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

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.
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.
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