Come to Portland for 4 extraordinary days of learning that will:

  • Connect you with colleagues who share your challenges…
  • Give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed…
  • Broaden your perspectives…

… and return to work refreshed, renewed, and ready to take your institution to the next level!

If you’ve attended an SAA conference before, there’s a lot about ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different that will feel familiar:

  • Same great chance to connect with archivists who share your challenges
  • Same great opportunities to learn from your peers
  • Same great environment in which to get inspired!

So what’s different?

  • The schedule—revised to help you make the most of your time at the conference.
  • The venue—a beautiful new convention center in the magnificent Pacific Northwest—a place to stretch your imagination….
  • The Liberated Archive Forum—a program that goes beyond good intentions to help you grow your user base!

Come early! 

Enhance your conference experience – and make the most of your professional development budget – by attending a one- or two-day course before the conference—and return to work with new knowledge and skills that you can put to use right away….

Class size is limited to ensure interaction between the instructor(s) and participants. Pre-conference Course fees are in addition to conference fees. See the conference registration form for more information.

Sunday, July 23

  • Implementing “More Product, Less Process” [A&D] (Instructor: Dennis Meissner)
  • Tool Selection and Management: Finding the Right Tool for the Job [DAS and A&D] (Instructor: Carol Kussman)

Monday, July 24

  • Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records, Part 1 [DAS and A&D] (Instructor: Christopher Prom)
  • MARC for Archival Description [A&D] (Instructor: Kathy Wisser)
  • Tool Integration: From Pre-SIP to DIP [DAS] (Instructor: Max Eckard)

Tuesday, July 25

  • Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records, Part 2 [DAS and A&D] (Instructor: Carol Kussmann)
  • Arranging and Describing Photographs [A&D] (Instructor: Marcy Flynn)
  • Negotiating the Landscape of Born-Digital Photographs [DAS] (Instructors: Stephen Fletcher and Patrick Collum)
  • Shelf to Screen (Instructor: Matthew Cowan)



SAA Research Forum: Join your colleagues for the 11th Annual SAA Research Forum, where you’ll learn about what’s happening in research and innovation—and maybe find some research-based solutions for your institution. (The deadline for platform and poster presentation proposals is May 16. Read the Call for Proposals.) (Tuesday, July 25, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Plenary 1: SAA President Nance McGovern welcomes Greg Eow (Associate Director for Collections at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries), Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, and a host of new Fellows and award winners! (Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm)

All-Attendee Reception: The Portland Food Truck Experience: Stroll across the street from the OCC following the Opening Plenary for your introduction to the Portland Food Truck Experience! (The reception is free for conference registrants, $40 for adult guests, $10 for children 12 and under. Cash bar.) (Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm)

Education Sessions: The Program Committee has selected 50 education sessions on a wide range of topics to ensure that you’ll have the chance to broaden your perspectives and learn something new! (Thursday, July 27, and Friday, July 28)

Plenary 2, the SAA Presidential Address: SAA President Nance McGovern shares her perspectives at this 81st Annual Meeting of the Society. And you’ll have the opportunity to acknowledge our student scholarship and award winners. (Thursday, July 27, 4:00 – 5:15 pm)

Expo Hall: In the Expo Hall, you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to talk with our industry partners, share your ideas and opinions, and learn about what’s new in the field. What products and services do you need to ensure access and sustainability? Tell our exhibitors! (Thursday, July 27, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, and Friday, July 28, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm)

The Liberated Archive Forum: From an inspiring opening plenary session to 10 concurrent panel discussions to an afternoon unconference that you’ll help to plan, you’ll explore a different kind of collaboration, communication, and hands-on work to build trusted relationships and make friends and advocates. Grow your user base! (Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Register by July 6 and SAVE!

Your conference registration gives you access to all education sessions, forums, networking events, and more! (Pre-conference courses are additional.) For the most complete and up-to-date information, see “Program.” All meetings and events (except those specifically noted) will be held at the Oregon Convention Center.

Download a preliminary flyer here.
View the full online Program here.

For the most up-to-date information about the program – and to register! – see the online Conference Schedule at There you’ll find the full preliminary program, including descriptions of all education sessions, group meetings, and special events.

Come for the learning + connections … Stay for the many delights of Portland!

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SAA thanks the following Sponsors for their generous support!