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 physical and digital archival materials regardless of format, by focusing on issues related to the "ten agents of deterioration:" neglect, fire, environment (temperature, relative humidity, and light), pests, pollutants/contaminants, physical forces, security issues, and water. 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.


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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.
Are you passionate about preservation and excited to share skills and knowledge with your colleagues?
Join in on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 for a Preservation Week Twitter Conference from 12-2:30 PM EST. Just follow along the hashtag #PresTC21 for a series of lightning talks. Presenters will be available for Q&A following their time blocks.
As we have begun returning to our collections over the past few months, there are sure to have been surprises waiting for us! Join the SAA Preservation Section for an informal virtual coffee klatch to catch up with each other and talk about the “new normal” in our workplaces.
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.
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