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Preservation Section

The Preservation Section of the Society of American Archivists promotes the preservation of archives and manuscript collections managed by collecting repositories, including government, academic and cultural heritage institutions, in the United States.  Our mission is to raise awareness of and disseminate information about the preservation of archival materials regardless of format. The Section offers access to its resources to the membership of the Preservation Section, the membership of the Society of American Archivists, and to anyone interested in preservation.

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Recent News & Announcements

Please see below for more information about the Preservation Section Vice Chair/Chair Elect Candidates Francis Harrell and Sybil Schaefer and Nominating Committee member Jill Sweetapple:
Information about the Preservation Section Business Meeting and other relevant sessions and meetings.
At the CoSA and SAA Joint Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the Preservation Section of SAA will be selling Grab 'n Go Disaster Bags *at the registration area* to benefit the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives.
Find out who will be running for Section leadership positions in 2013-2014. Voting will take place online via surveymonkey.
Pass it On: Preservation Week is April 21nd-27th. See the Preservation Week 2013 page for member activities and useful resources related to preservation.
The American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Preservation Week , next Spring April 21st through April 27th, 2013. Libraries and other institutions can use Preservation Week to connect and reach out to their local communities through events, activities, and resources. It's a great opportunity for the general public to learn how library collections are preserved, and how libraries can help the public preserve their personal collections. For more information please visit us at
The annual business meeting of the Preservation Section will feature reports on activities of the Section from each committee and a special program on Preservation in the 21st century with a great line up of preservation administrators and educators to take us beyond traditional borders. SUBMIT QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE to the panel! Email to
At the upcoming 2012 annual Meeting in San Diego, the Preservation Section of SAA will be selling aprons at the registration area on Wednesday and Thursday from 8am-6pm to benefit the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives. Come by the registration desk to buy one!
See the 2012 annual meeting page for the section meeting program, for information about buying an apron for the disaster relief fund, and where to vote for candidates for 2012-2013.
Visit the 2012 Annual Meeting page to learn more about the slate of candidates running in this year's election. This year we will be voting for a new Vice Chair/Chair Elect, a Member-at-Large, and Nominating Committee member.
Pass it On: Preservation Week is April 22nd-28th. See the Preservation Week 2012 page for member activities and useful resources related to preservation.
Learn more about the theme of this year's Preservation Section business meeting for the annual conference in San Diego: Preservation in the 21st Century.
In the fall/winter of 2011 the Society of American Archivists Preservation Section surveyed its membership. The purpose of this survey was to gather information about the members themselves, to learn more about their professional interests, and to gauge their needs with regard to services and direction of the Preservation Section. Results from this survey will inform strategic planning of the Preservation Section.
The Preservation Section will be accepting nominations for the following positions in 2012: Vice chair/chair elect, Nominating committee member, and Steering committee member-at-large
Please join us for the Preservation Section business meeting this year featuring remarks from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero and a panel discussion on security and collections management.
Preservation Section annual section business meeting.
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