Council Resolution: Human Rights Archives Section


Society of American Archivists

Council Resolution


Human Rights Archives Section Steering Committee 


WHEREAS in 2019 the SAA Human Rights Archives Section created the “Rights and Records” webinar series under the leadership of Itza Carbajal and Natalie Bond (co-chairs); and

WHEREAS the webinar series, produced in partnership with SAA Education, provided SAA members, the archival community, and allied cultural heritage professionals with two free, web-based, live recordings; and

WHEREAS the SAA Human Rights Archives Section collaborated with the SAA Native American Archives Section (Rose Buchanan and Caitlin Haynes), the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Dr. Rose Miron, and Stephen R. Curley) and WITNESS (Yvonne Ng and Arul Prakkash) to highlight initiatives and research on Human Rights issues and records, and their presence in various archival settings and scenarios; and 

WHEREAS the webinar series had a global reach with attendees from North America and Europe, and speakers based in Prague and Kuala Lumpur; and 

WHEREAS the SAA Human Rights Archives Section fostered rich, relevant, and meaningful conversations on the role and responsibility of archivists working towards the adoption of ethical and moral practices; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the SAA Human Rights Archives Section be honored with a 2020 SAA Council Resolution for developing “Rights and Records,” the first webinar program involving multiple SAA component groups, affiliated archival organizations, and SAA Education.