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Society of American Archivists

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The Society of American Archivists serves the educational and informational needs of its members while providing leadership for the management of archives in the United States.

Areas of Activity

SAA provides services to its members which:

  • Exert active leadership on significant archival issues by shaping policies and standards, building effective coalitions, and improving public awareness of the value of archives.
  • Provide opportunities for continuing professional growth and promote high quality in archival education programs offered by SAA and other organizations and institutions.
  • Lead the archival profession in advancing electronic records issues and represent the interests of the profession in shaping policies and accepting practices for identifying, preserving, and using electronic records.
  • Increase SAA’s overall effectiveness as an organization by improving its structure, methods of communication, and financial base to accomplish the Society’s mission and to achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

From: A Brief History of SAA


Membership of the SAA is by subscription. Membership can be institutional, full individual, student individual or associate individual. Members must be engaged in the management of archives, studying to manage archives, or support the objectives of the Society.