Council Exemplary Service Award: SAA Business Archives Section

The SAA Business Archives Section is a 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Council Exemplary Service Award. The award recognizes a special contribution to the archives profession—and especially to SAA—and is given at the discretion of the SAA Council.

The Business Archives Section is being honored for its long commitment to supporting and advocating for business archives. Since 1980, the section has promoted the interests of business archivists and others concerned with the preservation and use of business records, and to encourage the establishment and growth of business archives in both profit-making and non-profit organizations in the United States and Canada.

The Business Archives Section has been a model of robust engagement by its members and has created a number of tools to enhance advocacy and outreach, including the Business Archives Advocacy Toolkit and the Directory of Corporate Archives. In addition, the Business Archives Section has coordinated the Business Archives Colloquium held during the SAA annual meeting since 1992 and has enhanced SAA’s educational offerings by creating and implementing a Business Archives workshop.  

The SAA Council noted that the Business Archives Section “has consistently and proactively provided feedback to the Council on matters that are unique to business archives and archivists” and thanked the section for its “outstanding service to SAA and the archives profession.”