CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SAA Museum Archives Section Standards and Best Practices Working Group 2018 Annual Symposium

In most museums, the archives isn’t the only department stewarding records of archival or permanent value. Other departments, such as curatorial, conservation, and registration, also manage such records and are in charge of all aspects of their care, from preservation to access. Though they exist outside of their holdings, museum archivists are uniquely positioned to collaborate with colleagues on the management of these important records. How they may undertake this, if at all, varies widely from institution to institution.

The Museum Archives Section’s Standards and Best Practices Working Group invites proposals for presentations exploring the museum archivist’s role in the care and stewardship of records held outside of the archives to begin to reach a consensus on best practices. We are particularly interested in presentations that explore:

  • the relationship of the museum archives to the records of archival value held by other museum departments, including policy-making, procedures/workflows/tools, and opportunities for collaboration
  • the digital preservation of records held by museum departments other than the archives, including policy-making, procedures/workflow/tools, and opportunities for collaboration
  • post-custodial approaches to museum record keeping
  • best practices and standards across professions for management, preservation, storage, and access and use of records

Save the date! The symposium will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 9:00-noon, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C.

Proposals should be less than 300 words. Please email them to Working Group Co-Chairs Megan Schwenke ( and Rachel Chatalbash ( by Monday, March 26th. Please indicate the intended format and time required for your presentation. Individual and group proposals are encouraged; proposals including the perspectives of those working outside of the archival profession are also welcome.


PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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