The Society of Southwest Archivists is a professional organization established to:

  • stimulate and make available research in archival administration and records management
  • promote sound principles and standards for preserving and administering records
  • foster opportunities for education and training of archivists, records managers, and custodians of private papers
  • strengthen relations with others in allied disciplines and with organizations and institutions having mutual interests in the preservation and use of our recorded heritage.

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SSA serves over 500 archivists, special collections librarians, preservationists, conservators, records managers, and others interested in the preservation of our documentary heritage. The six states in our region are Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, but our members come from almost every state and several countries. We look forward to working with you to improve and promote the archival profession. Join Us!

Please consider making a donation to the SSA Endowment that funds the scholarships. To make a donation, please visit the donations page. Thank you for your support of SSA's mission.


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The Society of Southwest Archivists is now an official charitable organization on Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon customer, you can register your account on Amazon Smile to automatically donate .05% of the purchase price of your Amazon purchases to SSA.

Community Outreach Fund

SSA established the Community Outreach Fund in 2015 to support outreach events or programs that promote archives to the general public. SSA has set aside $1,000 per year to support such endeavors.

National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

The Society of Southwest Archivists and the Society of American Archivists created the SSA-SAA Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Fund—a fund established to address the stabilization and recovery needs of archival repositories that are directly affected by natural disasters.

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  • Archival Pay and SAA: Some Modest Proposals

    By Mark Lambert, SSA President, 2018-2019 The Southwestern Archivist, Vol. 42, No. 2 (May 2019): 5-6. I am pleased that my recent articles on low pay in the archives field and the recent SSA Board resolution adopted requiring salaries or salary ranges in all SSA job advertisements have been so well received in the archival […]

  • SSA Objection to a section of HB 1962, in relation to Texas State records

    Rep. Stan Lambert Texas House, District 71 Room E2.814 P.O. Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78768 Dear Rep. Lambert: The Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) is a professional organization representing over 500 members in the six states of the American Southwest (TX, LA, AR, OK, NM, AZ) who work in or are interested in preserving our […]

  • Salary Information Now Required in Job Postings

    At its 8 March 2019 meeting, the SSA Board voted unanimously to immediately stop accepting job advertisements that do not list a salary or salary range. This applies to all SSA media including the website forums, Facebook, and Twitter. Any request to post a job announcement that does not include salary information will be held […]

  • Poor Pay in Archives: How Our National Organizations are Failing Us

    This is the second part of a two-part series. By Mark Lambert, SSA President, 2018-2019 The Southwestern Archivist, Vol. 42, No. 1 (February 2019): 5-6. See Part 1 of this column, “Top archives directors are failing the profession,” in the November 2018 issue of Southwestern Archivist. Our two national professional organizations, the Society of American […]

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Today in the Archivist’s Daybook

September 18, 2019
  • On this date in 2003, the National Archives of Australia officially announced the establishment of the Ian Maclean Award, an award to fund research benefiting the archival profession and promoting the important contribution that archives make to society. The award is open to archivists from all countries. Prospective applicants should contact Derina McLaughlin, +61 2 6212 3986 before lodging their application to discuss the scope of their research project. Further information about the award and stipend can be found on the National Archives of Australia website.

    September 18, 2019