VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION! As a Matter of Fact: Convincing the World That Archives Matter

As a Matter of Fact: Convincing the World That Archives Matter 

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time

Free virtual event sponsored by SAA Publications Board – Registration required

In her book, A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age, Laura Millar makes the case that records, archives, data, and other sources of documentary proof are crucial in fostering a society that is respectful, inclusive, democratic, and self-aware. Events in the past year alone—such as the COVID-19 pandemic, protests driven by the Black Lives Matter movement, and the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol—illustrate the urgent need for authentic and accessible sources of evidence, from medical statistics to live videos to Twitter messages and Facebook posts.

This panel discussion will continue the book’s themes as the participants explore:

  • changes both in the nature of archives and in the role of archival professionals,
  • steps that archivists can take to raise public awareness of the value of evidence and authenticity of archival sources, and 
  • the critical need to add historically underrepresented voices and narratives.

A truer and more inclusive documentary record demands new strategies and different approaches. Join colleagues for this virtual book discussion to consider why archives matter today, and how we can—and must—convince the world of their value!


  • Laura Millar, Archival Consultant and Author, British Columbia, Canada
  • Valencia Johnson, Archivist for Student Life, Princeton University Library
  • Geoffrey Yeo, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University College London, United Kingdom
  • Louis Jones, SAA Fellow and Field Archivist at Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
  • Stacie Williams, SAA Publications Editor and Division Chief, Archives and Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

A Matter of Facts is the 2021 selection for the One Book, One Profession reading initiative sponsored by the SAA Publications Board. Get your community—and stakeholders—to read it, too!  Buy the book here.

Registration required for this FREE event—click here!