International Archival Affairs Section

International Archival Affairs Section (IAAS) identifies and addresses issues and concerns of archives and archivists throughout the world; provides a forum for discussion, dissemination and promotion of issues related to international archival affairs. Below are our current virtual programs open to the public & any member of SAA.

Archival Landscapes virtual seminar series began in 2020. In each seminar, an international guest speaker introduces participants to the issues and advancements in their local context, describing the history, operating environment and unique aspects of archival practice in their country. Past seminars can be viewed here:

Archival Vistas Briefings virtual program series began in 2023 and discusses a topic or theme of international focus. The theme for this year is archives in peril, with three programs centering on the work of Blue Shield International, Iraqi records, and Ukraine.

Our archived news blog can be found at: Global Notes

News & Announcements

Joint meeting with Latin American and Caribbean Heritage Archives Section.
Annual meeting of the International Archival Affairs Section of SAA.
August 13, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm, Washington 1 [Exhibition Level]. If you're interested in the role of our profession internationally and what your colleagues are doing around the world,then this is the place to be! This meeting will have an open format that encourages networking and the sharing of news about current projects and a variety of issues.
The IAART recently launched our new (as yet untitled) roundtable blog, which can be found at The blog still doesn't have a title, and we would like to turn to you, the IAART members, to help us come up with a fitting name for this blog.
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