Museum Archives Section

Welcome to the Society of American Archivists Museum Archives Section website. The over 1300 individual members of the Museum Archives Section represent museums as diverse as large repositories such as the Smithsonian Institution and the J. Paul Getty Trust and smaller institutions such as the Shelburne Museum and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. As museum archivists, we are responsible for the organization and care of archival materials held and/or created by our institutions. Museum archives contain typical archival material such as manuscripts, photography, large scale drawings and maps, film, audio tape, and digital files. Additionally, museum archives often hold what would be considered atypical archival materials, including flags, architectural models, medals and trophies, ethnographic materials, and art works. The first step to becoming involved with the Museum Archives Section is joining the Society of American Archivists.

MAS Election Results: 

Thank you to everyone who stepped up to run in this year's elections. The 2015-2016 incoming officers are:

Barbara Mathé

Vice Chair 
Christiana J. Dobrzynski, CA

Recording Secretary 
Tamara Gaydos, CA

Web Liaison 
Rebecca Morgan

Newsletter Editor 
Margaret Huang

Thank you to Brad Bauer, Gregory Jackson, Alexa Hagen, and Candace Lee for running.

Introducing our new Videos page: 

Please take a look at the first in our new video series: a presentation by Nancy Enneking, Head of Institutional Records and Digital Stewardship at the Getty Research Institute, discussing the e-records program initiated by the Getty in 2010 from the 2014 Electronic Records Symposium at the new MAS Videos Page here.

Learn more through our newsletter: 

The Winter 2016 edition of the newsletter is out! Please click on the link below for more information! 

Museum Archivist: Newsletter of the Museum Archives Section, Winter 2016 (Vol.26 no.1) Click on link for PDF.

Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group Symposium 2015:

Save the Date: Wednesday, August 19th, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group Symposium

SAA Annual Meeting, Cleveland Convention Center

Please join the Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group for a symposium focusing on museum archives, advocacy, and collaboration. The symposium will consider the role of museum archivists at their institutions, how they can advocate for their repositories, and how they can contribute to current discussions on the convergence of libraries, museums, and archives. Please click here for the full schedule.

Questions? Please email Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Co-Chairs Rachel Chatalbash ( or Susan Hernandez (

Business Meeting 2014: 

For information from last year's Business Meeting and the 2014 Museum Archives Member Survey, please click here.