to determine new initiatives and projects.
The Cultural Heritage Working Group annual meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Marriott Wardman Hotel, Suite 8224, Washington, DC.
The 2013 CHWG Council Report is available here and includes an overview of leadership, completed, ongoing and new projects.
CHWG members met for our annual meeting on August 14, 2013, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Hilton Riverside New Orleans, Jasperwood Room. Complete agenda and minutes are below.
The purpose of this blog is to share information with the SAA community and related organizations regarding issues related to cultural heritage and cultural property, both the tangible and the intangible.
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