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

See the 2012 annual meeting page for the section meeting program, for information about buying an apron for the disaster relief fund, and where to vote for candidates for 2012-2013.
Visit the 2012 Annual Meeting page to learn more about the slate of candidates running in this year's election. This year we will be voting for a new Vice Chair/Chair Elect, a Member-at-Large, and Nominating Committee member.
Pass it On: Preservation Week is April 22nd-28th. See the Preservation Week 2012 page for member activities and useful resources related to preservation.
Learn more about the theme of this year's Preservation Section business meeting for the annual conference in San Diego: Preservation in the 21st Century.
In the fall/winter of 2011 the Society of American Archivists Preservation Section surveyed its membership. The purpose of this survey was to gather information about the members themselves, to learn more about their professional interests, and to gauge their needs with regard to services and direction of the Preservation Section. Results from this survey will inform strategic planning of the Preservation Section.
The Preservation Section will be accepting nominations for the following positions in 2012: Vice chair/chair elect, Nominating committee member, and Steering committee member-at-large
Please join us for the Preservation Section business meeting this year featuring remarks from the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero and a panel discussion on security and collections management.
Preservation Section annual section business meeting.
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