Archives, Public Policy & You: Advocacy Guide

SAA collaborated with the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Regional Archival Associations Consortium to sponsor “Archives on the Hill” Day on August 14 during the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  Archives on the Hill brought together more than 70 enthusiastic archivists and records managers who visited their Members of Congress to advocate on behalf of archives and archivists.

Now it’s your turn to advocate for archives!  Congress will recess in advance of the 2018 mid-term elections, which means that your Member of Congress and Senators will be at home during American Archives Month in October.  It’s the perfect time to begin building a relationship! For tips on making a district visit (or a Hill visit, if you’ll be in Washington, DC, sometime soon) or inviting your Representative or Senators to an event, see our new Advocacy Guide.

As you prepare to speak with your Member of Congress or congressional staff person, take advantage of the following Issue Briefs, which were developed for the Archives on the Hill event:

Please give us feedback about your visit or event by completing the Post-Visit Worksheet on page 23 of the Advocacy Guide and sending it If you let us know about your visit, we’ll send you an “I’m an Archives Advocate” button!

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