Preservation Section

The Preservation Section of the Society of American Archivists promotes the preservation of archives and manuscript collections managed by collecting repositories, including government, academic and cultural heritage institutions, in the United States. Our mission is to raise awareness of and disseminate information about the preservation of archival materials regardless of format. The Section offers access to its resources to the membership of the Preservation Section, the membership of the Society of American Archivists, and to anyone interested in preservation.

Preservation Section Program & Business Meeting 2019: Joint Meeting with the Technical Subcommittee on Archival Facilities Guidelines (TS-AFG): Sustainability and Cultural Heritage: The State of SAA and the Allied Professions
Saturday, August 3, 1:00pm-3:00pm in Grand Salon 7 [Level 4].
Unfortunately our featured speaker Jeremy Linden is unable to join us due to illness, but will share a webcast in the fall. We will still plan to discuss the current state of sustainable practices throughout the cultural heritage community. We’ll define sustainability in the context of collecting organizations, highlight reformulated standards, and examine SAA's current efforts toward understanding sustainability within the profession. See the Sched program description.

Silent Auction 2019
Please plan to stop by the Section's fundraising silent auction on Sunday and Monday and check out all the wonderful items your colleagues have donated! You can find it near the registration desk. Sign up to donate items | Sign up to staff the auction table

The silent auction benefits the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives (NDRFA). This fund was established in 2005 after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and is used to support the recovery of archival collections from major disasters, regardless of region or repository type. Note: This year, we will be cash-free again as we will be using Square!

Silent Auction Schedule 2019:
Donation drop-off (Auction table near registration desk):
 - Saturday August 3, 3:15-5pm (before plenary)
 - Sunday August 4, 7:30-9am

Auction open!
 - Sunday August 4, 9:00 am-5:30 pm
 - Monday August 5, 8:00 am-12:30 pm, Last bids must be in by 12:30 on the dot!

Pick Up & Payment
- We will contact the highest bidders 12:30-1:00pm on Monday via text message.
- Winners may pick up their items 12:30-5:00pm Monday or 8-10am Tuesday at the auction table
- Pay at SAA registration desk 12:30-5pm Monday or 8-10am Tuesday

Silent Auction contact: Janet Carleton carleton@ohio.edu or text 740-274-1290

Preservation Section Election 2019
Our new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Kara McClurken & Member-At-Large is Karen Gracy (full slate on the election info page). Thank you to all who volunteered to run!


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Recent News & Announcements

The 2019 election is for Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and Member-At-Large as well as an update to our Section standing rules. Election will run June 25-July 16. Section members will receive an email with a unique Survey Monkey link to vote.
This is an update to the Preservation Section's standing rules which reflects new operating procedures and the section's role in supporting the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives. Section members are invited to vote on this referendum during elections in July.
Join in on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 for a Preservation Week Twitter Conference from 1-3:20 PM EDT. Just follow along the hashtag #PresTC19 for a series of lightning talks. Presenters will be available for Q&A following their time blocks.
SAA18 meeting information, including the Preservation Section Sched and the Section Meeting Schedule.
NEW! Preservation bookmarks featuring the agents of deterioration are now available to download.
Call for papers for #PresTC Preservation Week Twitter Conference.
The 2016-2017 Preservation Section Annual Report is now available on the Reports Page.
We have started to compile a library of Handling Guidelines from reading rooms around the country.
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