Mission and Vision

The Archivists and Archives of Color Section was established in 1987 as an interest group within the Society of American Archivists. The Section's purposes are to:

  • Identify and address the concerns of archivists of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander descent

  • Promote wider participation roundof said archivists in the archival profession

  • Promote the preservation of archival materials that pertain to people of color.

 Our Vision (2015)

  • We provide a space for discussion on issues affecting archivists and archives of color.
  • We provide a platform to advocate for archives and archivists of color.
  • We encourage the use of archives of color by various constituents.
  • We are a resource for working with donors of color.
  • We support the recruitment and retention of archivists of color through the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Travel Award.
  • We advocate for more representation of archivists of color in all aspects of SAA – awards, publications, decision making.

Captain Jack 

Captain Jack, California Indian (N.24776)
circa 1864
George Wharton James Collection
Courtesy of the Southwest Museum


Participation in AAC is open to all persons supportive of the Section's mission. The Section meets once a year during the Society of American Archivists annual meeting. The AAC newsletter is published twice a year and mailed to those listed on the Section's mailing list. Membership in SAA is greatly encouraged. However, membership in SAA is not required to be on the Section's mailing list. To serve as a co-chair of the Section, you must be a member of SAA.