Collection Management Section



The Society of American Archivists's Collection Management Section provides a forum for archivists to innovate collection management practices and the implementation, comparison, analyses, and integration of technology for managing analog and digital archival materials. Topics of interest include:

  • Promoting efficient and innovative collection management techniques;
  • Comparing software and workflows;
  • Technology used to record description, manage the custody of archival collections, and provide access;
  • Monitoring and prioritizing backlogs;
  • Integrating collection management tools with other systems;
  • Transporting and tracking collections for storage and research access; and
  • Sharing user experiences and case studies.


  • Provide a forum for discussion of collection management practices and tools.
  • Share knowledge and expertise among its members to utilize the features and functions of tools to their full potential.
  • Facilitate communication between and among user communities, developers, and service providers.

News & Announcements

Read about the 2023 candidates for the CM section elections here.
Thanks to everyone who attended our webinar on Apr. 10, 2023. Here is a summary of presentations and information about how to access the recording.
Thank you everyone who attended our annual meeting on July 22nd. We had 3 great speakers share their trials and lessons learned during collection moves in 3 different settings (museums, corporate archives & university archives). If you were unable to attend, a recording is now available.
On behalf of the Collection Management Steering Committee, I am pleased to announce that registration for our annual section meeting (to be held virtually, on Friday July 22, 2022 1 to 2:30pm CST) is now open!
Recording available for the April 5th, 2022 Collection Management Section Webinar: "Turning Disaster into Opportunity"
Thank you to our excellent candidates for standing in the 2020 Collection Management Section special election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.
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