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.
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!
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today in the Archivist’s Daybook
On this date in 1814, Stephen Pleasonton, a senior clerk in the US Secretary of State's office, hastily bundled the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, international treaties, and George Washington's correspondence into coarse linen bags and took them 35 miles from Washington to Leesburg, Virginia. There, he hid them in an abandoned house to safeguard them from British troops, who were in the process of burning government buildings in Washington.
August 24, 2019
Today in 2005, the Cambodian Parliament passed the country's first Archives Law. The law was drafted with the assistance of the French National Archives as part of a long term project to develop the National Archives of Cambodia. The law provided the National Archives of Cambodia with the powers it previously lacked to acquire records that had been accumulating since 1979 in various Cambodian Government Ministries and agencies.
August 24, 2019