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Visual Materials Section Cataloging and Access Roundtable Home Page

VMCAR LogoWelcome to the Visual Materials Section Cataloging and Access Roundtable (VMCAR)!

The purpose of VMCAR is to provide a forum at each SAA annual meeting for archivists and others working with visual collections to discuss cataloging and access issues including - but not limited to - description methods, digitization, cataloging tools and standards, and other esoteric topics.

We have included on these pages links to the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and our parent group, the Visual Materials (VM) Section of SAA. Here also are links for joining this Roundtable and subscribing to the VMCAR list. You may also take a look at our current officers, read the minutes of past meetings, and look at a list of links to image cataloging resources.

VMCAR is also an ongoing contributor to the Visual Materials (VM) Section's newsletter Views, where we have a column, "Voices from VMCAR," dedicated to VMCAR member projects and contributions. Take a look at the latest issues below:

July 2015: Heather Potter, Filson Historical Society 

March 2015: Adrienne Evans & Alice Carver-Kubik, Image Permanence Institute

Please take a moment to locate and verify your membership information. We would like to have accurate information by August for the Society of American Archivists Annual Conference. If you would like changes made, please contact Shannon Erb, current chair for the Rountable.

In future, we will be adding links to collections of image materials, exhibitions, and sites related to cataloging and access. Bookmark this page now as you will want to return regularly!


LSU Student Chapter Survey

Hello everyone! LSU's student chapter of SAA is performing research concerning the archival nature of tattoos. It would be greatly appreciated if you all would take the time to fill out the survey presented below and email the completed information back to me, Kasie Beth Eckman, at Thank you!


“Our Bodies, Our History”


Investigators: Meaghan Li, Rachel Gifford, Kasie Eckman, and Katie Cheramie


Please Circle your answer where appropriate.


1.  Do you believe that tattoos should be considered archival material, and individual bodies an archive?

Yes or No


2.  Do you think there's a correlation between the tattoo image and likelihood the individual would consider the image archival material?

Yes or No


3.   Is the tattoo of a Muppet baby less archival than a memorial tattoo?

Yes or No



If we are considering tattoos to be archival material, are they worthy of long-term preservation?

Yes or No



How can we handle these archival materials for long-term preservation?

Please write an answer.



Are you an archive/library professional?       Yes     or     no