Museum Archives Section

Welcome to the Society of American Archivists Museum Archives Section website. The over 1300 individual members of the Museum Archives Section represent museums as diverse as large repositories such as the Smithsonian Institution and the J. Paul Getty Trust and smaller institutions such as the Shelburne Museum and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. As museum archivists, we are responsible for the organization and care of archival materials held and/or created by our institutions. Museum archives contain typical archival material such as manuscripts, photography, large scale drawings and maps, film, audio tape, and digital files.

Museum Archivist Newsletter

Catch up on the most recent updates and start thinking about possible contributions to our next newsletter!

Museum Archivist: Newsletter of the Museum Archives Section, Summer 2019 (Vol.29 no.2) Click on link to open PDF.

2019 Election

Please review candidate statements for the 2019 Museum Archives Section election. You will be voting for one Chair-elect/Chair and one Newsletter Editor.

Museum Archives Standards and Best Practices Working Group

2019 Annual Symposium: "Updates from the Floor"

Saturday, August 3, 2019 8:30am-10:30am

JW Marriott Austin, Austin, TX

Please join us! The Museum Archives Section’s Standards and Best Practices Working Group is holding its annual symposium at this year’s SAA Annual Meeting in Austin on Saturday, August 3rd from 8:30am to 10:30am, followed by our Section’s business meeting. 

This year our symposium will formalize the “Updates from the Floor” portion of the Section meeting and focus on projects currently underway or recently completed in museum archives. This symposium will provide a forum for sharing pilots, in-progress projects, and recently completed projects, initiatives, and activities at our repositories with our colleagues, and offers an opportunity for sharing ideas and assessing the current state of the museum archives field.


Please click here for full schedule

Recent News & Announcements

Please review candidate statements for the 2019 Museum Archives Section election. You will be voting for one Chair-elect/Chair and one Newsletter Editor.
The Museum Archivist is seeking contributions for the upcoming Summer issue coming out in July, before the annual meeting. Our last issue was filled with lots of great stories, unveilings, essays, updates, and news. Whether you have in the past or for the first time, please consider submitting to the upcoming newsletter. And don’t forget to include images. The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 30.
A half-day symposium on museum archives “work in progress”
All information relevant to the 2014 Business Meeting can be found here:
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