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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We are loving these pictures from the Border Archives Bazaar in El Paso this past weekend -- community engagement at its finest!Border Archives Bazaar was a great time. Amazing collections and artifacts on display with so many knowledgeable people there to explain them. What a wonderful day! ...

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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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Today in the Archivist’s Daybook

October 21, 2018
  • On this date in 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the "Patriot Act." One section of the act abolished what many had considered traditional US protections regarding the right to read by requiring librarians and archivists to open confidential patron use records to federal government agents without warrant or subpoena. It further forbade library and archives staff from informing patrons if their records had been requested or obtained by federal agents. View the American Library Association's "Resolution on the USA Patriot Act and Related Measures that Infringe on the Rights of Library Users."

    October 21, 2018

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