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. Additionally, museum archives often hold what would be considered atypical archival materials, including flags, architectural models, medals and trophies, ethnographic materials, and art works. The first step to becoming involved with the Museum Archives Section is joining the Society of American Archivists.


New Steering Committee

Chair: Gregory Jackson

Vice Chair / Chair Elect: Hilary Bober

Recording Secretary: Tara Laver

Newsletter Editor: Katrina O'Brien

Web Liason: Rachel Panella


Museum Archives Standards and Best Practices Working Group

Please join us! No registration separate from SAA conference registration is required.
Please click here for the full schedule.

Questions? Please email Working Group co-chairs and


Museum Archivist Newsletter

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

Museum Archivist: Newsletter of the Museum Archives Section, Winter 2017 (Vol.27 no.1) Click on link for PDF.