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.

We are gearing up for a great conference at ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different with many wonderful sessions on preservation. Fletcher Durant, one of our Steering Committee Members-At-Large, has pulled together a preservation-related schedule here (Thanks Fletcher!):

Preservation Section Program and Business Meeting 2017
We have a fantastic program planned for our annual business meeting on Thursday, July 27, 2-3:15 pm, in Oregon BR 204. See the agenda and program description at

Silent Auction
Please plan to stop by the Section's fundraising silent auction on Thursday and Friday and check out all the wonderful items your colleagues have donated! You can find it near the registration desk. 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. See more about the NDRFA. Note: This year, we will be cash-free as we will be using Square!  Silent Auction contact:

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Recent News & Announcements

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.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Preservation Section Meeting: Thursday August 4, 2016! Please click here for meeting agenda and related information.
Preservation Section 2016 Election results.
Candidate Slate for this year's Steering Committee Nominations. Positions for election include Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and Member-at-Large.
The Preservation Section of SAA needs YOU! The SAA Preservation Section is sending out a call for nominations. This time around, we are looking to fill two positions.
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