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.


Take a look at the winter newsletter!

Catch up on the most recent updates, our summer newsletter is now available.

Museum Archivist: Newsletter of the Museum Archives Section, Winter 2017 (Vol.27 no.1) Click on link for PDF.


Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group Symposium 2016: Born-Digital Records in Museum Archives 

The Museum Archives Section’s Standards and Best Practices Working Group is holding a half-day symposium on born-digital records in a museum setting at this year’s Annual Meeting. We will discuss acquiring, preserving, and providing access to born-digital archival materials and consider strategies for successful collaborations with our colleagues in other departments. While focused on museums, this symposium will be valuable for any archivist dealing with born-digital records and communicating with those who create them.


Please join us! No registration separate from SAA conference registration is required.
Please click here for the full schedule.


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