Section XI: Fellows, Awards, and Scholarships

See also:  Section VII: Committees and Boards
                  SAA Awards Program

Archival Innovator Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Archival Innovator Award recognizes an archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities. Nominee(s) should meet as many of the following criteria as possible:    

  • Creativity or innovation in approaching professional challenges;
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside of professional or institutional norms;
  • Ability to translate creativity, innovation, and new thinking into working solutions;
  • Development of an archives program or outreach activity that has an extraordinary impact on a community; and/or
  • Commitment to the advancement of professional knowledge through traditional or emerging information-sharing media.  

The work should be undertaken within the past three years—it need not be completed, but it must be sufficiently advanced to demonstrate results.

Sponsor and Funding:

Created in 2011, thie award is funded by the Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Prize:

A certificate and complimentary registration for the recipient(s) (if a repository or an organzation, then one representative) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented. 

First Awarded:

2012

Selection Committee

The Archival Innovators Award Subcommittee of the Awards Committee is composed of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the SAA Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair and shall present the award during the Awards Ceremony at the SAA Annual Meeting.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


 

Archival Innovator Award Recipients

2019:  Brooklyn Connections, a school outreach program of the Brooklyn Public Library

2018:   Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the University of Kentucky Libraries

2017:   No applicants

2016:   Dr. Foy Scalf, head of the Research Archives and Integrated Database Project Team at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

2015:   State Archives of Florida's Florida Memory Team

2014:   Trevor Owens, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress

2013:   Augmented Processing Table Research Team, The University of Texas at Austin School of Information, Dr. Ciaran B. Trace and Dr. Luis Francisco-Revilla

2012:   Not awarded

Brenda S. Banks Travel Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Created in 2017, this award recognizes and acknowledges individuals of color, such as those of African, Asian, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander descent, and who have demonstrated professional archival experience and manifest an interest in becoming active members of the Society of American Archivists.

This award supports the Society of American Archivists’ Archivists and Archives of Color Section’s objectives of:

  • Providing individuals of color who have demonstrated professional archival experience with an opportunity for professional development and networking through engagement with SAA; and
  • Promoting increased participation in SAA by individuals of color employed in an archives by exposing first-time Annual Meeting attendees to the experience of attending national meetings and encouraging them to join and remain members of the organization.

Recipients will be selected based on their submission of a completed application and the strength of their personal statement/essay. Personal statements/essays must be no more than 500 words and will be evaluated on: 

  • Overall clarity;
  • Understanding of professional goals and experience with and/or commitment to working with, or documenting and preserving the histories of communities of color;
  • Description of the benefits of attending the SAA Annual Meeting; 
  • Description of commitment to SAA, diversity and inclusion, and the profession.

Eligibility:

The applicant: 

  • Must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander descent;
  • Must have demonstrated professional archival experience; and
  • Shall not have previously attended an SAA Annual Meeting.

Sponsor and Funding:

Sponsored by the SAA Archivists and Archives of Color Section and funded through the SAA Foundation, the award is named in honor of Brenda S. Banks, Fellow and Past President of SAA and co-founder of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section.

Prize: 

One award may be given during each awards cycle. The recipient receives full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, the recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

Selection Committee:

The Brenda S. Banks Travel Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is comprised of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom will be the current junior co-chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). Of the three remaining members, one shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term, and shall serve as chair of the subcommittee in her/his third year.

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:  

  • Personal statement/essay of no more than 500 words;
  • CV or résumé. 

Brenda S. Banks Travel Award Recipients:

2019:  Tracy Drake (Chicago Public Library’s Vivian G. Harsh Research Center)

2018:  Saida Largaespada (University of California, Los Angeles)

C.F.W. Coker Award for Description

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The C.F.W. Coker Award for Description recognizes finding aids, finding aid systems, projects that involve innovative development in archival description, or descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce effective finding aids. To merit consideration for the award, nominees must set national standards, represent a model for archival description, or otherwise have a substantial impact on descriptive practices. The following types of works or activities may be considered:

  1. Finding aids, including, among others, multi-institutional guides, record surveys, repository guides, special subject lists, finding aids to individual collections or records groups, and narrative descriptions of holdings.
  2. Finding aid systems, including, among others, manual or automatic indexing systems, computer databases, or current awareness systems for notifying users of holdings.
  3. Descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids, including, among others, subject thesauri, authority files, data element dictionaries, manuals establishing descriptive standards, and such reference works as atlases and administrative histories.
  4. Projects that involve innovative developments in archival description, including, among others, cooperative ventures that result in the exchange of finding aid information among repositories, efforts at building national information systems, and survey projects.

Eligibility:

Individuals, institutions, or groups of individuals or institutions. There are no restrictions on the format in which information is presented. Both published and unpublished works produced during the preceding calendar year are eligible. This award is not intended for books or articles on descriptive theory. Works and activities must involve projects located primarily in North America.

Sponsor and Funding:

Established in 1984, the award is named in memory of C.F.W. Coker, a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists who worked at the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress, where he was the head of the Reference and Reader Service Section in the Manuscript Division. Coker was also director of the Modern Archives Institute, editor of The American Archivist, and general editor of the first SAA Basic Manual Series.The award is funded by the Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Prize:

A certificate and a cash prize of $250.

First Awarded:

1984

Selection Committee:

The Coker Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom shall be the current chair of the Description Section, who shall serve a term concurrent with his or her office) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One of the remaining members of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as chair and present the award.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year. 


C.F.W. Coker Award Recipients:

2019:   Lou Reed papers processed by the Archives Unit on behalf of the Music Division in the Library for the Performing Arts of the New York Public Library

2018:   The University of California Guidelines for Born-Digital Archival Description

2017:   K.J. Rawson, Digital Transgender Archive, College of the Holy Cross

2016:   Not awarded

2015:  The Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project

2014:  Remixing Archival Metadata Project, University of Miami

2013:  Princeton University Library Archival Description Working Group: Daniel Santamaria (chair), Maureen Callahan, John Delaney, Shaun Ellis, Regine Heberlein, Jon Stroop, and Don Thornbury

2012:  Not awarded

2011:  John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

2010:  North Carolina State University Libraries Special Collections Research Center

2009:   World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation

2008:   The Archivists’ Toolkit™ (AT)

2007:   Greg Bradsher

2006:  The Walt Whitman Archive

2005:   Online Archives of California

2004:   RLG's EAD Advisory Group

2003:   Not awarded

2002:   Not awarded

2001:   Waverly Lowell, Kelcy Shepherd

2000:   Not awarded

1999:   Francis X. Blouin, Leonard A. Coombs, Claudia Carlen, Elizabeth Yakel, Katherine J. Gill

1998:   Encoded Archival Description Working Group

1997:   Robert B. Matchette; Honorable Mention: Mary Lynn McCree Bryan

1996:   Not awarded

1995:   Robert M. Kvasnicka

1994:   Not awarded

1993:   Diane Vogt-O'Connor

1992:   Not awarded

1991:   David Brumberg, Elaine Engst

1990:   The Center for Legislative Archives (NARA)

1989:   Scott Cline

1988:   Frederick Honhart

1987:   Not awarded

1986:   Nancy Sahli, Lisa B. Weber

1985:   Debra L. Newman

1984:   Roy Turnbaugh

Council Exemplary Service Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Created by the SAA Council in 1980 at the request of the Committee on the Selection of SAA Fellows, this citation recognizes a special contribution to the archives profession, and especially to SAA, that is not eligible for one of the other awards given by the Society. It is given on an occasional basis at the discretion of the Council or upon recommendation to the Council by the Awards Committee.

Prize:

A plaque.

First Awarded:

1980

Selection Committee:

The SAA Council.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Not applicable. 


Council Exemplary Service Award Recipients:

2019: Dr. Michael J. Kurtz

2018:   Documenting the Now

2017: Sustainable Heritage Network, Teaching with Primary Sources Committee

2016:   Business Archives Section, Oral History Section, William J. Maher

2015:   Mark. A. Greene, Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee of the Education Committe, and Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy 

2014:   Solveig De Sutter

2013:   Peter J. Wosh

2012:   Native American Protocols Forum Working Group, Michael J. Fox, Nancy P. Beaumont

2011:   Mary Jo Pugh

2010:   David Carmicheal, Kathleen Roe, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)

2009:   SAA's Intellectual Property Working Group, David B. Gracy II

2008:   Troup County (Georgia) Archives, Larry Gates, Teresa Brinati

2007:   Trudy Huskamp Peterson, Victoria Irons Walch

2006:   Robert M. Schmidt

2005:   Robert S. Martin

2004:   John W. Carlin

2003:   Brenda Banks, Carroll Dendler, Alexandra Gressitt, Debra Nolan

2002:   Not awarded

2001:   Carroll Dendler

2000:   Not awarded

1999:   Not awarded

1998:   Dennis Harrison, Kris Kiesling

1992-97:   Not awarded

1991:   Susan Grigg, Timothy Ericson

1990:   Not awarded

1989:   Edie Hedlin, Paul Chestnut, J. Frank Cook, James B. Rhoads, Carole Huxley

1981-88:   Not awarded

1980:   Mary Walton Livingston

Distinguished Service Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession. The institution being nominated should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

  • Demonstrably contributing to archival theory and the development of new archival practice;
  • Serving its constituency in an outstanding fashion;
  • Showing extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness in improving efficiency of operations or methods of work;
  • Going well beyond the normal performance requirements expected of an archival agency and thus providing a model for others; and/or
  • Developing over a period of years an archives program of such depth and scope as to warrant special recognition.

Eligibility:

Any archival institution, archival organization, records center, or manuscript repository, archival education program, or nonprofit or government organization providing service or support to the archives community in North America.

Nomination Requirements:

In addition to a completed nomination form, each nomination must include letters of support from three SAA members, each representing a different institution. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Sponsor and Funding:

Created in 1964 through the generosity of three SAA Fellows—Leon de Valinger Jr., Mary Givens Bryan, and Delores Renze—the award was revised in 1993 and is funded through the Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Prize:

A plaque.

Selection Committee:

The Distinguished Service Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three members of SAA and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA Vice President to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year. 


 

Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

2019:   New England Archivists Mentoring Program

2018:   Council of State Archivists AND Society of Southwest Archivists

2017:   No applicants

2016:   Georgia Archives Institute

2015:   Archives Leadership Institute

2014:   Not awarded

2013:   Black Metropolis Research Consortium

2012:   Archival Education Collaborative

2011:   Not awarded

2010:   American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

2009:   National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration

2008:   Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut

2007:   Not awarded

2006:   The Modern Archives Institute, National Archives and Records Administration

2005:   Not awarded

2004:   The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

2003:   Not awarded

2002:   Duke University

2001:   The Ohio Historical Society

2000:   Not awarded

1999:   Not awarded

1998:   Masters of Archival Studies Program at the University of British Columbia

1997:   Not awarded

1996:   Not awarded

1995:   Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, The Johns Hopkins University

1994:   The Research Libraries Group

1993:   Not awarded

1992:   Oberlin College Archives

1991:   Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College

1990:   The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

1989:   Not awarded

1988:   Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

1987:   New York State Archives

1986:   Not awarded

1985:   American Institute of Physics, Center for the History of Physics

1984:   Public Archives of Canada

1983:   Not awarded

1982:   Illinois State Archives

1981:   City of Toronto Archives

1980:   Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts

1977:   Georgia Department of Archives and History

1976:   Wayne State University, Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs

1975:   Ohio Historical Society

1972:   Oregon State Archives

1970:   Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

1969:   Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Records

1968:   Not awarded

1967:   Not awarded

1966:   Wisconsin State Historical Society, Department of Archives and Manuscripts

1965:   Maryland Hall of Records

1964:   North Carolina Department of Archives and History

Diversity Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 2011 and intended to address SAA’s strategic priority on diversity, this award recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives in the archives field. The award is given based on the long-term impact on improving and promoting diversity as defined in the SAA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.

Eligibility:

Open to an individual, group, or organization. To encourage SAA member participation, preference may be given to SAA individual and/or institutional members.

Nomination Requirements:

Two letters of support. Nominations will be accepted from any individual, group, or institution. 

Sponsor and Funding:

Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Prize

Up to two awards may be given each year. The prize will include a certificate and one complimentary registration per awardee to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

First Awarded:

2012

Selection Committee:

The Diversity Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom shall be the current chair of the Diversity Committee) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). Of the three remaining members, one shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term.  The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair and shall present the award during the Awards Ceremony at the SAA Annual Meeting.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year. 


Diversity Award Recipients:

2019:   Puerto Rico Citizenship Archives Project 

2018:    Community Archivist Program at the Austin History Center AND Maya from the Margins Archives Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017:   Texas Disability History Collection at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries AND Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries

2016:   SAA Latin American and Cultural Heritage Archives Roundtable webinar series, “Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders

2015:  The Shorefront Legacy Center AND Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, University of Florida

2014:  Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Program, University of Houston AND   Jennifer O'Neal, University of Oregon Libraries

2013:  Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University AND Joan Krizack, Archives Consultant AND Karen Underhill, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library

2012: The Chicano Studies Research Center

Donald Peterson Student Travel Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Society by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee or section.

Eligibility:

Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation. If the scholarship is declined by an individual selected by the subcommittee, the subcommittee may select an alternate from the pool of applications received for that year. If, for any reason, the subcommittee is unable to select an awardee, it may choose not to award the scholarship for that year.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908–1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Prize:

Up to $1,500 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

First Awarded:

2006

Selection Committee:

The subcommittee consists of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the SAA Awards Committee (ex officio). The members shall be appointed as necessary by the SAA President-Elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as chair and present the award.

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:   

1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications. NOTE: Please notify your references ahead of time. Your references will need to upload their letters of recommendation to your online form by the application deadline.


Donald Peterson Award Recipients:

2019:   Alexis Recto ((University of California, Los Angeles)

2018:   Jessica Serrao (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2017:   Elizabeth Vallen (University of California, Merced)

2016:   Alessandro Meregaglia (Indiana University Bloomington)

2015:   Colin Post (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2014:   Michelle Chiles (Simmons College)

2013:   Samantha Norling (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis)

2012:   Amanda Strauss

2011:   Brittany Turner

2010:   Keara Duggan

2009:   Jessica Sedgwick

2008:   Katherine Blank

2007:   Chela Scott Weber

2006:   Jessica Lemieux

F. Gerald Ham and Elsie Ham Scholarship

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

In January 1998, SAA Fellow, past president, and long-time member F. Gerald Ham and his wife Elsie established the F. Gerald Ham and Elsie Ham Scholarship Fund. The purpose of the fund, endowed in 2008, is to provide financial support to graduate students in a professional archival studies program. Criteria for selection of the award recipient includes the applicant’s past performance in her/his graduate program in archival studies as well as a faculty member's assessment of the student’s prospects for contributing to the archives profession. Selection will be made based on merit.

Eligibility:

The scholarship funds must be used to support the graduate archival education of a student who is studying at a United States university program that meets the criteria for graduate education set forth by the Society of American Archivists' Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies. The student must have successfully completed a minimum of three (3) semester credit hours, or the equivalent, of a course(s) meeting the definition of "core archival knowledge" presented in the Guidelines. The course(s) must be completed by the time of application (February 28).

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Selection Committee:

The Ham Scholarship Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three SAA Fellows and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio).  One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Scholarship Award:

A scholarship of $10,000. Also included is complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting in the year in which the scholarship is received.

First Awarded:

2008

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Preview the application and apply. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:

  • A cover letter stating the applicant's interest in the scholarship, describing the applicant's performance in their archival education coursework, and providing background on the applicant’s interests and accomplishments.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • An official transcript of the applicant’s grades since entering the graduate program. NOTE: Allow enough time to get transcripts by application deadline.
  • One letter of recommendation from an instructor in the applicant’s graduate program in archival studies. NOTE: The reference should upload the letter of recommendation to the online form by the application deadline.
  • An essay (no more than five pages in length) that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to “think like an archivist.” 

Elsie Ham and F. Gerald Ham Scholarship Recipients:

2019:   Erin E. Voisin (Louisiana State University) 

2018:   Julie Botnick (University of California, Los Angeles)

2017:   Alexandra M. Wilder (Drexel University)

2016:   Katherine Madison (University of Pittsburgh) 

2015:   Noah Geraci (University of California, Los Angeles)

2014:   William J. Levay (Pratt Institute)

2013:   Catherine L. Miller (Clayton State University)

2012:   Jarrett M. Drake (University of Michigan) AND Nathan Sowry (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

2011:   Eric Willey (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

2010:   Venus E. Van Ness (State University of New York at Albany)

2009:   Andy (Jonathan) Uhrich (New York University)

2008:   Emiko Hastings (University of Michigan) AND Becky Robbins (Simmons College)

Fellow of the Society of American Archivists

Established in 1957, the distinction of Fellow--the highest honor bestowed on individuals by SAA--is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession. This is an elite recognition and, in accordance with SAA's constitution, the total number of Fellows may not exceed five percent of the SAA membership as of the previous annual business meeting.

Criteria:

Candidates must qualify based on meeting every one of the following criteria:

  • Appropriate academic education and professional and technical training in any of the fields of SAA's interest.
  • Professional experience in any of the fields of SAA's objectives for a minimum of seven years, which shall include evidence of professional responsibility.
  • Contributions to the profession demonstrating initiative, resourcefulness, and commitment.
  • Writings, presentations, and/or educational services (such as workshops or seminars) of superior quality and usefulness contributing to the realization of SAA's objectives.
  • Contributions to the archives profession through active participation in SAA and innovative or outstanding work on behalf of SAA.
  • Be an individual member of SAA in good standing for at least seven years immediately preceding their election.

Nomination Requirements and Deadline:

All nominations must be completed online by February 28. Individual members, primary contacts of institutional members, student members, and associate members are eligible to nominate SAA Fellows.

Nominations must include:

  • For each of the criteria, a persuasive argument that explains how the nominee's accomplishments achieve a level that merits being selected as a Fellow. A recitation of facts, such as a list of publications, is not sufficient, and would often be redundant with the nominee’s resume. The nomination should describe how those facts are exceptional, such as the impact that the nominee's publications have had on the profession. Nominations will be judged in part on these descriptions. 
  • At least three, but no more than five, letters of support from individuals who are familiar with the nominee’s work or contributions to the profession. Ideally each letter should address a different aspect of the nominee’s contributions to SAA and/or the profession. Letters may be written by individuals who are not members of SAA. 
  • The nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Confirmation from the SAA office that the nominee has been an individual member in good standing for seven (continuous) years prior to nomination.

Preview the nomination form and/or create an account to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


 

Distinguished Fellows of the Society of American Archivists, 1957–date.


Fellows' Ernst Posner Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 1982, this award recognizes an outstanding essay dealing with some facet of archival administration, history, theory, and/or methodology that was published during the preceding year in The American Archivist.

Eligibility:

Author(s) of an article published in The American Archivist during the preceding year.

Sponsor and Funding:

The award is funded by the Society of American Archivists Foundation.  The Fellows of the Society of American Archivists sponsor this award honoring Ernst Posner, a former state archivist of the Prussian State Archives who emigrated to the United States in 1939 and joined the faculty of the American University. Posner was an SAA Fellow and President as well as author of American State Archives and Archives in the Ancient World.

Prize:

A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

First Awarded:

1983

Selection Committee:

The Fellows' Ernst Posner Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three Fellows of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). The SAA President-elect shall appoint one member of the subcommittee each year for a term of three years after soliciting nominations from the Fellows Steering Committee. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair and present the award.

Submission Deadline:

All articles appearing in a specific volume of The American Archivist are reviewed by the subcommittee, which selects the award recipient.  No nomination or application is made.


Fellows' Ernst Posner Award Recipients: 

2019:  Jeremy Evans and Melissa Hernández Durán are being honored for “Rights Review for Sound Recordings: Strategies Using Risk and Fair Use Assessments,”  American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2018, Vol. 81.2)

2018:   Katherine S. Madison, “'Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story': The Use and Representation of Records in Hamilton: An American Musical," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2017, Vol. 80.1)

2017:   Michelle Caswell, Marika Cifor, and Mario H. Ramirez, “To Suddenly Discover Yourself Existing: Uncovering the Impact of Community Archives,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2016, Vol 79.1)

2016:  Wendy Duff and Jessica Haskell, “New Uses for Old Records: A Rhizomatic Approach to Archival Access,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2015, Vol. 78, No. 1) 

2015:  Kit Hughes, “Appraisal as Cartography: Cultural Studies in the Archives,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 77, No. 1)  

2014:  Not Awarded  

2013:  Scott Cline, “’Dust Clouds of Camels Shall Cover You’: Covenant and the Archival Endeavor,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2012, Vol. 75, No. 2)  

2012:  Douglas Cox, “National Archives and International Conflicts: The Society of American Archivists and War,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2011, Vol. 74, No. 2)  

2011:  Paul Conway, “Modes of Seeing: Digitized Photographic Archives and the Experienced User,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2010, Vol. 73, No. 2)  

2010:  Scott Cline, “’To the Limit of our Integrity’: Reflections on Archival Being,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2009, Vol. 72, No. 2)  

2009:  Geoffrey Yeo, “Concepts of Record (2): Prototypes and Boundary Objects,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2008, Vol. 71, No. 1) 

2008:  Magia Ghetu Krause and Elizabeth Yakel, “Interaction in Virtual Archives: The Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections Next Generation Finding Aid,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2007, Vol. 70, No. 2) 

2007:  A*CENSUS Working Group, “Archival Census and Education Needs Survey in the United States,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2006, Vol. 69, No. 2) 

2006:  Timothy L. Ericson, “Building our Own ‘Iron Curtain’: The Emergence of Secrecy in American Government,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2005, Vol. 68, No. 1)

2005:  Elena Danielson, “Privacy Rights and the Rights of Political Victims: Implications of the German Experience,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2004, Vol. 67, No. 2) 

2004:  George Bolotenko, “Frost on the Walls in Winter: Russian and Ukrainian Archives since the Great Dislocation (1991-1999),” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2003, Vol. 66, No. 2)

2003: James M. O’Toole, “Democracy—and Documents—in America,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2002, Vol. 65, No. 1) 

2002:  William G. Rosenberg, “Politics in the (Russian) Archives: The ‘Objectivity Question,’ Trust and the Limitations of Law,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2001, Vol. 64, No. 1) 

2001:  Terry Cook, “’The Imperative of Challenging Absolutes’ in Graduate Archival Education Programs: Issues for Educators and the Profession,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2000, Vol. 63, No. 2) 

2000:  Philip C. Bantin, “The Indiana University Electronic Records Project Revisited,” American Archivist (Spring 1999, Vol. 62, No. 1) 

1999: Peter J. Wosh, "Going Postal," American Archivist (Spring 1998, Vol. 61, No. 1) 

1998:  Roy Turnbaugh, “Information Technology, Records, and State Archives,” American Archivist (Spring 1997, Vol. 60, No. 2)  

1997: Tyler O. Walters, "Contemporary Archival Appraisal Methods and Preservation Decision-Making," American Archivist (Summer 1996, Vol. 59, no. 3)

1996:  “Special Issue on Case Studies of the Committee on Automated Records and Techniques,” American Archivist (Spring 1995, Vol. 58, No. 2) 

1995:  Helen R. Tibbo, “The Epic Struggle: Subject Retrieval from Large Bibliographic Databases," American Archivist ( Spring 1994, Vol. 57, No. 2)

1994:  James M. O’Toole, “The Symbolic Significance of Archives,” American Archivist (Spring 1993, Vol. 56, No. 2)  

1993:  Avra S. Michelson and Jeff Rothenberg, “Scholarly Communication and Information Technology: Exploring the Impact of Changes in the Research Process on Archives,” American Archivist (Spring 1992, Vol. 55, No. 2) 

1992:  Frederick J. Stielow, “Archival Theory Redux and Redeemed: Definition and Context Toward a General Theory,” American Archivist (Winter 1991, Vol. 54, No. 1) 

1991:  James M. O’Toole, “Curriculum Development in Archival Education: A Proposal,”  American Archivist (Summer 1990, Vol. 53, No. 3) 

1990:  Working Group on Standards for Archival Description, “Archival Description Standards: Establishing a Process for Their Development and Implementation,” American Archivist (Fall 1989, Vol. 52, No. 4) 

1989:  Not Awarded 

1988:  Avra Michelson, “Description and Reference in the Age of Automation,” American Archivist (Spring 1987, Vol. 50, No. 2) 

1987:  Trudy Huskamp Peterson, “The National Archives and the Archival Theorist Revisited, 1954-1984,” American Archivist (Spring 1986, Vol. 49, No. 2) 

1986:  Joanne Yates, “Internal Communication Systems in American Business Structures: A Framework to Aid Appraisal,” American Archivist (Spring 1985, Vol. 48, No. 2) 

1985:  F. Gerald Ham, “Archival Choices: Managing the Historical Record in an Age of Abundance,” American Archivist (Winter 1984, Vol. 47, No. 1) 

1984:  Frank G. Burke, “Archival Cooperation,” American Archivist (Summer 1983, Vol. 46, No. 3) 

1983:  Mary Jo Pugh, “The Illusion of Omniscience: Subject Access and the Reference Archivist,” American Archivist (Winter 1982, Vol. 45, No. 1) 

Harold T. Pinkett Student of Color Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges graduate students of color, such as those of African, Asian, Latinx, or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

This award supports the Society of American Archivists' Archivists and Archives of Color Section objectives of:

1. Identifying students of color enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions.
2. Encouraging students of color to consider careers in the archival profession.
3. Promoting increased participation in SAA by exposing students of color to the experience of attending national meetings and encouraging them to join and remain members of the organization.

Recipients will be selected based on their submission of a completed application and the strength of their letter of recommendation and personal statement/essay. Personal statements/essays will be evaluated based on:

  • Overall clarity;
  • Understanding of professional goals;
  • Description of benefits of attending the SAA Annual Meeting; and
  • Description of your experiences with and/or commitment to working with, or documenting and preserving, the histories of communities of color.

Eligibility:

Awarded to students of color, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year preceding the date on which the award is given. 

Sponsor and Funding:

Sponsored by the Society of American Archivists' Archivists and Archives of Color Section and funded through the SAA Foundation, the award is named in honor of archival pioneer Harold T. Pinkett, the first African American to be appointed an archivist at the National Archives, where he served for more than 35 years as a specialist in agricultural archives, senior records appraiser, and chief archivist of the Natural Resources Records Branch. A Fellow of SAA, Pinkett served as editor of The American Archivist from 1968 to 1971.

Prize:

Up to two awards may be given during an awards cycle. Each recipient receives full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

First Awarded:

1994

Selection Committee:

The committee consists of the chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section, one member of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section selected by the chair of the section to serve a one-year term, one SAA member selected by the SAA President-elect to serve a one-year term, and one of the co-chairs of the SAA Awards Committee (ex officio). The Chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Section shall serve as chair of the subcommittee and shall present the award.

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Preview and/or begin the application. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:

  • Official transcript (NOTE: Allow enough time to get transcripts by application deadline.);
  • At least one letter of recommendation (NOTE: Please notify your references ahead of time. Your references will need to upload their letters of recommendation to your online form by the application deadline.);
  • Personal statement/essay of no more than 500 words;  
  • CV or résumé. 

Pinkett Award Recipients:

2019: Angela Osbourne (San Jose State University) AND Antonia Charlemagne-Marshall (University of West Indies)

2018: Juber Ayala (Rutgers University) AND Jessica Tai (University of California, Los Angeles)

2017: NaVosha Copeland (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) AND Chido Muchemwa (University of Texas at Austin)

2016: Gailyn Lehuanani Bopp (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) AND Karen Li-Lun Hwang (Pratt Institute)

2015: Talia Guzmán-González (University of Maryland, College Park) AND Rachel E. Winston (University of Texas at Austin)

2014: Allan Jason Sarmiento (California State University, Sacramento) AND Raquel Flores-Clemons (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

2013: Lori E. Harris (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) AND Angel Maria Diaz (University of California, Los Angeles)

2012: Kapena Shim (University of Hawai‘i Mānoa)

2011: Kelly E. Lau (University of British Columbia) AND Melvin J. Collier (Clayton State University)

2010: Miranda N. Rivers (Simmons College) AND Vivian Wong (UCLA)

2009: Krystal Appiah (University of California, Los Angeles) AND I-Ting Emily Chu (New York University)

2008: Monique Lloyd (Emporia State University) AND Tiffany-Kay Sangwand (University of California, Los Angeles)

2007: Bergis K. Jules (Indiana University) AND Janel Quirante (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

2006: Lanell James (University of Michigan) AND Shawn Phillip San Roman (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

2005: Jennifer Osorio (University of California, Los Angeles) AND Paul Sevilla (University of California, Los Angeles)

2004: Josué Hurtado (University of Michigan) AND Georgette Mayo (University of South Carolina)

2003: Michelle Baildon (Simmons College)

2002: Petrina D. Jackson (University of Pittsburgh)

2001: Rose Roberto (University of California, Los Angeles)

2000: Not awarded

1999: Teresa Maria Mora (New York University) AND Tywanna Marie Whorley (University of Pittsburgh)

1998: Elenita M. Tapawan (University of Hawaii, Honolulu)

1997: Gloria Meraz (University of Texas at Austin)

1996: Letha Johnson (Washburn University)

1995: Ida E. Jones (Howard University)

1994: Kathryn M. Neal (University of Michigan)

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs. The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work. Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. 

Eligibility:

Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.

Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Nomination Requirements:

A completed nomination form.

Sponsor and Funding:

Established in 1989, the award honors J. Franklin Jameson, a noted American historian, former president of the American Historical Association, and long-time advocate for the establishment of a U.S. National Archives. The award is funded by the Society of American Archivists Foundation. Up to three awards may be given each year.

Prize:

A plaque.

First Awarded:

1989

Selection Committee:

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of four members of SAA:

  • Chair of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section, who shall serve a term concurrent with his or her office
  • Members appointed each year by the SAA Vice President to serve a three-year term. 
  • One of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio).
  • The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year. 

 


J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Recipients:

2019:   Tempestt Hazel AND The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)

2018:   Yvonne Lewis Holley AND Brad Meltzer

2017:   Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI)

2016:   Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow

2015:   Adrena Ifill Blagburn

2014:   LGBT Center of Central PA History Project AND National History Day

2013:   AARP Virginia and Dr. Warren Stewart

2012:   Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart

2011:  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)

2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

2009:  Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)

2008:  Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

2007:  The Chicago Tribune (accepted by Debra K. Bade)

2006:   U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

2005:   George F. Farr, Jr.

2004:   Not awarded

2003:   Arizona State University

2002:   Joan Winters, Louise Addis

2001:   Not awarded

2000:   Not awarded

1999:   John B. Harlan

1998:   Newsday

1997:   Kraft Foods, Inc.

1996:   Richard Benson

1995:   Not awarded

1994:   Hudson's Bay Company

1993:   Thomas D. Clark, Louise McBee, John Marshall

1992:   Not awarded

1991:   New York State Assembleyman William B. Hoyt and The Mellon Foundation

1990:   U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Oregon)

1989:   U.S. Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D-Missouri)

Josephine Forman Scholarship

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Josephine Forman Scholarship provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue a career as an archivist, and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

Established in October 2010 by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church and named for Josephine Forman, archivist for 18 years of the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and author of We Finish to Begin: A History of Travis Park United Methodist Church, 1846–1991.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.*
  • The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award.  Otherwise the award will be rescinded.
  • Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.

*The graduate program must offer at least three courses in archival science or be listed in the current SAA Directory of Archival Education.  If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, the applicant must provide proof of the three-course standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current course catalog.

Sponsor and Funding:

The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church, in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists and the SAA Foundation.

Selection Committee:

The Forman Scholarship Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of three members of the Society of American Archivists, one GCAH staff member, and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). The SAA President-elect shall appoint one of the SAA members on the subcommittee each year for a term of three years; the senior member of this cohort in years of service shall serve as chair and present the award.

Prize:

One scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.

Also included is complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting in the year in which the scholarship is received.

First Awarded:

2011

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:

  • A cover letter stating interest in the scholarship, accompanied by an essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant’s interest in the archives profession as well as how they would advance diversity concerns within it..
  • Official transcripts from the applicant’s most recent academic program. NOTE: Allow enough time to get transcripts by application deadline.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers/professors and/or professional archivists. NOTE: Please notify your references ahead of time. Your references will need to upload their letters of recommendation to your online form by the application deadline.

Upon Receipt of the Award:

  • The award will be disbursed by the GCAH directly to the applicant’s academic program.
  • The recipient must submit a 500-word report to the GCAH and to the SAA Council upon completion of her/his second semester.
  • Awardees may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.

In the event that certain conditions arise, the following shall apply:  1) if the award exceeds tuition fees for one semester, the balance may be carried over to the next semester; 2) if the recipient drops out of the archival administration program, all unused fees shall be returned to GCAH; and 3) if the recipient’s tuition is paid in full by another scholarship or award, the recipient shall decline the Forman Scholarship.


Josephine Forman Scholarship Recipients:

2019: Ashley Flores (University of California, Los Angeles)

2018:  Krystell Jimenez (University of California, Los Angeles)

2017:  Jeannie Chen (University of California, Los Angeles)

2016:  Desiree Alaniz (Simmons College)

2015:  Maria E. Sanchez-Tucker (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)

2014:  Joanna Chen (University of California, Los Angeles)

2013:  Kimberly Springer (University of Michigan)

2012:  Nathasha Alvarez

2011:  Nidya G. Gonzalez

Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and/or performed commendable service to the archives profession. The award is given based on the total experience of the awardee, including knowledge, leadership, participation, and/or achievements in the profession.

Nominees must be SAA members and will have more than two years and less than ten years of professional archives experience. Nominees must meet as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • Work of merit that has made a substantive contribution to an area (or areas) of the archives profession beyond the nominee’s local institution and that holds promise for future contributions.
  • Demonstrated leadership through collaborative work or exemplary service to local, regional, and/or national archival and cultural associations.
  • Involvement in successful outreach and advocacy efforts on behalf of the nominee’s institution and the archives profession.

Sponsor:

Created in 2011 and renamed in 2017, the award honors SAA Fellow and Past President Mark A. Greene for his long-standing commitment to mentoring young leaders.

Prize:

A certificate. 

First Awarded:

2012

Selection Committee:

The Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of three members of SAA and one of the co-chairs of the SAA Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Requirements:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:

  • Nominee's résumé; and
  • Three letters of support from colleagues who are familiar with the nominee’s work and professional activities. 

 Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award Recipients:

2019: Wendy Hagenmaier (Georgia Institute of Technology)

2018: Harrison Inefuku (Iowa State University)

2017: Natalie Baur, El Colegio de México

2016: Matt Gorzalski, Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

2015: Cheryl Oestreicher, Boise State University

2014: Beth Shields, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

2013: Tanya Marshall

2012: Mark Matienzo

Mosaic Scholarship

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Mosaic Scholarship provides financial and mentoring support to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue a career as an archivist, and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. Established by the SAA Council in August 2008 to advance SAA's Diversity Strategic Priority.

Eligibility:

The applicant:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  • Must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year. (The graduate program must offer at least three courses in archival science or be listed in the current SAA Directory of Archival Education. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, the applicant must provide proof of the three-course standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution's current course catalog.)
  • Shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of award (i.e., June 1).
  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award. Otherwise the award will be rescinded.
  • May have full-time or part-time status.
  • Must submit a 500-word report to the SAA Council upon completion of the second semester.

In the event that certain conditions arise, the following shall apply: 1) if the award exceeds tuition fees for one semester, the balance may be carried over to the next semester; 2) if the recipient drops out of the archival administration program, all unused fees shall be returned to SAA; and 3) if the recipient’s tuition is paid in full by another scholarship or award, the recipient shall decline the Mosaic Scholarship.

Sponsors and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists and the Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Selection Committee:

The Mosaic Scholarship Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of six members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio).  Two of the six members are appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve three-year terms.  One of these appointees shall be a previous Mosaic Scholarship recipient. The chair of the subcommittee is appointed annually by the President-elect from among the third-year members. The President-elect's appointments shall be made in consultation with the chairs of the SAA Diversity Committee, the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable, and the Archival Educators Roundtable.

Prize:

As the SAA and SAA Foundation budgets permit, up to two scholarships of $5,000 each.  In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership in the Society of American Archivists and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting for the year in which the scholarship is received.

First Awarded:

2009

Application Deadline and Requirements:

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year and include the following:

  • A cover letter stating interest in the scholarship and how the applicant meets eligibility requirements.
  • Official transcripts from the applicant's most recent academic program. NOTE: Allow enough time to get transcripts by application deadline.
  • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant's interest in the archives profession as well as how they would advance diversity concerns within it.
  • Two letters of recommendation. NOTE: Please notify your references ahead of time. Your references will need to upload their letters of recommendation to your online form by the application deadline.

Mosaic Scholarship Recipients:

2019:    Lisle Pino (San Jose State University)

2018:    Alexis Recto (University of California, Los Angeles)

2017:   Jessica Tai AND Sabrina Ponce (University of California, Los Angeles)

2016:   Jimmy Zavala (University of California, Los Angeles)

2015:   Desiree Alaniz (Simmons College)

2014:   Rebecca Nieto (McGill University) AND Maria E. Sanchez-Tucker (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

2013:   Barrye Brown (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) AND Rhonda Jones (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2012:   Aditi Sharma Worcester (University of Texas at Austin)

2011:   Rose Chou (San Jose State University) AND Helen Kim (University of Texas at Austin)

2010:   LaNesha DeBardelaben (Indiana University-Bloomington) AND Susan Gehr (San Jose State University) 

2009:   Janet Ceja (University of Pitssburgh) AND Harrison Inefuku (University of British Columbia)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award

Purpose:

This award enables international archivists, who are currently training or studying in the United States or Canada, to augment their experience by traveling to the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists. 

Established in 1979, the award is named in honor of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who joined the National Archives staff in 1935 and served in many capacities, including that of executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission. Holmes was a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and served as SAA's fourteenth president in 1958–1959.

Eligibility:

Archivists who are not U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation. 

Selection Committee:

The committee is composed of three members of the Society and one of the co-chairs of the SAA Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Prize:

A certificate and a cash award of $1,000.

First Awarded:

1979

Application Deadline and Form:

Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted by February 28 of each year.

 


Recipients of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award:

2019:   Not awarded

2018:   Tianjiao Qi (China)

2017:   No applicants

2016:   Tristan Triponez (Switzerland)

2015:   Mary Grace Golfo (Philippines)

2014:   Not awarded

2013:   Weimei Pan (China)

2012:   Georgia Barlaoura (Greece) and Lara Mancuso (Brazil)

2011:   Patrick Ansah (Ghana) and Umi Asma’ Mokhtar (Malaysia)

2010:   Elaine Goh (British Columbia, Canada)

2009:   Ricardo L. Punzalan (Philippines)

2008:   Not awarded

2007:   Gerald Chaudron (New Zealand)

2006:   Not awarded

2005:   Not awarded

2004:   Bart Ballaux (Belgium)

2003:   Ji-Hyun Kim (Korea)

2002:   Not awarded

2001:   Eun G. Park (Korea)

2000:   Zhou Xiaomu (China)

1999:   Ciaran Trace (Ireland)

1998:   Ntombizandile Kwatsha (South Africa)

1997:   Liu Yunming (China)

1996:   In support of an International Reception

1995:   Not awarded

1994:   Not awarded

1993:   Not awarded

1992:   Veronika Emlerova (Czechoslovakia)

1991:   Julie Stacker (Australia)

1990:   Samuel Njovana (Zimbabwe)

1989:   Valerii Leonov (USSR)

1988:   Ann Pederson (Australia), Jan E.A. Boomgaard (The Netherlands), Alan Ives (Australia)

1987:   Jan E.A. Boomgaard (The Netherlands), Darwin Matthews (Australia), Gordon Read, Peter Sigmond (The Netherlands)

1986:   Joan VanAlbada (The Netherlands), Michael Roper (Great Britain), Michael Dreyfus, Charles Kecskemeti (France), Alvan Ives (Australia), Egart Anderson (The Netherlands), Luciana Duranti (Italy), Peter Sigmond (The Netherlands), Maryna Fraser

1985:   Luciana Duranti (Italy), Maria Luisa Acuna (Mexico), Amanda Rosales (Mexico)

1984:   Alvan Ives (Australia), Aauel Polka Toe (Liberia)

1983:   Stuart Strachan (New Zealand)

1982:   Egart Anderson (The Netherlands)

1981:   Zhang Tien-ming (China)

1980:   Not awarded

1979:   Steve Mwiyeriwa (Malawi)

Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

Purpose and Criteria:

This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed. Nominee(s) should meet one or more of the following criteria and provide supporting documentation as evidence:

  • Project was/is achieved through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials that go above and beyond conventional archival processing / arrangement and description work. 

  • Project effectively raises public awareness of a specific body of archival or manuscript documents (may include photos, films, etc.). 

  • Project has clear educational, instructional, or other public purpose with evidence provided of the impact of the educational/instructional work, etc. 

  • Project clearly conveys the value of the records.

 Eligibility:

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation, with the cash prize underwritten by a fund first established by Elizabeth Hamer Kegan in 1973. The award honors two SAA Fellows and past presidents. Elizabeth Hamer Kegan was appointed Assistant Librarian of Congress in 1963, where she directed information, exhibits, publications, and international visitors' programs and shepherded the American Revolution Bicentennial Program. Her late husband, Philip M. Hamer, was a historian who served successively as head of the Library, Accessions, Reference, and Records Control divisions of the National Archives, and was the first executive director of the National Historical Publications Commission. He was the author of A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United States (1961). The award was modified in 1987, 1991, and 2017. 

Prize:

A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Selection Committee:

The Hamer-Kegan Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA Vice President to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as chair.

Application Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Recipients:

2019:   Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections for Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

2018:  Find & Connect, eScholarship Research Centre

2017:   The Center for Home Movies

2016:   South Asian American Digital Archive

2015:  The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine 

2014:  Emma Goldman Papers Project

2013:  Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

2012:  Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

2011:  March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project team (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries)

2010:  Giza Archives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2009:  Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo

2008:  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les archives de Radio-Canada)

2007:  National Library of Medicine's Profiles in Science

2006:  The State Library and Archives of Florida's Florida Folklife Digitization and Education Project

2005:   Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

2004:   Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

2003:   New York State Archives Partnership Trust 

2002:   Vermont State Archives

2001:   Shelly Henley Kelly

2000:   Jeffrey D. Marshall, A War of the People: Vermont Civil War Letters

1999:   Delaware Public Archives

1998:   Linda A. Ries

1997:   Minnesota Historical Society

1996:   Julie Daniels, Judy Hohmann, Jean West

1995:   New York Public Library

1994:   American Heritage Center at University of Wyoming

1993:   Carl Albert Center at University of Oklahoma

1992:   Elaine Forman Crane, Northeastern University Press

1991:   James D. Folts, Larry Hackman, Judy Hohmann

1990:   Judy Hohmann

1989:   Jane Doerr

1988:   Nancy Bartlett, Kathleen Koehler

1987:   Robert E. Bailey, Elaine S. Evans

1986:   Not awarded

1985:   Claude-Ann Lopez

1984:   David Wilson

1983:   Robert E. McCarthy

1982:   Mary Dix

1981:   Sharon Macpherson

1980:   Linda J. Pike

1979:   Raymond W. Smock

1978:   Philander D. Chase

1977:   Dorothy Twohig

1976:   Charles F. Hobson

1975:   Harold Dean Moser

1974:   David W. Hirst

1973:   Patricia A. Clark

Preservation Publication Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Preservation Publication Award recognizes the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation and, through this acknowledgment, encourages outstanding achievement by others. The work can be an article, report, chapter, or monograph in an audiovisual, digital, or print format.

The work must contribute to the advancement of the theory and practice of preservation in archives institutions by introducing new preservation theories, methods, or techniques; by codifying principles and practices of archives preservation; by presenting the results of innovative research on matters related to archives preservation; by investigating preservation issues of current interest and importance to the archives community; or by studying aspects of the history of the archives profession.

The award was established in 1993 by SAA's Preservation Section.

Eligibility:

Awarded to the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding preservation-related work that is of relevance to the North American archives community and published during the preceding calendar year.

Submission Requirements:

A completed nomination form and the required number of copies of the work.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists.

Prize:

A certificate.

First Awarded:

1994

Selection Committee:

The Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of four members of the Society of American Archivists (one of whom shall be the current chair of the Preservation Section, who shall serve a term concurrent with his or her office) and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One of the remaining members shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as chair.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


Preservation Publication Award Recipients:

2019:  The No-Nonsense Guide to Born-Digital Content by Heather Bowden and Walker Sampson (Facet, 2018)

2018:    "The Whole Story: News Agency Photographs in Newspaper Photo Morgue Collections" by Laura McCann, American Archivist 80.1 (Spring/Summer 2017)

2017:   Waters Rising: Letters from Florence by Sheila Waters (The Legacy Press, 2016)

 2016:   Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age by Michele V. Cloonan

2015:  From Theory to Action: “Good Enough” Digital Preservation Solutions for Under-Resourced Cultural Heritage Institutions by the Digital POWRR Team

   Special Commendation: 2015 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship by the  National Digital Stewardship Alliance

2014:   Archivists' Guide to Archiving Video, published by WITNESS

2013:   Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation, edited by Nancy Y. McGovern (volume editor) and Katherine Skinner (series editor)

2012:  Geospatial Multistate Archive and Preservation Partnership (GeoMAPP) Best Practices for Archival Processing for Geospatial Datasets

2011:   Digital Curation: A How-To-Do-It Manual by Ross Harvey

2010: Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers, edited by Michele F. Pacifico and Thomas P. Wilsted

2009:   The AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation

2008:   Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Digital Dilemma

2007:   Heritage Preservation, Field Guide to Emergency Response

2006:   Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: Final Report of the PREMIS Working Group

2005:   National Film Preservation Foundation, The Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Archives, Libraries, and Museums

2004:   Anne R. Kenney, Nancy Y. McGovern, Digital Preservation Management: Implementing Short-term Strategies for Long-term Problems (Web-based tutorial)

2003:   Not awarded

2002:   Robert E. Schnare, Jr., Bibliography of Preservation Literature, 1983-1996

2001:   Gregory S. Hunter, Preserving Digital Information: A How-To-Do-It Manual

2000:   Eléonore Kissel and Erin Vigneau, Architectural Photoreproductions: A Manual for Identification and Care

1999:   James M. Reilly, The Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials

1998:   Not awarded

1997:   Preserving Digital Information: Report on the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information

1996:   Anne R. Kenney, Stephen Chapman, Tutorial - Digital Resolution Requirements for Replacing Text Based Material: Methods for Benchmarking Image Quality

1995:   Nancy E. Elkington, RLG Archives and Microfilming Manual

1994:   Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, Preserving Archives and Manuscripts

Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award was created in 1974 and recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.  Selection criteria include:

  • Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section of the Society of American Archivists;
  • Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives;
  • Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations; and/or
  • Evidence of leadership in a specific religious archives.

Eligibility:

Individual archivists only.

Nomination Requirements:

A completed nomination form.

Sponsor and Funding:

Named in honor of Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. The award is funded by the Society of Southwest Archivists. 

Prize:

A certificate and a cash prize.

Selection Committee:

The Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee is composed of four members of SAA, at least one of whom is also a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA). In addition, one of the co-chairs of the SAA Awards Committee serves ex officio on the subcommittee. The SAA President-elect shall appoint one member of the subcommittee each year for a term of three years after having solicited nominations from the president of the SSA and from the Awards Committee co-chairs. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair. 

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


 

Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award Recipients:

2019:  Jillian Ewalt, Marian Librray, University of Dayton

2018:   Sister Louise Grundish, Sisters of Charity in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

2017:   Wesley W. Wilson, Roy O. West Library, DePauw University

2016:   Denise “Dee” Gallo, Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland

2015:   Diane Wells, Episcopal Diocese of Olympia in Seattle 

2014:   Judi Fergus, Arthur Moore Methodist Museum, Library and Archives

2013:   Audrey Newcomer, Director, Archives and Records, Archdiocese of St. Louis

2012:   Mark J. Duffy

2011:   Malachy R. McCarthy

2010:   Sister Jane Aucoin, CSJ

2009:   Robert Johnson-Lally

2008:   Mark Thiel

2007:   Roger M. Dahl

2006:   Not awarded

2005:   William Sumners

2004:   John (Jac) Treanor

2003:   Theresa (Terry) Thompson

2002:   Not awarded

2001:   Kinga Perzynska

2000:   Not awarded

1999:   Not awarded

1998:   Charles Nolan

1997:   Not awarded

1996:   Sister Blaithin Sullivan, CSJ

1995:   Brother Roy Godwin, CFA

1994:   Sister Emma Cecilia Busam, OSU

1993:   Peter Wosh

1992:   Sister Mary Linus Bax, CPPS

1991:   Elizabeth Yakel

1990:   Thomas Wilsted

1989:   Not awarded

1988:   Brother Denis Sennett, Franciscan Friars of Atonement

1987:   Robert Shuster

1986:   James M. O'Toole

1985:   Rev. Charles Rehkopf

1984:   Rev. Norbert Brockman

1983:   Not awarded

1982:   Barbara Smith

1981:   Not awarded

1980:   Sister Evangeline Thomas, CSJ

1979:   Sister Felicitas Powers, RSM

1978:   Lynn May and William Miller

1977:   V. Nelle Bellamy

1976:   August Sueflow

1975:   Eleanore Cammack

1974:   Melvin Gingerich

Spotlight Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition. The nominee(s) should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

  • Participating in special projects;
  • Exhibiting tireless committee or advocacy work;
  • Responding effectively to an unforeseen or pressing need or emergency;
  • Contributing innovative or creative ideas to the profession;
  • Performing extraordinary volunteerism; and/or
  • Quietly but effectively promoting the profession.

Eligibility:

Awarded to an individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.

Sponsor and Funding:

Established in 2005, the award is funded by the Society of American Archivists Foundation. 

Prize:

A certificate and complimentary registration for the individual recipient or group (of up to five individuals) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

Selection Committee:

The Spotlight Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA Vice President to serve a three-year term. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


Spotlight Award Recipients:

2019:  Kelli Luchs (Las Vegas News Bureau archivist, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority) and Ilana Short (former manager of photography collections, Nevada State Museum)

2018:   Bernetiae Reed, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017:   No applicants

2016:   Marie Lascu, archivist for Crowing Rooster Arts in New York City and co-founder of Activist Archivists (2011–2015)

2015:   Anne Ostendarp, multimedia archivist for the Knights of Columbus and a consulting and project archivist

2014:   Kate Theimer, Spontaneous Scholarship Program

2013:   Terry Brown, volunteer archivist, Houston Symphony and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2012:   Cindy Ditzler and Joan Metzger

2011:   Teresa Kiser

2010:   Ann Russell

2009:   Not awarded

2008:   The staff of Afghan Film

2007:   Alan Harris Stein, Chicago Oral History Roundtable for service as “Katrina Relief Librarian”

2006:   Emilie Leumas

Theodore Calvin Pease Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Theodore Calvin Pease Award recognizes superior writing achievements by students of archival studies. Entries are judged on innovation, scholarship, pertinence, and clarity of writing. Papers examining major trends and issues in the archives profession are preferred.

Created in 1987 (and modified in 2007 and 2012), this award honors Theodore Calvin Pease, the first editor of American Archivist, the journal of the Society of American Archivists.

Eligibility:

Eligible entries are written by students enrolled in archival studies classes at either the master’s or doctoral level. A faculty member or instructor associated with the archival studies program must submit the entry to verify that the student paper was written within the context of an archival studies program and completed during the preceding calendar year. A faculty member or instructor in an archival studies program may submit one entry per award cycle. There is no cap on the number of papers than can be submitted by a school or program, provided no individual faculty member submits more than one paper.

Entries should be unpublished manuscripts of 5,000–8,000 words, must include an abstract, and should conform to the stylistic guidelines described in the editorial policy ofAmerican Archivist. Submit only the title with the paper. The name of the author, the program, or the faculty member or instructor must not appear on the manuscript.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation.

Prize:

A certificate and cash prize of $250. The winning manuscript, after going through the editorial process with the editor of American Archivist, will be published in American Archivist.

First Awarded:

1988

Selection Committee:

Papers will be judged in a blind review by the Pease Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee. The subcommittee consists of the editor of American Archivist (who also serves as chair), the vice chair of the Committee on Education, and a member of the Society of American Archivists with experience in archival research and literature appointed annually by the president-elect to serve a one-year term. The editor of American Archivist also edits the manuscript and leads the student through the editorial process in preparation for publication.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:

Preview the form and start your nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year. 


Theodore Calvin Pease Award Recipients:

2019:  Emily Larsen (University of British Columbia), "Big Brother, Big Data: Digital Preservation of Big Data in Government," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2019, Vol. 83, No. 1)

2018:   Not awarded

2017:   Anna Robinson-Sweet (Simmons College School of Library and Information Science), “Truth and Reconciliation: Archivists as Reparations Activists,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2018, Vol. 81, No. 1)

2016:  Rachel Walton (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Looking for Answers: A Usability Study of Online Finding Aid Navigation,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2017, Vol. 80, No. 1)

 2015:  Paige Hohmann (University of British Columbia), “On Impartiality and Interrelatedness: Reactions to the Jenkinsonian Appraisal in the Twentieth Century,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2016, Vol. 79, No. 1) 

2014:  Joshua D. Hager (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "To Like or Not to Like: Understanding and Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2015, Vol. 78, No. 1) 

2013:   Alex H. Poole (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American South," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2014, Vol. 77, No. 1) 

2012:   Pam Mayer (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) "Like a Box of Chocolates: A Case Study of User-Contributed Content at Footnote," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2013, Vol. 76, No. 1) 

2011:  Lora J. Davis (University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee), "Providing Virtual Services to All: A Mixed-Method Analysis of the Web Site Accessibility of Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) Member Repositories," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2012, Vol. 75, No. 1) 

2010:  Emily Monks-Leeson (University of Toronto), "Archives on the Internet: Representing Contexts and Provenance from Repository to Website,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2011, Vol. 74, No. 1) 

2009:  Kathleen Fear (University of Michigan), "User Understanding of Metadata in Digital Image Collections," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2010, Vol. 73, No. 1) 

2008:  Mary Samouelian (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Embracing Web 2.0: Archives and the Newest Generation of Web Applications," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2009, Vol. 72, No. 1) 

2007:   Elizabeth Snowden (Middle Tennessee State University), "Our Archives, Our Selves: Documentation Strategy and the Re-Appraisal of Professional Identity," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2008, Vol. 71, No. 1) 

2006:  Ben Blake (University of Pittsburgh), "A Call for a New American Labor Archives: History, Theory, Methodology and Practice," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2007, Vol. 70, No. 1) 

2005:  Ian Craig Breaden (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Sound Practices: Online Audio Exhibits and the Culture Heritage Archive,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2006, Vol. 69, No. 1) 

2004:  Catherine O'Sullivan (New York University), "Diaries, Online Diaries, and the Future Loss to Archives; or Blogs and the Blogging Bloggers Who Blog Them," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2003, Vol. 68, No. 1) 

2003:  Glenn Dingwall (University of British Columbia), "Trusting Archivists: The Role of Archival Ethics Codes in Establishing Public Faith,” American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2004, Vol. 67, No. 1) 

2002:  Reto Tschan (University of British Columbia), "A Comparison of Jenkinson and Schellenberg on Appraisal,” American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2002, Vol. 65, No. 2) 

2001:  James M. Roth (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Serving Up EAD: An Exploratory Study on the Deployment and Utilization of Encoded Archival Description Finding Aids," American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2001, Vol. 64, No. 2) 

2000:  Kristin E. Martin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Analysis of Remote Reference Correspondence at a Large Academic Manuscripts Collection," American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2001, Vol. 64, No. 1) 

1999:  Kathleen Feeney (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Retrieval of Archival Finding Aids Using World Wide Web Search Engines," American Archivist (Fall 1999, Vol. 62, No. 2) 

1998:  Not awarded  

1997:  Karen Collins (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "Providing Subject Access to Images: A Study of User Queries," American Archivist (Spring 1998, Vol. 61, No. 1) 

1996:  Shauna McRanor (University of British Columbia), "A Critical Analysis of Intrinsic Value," American Archivist (Fall 1996, Vol. 59, No. 4)  

1995:  Judith Panitch (State University of New York at Albany), "Liberty, Equality, Posterity?: Some Archival Lessons from the Case of the French Revolution," American Archivist (Winter 1996, Vol. 59, No. 1) 

1994:  Anke Voss-Hubbard (State University of New York at Albany), "No Documents--No History: Mary Ritter Beard and the Early History of Women's Archives," American Archivist (Winter 1995, Vol. 58, No. 2) 

1993:  Not awarded 

1992:   Roy Schaeffer (University of British Columbia), "Transcendent Concepts: Power, Appraisal, and the Archivist as Social Context," American Archivist (Fall 1991, Vol. 55, No 4) 

1991:  Not awarded 

1990:  Luke J. Gilliland-Swetland (University of Michigan), "The Provenance of a Profession: The Permanence of the Public Archives and Historical Manuscripts Traditions in American Archival History," American Archivist (Spring 1991, Vol. 54, No. 2) 

1989:  Maureen A. Jung (California State University, Sacramento), "Documenting 19th-Century Quartz Mining in Northern California," American Archivist (Summer 1990, Vol. 53, No. 3) 

1988:  Greg Kinney (University of Michigan), "The Records of Land District Offices of the U.S. General Land Office for the States of the Northwest Territory," American Archivist (Spring 1989, Vol. 52, No. 2) 

Waldo Gifford Leland Award

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Created in 1959, this prize encourages and rewards writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice.

Eligibility:

Monographs or documentary publications in print or digital editions published in English during the previous calendar year are eligible. Periodicals are not eligible.

Submission Requirements:

A completed nomination form and THREE copies of the publication.

Sponsor and Funding:

The Society of American Archivists Foundation, in honor of Waldo Gifford Leland, who authored the landmark Guide to the Archives of the Government of the United States in Washington (1904), was active in the organization of the Conference of Archivists in 1909, played a central role in the establishment of the U.S. National Archives, and served two terms as SAA President during the 1940s.

Prize:

A certificate and cash prize of $1,000.

First Awarded:

1959

Selection Committee:

The Leland Award Subcommittee of the SAA Awards Committee consists of three members of the Society of American Archivists and one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee (ex officio). One member of the subcommittee shall be appointed each year by the SAA President-elect for a term of three years. The senior member of the subcommittee in years of service shall serve as its chair.

Application Deadline and Nomination Form:

Preview and/or start the nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by February 28 of each year.  


Waldo Gifford Leland Award Recipients:

2019:   Trevor Owens, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)

2018:    Anthony Cocciolo, Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists (Society of American Archivists, 2017) 

2017:   Phil Bantin, Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories: Theory and Implementation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) 

 2016:   Sonja Luehrmann, Religion in Secular Archives: Soviet Atheism and Historical Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2015) 

 2015:   Michelle Caswell, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)

 2014:   Ellen Gruber Garvey, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2013)

 2013:   Astrid M. Eckert, The Struggle for the Files: The Western Allies and the Return of German Archives after the Second World War (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

 2012:   Francis X. Blouin, Jr., and William G. Rosenberg, Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archives (Oxford University Press, 2011)

 2011:   Dr. Laura A. Millar, Archives: Principles and Practices (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2010)

 2010:   Karen D. Paul, Glenn R. Gray, and L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, An American Political Archives Reader (Scarecrow Press, 2009) 

 2009:   Philip C. Bantin, Understanding Data and Information Systems for Recordkeeping (Neal Schuman Publishers, 2008)

 2008:   Deidre Simmons, Keepers of the Record: The History of the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007)

2007:   Waverly Lowell and Tawny Ryan Nelb, Architectural Records: Managing Design and Construction Records (Society of American Archivists, 2006)

2006:   Mary Jo Pugh, Providing Reference Services for Archives and Manuscripts (Society of American Archivists, 2005)

2005:   Richard J. Cox, No Innocent Deposits: Forming Archives by Rethinking Appraisal (Scarecrow Press, 2004) 

2004:   Gregory S. Hunter, Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2003)

2003:   Joan Echtenkamp Klein, “Philip S. Hench Walter Reed Yellow Fever Collection" Website 

2002:   Richard J. Cox, Managing Records for Evidence and Information (Quorum Books, 2001)

2001:   Anne R. Kenney and Oya Y. Rieger, Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives (Research Libraries Group, 2000)

2000:   Charles Dollar, Authentic Electronic Records: Strategies for Long-Term Access (Cohasset Associates, 1999); Certificate of Commendation: Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Archives of Russia: A Directory and Bibliographic Guide to Holdings in Moscow and St. Petersburg (Routledge, 1997). 

1999:   Not awarded

1998:   James. M. O'Toole, The Records of American Business (Society of American Archivists, 1997)

1997:   Anne Kenney and Stephan Chapman, Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives (Cornell University Library, 1996)

1996:   Charles H. Lesser, South Carolina Begins: The Records of a Proprietary Colony, 1663–1721 (South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1995)

1995:   Joan D. Krizack, Documentation Planning for the U.S. Health Care System (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994)

1994:   F. Gerald Ham, Selecting and Appraising Archives and Manuscripts (Society of American Archivists, 1993)

1993:   Helen W. Samuels; Varsity Letters: Documenting Modern Colleges and Universities (Society of American Archvists and Scarecrow Press, 1992). Certificate of Commendation: Charles Dollar

1992:   Thomas Wilsted and William M. Nolte, Managing Archival and Manuscript Repositories (Society of American Archivists, 1991)

1991:   Richard J. Cox, American Archival Analysis: The Recent Development of the Archival Profession in the United States (Scarecrow Press, 1990); Marie B. Allen and Michael Miller, The Intergovernmental Records Project Phase 1 Report (1990) 

1990:   Henry P. Beers, French and Spanish Records of Louisiana: A Bibliographic Guide        to Archive and Manuscript Sources (Louisiana State University Press, 1989)

1989: Not awarded

1988:   Nancy E. Gwinn, Preservation Microfilming: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists (American Library Association, 1989)

1987:   Frederick J. Stielow, The Management of Oral History Sound Archives (Greenwood Press, 1986)

1986:   John Barton and Johanna Wellheiser, An Ounce of Prevention (Scarecrow Press, 1985) 

1985:   John Fleckner, Native American Archives: An Introduction (Society of American Archivists, 1984)

1984:   Richard C. Berner, Archival Theory and Practice in the United States: A Historical Analysis (University of Washington Press, 1983)

1983:   James M. O'Toole, Guide to the Archives of the Archdiocese of Boston (Scholarly Title, 1981); Lucy F. West, The Papers of M. Carey Thomas in the Bryn Mawr College Archives: Reel Guide and Index to the Microfilm Collection (Research Publications, 1981)

1982:   Edward E. Hill, Guide to Records in the National Archives Relating to American Indians (National Archives and Records Service, 1981)

1981:   H.G. Jones, Local Government Records (American Association for State and Local History, 1980)

1980:   Harold C. Syrett, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton (Columbia University Press, 1979)

1979:   Ronald R. McCoy, The National Archives: America's Ministry of Documents (University of North Carolina Press, 1978) 

1978:   Richard C. Davis, North American Forest History: Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (ABC-Clio Ltd, 1976) 

1977:   Not awarded

1976:   Kenneth W. Duckett, Modern Manuscripts: A Practical Manual for their Management, Care and Use (American Association for State and Local History, 1975)

1975:   Not awarded

1974:   Peter Walne, A Guide to Manuscript Sources for the History of Latin America and the Caribbean in the British Isles (University of London, 1973); David Iredale, Enjoying Archives (David and Charles, 1973) 

1973:   Ernst Posner, Archives in the Ancient World (Harvard University Press, 1972); Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the USSR; Moscow and Leningrad (Princeton University Press, 1972)

1972:   Martin Schmitt, Catalogue of Manuscripts in the University of Oregon Library (University of Oregon, 1971)

1971:   Walter Rundell, Jr., In Pursuit of American History: Research and Training in the United States (University of Oklahoma Press, 1970)

1970:   Edgar B. Nixon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Foreign Policy (Harvard University Press, 1969)

1969:   Henry P. Beers, Guide to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America (Washington, 1968)

1968:   Andrew Oliver, Portraits of John and Abigail Adams (Harvard University Press, 1967)

1967:   H.G. Jones, For History's Sake: The Preservation and Publication of North Carolina History, 1663–1903 (Chapel Hill, 1966)

1966:   Edward E. Hill, Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (National Archives, 1965)

1965:   Ernst Posner, American State Archives (University of Chicago Press­, 1964)

1964:   Morris L. Radoff and Phebe R. Jacobsen, The County Courthouses and Records of Maryland, published in two parts (Annapolis, 1960, 1963).

1963:   Kenneth W. Munden and Henry P. Beers, Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War (National Archives, 1962)

1962:   Philip M. Hamer, A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the United States (New Haven, 1961)

1961:   Oliver W. Holmes, "Public Records—Who Knows What They Are?," SAA Presidential Address (1961)

 

1960:   Julian P. Boyd, "These Precious Monuments of… Our History” Lecture (Princeton University)

1959:   Theodore R. Schellenberg and Manual C. Stampa, Archivos Modernos: Principles y Tecnicas (La Habana : Imprenta del Archivo Nacional, 1958)