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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  • Endorsement of the Statement on the Risk to Research Collections at the Birmingham Public Library

    The Society of Southwest Archivists opposes budget cuts that threaten the access to the research collections of the Birmingham Public Library. The Officers and Executive Board endorse the following letter of support. SSA will send our endorsement to the Mayor and City Council of Birmingham. If you would like to send your own email to […]

  • Society of Southwest Archivists endorse the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

    The Society of Southwest Archivists leadership is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. The Protocols for Native American Archival Materials were developed by archives professionals and Native American community stakeholders to promote best practices for preserving and providing access to Native American materials held by non-tribal institutions. The Protocols underscore the importance of […]


    The Society of Southwest Archivists condemns the continued racist acts of violence committed against members of our Black communities by law enforcement across the country and abetted and supported by public officials at all levels of government. As a professional organization, we are outraged and stand in solidarity with the family members and protesters around […]

  • SSA donates $5000 to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund

    The Society of Southwest Archivists board voted to donate $5,000 towards the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (the AWE Fund) to financially support archival workers impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. We urge SSA members and archival workers in the region (including students) to apply for assistance if needed, spread the word to archival workers in […]

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Today in the Archivist’s Daybook

September 18, 2020
  • 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, 2020