Call for 2021 Graduate Student Program Proposals

The 2021 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during the virtual 2021 SAA Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2021. Work from both master's and doctoral students will be considered.

Graduate Student Presentation

The work of three current archives students and/or SAA student chapters will be selected for presentation. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes to present a paper. The session will be pre-recorded and made available for on-demand viewing during and following the conference dates.

Be creative! Proposals from individual students as well as SAA student chapter groups will be considered. Proposals may relate to the student's applied or theoretical research, research about the archives profession itself, or even practical/internship experiences. Student chapters may consider presenting on projects or initiatives conducted in the current term (Fall 2020 through Summer 2021). Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted.

Graduate Student Poster

The 21st annual Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and SAA Student Chapters.

All posters will be presented virtually in PDF format. More information about preparing posters will be shared upon acceptance. Posters will be available to all virtual meeting attendees throughout the week of the conference (August 4-6) and for a number of weeks following. See here for examples from last year's graduate student poster presentations. 

Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2020 to Summer 2021).

Student chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions. A single representative should coordinate the submission of each Student Chapter proposal. 

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

To submit a paper or poster proposal, please complete the proposal form no later than Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (Proposals received after this date will not be considered.) Emailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

SAA encourages broad participation in the ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2021All presenters—including speakers, session chairs, commentators, and poster presenters--are limited to participation in one session. Please alert the 2021 Student Program Subcommittee if you have agreed to participate in another accepted session.

Student paper and poster presenters must register and secure institutional or personal funding to attend ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2021Unfortunately, SAA ais not able to provide complimentary registration to student presenters from the United States and Canada.

Proposals are due on March 31, 2021.

Proposals received after this date will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact


The 2021 Program Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to be used as an informal tool to connect individuals who are seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for the 2021 SAA Annual Meeting. It is not monitored by SAA or the Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.