Take Action for Archives and Climate Change!

As citizens around the world gather on Friday, September 20, 2019, to raise their voices about climate change, here are some unique ways that you, as an archivist, can take action:

HOST an "Archives and Climate Change" Teach-In

In solidarity with the walk-outs, archivists from various countries and communities will host Archives and Climate Change Teach-Ins focused on the relationship between archives and climate change. Organized by Project ARCC and Archivists Against History Repeating Itself, these teach-ins seek to provide insight and serve as a launching point for future climate action. Learn more about how you can participate.

CONTRIBUTE to the Repo Data Project

The US Archival Repository Location Data Project (Repo Data Project, for short) seeks to document all archival repositories across the country. Supported by a grant from the SAA Foundation, principal investigators Ben Goldman and Eira Tansey hope this project will ultimately identify how archives may be affected by climate change. Learn more about the project and how you can contribute. 

PREPARE for #AskAnArchivist Day & American Archives Month 

October is American Archives Month and we're kicking off the celebration with #AskAnArchivist Day! Review our American Archives Month resources to get ready, perhaps by expanding on an Archives and Climate Change Teach-In (see above). Then, join us on Twitter on Wednesday, October 2, to #AskAnArchivist about climate action!

REVIEW MayDay Resources

On May 1 each year, archivists come together to prepare for possible emergencies or natural disasters. Get a jump on your plans by reviewing our MayDay resources so that you're ready for any weather events that may occur as a result of climate change. 


The SAA Foundation National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives provides grants that support the recovery of archival collections from major disasters, regardless of region or repository type. Make a donation to the NDRFA today to support institutions affected by Hurricane Dorian or future natural disasters.

VISIT Your Members of Congress in Your Home District

Throughout the year we need your help in reaching out to Congress—on Capitol Hill and in your home district—to tell the important story of how archives make a difference. Check out this Advocacy Guide and plan a visit with your legislators to discuss archives and climate action.

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SAA staff stand together with archivists to take action for climate change. (From left to right; back row: Nancy Beaumont, Carlos Salgado, Peter Carlson, Rana Hutchinson Salzmann, and Felicia Owens; front row: Rachel Valdez, Taylor Camara, Matt Black, Teresa Brinati, Abigail Christian, Akila Ruffin, and Michael Santiago.)

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