Summer 2016 Note from the Chair

Note from the Chair



As we approach the 2016 annual meeting, I’m not only looking forward to meeting many of you in Atlanta, but also to the official launch of the SAA Oral History Project Digital Collection. Please join us at the section meeting on Thursday, August 4, 3:30-5pm in Room 204/205 to learn more from project intern Treshani Perera. 

This collection was made possible by the hard work of more than 35 members of the section who coordinated and conducted interviews, created transcripts, and provided editing and post-production support. Thanks to the hard work of all of our volunteers, the oral histories of twenty SAA leaders will be preserved for future generations of archivists. In recognition of this work, The SAA Oral History Section is a 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Council Exemplary Service Award. The award recognizes a special contribution to the archives profession—and especially to SAA—and is given at the discretion of the SAA Council. If you’re going to be in Atlanta, please join us for the award presentation, which is currently scheduled as part of the Plenary Session II on Friday at 5 PM.

In addition to the SAA Oral History Project, the Section meeting will also include a presentation by Sam Robson of the Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will discuss the oral history work he has been doing with Ebola responders.

As always, if you have any ideas for the Oral History Section or questions for the section leadership, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Steering Committee.


Rachel Telford