Council Exemplary Service Award: Teaching with Primary Sources Collective

Society of American Archivists
Council Exemplary Service Award



WHEREAS the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Collective has made archives and other primary sources more accessible by providing a space for archival workers and those in allied fields to share best practices and tools for engaging the public in meaningful instruction methods;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective has met the increasing need for archives and other institutions to create active learning opportunities with primary sources for a wide range of audiences, including K-12 students and teachers, undergraduates, and members of the general public;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, shared ways that the Teaching with Primary Sources community could offer solidarity and support to each other and learn innovative methods for teaching online;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective has helped improve the pedagogical skills of those who teach with primary sources through tool and software demonstrations, sandbox sessions, and workshops;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective has been effective in many formats, including in-person unconferences, Zoom meetings and workshops, and hosting an online library of instruction ideas, lessons, and other resources;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective’s work helps to demonstrate the importance of archives in society;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective employs ethics of care to nurture and create an inclusive community, understanding that everyone brings unique and valuable experiences;

WHEREAS the TPS Collective is a loosely structured community of people who contribute their knowledge and time to the Collective when and as they are able. Thus, singling out individuals runs counter to the purpose and spirit of the Collective;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the TPS Collective be honored with a 2023 Council Exemplary Service Award for fostering a culture of inclusiveness and participation while enhancing the professional growth of those teaching with primary sources.


Presented July 29, 2023