Below, you will find recordings of Design Records Section events such as Informal Discussions and the yearly section meetings.  


SAA posts these videos to their YouTube channel which has a number of other interesting recordings from other groups. 


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Informal Discussion Series 


  • February 24, 2022 - Building for Tomorrow
    • The SAA Design Records Section talks with the Building for Tomorrow (BfT) project leaders. 
    • Ann Whiteside, Assistant Dean for Information Services, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • Sara Rogers, Digital Archivist, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • Stephen Abrams, Head of Digital Preservation, Harvard University


  • April 19, 2022 - Detroit Institute of Arts, Research Library & Archives
    • James E. Hanks, Archivist of the Detroit Institute of Arts, will present a brief overview of the design related holdings in the Research Library & Archives. Examples of works by James Balfour, Paul Philippe Cret, Albert Kahn, Minoru Yamasaki, and Michael Graves will be shown as well as an introduction to a collection currently in-process by architectural historian and art patron, W. Hawkins Ferry. Points of discussion will include disruption due to renovations, and continuity of institutional knowledge. 


  • May 20, 2022 - Writing for The Americain Archivist
    • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to write for SAA's American Archivist? In celebration of the recent Fall/Winter 2021 Design Records focused issue of this SAA journal, we are luck to have two of the authors join us to discuss their experiences and answer questions from our members. We are also excited to welcome a peer reviewer and member of the editorial board to our panel.   
    • Caitlin Biggers is the Project Manager of the Student Work Collection Digital Access Project at the Cooper Union Architecture Archive. She will discuss her experience transforming an ongoing digital access project into a case study for the American Archivist. Specifically, she will look at finding a niche for the project, tracking, and translating metrics for a wider audience and the process of working with American Archivist editors to produce a publishable product.
    • Alison Anderson is the Senior Processing Archivist at the Property Information Resource Center at Harvard University. She is a Certified Archivist and holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons University. She has served as the Co-chair of the Design Records Section and is a member of the Digital Design Records Taskforce.
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Annual Section Meetings

In response to the SAA's larger theme of the future of archives within a time of remarkable change, this meeting will focus on the future of Design Archives. 

The Digital Design Records Task Force is transitioning to the Digital Design Records Committee.


  • The Future is Change: A Reflection on the Digital Landscape at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
    • Anna Reznik, Archivist & Records Analyst, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Infrastructure Division,
    • Lori Miculka, Records Analyst, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Infrastructure Division
  • Where to begin: organizing 60 years' worth of drawings and papers
    • Linda Scinto worked as an interior designer at the office of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates from 1997 – 2019 as well as being Mr. Roche's executive assistant for eight years.  In 2007 she began archiving his papers and drawings for transfer to Yale University's Manuscripts and Archives Library which will be completed by the end of this year.  She has lectured in Textiles in the Interior Design Department at Paier College since 2013.
  • Managing ongoing donations from active firms
    • Jessica Quagliaroli is the Architecture Records Archivist for the Arts Library Special Collections at Yale University.