Meeting Minutes: August 3, 2019, Austin, TX

Joint Meeting of SAA's Women's Collections and Diverse Gender and Sexuality Sections 2019

WCS Chairs: Annalise Berdini and Laura Ann Romans

WCS Vice Co-Chairs: Valencia Johnson and Michelle Peralta

Welcome and Introduction

Introductions by section chairs/co-chairs

Introduction new officers: Enid Ocegueda and Chloe Pfendler


The 2019 DSGS / WCS joint section meeting will feature a panel of presenters speaking on recent efforts to provide access to archival materials concerning women and/or the LGBTQIA+ communities. Gina K. Armstrong will discuss the creation and impact of the Howard Cruse collection and its contribution to reclaiming important space for marginalized communities at the Birmingham-Southern College. Ellen Brooks will present on a recent project to collect oral history interviews with 100 notable women as a part of the “She Changed the World” campaign, coordinated by North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR). And Anna Tunnicliff will discuss the Iowa Women’s Archives' recent efforts to enhance visibility of lesbian collections and connect them to LGBTQIA+ students and activists through collaboration with partners on and off campus. Aside from the panel presentation, DSGS and WCS leadership will facilitate discussions on new section business and call for announcements from section members regarding recent projects, initiatives, concerns, etc. that are relevant to our communities.

Update from SAA Council Liaision, Steven Booth

  • Cancellation of this year's Amercian Archivist brown bag