Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events


SAA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Location: Capitol Visitor's Center (CVC), Congressional Meeting Room South 

8:30-9:10 am: Early Bird Breakfast 

CVC opens at 8:30 am, fresh coffee and tea at 8:45 am. 

Please allow time to go through security.


9:10-9:15 am: Welcome by CPS Chair 

Debbie Davendonis


9:15-10:30 am: Session One


Ending the Silent Treatment: Towards More Inclusive Congressional Archives 

The CPS Diversity Taskforce panel is loosely themed around archival silences - empty spaces in political, governmental, and congressional archival records and/or practices - in the context of listening to and encouraging with traditionally under-represented communities. Panelists will interrogate traditional narratives that are deployed through instruction, exhibits, and description, particularly focusing on notions of (mis/under)representation, democratic governance, and objectivity/bias. To that end, we ask: Why is it important to expose these archival silences in the congressional archival records? And how can the congressional papers community begin to unpack these narratives?


  • Andrea Copeland, Co-editor of Participatory Heritage; Chair of Library and Information Science, IUPUI 
  • Andrena Ifill, CEO, DoubleBack Global Group; Founding Project Director of the Avoice Project
  • Scott St. Louis, Program Manager, Common Ground Initiative at The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University
  • Kimberly Peach, Archivist, The Winthrop Group, Congressman Charles B. Rangel Archive Project at the City College of New York

10:30-10:45 am: Break 

10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Session Two 

Building a Community to Preserve and Access Constitutent Services Data (Sponsored by the Electronic Records Taskforce) 

Do you have CSS data in your collections? Are you not sure what to do with it? Come hear from congressional staffers who will help to demystify the constituent services system and data. Learn about what repositories and taskforces are doing to make this data accessible and join the conversation about next steps as we build a community to preserve and access this data.



  • Jessica Tapia, West Virginia University Libraries
  • Alison White, US Senate Historical Office
  • Lucy Shaw, Office of US Representative Jamie Raskin
  • Vik Kulkarni, Office of US Senator Patrick Leahy

Moderator: Hope Grebner, Drake University


12:00-12:15 pm: Break 

12:15-1:30 pm: Session Three


Going to Washington: Insider Perspectives on Advocacy for Congressional Papers 



1:30-4:30 pm: CPSers take DC or Capitol Tour* 

  • Visit with your congressional delegation
  • Capitol Tour: For those not participating in advocacy day visits, staff from the House Office of Art and Archives will be providing a tour of the Capitol. The tour will also include the House and Senate galleries, but both chambers will not be in session due to the August recess. Bag restrictions are in effect for entering the House and Senate galleries, but there are desks where folks can check their bags prior to entering.


4:30-5:30 pm: Reports from the Field* 

Hawk 'n' Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC 20003


*Advanced Registration Required