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  • 22 Feb 2017 11:55 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    A message from the SAA 2017 Host Committee:

    The Society of American Archivists is holding its annual conference in Portland, Oregon this July!  Whether you are already planning on attending or are still contemplating, check out the Host Committee’s blog on all things Portland.  Regular updates will clue you in to the local music scene; talk about Portland’s obsession over things like beer, cider, coffee, and food; offer suggestions for cool local events and sites; provide lists of archives you can visit, and in general introduce you to this place we call home.  We love Portland and can’t wait to share it with you!   

    Remember to check back often between now and the conference (or simply subscribe to the feed) so you can be in the know and be prepared for your trip. You can find the blog here

  • 15 Feb 2017 3:52 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The Liberated Archive: A Forum for Envisioning and Implementing a Community-Based Approach to Archives will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 29, in conjunction with the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

    Please submit proposals via email to Proposals must contain the following information

    For more information about The Liberated Archive, please visit:

  • 08 Feb 2017 9:10 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    From the The Josephine Forman Scholarship Subcommittee: 

    The application period for the 2017 Society of American Archivists Josephine Forman Scholarship is now open.  If you are an eligible graduate student in archival science, apply!  If you know of an eligible graduate student, please forward this information to that student with encouragement to submit an application! Applications must be submitted to SAA by February 28.

    The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.


    The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

    ·         The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.

    ·         The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.

    ·         The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).

    ·         The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award. 

    ·         Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.


    For more details or to download the application form please visit:

    The deadline to apply is February 28, 201


    The Josephine Forman Scholarship Subcommittee

    Elizabeth Nielsen (Chair), Oregon State University

    L. Dale Patterson, United Methodist Church Archives

    Jennifer Kinniff, Johns Hopkins University

                   Allyson Smally, University of Chicago

  • 03 Feb 2017 9:21 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The NWA Native American Collections Roundtable is offering three $500 Conference Scholarships this year! Please note that you do not need to be a current NWA member to apply.

    One of the main goals for the NWA Native American Collections Roundtable (NACR) is to actively reach out and invite Native American tribes and organizations to participate in the Northwest Archivists conference. In support of this effort, the NACR has three $500 scholarships available to promote the professional development of tribal members engaged in the archival profession and/or non-tribal members working for a tribal archive in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana. The NWA conference will be held May 17-19 in Boise, ID. In addition to the scholarship funds to attend the conference, all awardees will be given 1 year of membership with Northwest Archivists. Past scholarship winners are welcome to apply.

    See here for more information

  • 02 Feb 2017 4:43 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    A message from Conor Casey: 

    The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Unconference and Workshops, a project of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of the Society of American Archivists, urgently seeks a host site in Portland for the week of the SAA Conference in July. Can you help the unconference organizers find a suitable Portland venue?

    The TPS Unconference is a free, inclusive (open to non-SAA members as well as non-archivists), full-day event held alongside the official pay-to-play SAA annual conference. We are seeking a free or almost free host space that can accommodate 100-150 participants. Our target date is Wednesday, July 26, but we can be flexible.

    It doesn’t have to be luxurious, just a space where people who teach with primary sources can gather to share ideas and learn from each other. Schools, museums, libraries, and community or religious buildings are all possibilities. We can supply you with further specifications.

    Please send venue leads and offers to

    For a better sense of what the TPS Unconference and Workshops are all about, we invite you to visit the site we created for the Atlanta TPS Unconference in August:

    Thank you and we look forward to working with and meeting you all next summer!



  • 01 Feb 2017 8:28 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The Academy of Certified Archivists’ (ACA) early bird application deadline is February 15, 2017 and comes with a reduced exam fee of $25.00. The predetermined locations for the July 26, 2017 exam are Portland, OR (SAA Site); Albuquerque, NM; Annapolis, MD; Chattanooga, TN; Des Moines, IA; and San Jose, CA. There are also pick-your-site locations wherever 3 early bird or 5 regular applicants wish to take it.

    To learn more about certification, please visit

    The Academy of Certified Archivists, which the Society of American Archivists founded in 1989, is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Individual members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined professional standards and must demonstrate continuing professional commitment to remain certified.  The Academy identifies and promotes understanding of archival goals, ethics, and standards. To learn more about the ACA, visit

  • 18 Jan 2017 11:21 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    A message from the NWA Professional Development, Education, and Awards Committee: 

    The NWA Professional Development, Education, and Awards Committee is currently seeking applications for a number of scholarships and awards.

    • The At-large Student Scholarship serves as a resource for students from the NWA Regions who are enrolled in an archives graduate program of an accredited institution. The scholarship provides $500 which the student may use towards developing their interest in archives administration as a career choice, through such means as research projects, unpaid internships and attendance at related conferences, seminars, workshops, institutes or other educational opportunities. For detailed guidelines and information on how to apply, please visit Up to three awards will be given.
    • The Professional Development Scholarship is intended as a resource for colleagues currently engaged in the archival profession who are self-employed or receive inadequate employer-provided assistance. The scholarship provides $500 to promote the professional development of practicing regional archivists, by such means as attendance of workshops, institutes, conferences or other training opportunities. For detailed guidelines and information on how to apply, please visit One award will be given.
    • The Retirement Recognition Award is intended to honor NWA members who have retired during the year between annual meetings. Similarly, the Merle W. Wells / John F. Guido Distinguished Service Award is an occasional honor intended to recognize NWA members who have made significant, sustained contributions to the activities and welfare of the association, or institutions that support the goals of NWA through service to the association. Both awards are non-monetary. For detailed guidelines and information on how to nominate an individual, please visit
    The Student and Professional Development scholarship applications must either be postmarked or e-mailed by March 1, 2017. Retirement award applications should either be postmarked or e-mailed by May 1, 2017 to ensure the nominee’s recognition at the 2017 NWA Annual Conference. Submit applications, verify receipt of your application, or direct any questions to Anneliese Warhank at
  • 03 Jan 2017 8:42 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    Hi everyone, 

    Just a reminder that your submissions for the Winter issue of Easy Access are due by January 9th! Please send your content to Tell the membership about all the cool stuff your repository has been up to! 

  • 30 Dec 2016 8:29 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The deadline for submission of CIMA/NWA 2017 presentation proposals is rapidly approaching! Make it your New Year's resolution to submit by Friday January 6th! Submit your proposals here. Consult the NWA conference webpage for additional information. 

  • 29 Dec 2016 9:08 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The CIMA/NWA 2017 Annual Meeting webpage is now live! Follow the link for more information about proposal submissions, registration, the conference hotel, and more. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

    Can't wait to see you all in Boise! 

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