Business Archives Section

The Business Archives Section (BAS) provides a vital mechanism for archivists to become active in the work of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and for meeting members with a common interest in managing and providing access to business archives.

The Business Archives Section is comprised of employees of corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and associations, who administer and provide access to non-current records of a historical or archival nature.  The conduct of business for this section is guided by the standing rules maintained on this site.

Business Archives in North America: Invest in Your Future, Understand Your Past provides a brief explanation of business archives and the archivist's role in developing, collecting and maintaining the records of business entities.  If you are interested in what business archives are all about, this is a good article to start your research.

2018/2019 BAS Steering Committee Results! 

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect: Neil Dahlstrom, John Deere

Vice Editor: Dave J. Moore, Carhartt 

Secretary: Cristina Vignone, Tiffany & Co.


Member-At-Large: Samuel Smallidge, Converse

Education Chair: Jennifer Johnson, Cargill, Incorporated



Here is the full roster for this year's Steering Committee.

Update SAA ListServ E-mail Preferences

Please update your SAA ListServ E-mail preferences (to "subscribe") to ensure you receive communications from the Business Archives Section (and any other sections/roundtables you are involved in).

Don't forget to also stay up-to-date with BAS on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter!

If you have any questions, please contact us at  

Advocating For Business Archives Toolkit

The BAS Steering Committee is pleased to publish the first version of the "Advocating for Business Archives Toolkit".  Advocating for one's self and archival collection is a constant effort, and unfortunately there's no silver bullet that will work for every business archives every time.  As stated in the 2013 defense of the Georgia State Archives, "Too often, advocacy is effectively crisis management, responding to specfic events.  Proactively developing a plan allows time to consider a range of options, find ways to refine the message, and identify and educate a broad range of stakeholders."

Therefore the intent of this page is to provide Business Archives Section (BAS) members with a resource center to allow development of individualized advocacy plans to avert future issues, and if necessary to successfully "win the day".  There is a wealth of advocacy information available, and this list is not exhaustive but merely a starting place for you develop your own policies.  Materials listed and provided are not endorsed by BAS, but rather provide solid examples for you to consider leveraging.  

We welcome your suggestions and additions!  Send them to  


  Stay Up to Speed with Business Archives News!



BAS has pages on Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter! Join the conversation and network with your colleagues over social media!  

Please use these sites to post any stories, articles, job postings or content related to business archives that you run across the web and want to share.  

We kindly ask not to use these sites as a platform to solicit or sell products or services. 

Image courtesy of Microsoft Office


 BAS Newsletter to be Reformatted as the BASQ !

We are currently redesigning the BAS newsletter into a quarterly publication, the Business Archives Section Quarterly (BASQ), which aims to publish more in-depth and feature rich content. The Business Archives Section Quarterly is an online quarterly publication of the Business Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists that seeks to provide a forum for a variety of relevant issues in the field of corporate and business archives and share important news, findings, and highlights with members of the Business Archives section. 

The Business Archives Section Quarterly welcomes feature articles of any length exploring the theme-related issue of each quarter as well as any news of events, exhibits, new hires, retirements, or any other news pertinent to BAS members. 

Issue Themes (2019) Submission Deadline
Corporate Memory Mar. 16, 2019 (Spring)
Business as Popular History June 30, 2019 (Summer)
Outside of Business (External Audiences) Sept. 16, 2019 (Fall)

Archival Theory & Business Reality

Nov. 30, 2019 (Winter)

Frequently Asked Questions: please click here


Recent News & Announcements

Are you seeking an opportunity to expand your network and get further involved in the business archives community? If so, come join the Steering Committee and see what the fun is all about!
Submit your nominations (including self-nominations) for the 2019-2020 BAS Steering Committee
Submission deadline is March 16, 2019.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is the largest trade organization in the United States, with over 1.3 million members. The association’s mission is to “help its members become more profitable and successful” through professional development, research and education, public awareness campaigns, and political advocacy.
Repository profile of W. L. Gore & Associates based in Newark, Delaware
The archival program at Atlanta Housing (AH) began October 2014. The AH Archives collects and preserves records of permanent and historical value dating back to the 1930’s. These records document the history of AH, the early history of public housing, the history of the United States’ first federally funded public housing projects beginning in Atlanta, and the innovative role AH played in shaping public housing policy and history.
Syndicate content
Mighty Mos in Montgomery County: The Hot Shoppes History by Katie Dishman1.72 MB
Brand Heritage Center Conversations7.6 MB
Keep Calm Ask an Archivist/Records Manager Haunted Door Hanger October Archives Month117.98 KB