Case Studies

The Case Studies Series provides SAA component groups the opportunity to develop and edit a set of open access works relating to a closely-defined area of archival theory or practice. Case Studies are typically 1,500 to 5,000 words in length and serve as examples of archival practice or illustrate issues worthy of broad discussion and debate. 


Available series:

Case Studies in Archival Ethics

These case studies are drawn from real life. They address one or more of the areas covered by the Code of Ethics for Archivists: professional judgment in carrying out basic archival tasks, protecting records authenticity, access to and use of records, professional relationships with donors or users, privacy issues, ensuring security against theft, and questions of trust in archivists’ conduct.

Campus Case Studies

Reports by university archivists who have created working solutions for a wide range of topics including managing born-digital records, collaborations with institutional repositories, and developing records management policies for an institution. 

Case Studies on Diversifying the Archival Record

The issue of diversity has long been central to the archives profession. SAA's Strategic Plan thoroughly embeds the concept of diversity. In addition, SAA’s Core Values Statement also reflects SAA's commitment to helping to diversify the archival record. These case studies are drawn from real life and illustrate diversity in the archival record and/or unique efforts to collect and document a variety of individuals, groups, and organizations. 

Government Records Case Studies

Designed to facilitate an understanding of issues related to the management of government archives and records. Theses case studies address challenges faced by archives responsible for government records, including but not limited to: advocacy, (re)appraisal, custody issues, starting a records program, digitization projects, born-digital records, preservation, access, accountability and transparency.

Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources

Designed to illustrate the application of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy, which were developed by a joint task force of SAA and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS).

Case Studies on Access Policies for Native American Archival Materials

Designed to help archivists, librarians, museum curators, and other professionals who work with Native American archival materials see how the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials have been adapted for use in a variety of institutional contexts. More broadly, these case studies highlight evolving access policies to Native American materials, whether or not these policies are based specifically on the Protocols.

Records Management Case Studies

Sponsored by SAA’s Records Management Section, this case study series seeks to support the practical as well as the theoretical and scholarly aspects of the records and information management (RIM) profession. 

Trends in Archives Practice Case Studies

Many of the 23 modules in the SAA book series Trends in Archives Practice include case studies that address a variety of topics: appraisal and acquisition, descriptive standards, digital preservation, primary sources, digital rights, archival arrangement and description, and engagement and outreach.