Resources and Toolkits


The Reference, Access, and Outreach Section has developed “23 Things for Archivists,” a collection of “things” related to new and emerging technologies (particularly social media) for you to explore, experiment with, and learn about.  Scan the list to discover some of the “things” that might be useful in your work or for promoting your archives.

Read "Resources for Volunteer Programs in Archives" for examples of how various archives have used volunteers, as well as sample projects and tips on how to successfully add volunteers to your team. 

Heritage Tourism Is a Peach in Georgia” provides an account of how the Georgia Archives calculated the financial impact on the state of visitors to the Archives.


SAA’s Business Archives Section has developed a toolkit that provides basic information on creating and implementing an internal advocacy program. The toolkit offers both information from external sources and a wealth of ideas directly from the experience of business archivists. Nothing beats a practical idea that has been tried and tested!

SAA’s 2009 American Archives Month Toolkit included a call for members to help gather the “BIG” statistic – to tell us how many people visited an archives in October of that year.  If you’ll tell us how many people visit your repository in October 2016, we’ll compile the stats! Send your message to saahq[at]

You have a set of interesting and useful local history materials.  Now it’s time to let patrons – and potential financial and collection donors – know about them. SAA's Public Library Archives/Special Collections Section has created a Marketing and Advocacy Toolkit for getting the word out to general and specialized audiences.