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.
Thank you to everyone who stepped up to run in this year's elections. The 2015-2016 incoming officers are:
Christiana J. Dobrzynski, CA
Tamara Gaydos, CA
Thank you to Brad Bauer, Gregory Jackson, Alexa Hagen, and Candace Lee for running.
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.
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.
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.
For information from last year's Business Meeting and the 2014 Museum Archives Member Survey, please click here.