SAA and AHA Present History Behind the Headlines: Presidential Records Act

March 24, 2023—Join the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the American Historical Association (AHA) for an online roundtable about current controversies surrounding presidential records. Why is the FBI searching residences of former presidents and vice presidents? Does any of this matter to anyone besides archivists and historians?


  • Nicole Hemmer, director of Rogers Center for the American Presidency and associate professor of history at Vanderbilt University.
  • Timothy Naftali, clinical associate professor of history and public service at New York University.
  • Trudy Huskamp Peterson, SAA Fellow, Certified Archivist, and former acting archivist of the United States.

Moderated by:

  • Peniel Joseph, associate dean for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion; professor of public affairs; Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values; and founding director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin.

To attend the discussion on April 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET, please register below. Can't make it? Don't worry—register anyway and receive the link to the recording, which will be posted to the AHA YouTube channel after the event.

The History Behind the Headlines series is generously sponsored by Jared Brubaker.



About the Society of American Archivists

The Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,000 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally. For more information, and to join SAA as a member, visit the SAA website.

About the American Historical Association

The American Historical Association provides leadership for the discipline and promotes the critical role of historical thinking in public life. The AHA defends academic freedom, develops professional standards, supports innovative teaching and scholarship, and helps to sustain and enhance the work of historians. As the largest membership association of professional historians in the world, the AHA serves historians in a wide variety of professions and represents every historical era and geographical area. For more information, and to join the AHA as a member, visit the AHA website.