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Georgia Archives and the Georgia Council for the Arts are partnering to present a webinar for small museums and historical societies on archival practices. The online training is scheduled on September 18 at 10:00 AM and is perfect for organizations working with volunteers that would like basic information on caring for their community’s valuable artifacts.

Fri, September 18, 2020

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Register here:

Alison Anderson, MLIS, CA (she/her/hers)
Senior Processing Archivist
Harvard Planning Office
Property Information Resource Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 585
Cambridge, MA 02138
T 617-495-4353 F 617-495-0559

Join SAA as a Student Member!

Posted: October 1, 2017 by saacua in Events, News

Prepared by Lisa Moore

Benefits of joining while you’re a student: It’s cheaper!

Student rates are $53; regular individual rates range from $105 to $310 per year, depending on your income.

AGLISS will reimburse you, so then it’s FREE!

Other benefits:

Online access to American Archivist, the SAA journal of record

One-year subscription to Archival Outlook (published 6 times a year)

Discounts on SAA annual meeting and workshop registrations

Discounts on SAA publications (like textbooks for our archives classes!)

Opportunity to participate in SAA sections

Opportunity to participate in SAA’s mentoring program

Also, you can vote on SAA matters, such as voting for officers, or voting for issues that are being debated.

How to Join and reimburse: 

1. Go to and click on “Student Membership.”

Click on “Join Now” button, and enter the relevant information in the fields as prompted. You’ll have the option to sign up for different sections, if you’re interested. (For instance, there’s a Students and New Archives Professionals section (SNAP) that’s great for networking. Other section topics include oral history, performing arts, web archiving, labor archives, religious collections, archives and archivists of color, and more.) Many of the sections are free to join.

Once you enter your personal info and credit/debit card info, pay the $53. You’ll get a receipt and a confirmation email. Save those as pdfs.

2. After you get the email, you must send SAA proof that you’re an enrolled student at an accredited program. Send a screen capture of this semester’s class schedule (from Cardinal Station) that includes your name and today’s date, or a signed letter from your faculty advisor verifying your enrollment, to, or fax to 312-606-0728.

That’s it! SAA will notify you shortly that your membership process is complete.

3. Then, send both pdfs (payment receipt and membership acknowledgment) to AGLISS for reimbursement. In your email to, spell out to what address you want your reimbursement check sent, and the amount, and attach both pdfs. You’ll be reimbursed in 3-4 weeks.

SAA@CUA 2017 Spring Meeting

Posted: March 1, 2017 by saacua in Events, News
Tuesday, March 21, 20176:00 pm – 8:00 pm                              

Location: CSL 204

6:00 – 7:00 Guest Speaker  – Julie Schweitzer

Julie Schweitzer holds a BA in History from Georgetown, an MA in French Cultural Studies from Columbia, and MA in History from the University of Maryland, and an MLS from the University of Maryland. She currently works as a Processing Archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and her previous experience includes History Associates Incorporated and the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art. Julie is a certified archivist and she is going to share her education and work experience in her talk as well as the archival certification process.

7:00 – 8:00 Archival Certifications and SAA Student Membership

– ACA 2017 Certified Archivist Examination

– SAA Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program

– SAA Student Membership

Government Accountability Office Site Visit!

Posted: January 9, 2017 by saacua in Events, News
SAA@CUA Student Chapter is coordinating a site visit to Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. If you are interested in electronic records management and would like to participate in the event, please let us know ( by the end of the week so that we can include your names in the participant list.

SAA Student Chapter Meeting! Sept. 20

Posted: September 14, 2016 by saacua in Events, News
It’s time for an SAA Student Chapter meeting! If you have any interest in joining SAA or you’re just curious, meet us Tuesday, September 20th, at 6:15pm in the Information Commons (Room 315 of the Columbus School of Law).
Here’s what’s on the agenda:
  • Elections! We have several open leadership positions, which are a great way to get experience and add a little something to the resume.
  • Archives Fair 2016! This exciting event on Oct. 5 brings a variety of archives institutions together for presentations and a tour of the Archives at the National Museum of American History. We are going and want you to too!
  • Joining SAA! (and how to get reimbursed by AGLISS)
  • SAA@CUA Blog! Want to write about your experience working with or in an archive? Do a cool project? We want to showcase it!
We have a lot of great things happening this semester and I can’t wait to meet up with you all. If you can’t make it to this particular meeting, I’d still definitely recommend attending the Archives Fair. It will be an amazing opportunity to meet many professionals in the archival field. And of course, you can always email me with any questions you might have, I am happy to be a resource to you all!
Let me know if you are coming to the meeting so I can plan cookies/snacks    🙂
Thank you,

Katie Santa Ana
CUA Archives GLP

SAA Student Chapter President

SAA@CUA had the opportunity to tour the National Archives and Records Administration located in College Park, Maryland on 15 October, 2015.  It was a great experience to be able to tour the archive and talk to previous CUA graduates who gave us an incredible, in-depth tour.

We started the tour by having the floors of the building explained to us.  Each floor caters to a specific type of item, such as textual, film, still images, etc.  We toured the still image and film floors as well as the reference rooms for each of those materials.

When we toured the still image floor, we started with the reference room where we got to see researchers at work and the materials available to them.  Everything is free at NARA unless copies of the materials being looked at are wanted.  It was really cool to see a cabinet of historical poster negatives available for researchers to study and even get copies (at a price) if wanted!  They had finding aid for finding aids and on any subject – it was pointed out there was once a finding aid found on camels.  After seeing the reference room, we got to go into the office cubicles where we were shown several different historical pictures and artifacts.  NARA is currently trying to digitize everything they own but there are some items of higher priority than others – if something needs to be digitized because it is falling apart (preservation) or for users, and then everything else follows.

We then moved to the film floor of NARA where we started with the reference room and got to see different researchers at work.  It was pointed out that there are cool vaults (50-60°F) and there are cold vaults (-25°F) and sometimes even vaults at 0°F.  Film is placed in cold vaults and when researchers need a particular item, they have to request it because the film needs 24 hours to thaw out in a special chamber that gradually heats it up.  This ensures the integrity of the film and preserves it for it to last as long as possible.  Most of the film reels are also in the process of being digitized, however; it was pointed out NARA digitizes for access not preservation meaning they focus more on the users and the accessibility of the wanted materials rather than to save something digitially (unless it is absolutely necessary).  Digitization is not their method of preservation and NARA is all about providing information for users.  We then got to go further onto the film floor where we got to see the different machines NARA owns to scan, print, and restore film (some machines were hybrids of scanning and printing).  They take old film reels and put them on new film to help preserve the information.  We also got to see an audio machine that plays sound recording.  It was a great experience and fun to see everything that is being studied in Library and Information Science classes being put to practice in typical situations.

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Thursday, John Fleckner, Smithsonian archivist (recently retired) and past Society of American Archivists President (1990) gave a tour of the Archives Center, National Museum of American History to the SAA Student Chapter at Catholic University of America.

The Archives Center is one of the dozen archival units at the Smithsonian Institute. Its mission is to support the museum which opened in 1964. When John began work at the Smithsonian in 1982, the museum curators had amassed 8,000 linear feet of materials. The Archives Center continues to acquire several hundred feet of materials annually, although it is more selective since room is limited and strafing size is about half what is was 15 to 20 years ago. As of 2012, the Archives Center has 13,000 collections totaling 16,378 cubic feet. Subject strengths include the history of radio, television, telegraphy, computing and other aspects of technology with a special interest in the history of invention; advertising, marketing, and entrepreneurship; commercial visual ephemera (post cards, greeting cards); American music (sheet music, jazz) and musical instruments.

On our tour John told us about some Archives Center collections. They have ledgers, photos and records of defunct railroads (they didn’t have room to collect too many trains). They have Krispy Kream records – one of the first franchisers (they also supplied the equipment) and Scurlock Studio photos who documented life in Washington, D.C. We also saw Hills Bros. Coffee, Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni, At Home with Your Child films and Mr. Wizzard TV series on the shelves (see the photos below).

In fiscal year 2012, the Archives Center served 500 researchers from 38 states and DC. The service for the remote researchers from 18 countries included 764 reference phone calls, 4152 e-mails, 12 faxes and 801 letters! To access to collection in person, researchers just need to make an appointment, have a photo ID and a research question.

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